Wedding:: Rainft + Amanda

When families are blended it’s not like a smoothie,
where all the ingredients combine to make a new flavor.
In the multiflavored family,
each flavor remains unique,
each name remains its own.

There is joy in blending families,
but sometimes tears, too.
You don’t deny the one for the other,
you are more together,
yet equal apart.
You are “and” rather than “or.”
There is more of you–

So praise our blended family,
let it bring abundance into all our lives.
Let there be strength in our numbers,
as there are now more shoulders to lean on,
more hands to lend,
more hearts to be kept in,
more love to share in its union and bond.

And let each of us make the best that is all of us
shine more brightly, now, together.
— Scott Edward Anderson