Friday, July 19, 2013

Ryan Grimm, PhD

Our whole family loves Ryan Grimm

Benjamin met Ryan in nursery school and they have been friends ever since . . .
through their childhood, adolescent years, high school, college, and now into adulthood

It was such an honor when Ryan agreed to perform Benjamin and Lindsay's wedding ceremony.
He did whatever it takes to get licensed/ordained in Georgia and took the task to heart.  

Many friends remarked that it was one of the most personal 
and moving wedding ceremonies they have attended.

One of my favorite parts was when he shared this hand blessing

Hand Blessing Ceremony

Ben and Lindsay, please face each other and place your palms together so you may feel the gift that you are to one another.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children and support your grandchildren.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family together.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that - even when wrinkled and aged - will still be reaching for yours.

Ben and Lindsay, may you see your four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

May these hands always reach out with love, tenderness and respect.

May these hands continue to build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime.

By the way - we also love Ryan's wife Katie
who confessed to drawing funny(?) pictures in Ryan's script to help 
him keep from getting choked-up {which he did every time he practiced}

Thanks Ryan from the bottom of our hearts . . . 

To Friendship: 
"There are wood ships, and there are steel ships, 
Many ships that sail the sea. 
But the best ships, are friendships, 
And may they always be."

{wish I had the photo of Ryan standing on a chair at the rehearsal dinner giving this blessing}

{photo credits: Adam Giese}


Debby said...

I love the hand blessing.

Crickit said...

Oh my Goodness! I am in tears reading the Hand Blessing and the friendship poem! What a wonderful friend Ryan must be to your family and what a wonderful memory for your son and "new" daughter!

Pondside said...

I have never heard of a hand blessing - what a beautiful tradition!

Christine said...

What a gift!
Your family has been blessed with the love a friendship that defines this bond.

(What a cute idea to add funny drawings to Ryan's script, made me chuckle)

Sounds like it was a lovey wedding.
I'm so happy for you!

Enjoy the Little Things said...

From Ryan:
This wedding was one of the most fun and special times I have had with the Hastings family! I was happy to play a part on Benjamin Hastings and Lindsay Allen Hastings' special day

Robyn said...

What an absolute blessing!..

Just a little something from Judy said...

I felt the tears as I read this piece that Ryan shared. What a beautiful and meaningful way to address this couple. I think it is something the couple will never forget. Did you copy and frame it for them?