Steph, we promise to love you as a daughter. We've always adored you. At first I'm sure it was because Tom did. We've gotten to know you pretty well now and welcome you into our family with open arms as I know Tom has been welcomed into yours. That is as it should be. I know Tom is fortunate to be marrying such a lovely, talented, and good hearted lady from a really good, family oriented family.
Many marriages eventually go bad because the wife wakes up one day to the realization that she didn't marry the person she thought she did. I can guarantee you that is not the case here. You are getting what you see. This is no act. Tom is the real deal. There was never a phony bone in his body. He is genuine and loyal. He is kind and will give everyone the benefit of the doubt. You already know all of this.
As You and Tom make your promises to each other and to God the day after tomorrow, we will be there with you, probably a little teary eyed but we will be rejoicing. What a wonderful day that will be.
When Tom was a sophomore in High School he talked to his Mom at an event in town and kissed her good bye and said "I love you Mom". One lady who witnessed that outward show of affection in front of several people said "I can't wait to see what special girl God has planned for Tom." Turns out she was right. God did and You my dear, are special.
May your childrens children celebrate the anniversary of this Blessed event.
So here is to Tom and Stephanie and together forever!