Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back From the Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Wilwerding
July 4, 2009

Photo courtesy of Bought With a Price

I can hardly believe the wedding was over a week ago already. Both our families and all our friends are still basking in the glow of being witnesses to a very good and godly marriage. So many prayers were answered.

It took us three days to get to Texas since we picked up my mother in Kentucky on the way. We stayed three days in Texas, then took two days to get home. We dropped Mom off at 4 p.m. on Tuesday evening and drove straight through to Michigan, arriving at 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Les went right back to work the next day, and the kids and I have been playing catch-up ever since. Lydia asked me today, "How long will I have to sleep before I finally recover?!" Even with naps and going to bed early and getting up late we are still not completely rested. It really helped to have a good, solid 24-hour Lord's Day today, however. Our Creator knew very well we wouldn't rest without a command to do so one day in seven. How very good and wise He is.

The wedding was small, but perfect. There were probably only around 100 people present, a good mix of family, friends, and local acquaintances. (Several family members from both sides were not able to make the trip to Texas, but we hope more will attend a separate reception we are sponsoring in Michigan next month.)

The Shamburger Sisters

Emily made her own gown -- a lovely medieval design perfect for the lovely princess she is -- and wore her mother's veil. Her two sisters were the bridesmaids and wore dresses which they also made. Jonathan and his two brothers got their black suits at the Men's Wearhouse.

Jonathan, Samuel, and Andrew Wilwerding

Our Lydia went down with Jonathan two weeks before the wedding to help with preparations and was always ready to lend a hand all throughout the entire event. Though she was in the shadows, so to speak, it couldn't have gone quite so smoothly without her. (Lydia is third from the right in the picture below -- she made her dress, too. I am between her and Jonathan. I made my dress with some help from Lydia on the lace work and pattern fitting. Thanks, Lyd!)

The Shamburgers and Wilwerdings -- a blending of families

Thanks be to God for all His rich blessings upon us.