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How I married the Captain

CSP & I were reminiscing about our wedding day, all the things that stand out in our memories.  He stayed at his parents house the night before while I stayed with my Mom & sisters at the Hilton where our reception would be held after the wedding.  We woke up and took our time getting ready.  The day started out fairly clear but it ended up raining.  I was bummed about that because there are beautiful spots at the church outside where I wanted pictures, but they say rain on your wedding day is good luck. I thought I was going to be fine when it came to walking down the aisle but as soon as those doors opened I went right into the ugly cry.  Emotion just washed over me like a tidal wave!  The ceremony was beautiful and just flew by.  My friend Priscilla sang The Lord’s Prayer and it was so amazing it gave me chills.    We were married before digital cameras were a thing so I took a picture of this picture.  That’s why Sara & Morgan’s dresses are blown out by the flash.  They were all a gorgeous periwinkle.  Look how young Morgan was!  Only 10 years old!  Well, 1 month away from 11.

After the ceremony we went to the Hilton for the reception.  It was nice to have a little alone time with CSP in the limo on the way over.   We LOVED how the Hilton took care of us.  When the wedding party arrived we were taken to a  private room where we were able to spend a half hour or so having some hors d’oeuvres and catching our breath while the guests mingled and had their hors d’oeuvres.   Then they announced us and the big party started.  We had a great time.  We stayed up so late and it was such a long day that by the time we were able to go to bed I was so exhausted I almost slept in my tiara and veil rather than wrestle with the 900 bobby pins holding it on my head!   The next morning we had breakfast with everyone who stayed the night then it was off to the airport for our honeymoon in Vegas!


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5 minutes with myself 10 years ago

The Daily Post offers up topics about which to write when you’re looking for inspiration for your daily blog posts.  One struck my fancy a few days ago.

If you could go back in time and have a 5 minute conversation with yourself ten years ago, what would you say?

I thought this was pretty interesting because we are coming up on our 10th wedding anniversary, so if I were to go back in time right now to 10 years ago I’d find myself in the final countdown to the wedding.  This is some of what I’d say to myself:
  • Hire a videographer for the wedding.  I know you think you can’t afford it but you’ll regret it years from now that you didn’t.
  • Push that piece of hair out of your face.  It’s caught on your eyebrow and drives you nuts every time you look at your wedding pictures.
  • Tuck some lip gloss in your bra.  You get a little stressed at the reception because you can’t find any.
  • Take that wedding gift money and buy stock in Apple. They are going to invent the iPod and it’s going to change the way the world listens to music.
  • In a few years you’re going to be tempted to build a house by CP Morgan. RUN from this company.  They are the devil and will cause you nothing but stress.
  • One day you’re going to meet a girl who you think will be a great friend.  She’s not.  Don’t waste your time investing in this friendship.
  • Take some more of that wedding money and buy into the Walt Disney Vacation Club.  You’re going to fall in love with their cruise ships and the club will save you money.
  • Spend a little extra time over the next year with Jade and Melissa.  They will both pass away at a young age.
  • Moisturize.  Moisturize even when you think you’ve moisturized plenty.
  • Wear SPF at all times.
  • When you’re selling the house in Fort Mill, don’t run through the kitchen.  There’s water on the floor and you slip causing you to tear your meniscus.  This results in surgery.  Might as well avoid it!
  • Don’t color your hair with box color at home.  You end up with hooker hair.
  • When you’re in Las Vegas next week on your honeymoon, get up a little earlier on your planned Grand Canyon day.  It’s a heck of a lot farther away than you thought!
  • Don’t spend even one second being nervous.  Soak in every second of this week’s wedding activities and next week’s honeymoon.  You’re marrying the best man you’ve ever known.  He’ll make you happy forever.  The best thing you’ve ever done was saying yes.
When I was thinking about this list I thought about maybe warning myself against getting into the China adoption or Guatemala adoption because neither of them worked out.  But so much good came out of all of them.  Friendships were made that would have never been made otherwise and they’ve lasted.  Plus, we are a sum of our experiences and even though it would save some pain and a lot of money and stress, I wouldn’t change anything in regard to the adoptions .  I’m exactly where and who I’m supposed to be now because of all I’ve been through.
What would you tell yourself 10 years ago?