How I’m Gaining a Sixth Daughter

I slept in late this morning. Instead of jumping out of bed at my usual hour, I remained curled up, hoping to get a little more sleep. About 8.30 am there was a knock on my door. A worried face appeared: “Are you okay, Mum? Are you sick?”

“I didn’t sleep well last night,” I explained to my daughter Sophie. I lay awake for hours as thoughts circulated my head. It was hard to turn off and drift back to sleep.

“I’ll make you some breakfast,” offered Sophie. “You stay there and rest.”

I was about to protest, “It’s time I got up,” but I didn’t. It was so very obvious Sophie wanted to help. She loves doing things for me.

I’ve been thinking: We all want helpful children, but we often fail to let them help us.

“Can I do that for you, Mum?” someone says and I am tempted to say, “I’m fine, thanks. I can manage.”

Or they ask, “Can I do anything for you, Mum?” and I reply, “Not at the moment, thanks,” instead giving them an opportunity to show me their love and care.

So I accepted the offer of breakfast saying,“That would be lovely. Thank you.” Starting the day with breakfast in bed was rather nice. It allowed me to wake up slowly and get a few more minutes of much-needed rest.

In the early hours of this morning as I lay awake, tossing and turning, I thought, “If I don’t get to sleep soon, I’ll be tired this evening and then I won’t enjoy going out to dinner with Felicity and Graham.”

My eldest daughter, Felicity and her husband Graham arrived here in New South Wales yesterday. They travelled across time-zones, all the way from the other side of Australia. We hadn’t seen them for four years. You can imagine the noisy, happy reunion we had. Actually the reunion happened in two stages. When Felicity and Graham arrived at our house yesterday evening, only my husband Andy and daughters Charlotte and Sophie were home. The rest of us were at our parish church for a wedding practice. Tomorrow my son Callum is marrying Casey.

After we’d practised processing up church aisles, lighting candles and slipping rings onto fingers, we headed home. We came through our front door and there was a second round of hugs and kisses and exclamations of love as the latecomers were reunited with my eldest daughter and son-in-law.

Andy served up dinner and then we sat around our long kitchen table. All ten chairs were occupied. My whole family (except for Thomas, of course) was gathered together for the first time in four years. I savoured the moment. It might not happen again for a long time. And next time it does happen, we’ll need an extra chair. Yes, our family is growing. Tomorrow I’m gaining a daughter-in-law though I intend to look upon Casey as a daughter and forget the ‘in-law’ bit.

We spent a noisy evening chatting. Everyone was very excited. We laughed and joked. The conversation went this way and that as we all thought of things that just had to be said. We forgot to take turns and we all ended up talking over the top of each other. But that was okay. We’re family.

“Hey, Callum!” I shouted across the room. “Will Casey mind if I blog about her?”

“No,” said my son. “She won’t mind at all.”

So I have permission to write about the wedding, to show you the photos, and then later, to continue sharing stories of my son Callum and his wife, Casey. But before that happens, I’m taking some time off to celebrate the wedding and enjoy the visit of my daughter and her husband.

I will, however, have something to share with you on Monday. As usual, I’ll be publishing a podcast. I have already recorded it. It’s even been edited. The accompanying blog post has been written. Anticipating a busy weekend, I prepared the podcast a few days ahead of time.

In next week’s episode, I speak about my plans to be a good mother-in-law. I also talk about love. (I have some resources on the topic of love to share too!) The appropriate title for my podcast seems to be Mothers and Daughters-in-Law and Love. I hope you will watch out for it. I hope you will listen!

So the next time I write a blog post, I’ll be a mother-in-law for the second time. Callum will have a beautiful wife and I’ll have another daughter. 

Six daughters! Oh my, aren’t I a very blessed woman?

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    Keeping you all in prayers :-). So happy for you all xx

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      Thank you so much for your prayers, They are appreciated very much. Thank you also for your previous comments. I want to answer them properly when I have more time so will delay that pleasure until after the wedding. God bless you! xxx

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    God's blessings on the happy couple for their wedding tomorrow. I can imagine the joy you felt when seeing your daughter and her husband again after so long. I see my daughter only twice a year and I think that is not often enough never mind four years. I hope you all sleep well tonight and wake refreshed.

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      Thank you! It's difficult when children move a long way from home, isn't it? My daughter is now on her way back to Perth after spending a few days with us. I'm not sure when we'll see her again, but hopefully she'll be back sooner than last time. Yes, 4 years is a long time!

      I did sleep well the night before the wedding, thank you. It was a wonderful day!

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    So happy for you all!! I can't wait to hear all about it Sue. Loved this post…..sounds like you all had a wonderful reunion the night before the wedding!!


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      Thank you for sharing in our happiness. As Callum said, his and Casey's wedding day was 'amazing'! I'll write more about it and post some photos. I might tell some wedding stories in next week's podcast. Imogen sang at the wedding and she has promised to record some of her music so I can use it in that podcast. It might liven up the episode!

  4. Oh Sue, how exciting! Lucky Casey to be welcomed into such a loving family. I'll be thinking of you all this weekend and sending much love across the continents.
    Thank you, by the way, for continuing to write your lovely stories and record your podcasts. I enjoy them all, even though I have been rather quiet on the comments of late.

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      I'm so excited to see you on my blog! Where have you been? Writing and working on your other project, I imagine. You are missed!

      We are very blessed having Casey join our family. It was a very beautiful wedding. Thank you so much for your thoughts and love. Thank you also for your kind and encouraging words about my blog and podcasts. I'm glad you're still reading and listening. I will share some wedding stories very soon! Sending my love back to you.

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    I am so looking forward to photos and updates from the wedding! Congratulations!!!!

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      I didn't do very well with the photos. I was too excited to pay much attention to the camera settings. However, Sophie tells me we can rescue the photos with some quick editing in Photoshop. I shall work on them and then share some with you. Thank you for your congratulations!

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    I'm so happy for you. What a great family celebration. I hope you all enjoy it very much, and wish you all the best and Gods ample blessings for the young couple.

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      The wedding was perfect. It was indeed a great family celebration. I didn't think I would be in any danger of crying, but tears welled up in my eyes as Casey and Callum were married. I felt so very blessed. It was a joyful day! May God also bless you and your family.

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    Congratulations to all of you! Gaining a daughter is a lovely way to look at a marriage in the family. Enjoy the crowd around you while you have them 🙂

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      An Almost Unschooling Mom,

      I hope Casey's mother doesn't mind sharing her daughter with me! She is gaining a son, her first one! I did enjoy having my whole family around me. Felicity and her husband are now on their way back to Perth. Of course Callum and Casey are away on their honeymoon. The house feels a bit empty, but that's okay because I think we now need some quiet time after all the excitement!

    • Wendy
    • September 13, 2015

    Congratulations and prayers for you all! Having a loving and supportive MIL makes such a difference!

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      I hope I can be a good MIL. Thank you so much for your prayers and congratulations!

    • Miu
    • September 16, 2015

    I am so happy for all of you! I'm wishing Callum and Casey all the best for their marriage and life together and I am sure you are going to be a great mother to your sixth daughter 🙂

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      Thank you for your encouraging words and for sharing in our happiness! It's always so lovely to see you on my blog.

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