Don’t be mad.
I don’t have many photos to share today. SORRY! I know you are waiting so nicely, but it will be weeks yet before I have the video and photos back from our “I Do: Part 2” Vow Renewal Ceremony. We can be patient together, ’cause I can hardly STAND it myself, I am SOOO excited to see them! 🙂 I PROMISE, my lovely photographer and videographer are working HARD to get them done, and as soon as I have the disks in hand, I will share with you, but for today, I want to talk blog numbers and blessings, as well as share the few photos I have at my disposal! 🙂
During the first 12 posts of “Surviving Infidelity: Shattered Hearts, Broken Promises” the blog was viewed 34,024 times! (this does not count the Love Story Re-told posts) Reaching as far as Italy, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, Australia, Guam and Poland! Wow, praise God! May it continue to travel the world for HIS glory!
During this series we received hundreds of wonderful comments, and even more private messages and emails. People are hurting and just need to be told that others are out there surviving the same hurts!
We were blessed with this AMAZING “Shattered” candle-holder from a fellow blogger and sweet friend in Christ, Joy from Simply Bloom, which we used at our Vow Renewal.
We did this in place of the traditional Unity Candle, since our lives are already one.
This hand written note says:
A mosaic Candle-holder so perfectly displays the reflective beauty of a broken life reconstructed. His light bounces off and floods trough the shards of broken, shattered dreams surrendered to His creativity.
It represented perfectly, our desire to have the Lord shine His light through the broken pieces of our lives, all to create a beautiful mosaic for HIS glory!
We were also sent several amazing books! Now that the renewal has passed and “regular” life sets back in, we are anxious to dig into these.
A big thank you to Megan, from The Pearl, for blessing us with the 3 Laaser books: 7 Desires of Every Heart, Shattered Vows & Healing Wounds of Sexual Addiction!
Our Beauty from Ashes ceremony was everything we dreamed it to be.
The Bible tells us that “Whoever sows in tears, reaps in joy.” Ps 126:5. What a joy it was to join my life to Dale’s again, to make a fresh covenant before Christ, and to be wearing a wedding band proudly on my finger once again.
For those of you that live locally, Venables is seriously the place to shop for rings! WOW. Talk about personal service. Gina bent over backwards to make our experience a good one. This included allowing us to pay as we could up to the event and ring pick up, personal phone calls when items came in, custom ordering and quick turn around…she was a dream to work with! I cannot say enough about Venables!
Send your boyfriend for all your engagement ring shopping needs! 🙂
In the weeks to come, I will show you some of the things I made for the Renewal, like this Paper Flower Garland, which is pictured here in my bathroom.
(WHAT?! I needed it to be safe until I took it to the barn for the renewal!) 🙂
And the t-shirt scarves I made for gifts!
My friend Heather is a photographer, so naturally, she brought her camera to the Vow Renewal and was sharing these on Facebook last night. I was gobbling them up as fast as she was posting!
She titled this next one: “Everything as it should be.” I say YES and Praise Jesus!
Last, but certainly NOT least….here is the slide show we played after the Vow Renewal!
More soon! Hugs, T
In Honor of Beauty from Ashes