July 27, 2017

Our Story, Part 4: Husband & Wife

Make sure you read parts one, two, and three!

Our great friendship led to our engagement on Christmas Eve 2006. And our adventure together was just beginning… here’s part 4 of our love story.

July 7, 2007 – Bridal Party (before the ceremony)

 

After Christmas, we headed back to South Carolina so James could finish his final semester of undergrad. He studied, I worked, and my Mom helped us do some serious long-distance wedding planning {all the way from Massachusetts to South Carolina!}.

And then in April 2007, my life completely changed when Wegener’s Granulomatosis hit me hard and fast. I will always be so grateful that James is an EMT {Emergency Medical Technician} – he’s the one who realized I was so sick and called my parents to come down; and he’s the one who drove me to the hospital when I desperately needed it. If it weren’t for him… but that’s another story, for another time.

I was admitted to the hospital very early in the morning on Easter Sunday 2007 {around 2 AM}. James was supposed to lead our church’s Easter program that morning – which he did, and came right back to be with me in the Critical Care Unit… or so I’m told.

I had lost 4 units of blood and really didn’t have any clue what was going on by that point. In fact, if I’d gone untreated even a week longer, it would have been the end. That’s how bad it was – for both of us.

James was truly amazing, and no one who saw him during that horrible week could ever doubt just how much he truly loved me. 

At the risk of not graduating {it was the last few weeks of his final semester}, he got special permission to spend most of his time with me in the hospital. He was juggling work, and church responsibilities, and doing his final papers and projects for school – and sleeping on the extra-wide windowsill in my hospital room. He was there for every little thing I needed, from interpreting the “doctor-speak,” to constantly refilling my cup with water, even to carrying me into the bathroom once or twice.

That’s love, folks!

Anyway, I started treatment for the Wegener’s and was released from the hospital about a week later. Mom stayed with me for a bit, sleeping on a cot in my one-bedroom apartment {and addressing envelopes for our wedding!}. James graduated a few days later, and by God’s mercy, I was able to be there – albeit in a wheelchair, because I was still too weak to walk.

That was early May. Our wedding was set for the first week of July. I could barely walk. I had to finish planning the wedding. And I had two other weddings to participate in during June: my best friend’s in Connecticut {three weeks before ours}, and my brother’s in Florida {two weeks before ours}!

But our God is a God of miracles! By His grace we made it through the next two months – including {but not limited to} two sessions of summer school, two long car trips, two weddings, and packing up everything we both owned. And on July 7, 2007, we stood before my childhood Pastor {who also married my parents!}, said our vows, and were pronounced husband and wife in the sight of God, the state of Massachusetts, and many witnesses.

Oh, and we enjoyed our very first kiss. Ever.

That’s right, we waited to kiss each other until we were legally married. And it was totally worth it!! And actually, we got to kiss twice. Because as we pulled away from the first one, James’ grandpap called out, “Kiss her again!”

So we did.

Our Love Story, Part 4: Husband & Wife

July 7, 2007 – My Beloved and Friend!

Family: my pastor & his wife (our officiant & organist), my brother & his wife (also newlyweds),           both sets of wonderful parents… and the beginning of the rest of our lives!

 

I could write a book about all of our adventures from the past five years… and maybe I will sometime. For instance, things got really exciting when we returned from our honeymoon, and had no jobs and no place to live. And God has provided for us in so many miraculous ways through the past five years! But for now, I’ll stop here. Besides, we’ve got some celebrating to do… 😉

Hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about us!


Comments

  1. Christine says:

    Boy do I remember those days. That was the longest week of all our lives. So glad you are doing better now!!! Love you, Sis.

  2. I have very much enjoyed your sweet story! Congratulations on finding each other and being so gosh-darn cute!

  3. I think how we navigate adversity really shows the mettle of a relationship–just as it shows the strength of our faith. So happy to read a story of both!

  4. What a beginning! And what a sweet display of love in action.

  5. I’m out of breath reading this. Good thing I’m sitting down. 😉 Really, what a marathon heading up to your marriage…and one that seems to have been run with such joy.

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