A Legacy of Love

Marriage, faith, and family

I am so blessed to be surrounded by a lineage of love stories in my family. From my great grandparents to my parents, they provided me with a strong foundation of marriage, faith, and family. I never had the opportunity to meet my Grandma Mayrose but this is a letter she wrote for all her future generations to come:

To the Descendants of Rose and Joseph Breakey,

All of us, whether by birth or marriage share a powerful heritage. We are also joined together by a bond of love – a love that shows itself in many ways – even when we all don’t see each other or perhaps in the case of the 4th generation don’t even know each other very well. One of the examples of that love is this letter.

Two gifts can come to all of us as the result of that union of Rose and Joseph Breakey. What we do with them is our own choice. If we use these gifts there isn’t anything we as individuals or as a group can’t accomplish, and have great joy and satisfaction even in the midst of pain, frustration, and trouble. 

These gifts are examples. Example of family in its finest sense – sharing- working – helping- and yes, maybe on occasion fighting – but always a source of strength – sharing – and laughing or first coping. 

The other, and perhaps most important is the gift of faith in the Almighty God that these Irish grandparents passed on to us. No pious, holy holy mystical jumbo jumbo – but the strong, practical guide to the merciful, loving, providence of God. Grammy said once – “Do everything with the right intention – do the best you can every day and don’t think too much about the mysteries of religion – it can drive you crazy. But live up to your faith, but live up to what you believe.” 

For some reason, I had to put these thoughts on paper and send them on to you. As I think of our members and I think of how spread out we all are from the beginning in Ireland, Scotland, and Newark, what a triumph to see these two gifts flourish and grow beyond our wildest expectations and what a pity if either should wither or die.

Each day or whenever I go to Communion I pray – Into your words, O Lord, I place all of the needs and decisions of all these for whom I wish to pray, all these for whom I promised to pray and all those for whom I’m bound to pray – and assure you that for you. You I most particularly wish to pray whether I now sign this letter.

Your most loving –
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, [grandmother] or cousin,
Mayrose

Marriage to me is so much more than a union between two people because it’s the beginning and continuation of a family. I am a wedding photographer because I love capturing other people’s love stories. I love witnessing something that has so much hope and a future for generations to come. <3

August 13, 2018

A Legacy of Love

Marriage, faith, and family

I am so blessed to be surrounded by a lineage of love stories in my family. From my great grandparents to my parents, they provided me with a strong foundation of marriage, faith, and family. I never had the opportunity to meet my Grandma Mayrose but this is a letter she wrote for all her future generations to come:

To the Descendants of Rose and Joseph Breakey,

All of us, whether by birth or marriage share a powerful heritage. We are also joined together by a bond of love – a love that shows itself in many ways – even when we all don’t see each other or perhaps in the case of the 4th generation don’t even know each other very well. One of the examples of that love is this letter.

Two gifts can come to all of us as the result of that union of Rose and Joseph Breakey. What we do with them is our own choice. If we use these gifts there isn’t anything we as individuals or as a group can’t accomplish, and have great joy and satisfaction even in the midst of pain, frustration, and trouble. 

These gifts are examples. Example of family in its finest sense – sharing- working – helping- and yes, maybe on occasion fighting – but always a source of strength – sharing – and laughing or first coping. 

The other, and perhaps most important is the gift of faith in the Almighty God that these Irish grandparents passed on to us. No pious, holy holy mystical jumbo jumbo – but the strong, practical guide to the merciful, loving, providence of God. Grammy said once – “Do everything with the right intention – do the best you can every day and don’t think too much about the mysteries of religion – it can drive you crazy. But live up to your faith, but live up to what you believe.” 

For some reason, I had to put these thoughts on paper and send them on to you. As I think of our members and I think of how spread out we all are from the beginning in Ireland, Scotland, and Newark, what a triumph to see these two gifts flourish and grow beyond our wildest expectations and what a pity if either should wither or die.

Each day or whenever I go to Communion I pray – Into your words, O Lord, I place all of the needs and decisions of all these for whom I wish to pray, all these for whom I promised to pray and all those for whom I’m bound to pray – and assure you that for you. You I most particularly wish to pray whether I now sign this letter.

Your most loving –
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, [grandmother] or cousin,
Mayrose

Marriage to me is so much more than a union between two people because it’s the beginning and continuation of a family. I am a wedding photographer because I love capturing other people’s love stories. I love witnessing something that has so much hope and a future for generations to come. <3

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