"Jesus in Your Eyes"
(by Julie & Buddy Miller)
"Oh look at where we are
God has brought us both so far
We've been delivered by his hand
And brought to the place where we now stand
Love is patient love is kind
Love comes thru every time
Always protects, hopes and trusts
Keeps on believing and it never gives up
In my life I have seen so many things
But nothing has touched me so deep inside
As when I see Jesus in your eyes
In my heart I'm very sure
In His love ours will endure
Loving Him by loving you
In serving Jesus I will serve you too
For His glory we will live
He has given us love to give
I am with you heart and soul
Wherever He leads together we will go
1996 started out pretty bad, but ended well. On February 13th, Christopher's mom passed away after suffering kidney failure 14 years earlier. She was only 36 years old. Mama Beth was a very special woman, and I had looked forward to having a mother-in-law that I got along with. Shortly after her death, Christopher's twin cousins went to live with their father. They had been raised in his home as his sisters for almost 6 years, so it was very hard to adjust to not seeing them every day. Chris became an uncle in April. It was fun being around Brandy and her baby, Joseph. Our church went through a split, and that was pretty stressful (sorry, this is the bad news paragraph, but it's almost over!). The pastor was forced to resign, and about half of the church left, including the youth pastor. As a result, though, Chris ended up becoming the youth pastor. He was still in Bible school at Christ for the Nations, but since we had less than 10 youth left, he was able to sort of ease into the role.
We got married on July 27th. The song I posted today is the song that we sang to each other at our wedding. Brother Jerry, my pastor from high school, officiated. We had three attendants each: Charlie & Muffi (the youth pastor & his wife that I had been living with) were our Best Man & Matron of Honor, then our friends Geary, Kasey, Corey & Kim were our groomsmen & bridesmaids. My baby brother Aaron was our ring bearer, and we had three flower girls. Aaron walked with little Rachel (my precious friend from Weimar, who is like a little sister to me), and Danielle & Desiree (the twins) walked together. They were all so adorable! My Dad sang “The Wedding Song (There is Love)” during the lighting of the unity candle. We did everything in a pretty traditional way, except we walked out as husband & wife to the funky electric pop song from a couple of posts ago (“Every Boy & Girl Falls in Love”). It was great! Christopher's dad paid for our honeymoon, and we could've gone to Cancun or something; but we were fairly young (20) & afraid to go out of the country by ourselves! So, we went to Walt Disney World, and it was so fun!!
For the rest of the year, I continued to work, Chris continued to go to school, and we just enjoyed being married! We lived in an apartment on campus, where we met some really great young couples that we hung out with whenever we got the chance. We hosted the College & Career group from church fairly often. Plus, we babysat Joseph every other Saturday, while Brandy was in school. It was so much fun! People say that the first year of marriage is the hardest, but it really wasn't for us. Things weren't perfect, but it was a breeze compared to the 6 months prior to our wedding.