Friday, June 27, 2008

It's a Nice Day for a White Wedding

This day in 1992, I married my best friend.

Our wedding day was a perfect June day. We were married in a Catholic church somewhere in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley. It was a beautiful ceremony, attended by a nice-sized crowd of family and friends.

What I remember most about that day is how surreal it all seemed. I felt like I was in a fairy tale except this one was real. It was the day I had dreamed of my whole life. There was a handsome prince, a princess who wore a beautiful dress, and a royal court made of our most cherished family and friends.

To the sound of harpstrings, I walked down the aisle with my father, whom I know was holding back tears as he gave his youngest daughter away. Cascades of ribbons and roses decorated the pews and the altar as the sun rays streamed in through the upper windows, casting a heavenly glow on the wedding party below.

After the vows had been exchanged and Mass celebrated, and many pictures later, there was a three-tiered wedding cake and even a coach (well, ok, a limousine) that took us off into the sunset when the magical day was through. Everything down to the last detail was perfect.

Even, as it turns out, the date itself.

Let me explain.

Some time after our wedding, I remember a conversation with my dear mother-in-law, who was telling me that, as a young bride-to-be, she had carefully chosen an August wedding date so that she could be married on the feast of Our Lady of the Snows. She had a special devotion for Mary, and this was one of her favorite feast days.

After hearing her story, I was wishing that I too had chosen a special Marian day as my wedding date, but in reality, I had chosen this date because the church was available and the only other date in June was on the 13th. I'm not exactly superstitious, but I didn't want my wedding date to be the 13th.

On our first wedding anniversary, we visited Our Lady of the Rockies in Butte, Montana, which is a 90 foot likeness of Mary built on the Continental Divide. We left a rosary, as is customary for pilgrims to do, along with a heartfelt prayer for the intercession of Our Lady, that she would always watch over us, protect our marriage and help us in whatever circumstances life would bring. As if in response, we saw a spectacular double rainbow on the drive home. I believe that God was letting us know that our prayer had been heard. It was then and still is a source of comfort to know that God listens to our prayers and allows the intercession of His saints in Heaven on our behalf. Mary, being the Queen of the Saints is a special intercessor, indeed!

Then, one day a few years ago, I came across some information about Our Lady of Perpetual Help, whose feast day, it turns out, is June 27th-- the same day as my wedding day! So, unbeknownst to me, my prayer on our first wedding anniversary had already been answered.

Now, I don't know about you, but I can't help but think what better Marian feast day for a wedding is there? What married couple couldn't benefit from that? I couldn't have planned it better if I had done it myself. I was so surprised and pleased that I did have a special feast day after all, that I couldn't help but giggle to myself.

All praise and glory to God forever!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fun Fun Fun Till Her Daddy Takes Her T Bird Awaay

I just thought that would be a fun title. It really has nothing to do with my post, except that any Beach Boys tune reminds me of summer. I really love summer! My favorite things are sipping iced tea; sitting on the front porch; going to garden stores; planting; going places. Summer is a time for enjoying a slower pace and just taking time to relax.

In the spirit of summer, I decided to join two more blog fairs, in addition to BooMama's Before and After, I have just joined the Summer Reading Groupies group (check out the button on the sidebar, and go join too!) I never venture anywhere without having a book in hand. My motto is "Too many books, too little time!" I just finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth, having never read it before. I was previewing it for my fifth grader, and just fell in love with it. I hope he likes it as much as I did!

I also joined Katydiddy's Whimsical Children's Rooms Blog Party. Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun? I thought so! For the longest time, we have wanted to do some spiffing up in the kids' rooms. We are starting with our son's room, and have been really inspired visiting the local craft store. His room is unique because he has the turret room. There is no closet, but Busy Woodshop Hubby is busy making a beautiful armoire for this room (I can't guarantee that the armoire will be finished by the deadline, however!) Yesterday we began the transformation and on July 11th, we will reveal the new look! So far it is looking great! Come back and see the final result, if all goes well, it should be a great idea that can be used in any kidspace.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I went out this morning right after the last post to take photos of all the "Before's"

The rock we need to move from point A to point B:

Here is point B, not exactly a 'before' since we have already started on this project. I didn't get a picture before we planted the bushes:

Here's the unfinished part:

On to the weeding area:

The pantry, which in the photo doesn't really look all that bad, but trust me, it's a mess!

My desk area, which could be organized in about an hour or two, so why haven't I done it? This is one of the great mysteries of life.

The patio:

And finally, the craft room, which in all likelyhood will still look like this on July 25th:

Those are my projects! Not as ambitious as some, but pretty ambitious for me!

I'm Back!

BooMama has inspired me to start blogging again. I took an extended break, mainly because I'm so busy reading other people's blogs, I have no time to write my own! There are so many great blogs out there, and BooMama has to be in my top 10 Favorite All Time Blogs!

Her Before and After is a great idea! Here's how it works: Post your goals on a project or two that you want to finish, link to her site and then get busy!

The get busy part isn't a problem here. We always have something going on here, whether in the house or in the yard.

Here's our list of projects:

Finish shoveling the gravel on the side of the property
Weed the back area and plant something
Fill the patio with container plants
Organize the pantry
Organize the computer desk area
Organize the craft room

Ok, those last three have been on my list for a long time. Let's see if I can get these things finished!!

Thanks Boo Mama, for the inspiration to blog again, and to get my projects finished!