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I’M CHELSEA

Life has taught me that we cannot exist alone. We need to live in community, guide and support one another through our joys and challenges, and love at all times.

Names are important. They tell where we come from, who we are, and who we can become. Chelsea means “landing place,” “harbor” or “port.” A harbor is a place of safety, calm waters for rest. Not coincidentally, Port is my favorite wine. It’s “strong yet sweet,” which describes me well. And near the water is where I rest, where I feel peace. Maye is a combination of my two grandmothers’ middle names, a constant reminder that who we are is shaped by those who’ve walked before us. We believe this truth so deeply, that during our wedding, Michael and I chose to have not only our mothers, but everyone in the audience help us light our unity candle. Each person held a candle, much like a Christmas Eve candlelight service, passing the flame forward to us. Now we live to pass that light on to others.

 

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