Feeling the Love

We had our couples shower last night, and we were totally overwhelmed by all of the love shown us. First of all, it was on a Wednesday night after Bible study, and if you attend anyplace, you know that Wednesday nights aren’t the best attended. But when T’s aunt (our pastor’s wife) asked us what day we wanted the shower on, Wednesday seemed to make the most sense, since we don’t usually have church events conflicting like on Sundays. So I wasn’t really expecting much, but I would have been excited by anything — it was our first shower!

Well, I walked back to the hall where the shower was, and I was totally blown away by all the gifts. Seriously, like stopped dead and started tearing up. I was definitely not expecting anything like that. Since it was supposed to be a couples’ shower, we managed to drag T and a couple of other guys back there, and we started unwrapping. That’s when the real surprises started.

You know how being nice and thinking of others is its own reward, but often comes back around to you in a totally unexpected way? Well, we got a very surprising, touching, and humbling reminder of that last night. All day yesterday, I kept hearing hints about how much I was going to love the gifts we were getting. I heard the phrase “you’re not even expecting this,” which I have to admit worried me a little — I mean, we registered for stuff because that’s what we wanted, right? Well, sometimes going off the registry can be a very good thing, if the givers know you well!

Remember when we took the china off our registry because we felt like it was a frivolous thing to ask our guests for in this economy? And took the flatware off for the same reason? Well, T’s aunts decided that we should have china and flatware, so one aunt and uncle, along with their children and respective¬†spouses, went in together and bought us an entire set of flatware. Another aunt, uncle, children and respective spouses also went in and actually bought us an entire 58-piece set of china. I cry at everything, but I was so shocked and touched that honestly, I couldn’t really react at all! I mean, I think I did, but it definitely had a hard time sinking in. The china we got was, unbelievably enough, actually a pattern that we had looked at initially, Mikasa Parchment:

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It’s gorgeous, and it’s even my favorite color! I’ll have to come up with an excuse for a dinner party very soon!!

And we got so many other lovely gifts — even T’s aunts who live out of state sent gifts. T’s mom gave us a whole bunch of lovely things, including one of my favorites: a book called “Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.” Isn’t that sweet?

I’ve been to a lot of bridal showers, and it always seemed like fun to be on the other side of it, but I never realized how overwhelmingly humbling and touching it is to have a whole roomful of people there to celebrate with you, and give you gifts they chose for you. If this is anything like the wedding is going to be, I’m going to be a teary mess the whole time!

So now I’m off to my hopeful final dress fitting in Richmond, so I’ll try to get another post in before I leave, but if not, I’ll be back sometime before the weekend with (hopefully) pics of the project progress so far!

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