Today as you read this email, I am celebrating my wedding day. In the morning, I’m with my family and my girlfriends as we do our hair (of course someone is doing mine because I have the skill to either put it in a top knot or leave it down) and my mom is doing my make up. She did my make up every day of high school and I can’t believe here we are 11 years later with her doing my make up for my wedding.
My dad might be seeing me for the first time in my dress, his eyes filling with tears. We’re so much alike, me and him. We’ve been through so much.
I’m wondering if I’ll be nervous as we take the car over to the church - maybe the nerves of everyone looking at me will dissipate as I see Paul standing there at the altar.
Next to him will be my spiritual director - the man who essentially saved my life and walked with me on those dark days of my life and questioned my way of thinking and prodded me to get a bigger understanding of God’s majesty and goodness.
I might be saying my vows right now to love Paul all the days of my life or we might be walking over to Mary, this day her feast of the Immaculate Conception. We thank her for her constant guidance in our relationship. The little ways she shows her motherly love.
We might be married by now! (Holy moly!) and inviting our guests to our reception. The reception I spent (likely) way too many hours working on all the tiny details. Maybe we’re eating dinner or maybe we’re having our first dance (This Must be the Place by the Talking Heads).
Whatever time it is that you read this, would you pray for us? Pray for our marriage and the family we are starting together. Pray that we might be a spot of love and light on this earth.
Today, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I would be remiss to not speak about her guiding hand in our lives. Paul and I met on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima (of course the last day of the novena I was praying to find a partner - how very cliche of me!!!). We were engaged on the Feast of the Epiphany (unknown to Paul as he is not Catholic). The few weeks after that in January 2018, we found a venue that we liked and inquired about available dates. Low and behold, the only available date left in 2018 was December 8 - this beautiful feast day. And this coming week, we will go to Mexico City for our honeymoon — which happens to also be the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe where we can go to her Basilica to celebrate!
The end of this year’s motto for me is “He makes all things new.” Thank you, friends, for journeying with me through (so many) break ups, struggles, joys. It is only fitting that you are here with us in a tiny way today. Thank you for joining this community of people who seek to BE A HEART.
And thank you for supporting my business in a small way by purchasing gifts for others (and gifts for yourself). These holiday sales are sustaining my bills so that I can take a few weeks off for a honeymoon and to relish in the joy of being a newlywed.
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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!