This Wonderful Man Comes Home Tomorrow!

My husband comes home tomorrow! It almost makes me tear-up to think about it! (I know that’s totally silly, but I love the guy!)

It’s hard going a long time without the companionship of your better half. So much has happened, and I wonder if all the things I want to talk about with him will matter anymore! Time apart always makes me realize how special and eventful each and every living day is. You know those people who say, “Make the most of every day!” or “Each day is a gift from God” and it usually puzzles me- what does “making the most of every day” and viewing each day as a gift really mean? What about a day in and of itself is so special?

Well, I can at least tell you what I think!

Each day possesses the potential for great change, great successes, great failures, great realizations, great tragedies, great love, and great surprises. Potential being the key word here, we usually view a day as having nothing “great”, but having very little. But, as I now get to have stretches with and without my better half, for some reason, it’s easier to see the greatness of a day. Within the 2 weeks that My Man has been gone, I’ve had great discoveries about myself, my desires, my hopes and dreams, I’ve had experiences that have strengthened family relationships and moments of great sorrow and loneliness. Without my best friend around the house to talk it all out with, it’s almost as if those moments that mattered so much in my day were amplified- waiting to be discussed with the man in my life that my world revolves around. It’s strange- each day really is special. Each day holds something to be discussed, something to be grateful for, something… just something!

Each day with the one you love really is a gift- and sometimes it takes those times apart to really see it that way: a gift.

I love that Briggy of mine! I’m counting down the very minutes until I can bring him home!

My Baby Sister is MARRIED!

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Wow.

Aren’t they lovely? I can’t believe that my sister is married now too! What a crazy year it has been! (And my poor parent’s are sick of weddings!) It feels like a whirlwind of love, stress, happiness, and… wedding stress. I guess I personally was done with the wedding stress stuff months ago, but I couldn’t help but feel for my parent’s and my sister as they tried to pull of another wedding. But in the end, as always, it turns out beautiful and wonderful.

It was so much fun being on the other side of a family wedding. I got to watch them smile with relief from finally making it to the day they’ve anticipated for months, I got to watch the little cousins get excited to see the bride in her beautiful dress, I got to be a part of the party and talk my face off with relatives, I gave a toast directed at the newly married couple, I got to send them off at the end of the night. It was so much fun to get to be the sister of the bride instead of the bride ;).

It was so interesting to me to observe how different Sister and I were in picking out what we wanted for our weddings and… pretty much how the whole day went! It was amazing to me that, despite our differences, we still got the best part of the deal- an eternal marriage to the love of our lives.

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Sarah’s wedding was beautiful, and it made me tearfully (with pure joy of course!) think of my own recent wedding. How beautiful it is that two people can find each other and quickly become best friends, in fact, more best friends than you’ve ever had before, I mean, you want to spend the rest of you life with them and make a family with them! I heard of an ancient Greek myth about why we click with each other so quickly:

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The Idea is that we used to be connected, but the gods split us up before we came to earth. They gave us the task of finding each other again to become our whole selves.

I don’t believe in this story or anything… but then again, I look at my husband and I think about our past, and I can’t help but wonder if we promised each other we’d find one another before we came to this life. God didn’t separate us, we chose to come down to Earth to “do” life. But, what if we wanted to find each other, our souls were searching and we just didn’t realize it?

Love is this most wonderful, mysterious thing. It brings us the most joy, and our greatest accomplishment (TRULY!) is finding our second half. No experience in life trumps self completion in love- how incredible is that!

And so, “Congratulations Sarah and Peter!” I love you both so much, and I’m so excited to see what will happen with our lives now that we’ve found our second half!