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It is Well on Etsy.com

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It is Well on Etsy.com

It is well with my soul.

I got into a wreck yesterday. It hurt. I was upset because my car is ruined. But my husband was happy.

Why? Because I was still alive. He had a momentary loss of joy when he was afraid I was hurt and non responsive. When I let him know I was fine, his world began to turn again. For him, it was a good thing.

Remember, no matter what happens to you, there is always something GOOD to come from it. I was reassured in this problem moment that my husband loves me and that more than anything I need, I have love.

So when trouble comes your way and trials try to stop your joy, remember to sing – IT IS WELL.

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WOW.

The past few MONTHS have been crazy for Jared and me. We have gone through so many changes and discussions to our big day and life in general. Here are the high points:

– We changed the DATE from July 13 to MARCH 30!! Extremely excited. I am so glad we changed this because it’s the ORIGINAL date I had wanted for our wedding. 10 months for our engagement was just too long.

– We changed the LOCATION from Tennessee to WEST VIRGINIA! Jared’s family is up there and there are SO many reasons as to why we did this, I can’t list them all. However, let’s just say it is going to be SUBSTANTIALLY cheaper to have it up there and more of the wedding party will be able to make it easier.

– I got a wedding planner (Jared’s Aunt, Von) who is taking care of all the details. I am so thankful to have her… She has been a God-Send to me. It has changed my point of view on weddings and how to get it done.

Other than that, the wedding is the same. The people are the same. Can I just tell you something? I have enjoyed the past few months where I didn’t plan a thing. I didn’t watch a bridal reality show, I didn’t read a magazine article. I didn’t even go to our wedding website. I spent time enjoying our engagement and our time together. Jared is an amazing human being and I am always grateful for the time I get to spend with him.

Brides, don’t get ahead of yourselves. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. You need to take time to look at your fiance and remind yourself why you love him and want to marry him without picturing him in a tux for once! You are engaged ONE TIME (hopefully) and this is it! This is all the time you get! Spend that time being in love and with the one you love. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and accept help when it’s given. No, it may not be done exactly the way you envisioned it. But guess what? You won’t remember anyway! You will be so overwhelmed by the love of those you hold dear – it won’t matter what color the bridesmaid’s shoes were. It’ll matter who is with you. So take this time and savor it. It’s the only time you have to be engaged. Then the next phase begins! 🙂

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Not at all wedding related but… as a teacher… This is telling of the future.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A letter from a disgusted teacher:

I QUIT

Kris L. Nielsen
Monroe, NC 28110

Union County Public Schools
Human Resources Department
400 North Church Street
Monroe, NC 28112

October 25, 2012

To All it May Concern:

I’m doing something I thought I would never do—something that will make me a statistic and a caricature of the times. Some will support me, some will shake their heads and smirk condescendingly—and others will try to convince me that I’m part of the problem. Perhaps they’re right, but I don’t think so. All I know is that I’ve hit a wall, and in order to preserve my sanity, my family, and the forward movement of our lives, I have no other choice.

Before I go too much into my choice, I must say that I have the advantages and disadvantages of differentiated experience under my belt. I have seen the other side, where…

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That’s my man.

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Sitting at my desk, reminiscing on the pumpkin pie he made me yesterday, listening to him at the piano playing and singing How Great Thou Art, I am reminded of just a few of the reason why I love this man. 

We walked around downtown tonight, and ate at Old Siam talking about dreams and ministry and cake toppers and musicals. I can not describe how much I am in love with my best friend. I can’t wait to marry him. No matter what craziness comes our way, we’re going to be fine.

I know a lot of people say this, but I’m 99.99999999999999999999999% sure because we were friends first. Best friends. BFFFFFFFFs. This boy, this man? I’ve loved him longer than I realized I did. We will last because we are built on friendship, trust, and a fat old funny bone. There is nothing I am ashamed for him to know. There is nothing I wouldn’t want to do for him or with him… he is the one I want at my side for everything, and I want to be at his side for everything. We are a team. We love, we accept, and we challenge each other. 

We’re gonna make it.