Monday, November 28, 2016

Some Wedding Pictures

It's wedding picture time!!!!

My family and friends all worked to decorate for us.  This is the bride and groom  table at the reception hall.


This is when I first stepped through those doors into the sanctuary, and the emotion of the moment hit me.  I didn't know whether I would make it down the aisle without crying.  There is something incredibly powerful about that moment when the double doors open and you take the first step onto the aisle.


My flower girl did such a good job sprinkling the petals so perfectly for me to walk on.

My sisters made the bridesmaid dresses.  I loved them.  They were long and flowing and modest and absolutely gorgeous. 

I love it that we're all smiling here.

The grand recessional of King Garrett and Queen Esther.

Yep.  Just like that, and I'm a married woman.  Kinda hard to believe.  After months of preparation, the entire  morning passed like a blink of an eye.  It's not fair how fast that went.  At the end of the day, I felt like everything happened so fast that I didn't have time to even see the day.  It was one of those "blink...blink...what just happened?!?!?!" moments.  I was glad somebody took pictures.  And I was also glad for  some quiet time afterward to slow it down and relive it.

I really am not posing here.  I'm just glancing over my shoulder as I head down the steps to get my picture taken.  Maybe the cape makes me look serious or something...

Cutting the cake.  Neither of us knew what we were doing, but he pulled it off with the skill of a surgeon.


I know you can't see all the designs on my dress, but there are roses and leaves and fleur-de-les and horses and owls and flowers.  There are three strands of beads that start front and center on my skirt and swoop down to the hem in the back.  For those of you  who remember my previous post wherein I was making a "surprise" applique: it was an owl because Garrett loves owls.  I don't have a picture of it here at my new house, but I will post it when I retrieve it from my old computer.


So many amazing friends were there and so many amazing friends couldn't come.  I am very blessed by all my friends.




     I hope you all are having a wonderful day!  As things slow down a little, I hope to be on here more often soon.  Happy writing, everyone!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

REST

Rest. It's something that Garrett and I have been longing for. Life got pretty crazy in March, but we told ourselves that if we could just hang on until summer things would smooth out. That's just a few months, right? We can handle that, right?
But it didn't get easier in June. In fact, it got even harder. But don't worry, it will be better in November. In November, things will get simpler. And so, even though I'm maxed out and feeling like I'm about to lose my mind, I can hang on to this hope of November. It's going to be okay.
Well, November hit. And in case you couldn't foresee this coming, let me tell you that the last 8 days have been even more intense. And you know what Garrett and I said? "Don't worry. Next week is our honeymoon. We can rest then."
Ha.
There were two problems with this. One is that, while I might be slow sometimes, I'm not complete idiot and I was beginning to recognize a pattern here. And the second was that things were getting too overwhelming to handle, even for just one more week.
But what did the pastor at our church decide to preach on, during the week of my wedding?
Rest.
Because we find our rest in God and in what Jesus had done for us.
We find rest in praising Him and appreciating how awesome He is.
We find rest by doing just what God did at the end of creation -- seeing the good in what He has done.
And the fun thing is that everything else in your life starts to fall into place. Timing works out. You know how to do things. People show up to help.
The pastor talked about taking naps in awkward places. Even though you may sleep, you don't get good rest. He tried to nap in his car on the side of the road, but he kept startling awake with dreams about almost running his car into somebody.
You see, you may be able to mimic rest by looking in other places, but the only place you're going to "sleep really good" (find perfect rest) is in Him.
And that was the perfect sermon for this week. I'm selling back into a peaceful (albeit busy) routine, and everything is coming together! I'm getting excited about the wedding. Pictures to come afterward!!!