The wedding countdown!

21 Apr

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Right after work today I drove to my second-to-last dress fitting.  My car skipped happily through a spring shower, and raindrops pelted my windows as my car whizzed along the grassy countryside.  This springtime reflects my own heart, as I prune away the clutter of my heart and mind, and till the fertile soul where the seed of marriage is going to be planted.

As I stood in front of the mirror in my wedding dress, I had this feeling of this time in my life being a bit surreal.  Every day I take a moment to review the day and take in my surroundings.  And today as I twirled in my wedding dress, I thought “we are getting married in 30 days from today!”  The boy I met when I was about 7 years old is going to be my husband!!!  (YIPPPEEE!!!!!))))  I’ve known him nearly my whole life, and after we started dating a couple years ago, realized that this is the man I want to marry.  All the years and all the prayers, all the hopes and dreams of getting married and raising a family with the man of my dreams is coming true!!!

This is the man I’ve prayed for.  For lots of years, I prayed, sacrificed and cried tears hoping and praying for a good and solid man to marry.  I begged and begged God to send me a man with whom I can spend my life, growing as a couple, cherishing, and working together.  This is the man to whom I’ve written lots of little notes, even before I met him, beginning with the words “dear husband of mine.”  My eyes can’t help but get a little teary-eyed just thinking of how good and how faithful God has been.  Not only has he answered my prayers – he’s filled them to the brim and now my heart is overflowing.

In just 30 short days, we will stand at the altar of the cathedral and will enter into a covenant with each other and with God, professing our vows of love and fidelity to each other.  We have been praying with and for each other.  And you, my dear reader, will you join us in prayer, that we will receive all the graces, indulgences and blessings available to us?  This is one of our favorite prayers, the words that the Archangel Gabriel spoke to Mary when he announced that she was going to be the Mother of Jesus:

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.”

 

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5 Responses to “The wedding countdown!”

  1. Loftspeaker1 April 21, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! What an exciting time.
    I invite you to my blog for Christian couples
    http://www.loftforum.wordpress.com

    • Rfog April 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

      Thank you so much! It’s an incredibly exciting time for us as we approach our wedding. I visited your blog and you have some wonderful advice that I will definitely be incorporating into our marriage. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Kathleen April 21, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Rachel, What an amazing account of your wedding preparations!! Both with the dress and your spiritual reflections. You are truly a Joy,,, now and always.
    Love you Bunches….
    The Mother of the Bride-to-be

  3. Laura April 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    What an exciting and joyful time of anticipation and preparation, Rachel! You will both be in my prayers. So, so happy for you. Thank you for sharing part of your journey with us 🙂

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