It's been nearly three years since this special day. Samuel and Lorah were married in a beautiful barn wedding in Gloucestershire and it was a perfect day in so many ways, despite the cold and windy March weather. Eric had the privilege of conducting the wedding ceremony and then they flew away off to Spain for a sunny honeymoon.
Samuel and Lorah are a shinning example of how to build a great marriage, how to overcome life's many challenges with finesse and even how to build a business together. It has been such a joy to watch this lovely couple grow together. Just when things could get any better it did! Tears of joy and champagne flowed freely as we celebrated the amazing news that a new little person would be joining our family. Oh my goodness I have never been so excited in all my life!!!
Now, onto a not so happy part. I have never been so fearful in all my life! Lorah had the most horrific 4 day labour which ended in a caesarean - a story that's not mine to tell but what I can tell is that all faith went out the window as I spent days and nights crying and pleading with God for their very lives. It might not have been quite as dramatic as that but for me it was. I feared so much, it was horrible. Sam was absolutely brilliant through it all, not only being a rock for Lorah but also keeping all the family across the globe informed every step of the way and keeping us comforted too. Sam has always had a special place in my heart but now I have a whole new level of respect for him. As for Lorah, well I simply don't know how she did it! But after all the crying and drama they was great joy when little Emily Beard finally made her entrance into the world just after 2pm on Tuesday 26th January weighing just over 8 lbs.
Here I am!!! Grandma with baby Emily.
And more importantly, here is the happy new mommy and daddy.
Excuse the nasty camera phone photos from the hospital but Lorah hasn't quite got back behind the camera yet. In weeks, months and years to come I am sure we will have some lovely photos to share with you :)