And on this day she will be wed…

You’re pregnant.

It’s a girl.

She’s healthy; ten fingers, ten toes.

All words that I’ve carried with me for 28 years, actually closer to 29 now.

Life is an epic, amazing journey, filled with surprises, some good, some not, but all of it makes us whole.  Like you, you made me whole.  Not in that you completed me, but rather you made me change who I thought I was going to be, and who I thought I needed to be.  From the minute I peed on the stick that alerted me to the fact that:  “YOU’RE PREGNANT.”  I knew I would be forever changed.  What that change would look like, I had no way of knowing.

You challenged me, you entertained me, and most importantly you grounded me.  You, by being born, gave me roots, and you gave them to your father as well.

And now here we are.  Today you are no longer Miss. Brianna Bisson, today you are officially, Mrs. Brianna Franklin.  When we named you, thanks in large part to your Nana, we had no idea that your name would be more fitting as a married woman than it was as our little girl.  Brianna Leigh Franklin, it has a lovely ring to it.

When I look around this room, at all these faces, at the people we love, who love us, who love you, who know you, and know Craig, I have only one thing to say to you Mrs. Brianna Franklin.  You made this possible.  Because without you, there would be none of this.  You were the seed that planted this incredible life that I enjoy, that I love, that I’m blessed to have, and I thank you.

Thank you for choosing a 19 year old who never thought about ever having any of this to be your Momma.

Thank you for being the rock during so many tumultuous times when you really were too little to carry that burden.

Thank you for never losing faith in me, in dad, in “us.”

Thank you for being stoic, for keeping a stiff upper lip, for coming in clutch with a joke, and for “never letting us see you cry.” It is a wish I have that you wouldn’t have had to do that, but such is life, and what is done cannot be undone.  So now my new wish for you Mrs. Craig Franklin is that you have now found your rock, your stiff upper lip in Craig, and may you see no shame in breaking down in his arms, and letting him carry the load that you so often chose to carry on your tiny shoulders.

I love you, and although as a mother when you hear the words:  “MOM I’VE FOUND MY ONE. MOMMA I’M GETTING MARRIED” as Mom, one is never fully prepared.  There’s always that teeny tiny bit of doubt in the corner of a mother’s heart; more to do with not ever wanting to see your daughter with a broken heart.  The worry that it “might not work out.”  I can tell you after witnessing you and Craig together all these months, I can truthfully say that I will sleep soundly tonight, in full support of your marriage to one another.

I love you B, and I pray that your love affair will be one that your kids tell their friends that they want to have for themselves.

Thanks for picking me beautiful girl, and how fortunate is Craig that you’ve also picked him.

xoxo Momma



  1. Continued from part one.
    Today I cry because I remember you growing up with your heart and your mind so full of expectations and dreams bigger then Toronto for yourself and all of the pressure you put on yourself even as a child. I still see you walking up the driveway on that Saturday morning in July, after you did the home test. And I knew as soon as I saw you, before you had a chance to break the news because I had been dreaming of you all night in different stages of your life. MOM I’M HAVING A BABY! I hugged you both and told you how happy I was for you. Even as I saw you and Yannick standing there so young and so new to each other in your relationship, looking scared and unsure I wondered, how would these two kids ever survive this? And now, here we are. Not only did you survive, you rocked it as dedicated partners to each other and as amazing parents to your beautiful family. You made me proud every time you refused to give up. But mostly I cried because I lived with you through the years of perseverance, struggle determination and love that you and Yannick have for each other and your beautiful girls that saw you come to this day. I don’t tell you often enough how very much I love all of you and how very proud you make me. Well done my son and my beautiful girl. From my heart and soul. Thank you for choosing me. xoxo

  2. I have never commented here, on your blog before, but today, I feel I have so much to say to you my darling girl. I am writing this with a lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face.. I cried tears of joy and happiness on Saturday while I sat and observed all of the preparation and flurry of activity in the “brides cabin”. And again when Brianna put on her beautiful gown. I witnessed her calm and radiant as never before and I thought, she knows her and Craig have chosen well and that makes me so very happy. I cried because when I see her with Craig, the sound of her laugh fills the room and she deserves to be s happy. It makes my heart lighter to know he will always put her first and help to take the weight off of her very tiny shoulders, of any future burdens she may carry. There were tears of joy during the ceremony listening to the words Brianna and Craig said to each other, that still fill my heart. Words that were so beautiful and the love between them was more than I had ever seen. I was emotional during the evening when everything and everyone was so magical and the speeches were so full of love. And again as we were all moving through such a beautiful night in a magical room of gold and black, flowers everywhere and basking in the soft glow of amber lights laughing, hugging and just being joyful.

  3. Beautifully said, and so true….I really do agree with you and even if you don’t know me, I do wish the newly weds and their parents all the luck in the world. Their married life shall have ups and downs as I’m sure you know, but there are 2 of them now to solve problems and : “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” (not my quote) but there is some truth in there. They’ve chosen a life together and I’m sure they’re smart enough to steer their boat through the waves and avoid dangerous cliffs. Congratulations from Belgium.

  4. Ok now, you have written the best blog ever. It was sweet, endearing and beautifully done.

  5. Ok now on this most wonderful day you have outdone yourself with this posting !! So beautiful and I believe any mother of a daughter can totally relate !!! You nailed it in this post, mother of the bride ❤️

  6. I am overwhelmed with love from your words to your first born. I have nothing in my thoughts and heart but hope that you Mrs. Craig Franklin will have a love that you’ve witnessed all these years in your parents. I, with my whole heart and soul wish you love and good fortune as you embark on this next chapter of your brilliant life!
    Good job Mom & Dad. Be proud, as I know you are, of the daughter you raised to become this incredible woman!

  7. Your firstborn is marrying a man whose first name is the same as your maiden name. Coincidence? I think not. And what wonderful words you wrote to your daughter!

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