Nope, not Thanksgiving or Black Friday, although, yes, I did that too. I actually joined the millions of Americans who participate in a near death experience to find anything and everything that is cheaper than it usually is. Ok, it sounds worse than it it. Many non-Americans won’t know that Black Friday actually starts on the evening of Thanksgiving, right after everyone is thankful for what they have, they go out to buy more. Tummies full of turkey, stuffing, pie and a whole lot more, Marisel, Kristin, another au pair and I headed off to the outlet mall to see if we could find some good deals. We headed into the vast density of people to look for some winter boots. One thing I’ve learned: on Black Friday you need to shop for specifics. We found our boots… along with a few other things. Oh well, it happens. When Old Navy has 50% off your entire purchase, specifics get thrown out the window, or in this case, your shopping bag.
.I got to bed at about 11:30pm, set my alarm for 4:45am and tried to get some much needed rest. As to be expected, Marisel was on time and we headed off to Victoria’s Secret to be the second ones in line for when the store opened at 6 in the morning. Only a couple of people were there, so we waited in the car and started watching Gilmore Girls which had aired only two hours before. A pair of panties for 1$ was probably the best deal I got. Ok, enough about underwear, although there will be more later.
Alright, let’s get to the good stuff: The Haney-Rowe Wedding!
This was literally the best day I have ever experienced, and I wasn’t even the one getting married. December 4th 2016 was perfect! From the moment we got up until our heads hit the pillow again, God was there. This day was all about Him. Everything pointed to Him, and that’s what made this day so special. His Spirit was there as we were getting ready and making boutonnieres the morning of (yep, I did that too). He was there as we worshipped Him in song and as He was lifted up during the ceremony and Lilly and Wes’ vows. Can we all take a moment to appreciate that my dress had pockets to inconspicuously hide my soggy tissues. God was there as we enjoyed time together during the reception and even as we all hit the dance floor and partied.
He was there as Lilly unwrapped way too many of Victoria’s bags at her bachelorette party and lingerie shower and while the bride to be endured our endless comments about her wedding night and honeymoon. Yep, girls do that too. 😀
One thing I will cherish the most are the people that were brought together through this celebration. Friends and family from the UK, Finnland, South Africa, Canada, California, Florida, Arizona, Germany and even Australia (for the weekend I might add). We all bonded in a way that I could not have foreseen. Although I have only known these people for a week or less, I feel like we have always known each other, and I can’t wait to see them all again. Bring on the next wedding.
Lilly and Wes, you are two of the most amazing people I know. Your commitment to making your relationship as Christ-centred as possible leaves me blown away and encouraged. You are, as Jordan their photographer put it, two people who remind the world that true, powerful, and anointed love still (and always will) exists (instagram: simplyjordanlee).
One day, I want what you have. I am so proud of your journey and I am beyond excited for what the future holds. I bet I’ll make an awesome aunt one day, just sayin’ ;). Thank you for letting me be apart of this day, for letting me stand right by your side as you commit your lives to each other and for including me in your forever. I am so blessed.
Love, Sophie x
PS: In the next couple of weeks I will be letting you know what the next steps for me are with regards to the Au Pair program. All I will say for now is: I am astounded at what God has been doing in my life and in my heart. No matter what, He is a good God!