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:


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!

Published in: on June 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Registry Angst

Is anyone else having registry angst? T and I registered, and then I started having economy guilt about having registered. I mean, people are losing their jobs…why do I really need new tea towels?? But I also feel like people might give gifts anyway, and I know I personally love registries, because I know I’m giving the couple something they definitely want.¬†

So I took an axe to the registry, and cut the most expensive stuff. But I still feel a little bit of registry angst. Anyone else sharing this boat with me?

Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm  Comments (4)  

Making a List, Checking it Twice

While I am not Santa (at least not for a few more years!), this weekend was definitely all about the lists! I’ve gone into wedding-decision-making overdrive, and got a bunch of things decided/completed/moving this weekend.

1. Our Registry

Our Chosen China Pattern

T said that he didn’t care about the kitchen stuff as much (he can tell a frying pan from a saucepan, and use both, but don’t ask him about the benefits of marble rolling pins for pastry making!), but definitely wanted to be in on the “what color towels are going to be in the bathroom” decisions. So, I did two of our registries online, and then on Saturday we finally made it to Macy’s to register in person for the non-kitchen stuff. T got to run the scanner, of course (guys and toys…), and towards the end, he definitely got a little trigger-happy (I think he saw his “playtime” coming to an end, and kept finding more things to scan!!), but we managed to come up with a decent start on the registry. We definitely got a scolding from the registry woman for not picking enough, but I was ready to get out of there! I am not the marathon shopping trip type, not by a long shot! Now that we have the towels picked (and T knows he won’t be forced to sleep with pink sheets, not that I would do that to him!), we can complete the rest online. (more…)

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 11:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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