Wow, two updates in less than a week...what's the matter with me?
(Note: I just read this post before publishing it and noticed it kinda reads like "Random Thoughts by Laticia" so I hope you find it amusing and not confusing!)
I'm just a little excited right now because I feel like I'm making some great progress. TODAY is the 60-day mark on Ye Ole Wedding Countdown, and I've decided against the panic attack that is threatening, despite its best efforts.
Last week was a bit crazy, which makes it kind of amazing that I got that last update posted on Thursday, but it had to be done. For those of you who know about Cursillo, well, Matthew & I both said yes to preparing Rollos for the upcoming October weekends. Yes, knowing our wedding would follow a few weeks later...it's who we are, please don't judge us ;) Call us crazy if you will...we know it already!
A "rollo" is simply a 20-minute talk about a certain topic presented during the Cursillo weekend. My topic is "Laity." I was scheduled to deliver my talk (as in speak it to a group of people) this past Saturday. I started working on it a week ago Sunday (yes, that's right...giving me only one week to prepare a 20-minute talk). Amazingly, I managed to pull it off, and I have to admit, when I read it aloud to Matthew Saturday morning before delivering it to the group, I wasn't feeling too confident about it. However...have I mentioned before that God is good? Well, He is...and He delivered another miracle. I nailed that talk. Thank you, Jesus! I'm "only" the backup, but now I know that it is a solid talk if God decides I need to be the one to deliver that talk on the weekend.
So knowing I had to deliver this talk on Saturday morning, what did I do? Well, I made plans for Matthew & I to meet with our dear friends Danielle and Patrick to discuss the music for our wedding ceremony, of course! (Sorry, we "should" have been at Team School...or I "should" have been at home working on my rollo...again, don't judge.) Patrick is our music leader for our friends who will be our ceremony musicians, so it was kinda important to discuss this with him. He made an awesome dinner of locally-caught white sea bass and we all had a great evening together as we starting preparing our wedding ceremony. We were able to choose all but a couple of the songs we wanted, and after having a better idea of our music, Patrick suggested we secure an organist to accompany the music group. So this morning I emailed the local church organist to see if she is available and how much she'll cost...ugh...stay tuned for more sticker shock :-\
...I mentioned last week that the invitations were finally ordered, and I've been checking the status of the order every hour in anticipation of receiving it! To ease the stress of what's to come when I do receive the order, I had a lovely conversation with my Grandma Sally this morning. During our conversation, she offered to help assemble and address the invitations when they arrive. We've decided we're going to make a little party out of it :) It'll be fun, and I'm really looking forward to it!
And on that note, I just received some excellent news a few minutes ago: My invitation order shipped this afternoon! Yippee! The order is supposed to arrive on Saturday, which will be a [Big Sigh of Relief]!
...Matthew & I have begun thinking about what kinds of wine we want to serve at our reception (dubbed "the Big Bash"), which means the next few weeks should be fun as we sample different wines and decide which ones to serve. We're mostly white wine connoisseurs, so if any of you red wine drinkers out there have any great-tasting, reasonably priced reds to recommend, please send them our way. If it weren't for our budget, and if I was the sole decision maker, I'd opt to serve only Laetitia wines ;) Their Pinot Noir is an excellent red.
...Finally, later this week, we will meet with Deacon Dennis and his lovely wife to continue our marriage prep. We're meeting at their house instead of a restaurant this time, so it should be a really fun time.
...and last night I started looking at the "Together for Life" book to start selecting our ceremony readings and prayers, and I noticed something - Instead of hyperventilating, I started getting excited!
God is indeed good.