Monday, March 28, 2011

47 days!

The knot so kindly reminded me this afternoon that I have 47 days until I become Mrs. Konrath and have 113 things to do before that day!

As can be assumed from my week long absence of a post, I do not have a lot of time so I will summarize this post with a quote I read in a book by Elisabeth Elliot. It is in regards to being a wife-something I am reading up on:) 
Here is my added to version of it:

"Contentment is by no means to be found in any job, man, family, wealth-in ditch digging or in the office of a CEO-anymore than in the kitchen cooking or being a stay at home mom. Real satisfaction and joy come in response to acceptance of the will of God and nowhere else."

So true isn't it? This is something that God has really been working on in me. Sometimes I look at someone else and feel discontent with my life in comparison with theirs when REALLY, contentment with my life is not dependent on my circumstances is a choice that I make to accept what God has blessed me with! And God truly has blessed me. I have a wonderful fiancĂ©, an education, a job, great friends, a supportive church and a loving family! It's kind of great when you put it that way isn't it:)



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

my wedding miracle

Miracles. I believe in them. I believe God gave me one for my wedding.
All my life, I have only ever dreamed of that special bond between a father and daughter. I couldn't help but cry when I saw dad's dancing with their daughters and see that special moment that I had never had.

It's not that my dad doesn't love me, he just has different ways of showing it. 

Not only has my dad never danced in his life, he feels very strongly against it because of the way he was raised and also because of the organization we were a part of growing up. 

Jimmy knew how much I wanted to dance with my dad at our wedding so he told me I should just ask him. I told him he was crazy.
I asked my dad anyways when I was home for Christmas break. He said no.

It hurt worse to have asked and been rejected than to never have asked at all.

I cried one day driving to school when I heard the song "I Loved Her First" on the radio. I knew that was the song I wanted to dance with my dad to. My heart hurt because I knew that even though it was just a dance, it would be a memory that lasted forever.
 I asked God as I was driving back to school one evening, sobbing, and listening to that song, to work in my Dad's heart...to give me a miracle.

Last week I went home for spring break and my dad asked if he could talk to me. He started talking about the conversation we had over Christmas about dancing. He said he hadn't been able to get it out of his mind and had been asking different people who he respected, what they thought he should do. To his surprise, not one of them told him he should not dance with me. In fact, they told him he really should consider doing it. 

My dad then told me he was willing to dance with me at my wedding.
 It was the last thing I was expecting to hear! I was shocked. We both cried together as I had him listen to the song I wanted to dance to. Right there in the bedroom, I taught my dad how to dance with tears rolling down my face.  Of anything my dad has ever done for me, this made me feel the most loved. He gave up something that was uncomfortable to him, something that he didn't necessarily want to do, and he did it to make me feel loved.

After 20 years of waiting, my little girl dreams came true:) My daddy danced with me!
It's proof that I serve a God who cares...even about my hopes and dreams. 









Thursday, March 10, 2011

Minnesota!

This won't be long because I am trying to get busy studying for the Praxis 2...I'm taking it saturday and have not really don't much studying for it at all!
I got to go home this last week and had 2 bridal showers! It was so much fun. The showers made everything seem so much more real! I'm getting married!! I got a lot of cooking and cleaning stuff...for MY house:) It's such a crazy thought, but I love it!
I was able to get almost everything done for the invitations this week. Jimmy helped me seal the edges tonight, and I will hopefully start addressing them tomorrow! Everything takes up so much time. 
It was so good to be home and just see all the people and things I missed, like my family and friends, the cows, the farm, the snow (there was still a lot of it!), savers, unique, panda express, raising canes, Cub foods etc. I have so many memories there I will never forget.
This was one of the hardest times for me to say goodbye to my family. I know that it seems like I'm never really homesick, but it's still hard to leave everything that I love. Every other time I've left, there has always been a possibility that I will come back someday. This time was the last time before I get married and the realization that I'm never going back to Minnesota really hit me. It's hard to be so far away.
I am excited, though, to start my life here with Jimmy. God has really blessed us with wonderful friends and family here and I know that as we continue to live in His will, he will provide for us! That is a great feeling:)

                                             Just a few photos from the shower:
Me and my beautiful sisters
Me and grandpa and grandma
Me and mom and dad

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