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Father of the Bride Speech

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This weekend we went to a great wedding for some friends of ours, and my wife and I got a chance to spend some nice time together celebrating our 10 years together, too.

It was the first real wedding since our daughter was born, so when the father of the bride came up to give his toast about his baby daughter, it struck a new chord deep inside me. As he spoke of how he was changing her diaper what seemed like yesterday, I was thinking I was changing my daughter's diaper yesterday. As he spoke of all of the memories they had in his reflection, I thought of how we were making those memories today.

So I had a thought ... maybe every wedding I go to from now until my daughters I'll write her a short note. At the end of the next 20-25 marriages, I think I'll have a pretty good speech written. Not sure how it will all work out, but hopefully it will become one of the most meaningful moments in our relationship.

Maybe this will be the opening to the speech ...


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 9:11 PM |

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At 7/23/2006, Blogger Courtney said...

Josh... I think that would be amazing. This was the first time that I sat listening to a father daughter speech and wondered what my dad would say. Even as I get older my relationship with my dad is still one of the most meaningful.

At 7/23/2006, Blogger offroadcamry said...

Bro, our weekend pastor, Rod, does something similar for his son, and just started a new tradition for his daughter. For his son, Rhett, whenever he leaves town for a conference (and he goes to about 4-5 a year) he writes him a little note about how much he missed him and loves him, and about what he learned and how he can add it to his ministry, and how Rhett can add it to his life.

For his daughter, Emerson, he takes a picture of the event that he feels captures what the event is most trying to convey.

Food for thought. I totally admire and respect you so much dude. I can't wait to hang again!

At 7/24/2006, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

Thanks for the kind words ... it really was a great learning for me. Weddings have taken on a whole new meaning! JG

At 7/26/2006, Blogger phil said...

so i may totally be taking that idea and personalizing it a bit! i tell you what man...my oldest daughter is 5 now. I was an emotional wreck at 2 weddings this summer...because i can just see her getting older.

The son was just born a month ago...i'm so flippin sentimental these days.


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