When I got home, the house was empty. My family was busy getting things in order and I got in the shower to cool off. Soon I worked on my hair and makeup, and smiled. I thought I had done a pretty good job. Mom helped me with my gown, and I felt like a princess. Time to go to the church came and I walked out into the front of the building filled with neighbors and elderly people I truly loved. They clapped and cheered as I came out, showering me with such love!
The music never played, I never had the traditional dance with my father or my first dance with my new husband, people behaved rudely demanding to be served, the photographer gave us an attitude, and my beautiful cake fell as it was being placed on the table. Thank God the woman that made it was so talented, she fixed it right there. My desire is not to make you sad, but to show you that when we trust in God, He shows us what really matters. Love.
I share these things not so you can say, “Angie, I'm sorry or, Angie, it’s over, suck it up, it’s in the past.” No, I want to show that even when everything went wrong, something good happening overrides it and makes it all right. One great moment was my mom's embrace and hearing her say, “I love you, princess!” The second thing that went right was in the car ride, now married, when my husband of a few minutes said, “You look beautiful and I’m so glad I married my best friend. Angie, I love you.” That changed it all!
You see, even though my wedding ceremony and everything at the reception was a disaster, God never intended for things to continue going ugly.
Twenty three years later, I'm blessed with the gift of a family, three beautiful children, who make waking up each day a wonderful adventure! In marriage, through the ups and downs and moments when we wanted to kick one another’s butts, my husband still says, “You’re beautiful and I’m so glad I married my best friend.”
I am so happy with the family God has given me and this is truly perfect. What I have today surpasses the sadness of one day because I have a thousand moments of endless reasons to smile and be thankful.