I spent the day getting my hair and makeup done...and laughing and crying...and re-doing my hair! ha! It's funny now, but it didn't seem so funny then. :) I had waited for that day for my entire life, and January 6, 2007 had finally arrived. I remember thinking it was so funny that I was starting my primping at 10am and Dave was probably on hole #4! His golf game was going to be followed by burgers and fries...we had fruit, cheese, a darn good Diet Coke and finger sandwiches. Guys have it so easy!
My mom and sister looked so beautiful! And when I walked into the sanctuary and saw all of the candles lit for the first time I was overcome with emotion. It was gorgeous and my mom, sister and Coleen had worked so hard and had done it all for me. We did the picture thing for a while and then I went into holding waiting for Dave and the guys to take their pictures. My family gathered around me just before the ceremony and they lifted Dave and I up to the Lord and prayed over us and our marriage. It was the most beautiful way I could think of starting the evening.
I went downstairs so I could hear the beginning of the ceremony and tears filled my eyes when the call to worship began with the Loj's grandmother playing "We are Standing on Holy Ground" on the piano. I watched my best friends walk down the aisle to stand by my side and then it was my turn.
My dad and I had a few sweet moments before he walked me down the aisle. When the doors opened it was a shock to my system. I remember just seeing people and I could see Dave at the end of the aisle but I couldn't really make out his face immediately. That walk was so wonderful, yet I don't remember very much about it! I cried through the entire ceremony and Dave was so calm and collected. He was so genuine and sweet and I'll never forget the look in his eyes as he promised to love me, cherish me and honor me 'til death parts us.
After the ceremony we headed out for the reception. We had an amazing time and it's just one of those days that I will always cherish. I'm not sure there is ever a moment like that where everyone that matters to you will be in one place at one time. I'm grateful.
1095 days ago I got a new last name. I am so proud that I took the name of a man that loves the Lord, that loves me even when I'm not so loveable, that puts others first, and who is so darn good looking! He is so selfless and he is SO honest. It amazes me that he is so content. He is happy and content with who he is, what he has, and where he's going. He brings out the best in me but he loves me in spite of my many faults. He encourages me and he prays for me.
1095 days ago I walked down the aisle belonging to my daddy and I walked back up the aisle belonging to David.
Dave, thank you for making the last 3 years amazing. I prayed for you and the Lord answered my prayers. You are more than I ever hoped for. I look forward to growing old with you! I love you!
I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine ~ Song of Solomon 6:3