A Year and a Week Ago…

Enjoying a short walk together at the reception.

A year and a week ago, Hubby (who I really should start referring to as Ducky — its so much more fun!) and I got hitched! Neither one of us can believe has year as past already; the time has just flown by. I can hardly believe a year ago, I only got a few fitful hours of sleep, felt sick to my stomach and thought I really couldn’t walk down the aisle and make it through the ceremony. In fact, shortly after getting dressed, I considered what my mother’s reaction would be if I told her I didn’t think I could go through with it. Then we were joined by my lovely bridesmaids, and the time flew by until my dad came to get us to walk down the aisle. In fact, we were having such a grand old time, none of us were ready when we were told we needed to head out! Once I made my way down to Hubby/Ducky, it seemed like I blinked and the ceremony was over. When we walked out and into a small room where we had a few moments alone, we looked at each other and said, “that was it!?” (after a nice kiss and laughing and all that good stuff). We couldn’t believe we had waited and planned for soo long to be husband and wife and it all came together in such a short time!

I wanted to share a special moment from our ceremony. We had two scripture readings, the first was the typical 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, and the second was Ephesians 3:14-21.

When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Farther, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts and you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.

This means more to me a year later than it did when it was read at our wedding, and I’ll confess I didn’t really hear it too well at the ceremony. Already I have seen Christ bring together and bring about things in my life I never imagined were possible. I have seen, in this difficult first year of marriage, that the more we have trust Christ, the more each of us have individually sought to make Him the most important thing in our lives, the closer we have become and the less difficult the process of building a marriage has become. I feel like I have seen some of the depths of love the human heart is capable of, and yet God loves more than that — even more than I or my husband are capable of loving one another. I know as my marriage continues, as it opens to include children, and someday grandchildren, I will find even more meaning in this passage.

It has been a wonderful year, and I look forward to many, many more. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!

Happy Anniversary Honey!
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Worst Love Note Ever

About the middle of last week, I got up right after Hubby had walked out the door to go to work. I greeted the wonder-puppy, who was eagerly awaiting my morning appearance, and stumbled my way to the bathroom. At the door, I noticed a note sitting on top of the toilet.

“Oh boy!” I thought to myself, “Hubby knows I’m halfway through my first week at my new job and he’s left me a nice, encouraging love note!” I could not wait to see what he had written. So, I quickly walked up to the toilet to see what my wonderful hubby had left for me. And that’s when the illusion was over. What I saw was this:

So, I made my way upstairs to use the “creepy toilet.” Wonder-puppy was so excited about our morning adventures, she just couldn’t stop running and turning in circles. I wonder when I’ll actually get a love note….

Report on Wicked

Hubby and I got back to from our weekend trip to go see Wicked yesterday. We had a WONDERFUL time!

When we arrived in Charlotte, we headed straight to the mall! It was packed, which was a little overwhelming, so I didn’t do any serious shopping. Hubby found a football helmet shaped cookie cutter at Sur La Table. He now has dreams of having football parties, or being invited to one, and making little sugar cookies decorated with VT’s to take. I found a steak/chicken spice rub I’m planning to try out Wednesday night.

We then went to our hotel, changed into our nice clothes, and headed to the Cheesecake factory for a massive caloric intake. I ordered an appetizer as my dinner, all the better to finish my cheesecake, and was able to consume half of my dinner, and most of my cheesecake. Hubby had the most immense helping of chicken and biscuits I have ever beheld. But the cheesecake took the cake, literally. I LOVED my tuxedo cheesecake.

But, we didn’t go to Charlotte for the cheesecake. No. We went to Charlotte to see Wicked! It was fantastic! Our seats were literally on the last row of the theater, but we could still see very well. I was pleased my curse of the big-head didn’t follow me to the theater. It seems like everyone with a big head, big hair, or big hat decides to sit in front of the short girl. Saturday night was a close call, but the girl wearing the hat sat a few seats down from blocking my view.

I was very, very impressed with the girl who played Glinda. In my opinion (based solely on the soundtrack), she rivaled Kristin Chenoweth’s performance on Broadway. She really brought out some emotional subtleties I hadn’t heard in the soundtrack, and used body movements that weren’t overdone, but clear enough to be seen in the back row. I wasn’t quite so impressed with the portrayal of Elphaba in this production, and I’m not sure why. From my seat in the back of the theater, all she really did was stand around on stage, and, because when she sang she lacked the power and emotion of Idina Menzel’s Elphaba, it just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if the actress did some more subtle things with her facial expressions or body language, but if she did, I couldn’t see it.

That aside, the staging was fantastic. I really enjoyed how everything seemed to be taking place in the Clock of the Time Dragon. Having read the book, and seeing the role the Time Dragon played in Elphaba’s life, it made me feel like I was a citizen of Oz.

While I really enjoyed the musical, but I have to say, I enjoyed the book a bit more. It seems a great many people, think oppositely and enjoy the thematic clarity in the musical, but the English major in me loves the ambiguity and analyzing necessary when reading the novel.

Best Christmas Gift Ever

Tomorrow, Hubby and I are heading off on a trip that will probably go down in history as the best Christmas gift ever. About a year and a half ago, some friends and I discovered that Wicked went on tour, and would stop nearby our college. We talked about going to see it together, and I mentioned it to Hubby (then finance). He said he’d be willing to come with us. I told him to stay home. He doesn’t like plays, musicals, ballets, etc. and I told him he wouldn’t enjoy this. He said okay, he wouldn’t go. Well, as it turned out, all the shows were sold out, and we weren’t able to go.

But, this Christmas, I opened a small, four-part package that promised me a weekend stay in a king-sized hotel room in Charlotte, then dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, money to purchase a new outfit, and finally, two tickets to see Wicked!! Oh, it was soo adorable! Hubby remembered that I really wanted to go, and had watched the ticket website FOR A YEAR, and bought tickets the day they went n sale so I could go. Isn’t he sweet?

I couldn’t be more thrilled to eat some delicious fattening cheesecake that will probably make my pants to small in the thigh area. Buying all new pants would be totally worth this fabulous desert. And the hotel has cable TV! I don’t so much miss too much of cable TV, I can see most of the shows I like on our basic eleven channels, just not in the same quantity. But, oh, I miss Project Runway. And Jon and Kate Plus Eight. If there’s anything I miss about cable, its that. So I’m looking forward to a nice, big bed and some cable Saturday night and Sunday morning. But most of all, I am looking forward to spending a whole bunch of quality time with my super-sweet hubby. We’ve both been busy lately, him especially, and I know we’ll really enjoy some special time and a mini vacation this weekend.

Can’t wait!