Feeling smooshy sentimental today… And warning… A happy post ahead! (HOORAY!)
It warrants being written about. Tomorrow my big brother, one of my best friends, is getting married. Married. My heart smiles knowing that he is so happy and contented.
I know I have mentioned before, but it needs to be said… I hold my brother in high regard. I have three amazing brothers… However this is dedicated to the big bro… He is an all around great guy. He doesn’t have it in him to hurt any one with intent, he is a BRILLIANT father to my two nieces and nephew, he is an AMAZING uncle, a great son and brother, a wonderful partner and a successful and hard worker. His whole life he has been loved and adored by all. He’s the kind of guy that guys want to be mates with and girls swooned over. It made high school difficult for me as my friends were all “Ooooooo he is sooooo hotttt” *roll eyes*… but secretly, I was pretty proud of him (Though I prayed he NEVER got together with any of my friends)… And thankfully, he didn’t…
Growing up we fought of course, but got along far more… Through my parent’s separation and divorce we became closer and he went from over protective big brother to over protective big brother, who was also my friend and confidant.
For all the events my Dad misses, Dan was there. He drove me to friend’s houses, he bought me new shoes when I was too embarrassed to ask my parents for new ones, he confronted any bullies I had at school and warned them to stay away. He coached my basketball team, he always threw himself into helping out my birthday parties and when my first marriage ended, he was there 100%, supporting me through it and even enrolled me into Uni. I would never have graduated last week if it wasn’t for him.
I have so many great memories of growing up.
He is 5 years older than me yet he still put out a Santa sack until I was old enough to catch on , he also used to camp out in the lounge room with me and would say “Did you hear that? I think I heard bells?”…
When I was in pre-school, he would always come and visit me at the fence and shove through yogo and other food in case I was hungry.
He always used to build forts in the house and at the time I thought he was as into it as me… Then I realised that being 5 years older, he did that FOR me…
I’ll never forget the day my daughter was born and I phoned him to tell him the news… He was at work at the time and I could hear him yell out “I AM AN UNCLE! I HAVE A NIECE!” with absolute joy and pride. Even today he adores my kids and treats them as he does his own…
As adults, we have the same warped sense of humour and often will chuckle at things with others giving us that “ooooookay then” look.
I chose him as my “man of honour” at my wedding to Kelly as whole else in the world could possibly fill those shoes?
Back to marriage… Yes he has been married before. So was I. I want to say right now I adored my former sister-in-law as I do the new one… I still love her dearly and always will.
I have been INSANELY lucky in the way to have two wonderful women come into my life.
Jetske, my brother’s wife to be, is an absolutely GORGEOUS individual. I knew from the day I met her he would marry her. She would walk into a room and he would instantly relax. She absolutely idolises him and loves him so dearly. My brother has always been a work horse, and to a degree still is, but around her he knows how to stop. He knows how to breathe and he knows he can enjoy the day instead of worrying about the world (Which his whole life, he has always seemed to do).
I love Jetske’s aura. She is so loving and warm and is a natural with children. She has also been a massive part of getting me through the cancer. She was there all the way through and one of the very first on my doorstep the day I found out. How can we not love this woman?
This, believe it or not, is highly condensed. I could forever go on.
Daniel, I love you bro. You are an absolutely AMAZING person and I thank you for being the best big brother in the world… I could not have gotten through the highs and lows without you.
I wish you and Jetske all the love and happiness your hands and hearts can hold. I hope you have as much love and happiness and Kelly and I do. You both deserve the very best of everything and I am so honoured to be there with you tomorrow, and more so, sign my name on the paper to make it official.
Congratulations my beautifuls xoxox
My Brother and his Beautiful Wife (To Be)