So, I’ve been sitting here trying to write out the adventure of getting the legal part of our marriage completed. Getting my documents translated into Spanish, Carlos getting a ‘recent’ Birth Certificate, worrying about the local attorney, etc., etc. But, you don’t want to read all of that. Let’s just say, it was a tad bit complicated.
In the end, what matters is that, with our wonderful friends and mentors, Kenny and Karen, as our witnesses, last week we became legally married!!
|hearing the attorney read the Acta |
(notice the tight quarters!)
We’re now planning Part II, a small, simple celebration, which we’ve set for May 11. From the beginning, we’ve wanted this to be a time focused on God, and on worshiping Him. We want to give Him all the honor and glory, and to make our vows in front of Him, and in front of a small group of our friends here.
|see my beautiful ring? |
Carlos even got down
on his knee to propose!
I’m thankful for the way God has provided a family for us here. Of course, I’m sad that my family (including my ‘faith family’!) back home won’t be able to be here to celebrate with us!
|signing the marriage books|
After that, we’ll move in together and begin our life as husband and wife. Are we excited? Oh, yes!!
The verse we've chosen as the theme for our marriage is John 15:12, where Jesus says, "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you". That is our desire. That our love for each other will reflect the sacrificial love Jesus has for each one of us. Love that emptied itself and went to the cross.
|our amazing friend Karen|
Please join us in praying that as we begin our life together, we will stay focused on that goal. That living for God will be our only joy and desire. That we will reflect His love through our marriage, and point others to Him through our lives. That we will help each other grow more and more like Jesus each day.
|and her awesome husband, Kenny|
We both know we’ll stumble and fall at times, but we also know our loving Father will be with us to lift us up again. To Him be all the glory!
|with our inspiring, encouraging brother and sister in Christ.|
(if you look to the right you can see the little space where the ceremony took place - behind the bars!)
|to God alone be the glory!|