Two Weeks from Today

You’ll find me here.

At this Church.

At this altar.
Walking past these windows.

To meet this man.

There will be joy (and dancing?).

Laughter.

And memories.


I might run. I might skip.

I might pirouette.

Two weeks.

It’s all coming down to those crazy final details. The head count. The reception decorations and table settings.

I know it will be imperfectly perfect. Things will go right. Things will go wrong. I will be relieved and saddened when it’s over. And married. We can’t forget that. I’m still debating on my name change. At first I was sure I was not changing my name, but keeping my maiden name. Now…I’m not sure. When I mention I am thinking of changing it, I see the gleam in his eye. A gleam that speaks of honor and pride. I was keeping my maiden name in memory of my Dad who passed this last December. He doesn’t have a grave. He was cremated. It was a way to honor him and remember him. But he is gone. And maybe, it’s time to move forward. Maybe it’s my future, I must hold on to.

Two weeks from today, you’ll find me under this stained glass. Saying I do to a man, the week after I met him more than two years ago, I deemed perfect – for me anyway. I hope you’ll send up a prayer for us and know that no matter how many times you get broken, God can heal the hurts and restore.

Oh, how he restores.

1 Corinthians 13

Love

1 What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. 3 What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.

4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten. 9 We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. 10 But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.

11 When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways. 12 Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.

13 For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love. .

27 thoughts on “Two Weeks from Today

  1. Sooo exciting!! Wish I could be there. My sister didn’t take her husband’s name and gave her girls her last name. It’s a little odd and awkward. What about hyphenating? It seems a good compromise.

    ♥Spot

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  2. I’m so thrilled to see the aftermath:) your amazing…i love how you admit there will be things that will go wrong and that’s okay…wishing you all the best babe! you deserve!

    xoxo

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  3. Oh, you just have me sitting here in tears, again. I hope you do it all! Leap, dance, pirouette and shout! Yes–the prayers are going up. And, in the imperfect perfection of it all, may you sense the reality of a Love that far surpasses anything you could ask for or even imagine.

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  4. Beautiful Church and what an exciting time coming up for you, just think it will be no time until you are celebrating your first anniversary 🙂

    From a mans point of view it is such an honor for a woman to take his name, to me I felt so good to share my name with Cindy, you do what you both feel is right just wanted to give you my two cents and opinion here.

    It is good to see you so happy/nervous/and giddy about the upcoming chapter in your life.

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  5. Congratulations on your marriage.

    My dad was cremated this past February.
    I had never experienced that, it’s still hard to believe he is gone. As it worked out I was not able to be there for his cremation ceremony. So my mind has not totally released him yet. Thanksgiving weekend will be the first time I will see his burial site.

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  6. Oh, oh, oh, oh! I am soooo excited. I love weddings. I don’t have to be there, just seeing all the “stuff” online and sensing your excitment makes me so happy and excited. Oh, oh, oh, oh! Yay!

    Deciding about the name is not easy. I wasn’t going to take my husband’s name just because I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved (10,000 over) my name. I still do. I still miss it. I sometimes wish I would have kept it. It is an awesome name. I get happy when I receive mail with my old name.

    But like you I saw a gleem too so I took his last name and here I am. A Pruitt.

    This “I hope you’ll send up a prayer for us and know that no matter how many times you get broken, God can heal the hurts and restore.” made tears come to my eyes. You know I will send up prayers AND positive thoughts of love and joy and all of the good stuff.

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  7. I’m so stinking excited! Isnt it incredible the paths God leads us on for His plan and His glory? Gives me shivers every time!! I can’t wait to hug you my dear dear friend!!

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  8. Thanks for making me cry again dear friend. I want to be there so bad but with my health the way it is right now …traveling is out. But I’m sending a special something for you and Jason. And you will have a very special part of my heart there with you, being my Jamie and my precious Mason. I love you and Jason dearly and I’m a blessed person to be able to call you both friends. God blessed me so much that day I joined you both at church and I’ll never forget that. Your family is a treasure, and what joy I get reading and sharing in your love. I love you all, Sandy & Jeff

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  9. Dearest Angelia,

    To say I’m thrilled for you is an understatement! And I know about the name change – after going back to my maiden name I swore I’d never change it again. But then Mr. Right For Me showed up in my life again. I love being Mrs. Richard Nolan 🙂

    xo
    Peggy

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  10. The BIG DAY is approaching! 🙂 So happy for you. And of course will send a lil prayer for u 🙂 But looking at the pics above, I can see that happiness is already acquired, and that’s the best of it 🙂

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  11. I love hearing about the countdown. I have been writing about marriage on my blog, so getting to hear about a fresh new one seems sort of appropriate, especially one that is full of second chances and real life, but still overflowing with love. (and excitement!)

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  12. I have been remiss in commenting…forgive me!! I’m all caught up now and of course have loved all the pix you post! Such an eye with the camera!

    As for the name dilemma…its exciting being a Mrs….and to do that you need to take his name….its a unifying experience! You’ll always have your dad in your heart and in your daughter. I don’t envy you your decision!

    I’m excited for your wedding and I’m thousands of miles away!! Simply can’t wait for pix!!!

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  13. Oh, those stained glass windows are just beautiful! Well, I can’t say I blame you for wanting to keep your maiden name… the reasoning behind it is sweet and hard to argue with. But I understand your wanting to change it too, as I did… especially when you have a husband that will really appreciate it. It’s special!

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  14. Oh that church is gorgeous, love the ceiling, the lights and the stained glass. It has the look of history with modern touches, love it.

    It’s going to be great, i just know it!

    I kept my maiden as a hyphen to my middle and then took hubby’s name.

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  15. I love the excitement of weddings and pregnancies. You’re on the verge of a major life change and it makes all of us who have done it already get the chance to sweetly reminisce about our own experiences. I will say a prayer that your wedding day will be packed with meaning and beauty.

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  16. The best choice ever! Very beautiful place for two beautiful friends to make their vows” to hold and to cherish” all the days of their lives. I’m so excited!

    “Almighty Father, bless Jason and Angelia, as they kneel before you to exchange their solemn vows. They are your children imploring for all your goodness. Look not on their negatives as everybody has, but on their deep faith as Christians ready to serve you as one mind, one heart, one body, one soul. Guide them to live in You, through You, for You. Bless them with a sweet life with you at the centerfold of all their actions, and bless them, too, with good children to perfect their imperfections, in Jesus Name, and of the Holy Spirit, and through the perpetual intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. AMEN.”

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