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The Steps to the Reception
by Dan Vander Ark
09/10/07
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The wedding for our youngest daughter Courtney was approaching fast. The reception was going to be held at the Solway Town Hall and the stage was going to be where the head table was placed. In order to make it easier for the bridal party to get up to the stage and down to the main floor I told our daughter that I would build some portable wooden steps. I procrastinated (as I normally do on things) and Courtney sent an email inquiring as to the “state of the steps.” The following is the actual email exchange that took place between us.

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Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 1:47 PM
From: Courtney
To: Dad
Subject: Steps

Hi Dad ~ Did Mom ask you about the steps for the reception?

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Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 2:19 PM
From: Dad
To: Courtney
Subject: RE: Steps

Yep - I told her:

Step One - you gotta fall in love with someone really nice and someone who loves your son....yeah, someone like Gus!

Step Two - you gotta decide to get married and hang around with the person in step one your whole life - even when you or they are crabby or you find a couple dings or dents in their knight-in-shining armor armor.

Step Three - you set a date to get married and ask you father, who just happens to be a preacher, to marry you two.

Step Four - You walk down the aisle with your father and he cries and his wife cries and everyone is just crying, crying, crying all over the place because they're so happy - even the little dude (Courtney’s son) is crying...

Step Five - You say, I DO!

Step Six - You walk back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Gus, get in the F150 Ford Limo and go to the Town Hall.

Step Seven - you eat and smile and dance and talk to friends and family.

Step Eight - somewhere along the way make sure you invite Jesus to be a part of your family - He can make things go a whole lot better and has had a lot of experience in human problems and predicaments. He brings joy where a lot of times there is just sadness and He can make something beautiful out of what was all broken.

And those are the steps to the reception!

Dad :-)

Or were you talking about the wooden steps up to the stage?

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Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 2:53 PM
From: Courtney
To: Dad
Subject: Re: Steps

Oh Daddy, I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Just in case you didn't already know that!) Yes, I did mean the wooden steps for the stage!! :-)



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