Posted by: jennyo | July 31, 2009

oh yeah!

TWO more days until I am Mrs. Joel Avila!! The reception is all set up and the flowers are ready to be arranged. I can’t believe it’s finally here!

Posted by: jennyo | July 20, 2009


Look at that new header!  Since I moved my stuff to Chicago two weeks ago (although it doesn’t really feel like I’ve moved myself quite yet), I figured the blog should reflect that.  We have a great apartment in a cool neighborhood and I’m so looking forward to enjoying the city.

This week the task at hand is keeping pace toward the wedding, with *2* weeks to go!  Many last minute details have been accomplished (thank goodness!) but some are still to do.  I am very proud of my crafty resourcefulness with regard to everything I was able to create myself- my hairpiece (who needs to spend $150 for a custom hairpiece when I made mine for under $5?), cake topper, programs, ‘vases’ and flower arrangements are all being created courtesy of yours truly.  I have totally enjoyed making all of it too!  I keep thinking how weird it is that I am really looking forward to getting my hands on those flowers and putting all the studying I’ve been doing on flower arrangements to practice.  [When the wedding is over, perhaps I’ll post some photos on the blog to join bride bloggers all over the world in sharing the ideas I came up with.  It seems like the thing to do as a bride these days.  Seriously- how do you have time to plan the wedding AND broadcast your planning in cyberspace?  That’s a feat of multi-tasking that I just haven’t been interested in pushing myself toward.]

So in 13 days I will be Mrs. Joel Avila and I will have to come up with some new topics to write about besides RUF!  I am sure there are many adventures ahead.  Stay tuned…

Photo 33

Posted by: jennyo | April 28, 2009

A Saturday in April

Thanks to Katie Pensak for the photography and to Coventry House for the beautiful scenery!

Without further ado…











Posted by: jennyo | April 2, 2009

The Sands of Time are Sinking

This morning Joel and I have been throwing hymn ideas around for the wedding.  I ran across these lyrics that seemed freshly relevant to my life at present, 1) because I have many sleepless nights, and 2) because I will soon be wearing a wedding dress!  From Anne Cousin’s 1857 hymn, The Sands of Time Are Sinking:

I shall sleep sound in Jesus, filled with His likeness rise,
To love and to adore Him, to see Him with these eyes:
’Tween me and resurrection but Paradise doth stand;
Then—then for glory dwelling in Immanuel’s land.

The Bride eyes not her garment, but her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth but on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.

Posted by: jennyo | April 1, 2009


I’m getting married!

Today I emerged from the frontloadedweddingfrenzy long enough to realize that it’s been months since I posted.  I guess I now officially have the option to turn the blog into a forum for my wedding planning ideas, inspirations and frustrations- and while I can’t promise that said stuff won’t come up every now and then, I am committed to remaining pensive and substantive with the blog.  Lucky you.

So back to the frontloadedweddingfrenzy (just to contradict my point for a moment)- no one told me about how much you have to do at the VERY beginning of engagement.  It has been a month and a half since Joel popped the question and things are just now slowing down.  One major issue that I’ve been running into is competing with other couples’ ridiculous 18-month-ahead planning.  At first it was a chore finding the right place to have the wedding that wasn’t already booked until December of 2010.  Thank goodness we decided long ago to have the reception at CPC- otherwise I am sure the reception location would have been even more of a headache.  

I don’t say all that to moan about the horrors of wedding planning… on the whole, we found an awesome park for the wedding and have a photographer booked too.  I have such a great cast of supporting characters (as Joel phrased it this morning) It IS possible to plan a wedding in 6 months!  But I am very interested in the growing phenomenon of having such a long engagement.  I find it a struggle as an engaged woman to keep the focus on the marriage and not just on the wedding- but I am fighting for it.  Because truly the wedding is an archway to marriage!  There are a lot of new issues that come up in the relationship, as well as the ‘cute’ things that turn into ‘forever’ things that you freak out about.  From everything I have heard from my amazingly supportive married and engaged friends, going through these tremors is a totally normal rite of passage into marriage.  But the WEDDING looms large in the popular imagination. (I heard a pastor suggest recently that our obsession with huge, expensive weddings may be compensation for the fact that marriage means very little to us these days)

So I am trying to figure out how to make this time about initiating forever with Joel- and not just about getting through the next 4 months or having the best wedding anyone has ever been to.

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