January 2012


Wedding planning has been stressing me out lately.  The sheer magnitude of putting on a wedding hit me one day and made me panic just a little bit.  I’m not one of those women who has been dreaming of their wedding day since age 5, nor am I one of those women who enjoys being a hostess.  I have no idea how to plan a party, let alone an event as important and large as a wedding.  On top of that, I really don’t like being the center of attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shy nor am I afraid to speak in front of a crowd.  I just don’t like being the “main event”, if you will.  I’m very private when it comes to my personal life.  After I acknowledged these two personality quirks, I questioned my sanity in wanting a good old-fashioned wedding.  What was I thinking?!?  What’s wrong with a Vegas wedding?  But it’s too late to consider that.  Too much money has been spent, invitations have been ordered, plane tickets have been purchased.  I’m over-the-moon excited to marry my best friend and I didn’t want to put a damper on our special day (or the days leading up to it) by having a bad attitude about it.  So instead of fretting so much, I decided to talk to God about it:

Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I know this Bible verse by heart, but getting it into my thick head is usually the problem.  Immediately, God gave me peace.  He reminded me that first of all, He is in charge.  Whew, good thing because my life would be a mess without Him!  Then He reminded me that the people who will be coming to our wedding are friends and family.  Each one of them is special to us in some way.  It’s not like we’ll be the center of attention in front of a bunch of strangers.  They’re all loved ones who care for us and are there to support us.  Same goes for my hostess anxiety: our guests are loved ones.  They are there to celebrate with us, not to critique and complain about every little detail of the wedding.  It’s going to be o.k. because at the end of it all, we’ll be married!  I’m so thankful that God is in control of it all.  I’m not going to lie:  I’m still much more excited about just being married to Eric than for the wedding day itself, but I think that’s o.k..  Especially now that I have been given a better perspective on our wedding day… We’re just so blessed to have so many people who want to celebrate with us!

Honeymoon: booked.  Mostly.  We’ll be flying into Vancouver, BC a couple days after our wedding!

Vancouver

We’ll be staying there for a few days, and then we’ll move on to Galiano Island in the Gulf Islands.

View of the mainland

Cormorants

We’re looking forward to a relaxing vacation.  The island isn’t very populated, so we’ll have some privacy. We’ll probably rent some bikes and take some rides around Galiano.  We might island hop a bit, too.  We will definitely take a day to go to Victoria to visit the gardens, take high tea, and (the thing I’m most excited about) whale watching!

Victoria

Whale watching off Vancouver Island

We’re both soooooo excited!  Can’t wait to go!

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone’s year has started off well.

I believe January is the Drill Instructor of months.   “Get off your lazy butt and get back into the gym!”  “You’re not on vacation anymore!  Get to work!”  “You need a routine!  Start making commitments!”  I’m much more inclined to enjoy the happy-go-lucky attitude of December.  “Sure, eat that whole plate of fudge.  It’s the holidays!”   “Stop worrying about being productive.  I won’t judge you.  It’s the holidays!”  As I write those words, I realize that maybe December is the Enabler of months.  Hmm.   I guess January does have a reason for being so domineering, after all.

Our New Years Eve was a good time.  We got to go out dancing with some good friends of ours, Erika and Bill, as well as Erika’s parents, Cathy and Jerry.

Precious

Erika and family

Cute hats, boys

Trying to be classy

There were a couple different bands we listened to.  The first one was Midlife Chryslers, which is a band made up entirely of local doctors.  They’re pretty fun to dance to since they play all classic rock and Motown (they even had a horn section!).  The other one was Bucky Beaver and the Ground Grippers, who cover mostly country and some top 40’s.   I’m not a girl who enjoys what the young ‘uns dance to these days.  None of that silly hip hop for me.  A good two-step or swing will put a smile on my face :).   We finally rang in the New Year with a glass of champagne and a kiss, followed directly by a high-five and an excited “We’re getting married this year!”  There’s a small chance we high-five too often, but I think this was a justifiable celebration.

Sneak-attack kiss

As far as wedding planning goes, we have finally asked someone to officiate our wedding.  We’ve been talking about it for months, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  I do believe that this is integral to the wedding ceremony (right below having a fiance to marry).  I’m pretty sure I can find ample evidence to support my theory.   It’s probably a good thing we took care of it.

Wayne is a pastor at our church and one of Eric’s good friends.  I won’t put his picture up because I think I would embarrass him.  But we’re very excited to have him officiate our wedding.

The other things we’re trying to take care of this month are to figure out the bar situation (a top priority, obviously ;)), picking out invitations, getting our music figured out, and picking out Eric’s ring.  He’s got a good idea about what he wants, but hasn’t selected a specific one yet.  We’re also doing some research on our honeymoon, but I’ll have a separate post about that once we’ve booked it.  Other than that, wedding planning is pretty slow.  However, as my uncle pointed out, we have seven months to go and come March, things are going to get hectic.  So, I’m going to enjoy my sanity while it’s still with me.