As I sit here and type this blog post, I reflect on the past fifteen months of mine and my fiancés engagement. It seems like only yesterday that we were got engaged in a quaint French restaurant in a nearby downtown city. We were so excited to set our wedding day and to start the planning process. Since then, we have been through struggles and a whole new journey of being engaged. Now that our wedding is six weeks away, I wonder where the time has gone. Happiness and excitement flow through me.
When we got engaged and tossed around wedding dates, I remember thinking “Wow, sixteen months is a long time away.” I’m glad that we decided on a long engagement, because I don’t think that I would have been able to pull everything off in a short amount of time. I would have definitely been a mess, then. Wedding planning is almost like a full-time job. It has made me mad, sad and want to just hire a wedding planner to do it all. It has, at times, consumed me. Dealing with wedding planning, a demanding job, work travels and everyday life has caused me much stress and I can barely make it through each day. I am tired and I feel as though I could sleep for weeks, but I must carry on. There are so many details that go into planning such as centerpieces, flowers, invitations, and making sure that the bridal party has everything that they need. I will admit that I almost forgot about church music (that’s kind of a big deal). I am so lucky to have my fiancé take care of things while I’m at work, or just simply cannot have anything more in my head, for fear that it will explode.Time has flown and everything is finally starting to fall into place, besides the few last minute wedding plans that go wrong. I know that when the day approaches, none of the planning or stress will even matter anymore.
I am overwhelmed with joy that I get to stand before God, family and friends and declare my love for this man; my soul mate and my rock. The man who has been there for me through thick and thin, who knows my dreams and has seen me at my worst, will become my husband. The thought of that very moment makes me tear up. It’s an overwhelming feeling of happiness. We have overcome so much and our wedding day will begin a new chapter in our lives.The journey through our engagement has not always been easy, but it has been worth it. There have been lots of adjustments and lots of sacrifices along the way. I know that our marriage will not always be easy, but it will always be worth it. It will be a work in progress. We are a work in progress.
Our wedding will be simple, budgeted, but yet so “us.” It will be nothing less than what we have dreamed of. At the end of the day, I will be his wife and he will be my husband. At the end of the day, I will thank God for placing him in my life and allowing us to share the rest of our lives together. At the end of the day, worries will fade because we have each other. I am looking forward to every day with you. No matter what stones life may through at us, we will always have each other. Together we are stronger than any stone.
“I will remember always that marriage, like life, is a journey-not a destination-and that its treasures are found not just at the end, but all along the way.”-Anonymous