July has been a month of celebrations in the Madhouse. On the 7th, my brother, Ty, and his beautiful partner of 10 years, Lisa, celebrated their love with a marriage ceremony. It was wonderful.
My brother wore a kilt in my mother’s family tartan – The MacDonnell of Keppoch. He participated in an old Scot’s tradition of presenting his bride with a sash in the family tartan. They performed a smudging ceremony; read 2 beautiful Native wedding prayers (note: we aren’t of Native blood, but my brother is a very spiritual person); and stole a kiss before the officiant said “kiss the bride”.
The other exciting event that happened, the day after the wedding interestingly enough, was the birth of the kids’ nephew – Callum. Their older sister, Cassandra (my step-daughter, I still say that even though I’m not married to her biological father anymore), gave birth to her first-born on July 8. He weighed a whopping 8lbs 14oz and is cute as a button if I do say so myself.
I think I’m finally caught up on all the events that have happened, whew. We’ll now return to our regular programming – as regular it gets in the Madhouse, anyway!