My Little Girl Gets Married Today!

two-elephants-in-love-heartToday is my daughter Erin‘s wedding day. The best part is that she and Abe have a terrific relationship. They listen to, respect and admire each other. And they’re both a couple of big goofballs, which I particularly appreciate.

Happy Wedding Day to Erin and Abe!


Erin and Abe


Erin and her proud, happy dad (that would be me)

Erin and her proud, happy dad (that would be me)


In honor of today, I would like to dedicate this piece from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran to Erin and Abe:


You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.


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75 Responses to “My Little Girl Gets Married Today!”

  1. Kate Says:


    What a coincidence – my daugther Erin and her intended, Abe, are getting married today, too! I love the quote from The Prophet – wise words.

    I look forward to all the days she and Abe are together, just as I cherish all that has come before.

    Thanks for being a wonderful father to our daughter.



  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    And thank you for being a great mom to the best girl ever!

  3. 2Serenity Says:

    Congratulations to your daughter and to your family. It’s a blessing for you to share this precious time with her as she transitions into the woman that you nurtured her to be!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, ZSerenity! Erin is already there! She’s a mature and wise 30-year old woman. I’m very proud of her!

  5. Martha (TAZ31263) on twitter Says:

    Well first, you do not look old enough to have a daughter getitng married.. but then again, I’m told I do not look like someone’s grandma…..
    CONGRATS to ALL!!!!! I know when my daughter got married 3 yrs this july , I was so proud… as I know you are….
    Kudo’s to you and Kate for being Great Parents….

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Martha! Yep, my lil’ bear cub just turned 30 twelve days ago!

  7. Ali Holden Says:

    Beautiful! Congrats!

  8. justcharrie Says:

    Congratulations Phil! In a matter of time you’ll be a granddad, hehe…are you ready?


  9. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You bet I’m ready, justcharrie!

  10. Martha (TAZ31263) on twitter Says:

    How wonderful……
    Yep, next will be the grandchildren… Which are Truly AWESOME…
    I have 4… Love it!!!
    I would not trade parenthood, or grandparenthood for anything…..

    Thank you for sharing the photos. I still swear you’re not old enough to have grown children.

    Many Blessing to all of you!

  11. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Martha! Can’t wait for the grandcubs!

  12. Dan St. Paul Says:


    Huge congrats to you and Erin!!!


  13. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Dan! Great to hear from you!

  14. becky Says:

    Congratulations! Love the words of the prophet — so true. We are celebrating our 25 year anniversary next week – couldn’t be happier.

  15. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Love it! Thanks, Becky! Those are three great words: “Couldn’t be happier!”

  16. Cynthia Says:

    Congratulation Phil, She’s a beautiful bride. You look great too.
    Love & Blessings to you and Erin

  17. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, C.J.!

  18. Rachel Says:

    You look so young next to her! How beautiful.

  19. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Rachel! Yes, my lil’ bear cub has grown into a beautiful young woman!

  20. Selina Says:

    Erin & Abe… May your DAY be BLESSED with ALL that IS GOOD in this WORLD. Congratulations Phil & Kate! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with all us…

  21. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks you, Selina! I appreciate that!

  22. GypsyOwl Says:

    Phil and Kate, Erin and Abe,
    Brightest Blessings!

  23. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much, Deb!

  24. Marci B Says:

    How sweet are those pics!! When did you have her, when you were 12!! So glad you shared your wonderful day with us:) You rock brother!!!

  25. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Marci!

  26. Cesar Says:

    Congratulations Phil they are a lovely couple, your daughter is very beautiful too! You two look like bestfriends. Wish you all the best. God bless.

  27. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Cesar!

  28. Deb Reilly Says:

    You and Kate were able to give Erin a precious gift–teaching her by example what unconditional love and respect for a spouse is all about.

    Congratulations to all of you!

  29. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Deb!

  30. Max Says:

    Phil, Erin, and Abe, congratulations to you all and may be first born be named Max (or Maxine) heheh.

    And a redhead too, just I was in my younger days.

  31. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Max!

  32. Nancy H C Says:

    Dear Phil & Kate –

    Congratulations to my college mates! Looks like “Kate Jnr.” gave you a sweet new son-in-law.

    My best wishes to all for much joy!

    Nancy G.

  33. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Nancy! It was a perfect day!

  34. Nancy H C Says:

    PS – I read that passage at the wedding of Mpls. friends years [decades] ago: It is LOVELY and WISE.

    Nancy G.

  35. Phil Bolsta Says:

    What a coincidence! Just like you!

  36. Yoke-Yin Purcaro Says:


    Congratulations! You daughter is beautiful! And you look handsome too!

  37. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Yoke-Yin!

  38. Cheryl Coulter Says:

    Well… time does accelerate as we age, doesn’t it?? My heartfelt congrats to you and Kate, and of course to the lovely bride and handsome groom – (Our twin guys just turned 27 two days ago, yikes!)
    Wonderful glowing pics ! All best wishes all around! Thanks for sharing!
    Heaven give you many, many merry days! (as Shakespeare would say!)

  39. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Time does indeed fly, Cheryl! Happy belated birthday to your twin guys!

  40. Julia Rogers Hamrick Says:

    She’s lovely, Phil! Radiant, happy, and confident.

    Good job, Pop!

  41. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Julia! Radiant is indeed the operative word!

  42. Fran Rachal Says:

    You have every right to be proud. They are a lovely couple and lucky to have such a great Dad. Thanks for sharing!


  43. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Fran!

  44. Catherine Nagle Says:

    Wow! How Beautiful You Are!

    Congratulations Erin and Abe, and to you Dad. I can see the joy and love in your smiles.

    Many blessings today and for many years to come!:-)


  45. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much, Catherine!

  46. Val Says:

    The last time I saw Erin she was a baby – and so were you and Kate…and I!
    Congrats to all you all and I’ll bet Abe knows he’s as lucky to be in your family as you are to be in his!

  47. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Great to hear from you, Val! Yes, seems like our college days were one or two lifetimes ago! Abe is a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him in the family!

  48. Debi Blacklidge Says:

    Thanks for sharing. They look 12 …but then everyone does to me these days [including you]

    Congratulations Dad …nice work…she looks like a sweetheart.

  49. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Debi! She is indeed a sweetheart!

  50. Mimi Says:

    yeah, congratulations!
    May our Lord bless them abundantly.
    Fondly Mimi (reader)

  51. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Mimi!

  52. Nancy Freaner Says:

    You have been a great example for Erin and I’m sure she has attracted a wonderful man and extended your family. Many blessings.

  53. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Abe is indeed a wonderful guy, Nancy! Thanks!

  54. Micchan Says:

    Hmm. So sweet. Your wife’s even commenting in your own blog. lol

  55. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Michhan!

  56. Micchan Says:

    But really, Mr. Phil. You don’t look that old to have a 30 yr old daughter. :)
    Anyway, Congrats to your daughter. She’s gorgeous.
    Hahaha. And to think that at first I thought she was still 7 today when you mentioned her in your Charice post. lol

  57. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Nope, she’s all growed up, Micchan!

  58. Sue Birkam Says:

    Wow Phil, great blog post. It’s bittersweet to see your children get married. I have a 32 year old daughter who has been married for about 8 years. The best part are when the grandchildren come. You have much to look forward to. I’m sure you know that even when they are married they remain your precious children all of your life. Best wishes to you and your family.

  59. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Sue. Yes, I hope I get to experience the joy of grandcubs!

  60. charlene Says:

    The joy manifested by your “ear to ear” smile is so contagious. Just looking at the lovely daughter and daddy picture makes me smile with gladness too. Congratulations to the lovely couple and to both parents…who I think are real models to these young couple. God Bless!

  61. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Charlene! I am indeed a joyful daddy!

  62. Mike Jobes Says:

    My God, how time flies. It seems just yesterday, Erin was just a little child, now all grown up. Congratuations to Erin and Abe and to Phil.
    Mike Jobes

  63. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Mike! And it seems like just yesterday that we were horsing around in Sherburne Hall at SCSU! How can that be more than 30 years ago?????

  64. mzzlee mzzlee Says:

    i just got these! beautiful. just beautiful. thanks!

  65. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much, mzzlee!

  66. Jesme Chua Says:

    Thanks for sharing your joy. I think I can feel it

  67. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much, Jesme!

  68. Frances Says:

    Thank you for sharing this Phil.
    It had me stop and lovingly reflect on my own marriage. The piece from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is wonderful. My husband and I had it as a part of our marriage ceremony 4 wonderful years ago.
    All the best to Erin and Abe and your entire family.

  69. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Frances! Congratulations on your own wedded bliss!

  70. Betty Tuininga Says:

    Congratulations Phil and to your daughter and her husband. My son and his wife have been married 9 years now and have presented me with three beautiful grandsons. I thought motherhood was special, becoming a grandparent is fabulous. They were able to establish their lives before having children and have continued to manage the balance necessary for a happy marriage, jobs, and kids.

    I wish the same success for your daughter and her husband.

  71. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you so much, Betty. I hope to have a grandcub soon myself! You are a lucky woman!

  72. Laura Bruce Says:

    They are definitely two peas in a corn stalk! (That’s a good thing, I think. :-)

  73. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I like it! Very creative, Laura!

  74. mel Says:

    Mr. Phil Bolsta,

    Although I didn’t personally know you or your daughter, I would like to extend my best wishes and congratulations to both of you in this happy event.

    I love Kahlil Gibran’s poems especially the one which tell something like this “your children are not your children…”. Sorry I forgot the rest, it was the only line I remembered from my second year high school days.

  75. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for your kind wishes, Mel. And I see by a later comment that you did indeed find my post with the Kahlil Gibran poem you liked:

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