Monday, January 10, 2011

Seven Years Since that Day

I used to dream about having a video like this, because it didn't register that my brother was recording it, even though I saw him with his camcorder.  It was an amazing surprise when my brother sent me a video of my wedding for my first birthday after Andrew's death.  I had never seen it before.

I have edited this video into a fly-by version of our wedding, January 10, 2004, mostly of important songs of that day.  The adorable children in the wedding party are my nieces, nephew, and my cousin's son.  I had been waiting 17 years, since I was 6 years old when I had messed up the job and the flower girl in front of me and I had only dropped two petals each going down the aisle, to have my own flower girls drop petals as they went down the aisle the right way, dropping handfuls. 

The officiating pastor is my brother-in-law, Bob Glenn, and the man who read the Scripture was my New Jersey pastor from when I became a Christian at age 12 until I left for UCLA, Pastor Babij.  My bridesmaids were Andrew's sister, Jennifer, my close cousins, Amanda, Katharyn, Krystene, and my maid-of-honor was my sister, Gayle. 

Andrew's groomsmen were his best friends from high school and his best man was his brother, Jon. 

The music was lead by David Ward, my worship pastor both in New Jersey and now in Minnesota. We got married in Somerset, NJ at the church where Andrew grew up.

I made the cuts in the two dances at the end of the video according to the lyrics that were sung. The last song was sung by my brother-in-law, Bob. Here is the video:

I remember as we exchanged our wedding vows, images of our first meeting at the back of the large auditorium, Rolfe 1200, after Bible study flashed through my head.  Tears began to well as I thought how far the Lord had brought us from there in two years and two months, and how I had never imagined this were possible.

For our wedding favors, we made our first small publication, a short booklet about our love story that God had so clearly orchestrated, as He had answered hundreds of specific prayers, small to huge, bringing us together.  We included pictures of our journals, emails, and letters we had written each other in the booklet. 

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit bless, preserve, and keep you.  The Lord mercifully with His favor look upon you and so fill you with all spirtual blessing and grace that you may live together in this life so as to bring honor and fame to His name now and forever. Amen.


  1. Well, you have indeed 'brought honour and fame to His name' together.

  2. *hugs* I should have known our hearts would be in similar places on our anniversaries. You bless me so much, Grace. Thank you.