Monday, April 29, 2013

Part I

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

Carlos' turn!

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!
Just married!!

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!


  1. Wonderful to see all the pictures. I am so very happy for you both. I will again be praying you through the May 11 service. Can't wait to meet Carlos and actually see you "live" together.

  2. Congratulations!!! I am so happy and excited for both you and can't wait to see the AMAZING ways God is going to use the two of you as a couple!! Blessings as you start your lives together!! xoxo

  3. Congrats! And how wonderful to have mentors to be there for you to celebrate and to give wisdom. Blessings to you both!

  4. Wahooo!!! Tears of joy are streaming down my face...SO excited for you guys and overjoyed by this exciting news! Congratulations!! Love, love, love you!
    And miss ya,

  5. SO, so excited for you guys!! Tears of joy are streaming down my face!! Congratulations and overjoyed by this news!! God has great plans for you both and SO amazing to see/hear how He has joined y'all together!
    So wish I could wrap arms around ya and give a big hug while jumping up & down!
    Congrats and know that we miss and love, love, love you!
    In Him,

  6. This is so sweet and amazing!!! You both are already giving such honor and glory to God --- I feel so full of thanks for the Lord and that he gave you both such an amazing gift! You are so precious, dear friend. I love seeing you so happy. <3