Archive | May, 2009

Congratulations …

30 May

… to Lance and Paige, who got married today in Troy, Alabama!!

May God shower your marriage with many many blessings!!

Oy With the Poodles, Already

29 May

First an update on some of the prayer requests I’ve posted:

-Scotty is recovering well from surgery. I saw his parents at a get-together last weekend and they said the worst part is trying to keep him still!! Everyone seems in good spirits.

-I talked to Miguel briefly about how the Mission held up in the earthquake yesterday morning. He said that they felt the quake but everyone is well and there wasn’t a whole lot of damage.

Two praises!!

Second – Kelly’s Korner blog is hosting “Show Us Where You Live Friday” again – this week it’s nurserys and children’s rooms. Some of the posts are so adorable I can almost hear my maternal clock ticking.

Almost.

Okay, maybe not. Moving on.

Wedding plans just about hit the fan last night. Literally. Picture the result of me opening my wedding binder and tossing it towards my ceiling fan on high and you’ll start to have an idea about what happened.

– We found out that Jason wasn’t granted an extension and won’t be able to come to the wedding.

– After searching and searching through flight possibilities and train schedules, I finally came to the conclusion that my friend Jon can’t sing at the wedding. He needs to be back at his church job on Sunday, June 14th and I couldn’t find a flight / way to get him to the airport to get on said flight that would ensure he would be back to work on time. Seriously – my parents live out in the middle of nowhere. It makes bringing in large groups of people difficult.

– The ceremony itself still isn’t finished. I think we care too much about it and don’t want to just settle. But that’s making it difficult for me to send Max an e-mail with an attachment and subject line, “What do you think?”

– I don’t have enough music for the playlists for the reception.

– Even if I did have enough said music, there still is no DJ/MC to announce the bridal party, dinner, dances, cake cutting, etc. I have all equiptment, the music is dummy-proof (all you have to do is hit play), I just need a person!!

– I was starting to get weepy about leaving Lilly for two weeks. Sure – people can come in and feed her. But what about giving her the proper amount of love and affection and play time? She’ll be lonely!!

So what are a bride and groom to do when their wedding hits the fan and they’re both stressed to the max?

Fight of course. (I know, productive, right?)

Oy, with the poodles, already. (Name that quote … need help? Gilmore Girls)

That pretty much sums up how I felt when I woke up this morning.

Slowly, but surely, I’m starting to put all of the pieces back together.

– Bruce has been calling his groomsmen to see if they would be interested in doing a little MCing and so far they all seem enthusiastic and willing to help in whatever way they can.

– The weekend is coming up and I can work on the playlists thing. If I still don’t have enough, I can wait until I get to CT. My dad has a CD collection that could fill a medium-sized music store. So I’m going to try not to harp on that one. Because then I’ll just put random music into the different lists and it won’t be what I wanted.

– Sarah Weddle (with the help of her mother) has been working with me on the ceremony music thing – and she will be awesome …

– … and once the ceremony music thing is worked out, I can resume my scripture-picking and language changing (you would not believe how many times the UCC Book of Worship says man and woman and husband and wife – hellooooooo UCC, we’re supposed to be ONA and inclusive).

– My friends Kristi and Angie have agreed to take Lilly the ENTIRE TIME WE’RE GONE!! That is a HUUUUUGE praise because Lilly will have people around to play with and to meow at and it won’t just be her in an apartment alone for two weeks. (Picture me doing a little dance)

– Bruce and I are going to Jason’s graduation. It’s going to be a surprise, his mom didn’t want to tell him in case it didn’t happen, but I think it’ll be a nice surprise anyway. I don’t worry about posting on here about it, because he’s at basic and can only write letters. I think he’s been allowed one (maybe two) very short phone call to his parents. Doubtful he’ll be checking blogs!! I spent lots of time on google maps today and figured out our route (now that we’re going to Cape May, NJ), found a hotel for us to stay in the night before the graduation and printed out all of the directions and information off of the website for Jason’s training center. Now I just need to pray that Bruce’s manager shows grace and gives him the extra day and a half off so we can leave early. This is too important. And Kristi had no problem taking Lilly a day early.

Oy with the poodles, already.

It’s been a crazy couple of days, but the wedding is two weeks from tomorrow. After that Bruce and I will be married and all of these crazy plans, heightened anxiety and pointless fights won’t make one bit of difference.

Deep breath.

Oy with the poodles, already.

With love & grace,
Sarah

(and if you wanted to see the clip)

Earthquake in Honduras

28 May

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit northern Honduras early this morning.

So far only two deaths are being reported – but natural disasters to a developing country are difficult to bounce back from. Most communities haven’t recovered from Hurricane Mitch that hit in the 90s.

Most of you know my church in Connecticut support the Children’s Rescue Mission, a Christian Connecticut-based Educational Mission [501(c)3] that supports the Honduran community Teupasenti. My mom talked to Miguel Giron, the Executive Director of CRM, this morning who said that they felt the earthquake in Teupasenti, but the mission buildings themselves are okay. Right now his communication to the mission is difficult because the phones and internet seem to have been cut off (which makes sense – it’s all satelite). He doesn’t know the damage to the village itself – I have a feeling (having walked through the streets and seen the materials used to put build homes) that the homes in the village didn’t hold up as well as the mission buildings.

Please pray for the people of Teupasenti, for Miguel and his staff and for all those recovering today.

Prop 8

27 May

Proposition 8 – a November 2008 CA general election ballot proposition that eliminated same-sex couples’ right to marry in the state of California – was upheld today.

I try not to take a stand on controversial politics on this blog.  I don’t want to upset/hurt/offend/annoy anyone and make them not want to read it anymore.  But I need to say this … 
When it comes to marriage, the line between church and state is dangerously gray.  I worry when state ballot propositions start to enlist the support of churches and other religious organizations in their campaigns.  The Roman Catholic Church was one of the biggest supporters of Prop 8 – for reasons of biblical authority.  The state shouldn’t rest its understanding of marriage on biblical authority.  The state should rest its understanding of marriage on basic civil rights.  From there the church can decide whether or not it wants to sanction said marriage.  And individual churches can rest their understanding of marriage on their own understandings of biblical authority.  I’m not going to ostracize or judge a church or Christian for refusing to religiously sanction a legal marriage.  That is their choice and I will respect their biblical understanding even if I don’t necessarily agree with it.
We need to take a step back from the “gay marriage” debate and start picking apart what, exactly, “marriage” is.  What it means to talk about marriage on a state level and what it means for it to be sanctioned by the church.  Why clergy are ordained but the church, but can act as an officiant of the state when it comes to legal marriage.  It’s murky and gray and marginalizing a group of people who are just trying to live their lives in love and learning.
Perez Hilton posted this video on his blog today.  It breaks my heart and gives me hope all at the same time.
With hope,
Sarah

New Weaver House Rule:

26 May
No sharp knives in the dishwasher.  Butter knives ONLY.
My left index finger had an unfortunate encounter with our big chopping knife last night while I was loading the dishwasher.  I tried to handle it by myself, but I got myself worked up and finally called Bruce – who was out fishing – slightly hysterical.  He came right home to take care of me (I know, how sweet!!) – he told me that it was a relatively clean cut, but that I had definitely done a good job with it.  It’s too close to the nail for stitches so we didn’t really consider going to the ER.  ICK!!
I’m now terrified of knives and the dishwasher and trying to learn how to type without using my bandaged up index finger.  Hopefully it will heal quickly!!

Happy Memorial Day!!

25 May
This post is a salute to all of our wonderful groomsmen who are serving the military.  I feel so blessed to know these people.  We are not living in a generation of drafts – each of these men have chosen to answer a call to serve.  Even at the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have to say that I’m proud to be an American knowing that the United States Military is filled with people like this:

Specialist Neal Cooper, Army.  Neal is an Army combat medic, embedded with A Troop 2-104th CAV, part of the PA National Guard Stryker Unit.  He has been in Iraq since January, 2009.
Gib Coyle, Army.  Gib is a rising senior at West Point (I borrowed this picture from one of his albums on Facebook – it was taken at the 2009 graduation).
Jason Weaver, Coast Guard.  Jason is currently at basic training in Cape May, NJ.  I won’t have any pictures of him in uniform until after graduation, so I thought I would use this picture of him playing with one of my parents dogs last November – how adorable!!
Neal, Gib & Jason – thank you from the bottom of my heart.  May God bless you in your service.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!!!

Calling all Cooks!!

24 May
Our latest wedding present is (drumroll please) … 
A 16″ Electric Skillet!!
Now … I have two questions:
1.  What exactly do you cook in an electric skillet?
2.  How do you cook said food in an electric skillet?
Does anyone have any good recipes?

Three Day Weekends

23 May
I think the best kind of three day weekends are the ones you forget about until Thursday at 5 p.m. when you’re leaving work and everyone reminds you that the next day is only a half day because of Memorial Day weekend.
Agreed?
I thought so.
Bruce and I had a really quiet night last night.  We watched M*A*S*H, played a few games of Mancala and I worked on the list of pictures we’re going to want taken at the wedding.  We got up this morning and went to Dunkin Donuts – we had NO REGULAR COFFEE IN OUR APARTMENT.  I’m not quite sure how we let that happen.  Anyway, we went to Dunkin Donuts and then over to ATL Cycling so Bruce could get some work done on his bike.  We looked around the shop and talked to some of the guys over there for awhile – the people there are SO nice, if you’re in the market for a bike I would recommend ATL Cycling over and beyond any other bike shop in Atlanta – and then headed home.  I took a shower while Bruce cleaned and then we headed out to Target in Buckhead.  There is a Target much closer, but going to the one in Buckhead allowed us to get out a little bit (and also gave us the opportunity to check out some of the other shops around).
While we were at Target we got toiletries items to put together baskets to go in the bathrooms at the wedding reception.  Because we’re just renting the building and bringing in all outside vendors, we need to remember small little details like bathroom toiletries that would be taken care of for us had we used a hotel or clubhouse.  I don’t mind though – Bruce and I had fun going through the “travel-sized” section.  Does anyone else get a kick out of those little bottles?  I’m not sure why I do.  Here is the final product (the baskets are from IKEA):
Then we went over to Dick’s Sporting Goods so I could look at my sneakers.  My current running sneakers are two and a half years old – they are WAY past their prime and I’m starting to have knee pain (the kind of knee pain that required MRIs and cortisone shots three summers ago).  Hopefully the new sneakers will give my knees more support.  I ended up buying the ASICS Gel-1140:
On our way to the sneaker section, I came across a couple of sale racks – this is always dangerous for me.  I tried not to look too closely but ended up finding a great adidas white running jacket for 50% off!!  I’m not really planning on using it as a running jacket, I’m planning on using it more when I’m riding the scooter during the summer.  It’s lightweight, but wind resistant and bright so I think it will be great not only to protect me on the scooter but also in the mornings when it’s a little brisk.  Here’s me modeling my jacket when we got home:
What is everyone doing for Memorial Day?  Any weekend get-aways?  Picnics?  TV marathons?  Parades?  Shopping?  Whatever it is, I hope all of you can find time to relax and regenerate.
Many many blessings,
Sarah 🙂 

Updates, Gratitude & Congratulations

20 May

Thanks to everyone for the kind phone calls, texts, e-mails and facebook messages in response to the latest bump in the wedding road. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support – I’ll try to get back to everyone individually in some way, but for right now know that I feel so blessed to have each of you in my life.

Bruce and I are doing a lot better. This isn’t over – Bruce and his parents have been on the phone with friends and family who are in the military to understand why exactly Jason’s orders were changed and if there is anything that can be done to move his report date back three days. A friend of Bruce’s is a rising senior at West Point and he suggested talking to the chaplain, so I think that’s where they are now. None of us have given up hope yet – and it’s not as if Jason is going to be “replaced” if he can’t be in the wedding. He’s Bruce’s best man and will be if he’s in Connecticut or Wisconsin for the actual wedding.

In other news – the weather has been absolutely BEAUTIFUL in Atlanta the past couple of days!! I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much better than this. High fifties and low sixties in the morning, low-mid seventies during the day, sunny with blue skies and white puffy clouds, and just enough wind to make long walks perfect. I’ve been walking to and from work all week. It’s about 2 1/2 miles one way, mostly up and down hills – it’s felt great, but I think I’m starting to get shin splints!! I haven’t been walking in sneakers because I feel the need to look cute while walking and I don’t think sneakers with my work clothes is at all cute – It’s not like I’ve been walking in my grandiose spike heels, but I’m certainly not lacing up my asics, either. Ah, the price to pay when you desire cuteness in your life.

I also need to give a quick shout out and big CONGRATULATIONS to my sister, Bethany – she graduated from the Columbia School of Social Work today with an MSW (Masters of Social Work)!! And if graduating from the Ivy Leagues isn’t enough – she has a full-time job secured for next year!! YAY!!!!! Bethany – I wish I could have been there to see you cross the stage and hold tight to that diploma, but I’ll see you soon!! I love you!!

Grace & Peace,
Sarah

Sad & Somber

18 May

Bruce’s brother and best man, Jason, has been at basic training for the U.S. Coast Guard for the past couple of weeks – he left the Monday after Easter.  When he was figuring out his timeline, he set it up so he would have two weeks between basic and when he would report.  Our wedding would be in the middle of those two weeks.  We found out today that Jason got his orders and is reporting to a training facility in Wisconsin three day before the wedding.

Words don’t describe how sad we are right now.
I don’t know what else to say.