It's been a while since I posted and a lot has happened in our lives! I mean A LOT!! We had some major bad news, trials...but that led me to grow spritually and in my prayer life....which led to a lot of answered prayers! God is so good!
We are now 2 weeks away from the bridal shower and 2.5 months away from the wedding!
|A shot of my bridal shower invitations laid out in my office, ready to be mailed out!|
Let me start off on a happy note! We had our engagement session with our photographer last week downtown Chicago. What was amazing about that day is that I checked the weather every SINGLE day for like 7-8 days before THE DAY, and every single forecast, even up until that SAME MORNING, showed >75% chance of rain and 90% chance of thunderstorms from 3-5pm in the city! So I thought for sure our e-session would have to be moved somewhere inside and it wouldn't quite as nice as I had planned. Well, I prayed about the weather and we had the most amazing weather!! Both we and the photographer could not believe it! Not a drop of rain....a beautiful sun that was peek-a-booing on us and making the shots come out wonderful! Either God is so awesome that he answered my prayers or the chicago weather forecasts are terribly inaccurate.
Here is a sneak peak from the engagement session! I promise I will post more pics as soon as the photographer sends me a DVD with all of them.
More happy news! I survived the Second and most challenging year in pharmacy school!! That means 1 more year of classes and 1 more year of rotations until I get my Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD)! This year was truly a year from he**! No joke!! Not only is the 2nd year the hardest in the whole pharm school curriculum, but I tackled it all in the midst of wedding planning, remodeling our first home, and helping Greg move! And I finished strong! All because...God is GOOD! He was my Shepherd and He took care of my all year long! He gave me strength to stay up and study many, many nights and survive very challenging days with little sleep! He is unbelievable!
|Pharmacotherapeutics notes....an hour before the big scary CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAM!|
Now...in any way shape of form, I do not believe in fortunes found in fortune cookies....
... but I just took a picture of this one because when I read it, my automatic response was "Good! Because I've been praying for one." And I felt a little relieved! Maybe, God can use a fortune cookie fortune to speak to us?? Who knows? But this refers to my continous prayers for THE CONVERSATION that needs to happen between Greg and I really soon!!! Definitely before the wedding! We are both extremely shy and it's hard for us to talk about very deep, personal, or sexual matters! We have our first pre-cana class today and I know that we really need to start a conversation about NFP (I've been trying to read up and learn it on my own thus far)...but Greg is kind of a very simple man and I am just simply a chicken! So I've been praying to God to grant me the wisdom and the courage in this matter and all the graces necessary for us to begin a conversation about the purpose of our marriage, sexuality, and about our vocation in life. Prayers would be appreciated! Miracles may be needed in this case b/c I just don't know how I can overcome this barrier...I don't know how to start this conversation, where to start, when, and what words to use so that Greg will understand me. It's extremely difficult because we are on completely different spiritual levels....he does not pursue or seem interested in our beautiful Catholic faith as much as I do...and he is not the type to read books so it's hard for us to communicate and be on the same page about Catholic teaching etc... And we have 2.5 months left...so miracles are needed here people! Pray! I would rather abstain from sex all of my life that use a condom or swallow a birth control pill! So I really need to communicate the beautiful Catholic truth to my fiance...I just don't know how :-(
And onto the more BAD (even tragic) news...
2 weeks ago (that's 3 months away from the wedding....oh and the day before my final exam week), we found out that the banquet hall where we were having our reception burnt down! The hall was newly remodeled and we had our dream wedding already planned in their beautiful Empress Room. We had the hall booked almost 2 years in advance! And here we were, 3 months before the wedding, not knowing whether we will even have a reception since it's almost impossible to find a hall (especially for a wedding our size) so close to the date! But I did not despair! I knew I had to focus on my 7 final exams that week and I knew that it was all in God's control and not in mine...therefore all I could do was pray! And I prayed and prayed. I even laughed because I remembered the saying: "Do you want to make God laugh? Then tell him about your plans." And I believed and trusted that this situation is the Will of God for us and that no matter what happens, I will be thankful to God...for I know that even the WORST day, even the WORST trials spent in HIS presence are better than the BEST day that goes according to my wants and plans, without God. And this trial sure did bring me much closer to our Lord. I learned to trust Him not only in small things but in big things. I handed over our wedding and our whole future to the Lord and let Him know that whatever His Will is, I will follow with gladness! Even if it means that we will just have a quiet church ceremony instead of the beautiful reception that I've been planning for the past 2 years.
One day, I sat down with my little "Meditations on the Gospel" book and I asked God to comfort me. And I turned to the page where I left off last time...and the next reading was the PERFECT scripture and lesson for our situation. I was amazed at how God can speak to us and comfort us through scripture. This is what I saw...how perfect is that!
Then, as I was flipping through my journal, I found another very comforting scripture...
And my faith was restored! I knew that everything would work our just the way GOD HAS PLANNED IT, not the way that we had planned it!
And yes, there was a happy ending! God has delivered us and answered our prayers! We now have another banquet hall that's even fancier and much more expensive than our original one, and they matched our whole contract, including prices from our original hall! Isn't God just amazing?????????????? Our wedding will be even more beautiful as before and he put us through this trial to bring us CLOSER to Him and to grow in faith, trust, love, and prayer!
On a whole another wedding-unrelated note....I took some screenshots of yahoo news while the whole Gosnell trial and media controversy was going on! I got all my news from pro-life websites because obviously there was NOTHING reported on mainstream media....I truly could not find a single news article on Gosnell on Yahoo news! Seriously?? Look at these top searches on yahoo...all the while we found out that this MONSTER abortionists murdered thousands of babies!
|#1: 17 puppies dumped? So I guess, 100's of babies killed is not as newsworthy as puppies being dumped!|
|Another puppy one: #5 puppy locked in car! What a terrible crime! The whole nation should read about this one! Who cares if we had just found our that a MAN was killing innocent, defenseless, HUMAN BABIES, even AFTER they were already born!|
And that is all the news I have for you! I am now going to make a trip to Michael's for some fabric that I need to wrap my bridal shower favors...and then I am super excited for our FIRST PRE-CANA Class at St. Daniel's church in the city!
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