Is that not the sweetest picture? He got #2 to snap a picture of his hands as he held #5 in his arms.
"These are the hands..." refers to an exercise we did at the Engaged Encounter we went to before we were married. I remembered thinking "this is going to be so lame" when we sat cross-legged facing each other. My soon-to-be groom held my hands as the weekend's leaders read, "These are the hands that are smooth, young, and carefree that will hold yours as she gives you her pledge to love you and accepts your ring on your wedding day in committing to you all the days of her life." They went on describing the role of my hands through various stages of married life.
Then, it was my turn to hold the hands of my fiance. The leader started:
"These are the hands, young and strong and vibrant with love that will hold yours on your wedding day as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too feels his child stir within your womb.
These are the hands that look so large and clumsy, yet will be so gentle, as he holds your baby for the first time.
These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your family.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes - the tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness and hold you when fear or grief rack your mind.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes - the eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you."
I don't know about anyone else in the room that day, but my face was soaked with tears by that point, just like last night..... as I read the inside of the card he made. By hand. Those hands!