Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Warm Welcome

Even though it means our wedding day is now just around the corner (only five months to go!), I always feel a little melancholy to see the holiday season come to a close. But this year, just when I thought the fun had all come to an end, I returned home from California to find a couple extra presents waiting for me, courtesy of my generous and thoughtful future mother-and-father-in-law.

After unveiling summery clothes and leis to take along on our Hawaiian honeymoon trip, as well as gorgeous brass candlesticks and some delicious goodies, I unwrapped a small final box to discover a handcrafted necklace with Chinese characters inscribed on the front.

I loved the necklace for its simple beauty, but what did the characters mean? I checked the package insert to find out, and felt tears well in my eyes as I read over the explanation. Even though there are a few months left before we marry and I officially become part of Stephen’s family, this touching gift helps me feel that I already am.

Why? Because that’s exactly what those Chinese characters spell out. Family.

Is there a special moment you experienced or item you received that made you truly feel welcomed into your fiancĂ©’s family?

(Photo Credit: Stephen Walrath)


  1. That's so great! I'm so happy for you. I think I felt this way after we got engaged and the fiance's family did a special puja (religious Hindu blessing) ceremony for us. It was just me with the fiance's immediate family, and it was such a touching and special moment.

  2. Thats an awesome gift! How thoughtful of them!

  3. Hi Heather, we have a few mutual friends (Party Planner Gal, Chocolate Lover) so I figured I would say hi.

    That is such a sweet gesture and a wonderful welcome to the family.

  4. I have always felt accepted and loved by Mr Fix It's family immediately after I met them. I wonder if and what they might do to 'welcome' me into the family officially but I don't think it's necessary. They are amazing and I love them! How sweet to receive such a wonderful gift.