Author: Ernie Straub III
It’s the Christmas season again. That means it’s time for many traditions for the Straub household. The decorating of the tree, hanging the Christmas lights, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the true meaning of Christmas. And of course, watching my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life!
This iconic movie is such a great reminder each December about the things that matter. I’m admittedly a bit of a softie, and I’ll admit I always get choked up when George Bailey sees the moments of his life flash by in a montage of scenes, blessings from his ordinary life being realized.
As I reflect back on my year, I have many things to be thankful for. One day that will forever be etched in my mind is October 22nd, 2016. Why, you ask? It’s the day my son Matt married his bride, Kathleen.
I may be a bit biased, but that sunny October day may have been the most perfect day of the year. The weather was truly idyllic. And all of our favorite people were there! From Thailand to Texas, Mexico City to Mississippi, California to Washington D.C., family members, and friends came to celebrate the start of their life together.
So many moments came together to make that weekend truly special.
These are snapshots that I’ll not soon forget:
Gathering with the groomsmen in the back room of the church before the ceremony and praying over Matt and Kathleen’s marriage.
Laughter echoing in the sanctuary as four rambunctious ring bearers made their way down the aisle, hamming it up and whacking their flowers along the church pews.
Watching the newlyweds arrive at their reception in a helicopter, wind blowing Kathleen’s dress, walking hand in hand with her new husband into a night of fun family dancing and celebration.
But perhaps the moment that sticks out most is seeing my son watch as the doors to St. Agnes Catholic Church were opened, and he saw his beautiful bride walk down the aisle.
I saw my son, a grown man whom I’m so proud of, but I also saw our baby that didn’t start walking until he was 17 months. I saw the little boy that I coached in soccer and our son who lights up the room with his goofy impersonations and a great sense of humor. I saw my Matthew, with eyes full of love, ready to start this new chapter in his life.
As a parent, you live to see your children happy. In this moment my heart was overflowing with joy.
Adding to The Straub Family
Part of the reason that weddings are so beautiful is that it means that our family is expanding. Not only was it a time to see family and loved ones we hadn’t seen in a long time, but it was also a time of getting to know our new family, The Shaneyfelt clan.
It’s crazy to think that we didn’t know this couple just two years ago. We met David and Cari a few months after Matt started dating their daughter, Kathleen. We just hit it off right away. We truly feel as though we’ve found new lifelong friends!
And speaking of Kathleen, we couldn’t be more excited to have this compassionate, level-headed girl with a surprising sense of humor be a part of our family. She and Matt make such a great couple, and it was beautiful to watch their courtship grow into a God-centered love that will last forever.
From Our Family to Yours
At work, we talk all the time about “The Straub Family,” the network of people that we share life with. Some are related by blood or marriage, but I truly feel this extends to the men and women that I work alongside every day.
Weddings are such unique opportunities to stop and remember the important aspects of a full life. They make up the snapshots that you recall when you think about your life, just like the things that Clarence showed George Bailey in that 1946 classic.
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish your family the best this Christmas season. We at Straub Construction feel honored to know you and hope that you take the time to remember all of the moments in your past year that blessed you.
It truly is “A Wonderful Life.”
P.S., A huge thank you to all of the vendors who made this day go off without a hitch!
- The gorgeous St. Agnes Catholic Church
- Brancato’s Catering, for their incredible food and service
- The Kansas City Air Museum, for the perfect reception venue!