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This past weekend, when Kendall was away, I went home to Laytonsville to go over some wedding stuff  with my mom and pick up my dress, plus a baby shower for a family friend on Sunday.

It felt really nice to be home. My new job honestly has been a much harder transition than I anticipated and my anxiety has manifested itself in new and alarming physical ways. When I get keyed up, my heart pounds. This is not new. What is new is that my ears start ringing and my vision gets blurry. It’s kind of terrifying. I find that just about everything sets me off and it’s harder and harder to come back down. It took me two days to feel normal when I thought I may have messed up a copy job at work.

What made me feel the best this weekend, aside from spending some QT with my mama, was attending church on what happened to be Episcopal School Sunday. The turnout from St. John’s School was amazing and hearing the choir (and seeing them in their/ my old uniforms) brought me back home. The nursery was also closed, so there were all these sweet babies all over the place. Our assistant rector has three of her own and 2 fosters- all under five. In the pew behind her husband and all the little ones was my junior flower girl. I spent much more time giggling at the babies than I did actually paying attention in church, but God was there. God was watching those little ones, the older ones in their uniforms, and me.

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I had a long chat with my mom Sunday night about my anxiety and how I feel guilty that I’m anxious which makes me more anxious. In her infinite wisdom, she reminded me that while yes, I am very blessed- I’m barely two months into a new job that’s really very different than my last position and I’m planning a wedding. Those are two very big life changes and its OK to be overwhelmed and I should just let myself feel overwhelmed.

I’ve considered going to speak to someone about my physical symptoms because they are very real and very scary, but I’m so sensitive to… everything… and I don’t want to be put on medication because I’m afraid of how I’ll react to it. Those closest to me agree. But I need to do something because it hurts sometimes. Off the top off my head,  I need to get my ass to yoga and church more to clear my head and focus on what is important. I always feel better after a visit to either the studio or church.

Those copies that I thought I might have messed up? In the long run they don’t really matter. What matters is my health and my faith and I think that if I work on those two things that the rest will fall into place.

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Having a wedding is a monumental occasion, it’s binding you and your partner for the rest of your days and solidifies your relationship with them! Because of its emotional importance, you’re going to want to make sure you have it in the right location for you, but what are your options?

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Church

The classic option, but also one of the best for a reason! A church is a brilliant place to get married, regardless of whether you are religious or not. Churches are where marriages originated from in the west, so by getting married in a church you’re going to be getting married in the place where it all began, giving it a traditional feeling if that’s what you’re after. Some churches are also fantastic pieces of architecture, so if you’re getting married in a very old and well kept church you can expect to see people in awe of the building itself and not just because of you! Churches too are often one of the easiest venues to get a hold of because of how many there are dotted around the country, but this does mean that for some of the nicer ones you will have to wait a while, so keep this in mind before you commit!

Banquet Hall

One of the lesser seen venues for a wedding, but still one of the best and perhaps the most unique setting for a wedding. A banquet hall is a big, long hall that has big, long tables to accompany it! Similar to churches, these halls are often very old and are steeped in heritage, however there are modern ones available for you to pick from. These are good because you can get a wedding that feels very personal as there is only going to be one room, perfect for those of you who want a very powerful wedding!

Outdoors

This is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst people that don’t want to spend too much but still want a wedding to remember! Having an outdoor wedding reception is one of the best things to do in the 21st century. It’s not something that has really been done before, and the effects of it are fantastic. By being not enclosed by walls and glass, you’re truly exposed to the elements and this can be a real crowd pleaser if the weather goes your way! There is nothing quite as enjoyable as having a wedding that is outside in the sun, so have a look at the different places you can do this!

All of these venues are great choices, if you want a tradition and awe inspiring wedding then have it in a big church, if you’re after a powerful and personal wedding then have it in a banquet hall or if you’re after something that exposes you to the outside world, then have it outside! Music is a very important part of a wedding and is something you need to keep in mind, so read this to figure out what your perfect playlist will be!

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Whatever it is you have planned for today, I ask that you take a moment to remember what Memorial Day actually means. It is a time to remember those who lost their lives serving this country. Whether or not you believe in the causes behind war, please remember that these brave men and women signed up to fight for your right to have those beliefs. By all means, use the day as time to spend with family and enjoy, but please don’t forget what today is really about. I’m lucky in that the love of my life, my best friend, is only currently away for a short while and I’ll see him in less than a month. Others are not so lucky.

My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one in the United States Armed Services. May their sacrifice never be forgotten.

A verse for all who currently serve in the United States Armed Services:

Psalm 144:1-2 “Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”

A verse for those who we lost in their service:

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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So completely inspired by Kristyn’s post last week,  I started contemplating my own spiritual journey. I say journey, because honestly, I don’t think you can ever stop growing in your relationship with God or the church, whatever either of those might mean for you.

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Recently, as in the past couple of years, I’ve felt a connection with the church in ways that I haven’t in a long time. I grew up with church every Sunday, Vacation Bible School every summer (attending and then as a counselor) and when I was in college, there wasn’t a church family on campus that I felt connected to. As an Episcopalian, I wasn’t permitted to take communion at the Catholic service, but the protestant service just wasn’t for me- much more evangelical than what I grew up with. To be honest, the Catholic service would have been a much better fit, with a very similar service structure and basically the same prayers, but communion has been a big part of my church life since I was little. Although my church did have an official “First Communion” service for the kids in my age group, I was allowed to partake after several weekly lessons with my mom and proving to her that I knew what the wine + wafer meant.

When I came home from college though, I became a lot more involved at St. John’s Olney. Unless I was working (dang retail hours!) I went to church. I became active in the outreach committee with Baby’s Bounty and it was nice to go back to surrounding myself with the church family that watched me grow up. As with Kristyn, I found that moving into DC took another toll on my spiritual life, until I went to my friend Matthew’s confirmation and started going to St. John’s Lafayette with him and a group of EpiscoPALS. I had what I like to call at God moment at that church. It was the Epiphany service and there was a bit of a mini pageant when we sang We Three Kings. As we sang the final chorus, for the first time, I cried in church just because I was overwhelmed by God. It’s so hard to explain, but it was a moment I can never forget.

I was very, very lost for a few years, probably more than most people ever even saw. My heart had been broken over and over again and I wasn’t treating myself very well. I often look back on some of my behavior and cringe. But God stood by me, and kept listening. I recently had a long talk with a family friend about my engagement and he asked me, “do you know who had to do what to make sure that you ended up with Kendall? This was planned.” It was planned. I prayed for Kendall not knowing who he was or when I’d find him. So did my (friend’s) Grandma Bernice. She literally walked up to me at Tiffany + Patrick’s rehearsal dinner and said to me, “Hello I am Grandma Bernice. We know each other on Facebook and I pray on my rosary every night that you will get married and I’ll come to your wedding too.”

I believe in the power of prayer. As a little girl, I saw my congregation pray for a girl my age who became paralyzed during surgery and was never supposed to walk again. Within 24 hours, her toes could move and later on we ended up in the same high school dance company. I was stuck in a snow storm in a convertible and lost- Lord’s Prayer over and over until I could make it safely to a family friend’s house. Prayed for a special love all my life (literally since I was old enough to pray silently by myself) and to quote Kristyn: God showed up and showed off! I thank him every day for my blessings and the people in my life and a running list of things that I know are on the hearts of my friends as well. My mom may have been instrumental in getting me to church, but my relationship with God + my many guardian angels is one that I have had to foster on my own through the years. I’m nowhere near where I want to be spiritually, but I’m working on it.

I want to leave you with my favorite words from the Bible, you may have already seen them if you looked it up from my Instagram bio. This describes perfectly how I feel about my faith:

Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good. –Pslam 25:7

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