photos from our ceremony Here is another slideshow of Abu's photos; this time from the ceremony. Here are some of the highlights: Before the ceremony started, Lawrance lowered my veil. Seating of the family included his maternal grandmother, "big uncle" and aunt, and his mom His dad walked me down the aisle. We had two missionary friends officiate--Mike (from America) and Jonathan (from Malaysia) I choose to walk 7 circles around Lawrance at the beginning of the ceremony (a Jewish tradition symbolizing that, as his wife, my life revolves around his) Then, he rolled the veil (again, I wanted to see during the 2 hour ceremony, but I knew the veil was important to him) During the charge to the couple, Mike shared the Gospel clearly and succinctly using a wedding as an analogy. It was GREAT!! We tied the Cord of Three Stands again We also washed each others feet (symbolizing servant leadership and mutual submission) We used the same vows, but this time we each only used our own heart language Lawrance sang a solo to me right after our vows (it was great!!) There were five different songs in the middle of the ceremony (so we sat down) I cried again during the vows . . . but this time for different reasons. :) I fell deeper in love with my husband as a direct result of celebrating our marriage in front of new witnesses. However, I did tell him that although I love him deeply, I will not marry him again. ;) After we talked, trying to compare our two weddings, Lawrance and I concluded that it must be kind of like having two children and trying to choose which one you love the most . . . it is impossible.
a wonderful wedding gift We got some amazingly creative wedding gifts that I will share details of with you a bit later. Today, I just wanna celebrate our biggest gift of all. . . . a new fridge!! :) Many friends and family (on both sides of the ocean) graciously gave us cash as a wedding gift. It is the traditional wedding gift in Taiwan, but not so in America. However, we are very thankful for all our American friends and family understanding that many traditional wedding gifts from a registry in America would have been quite impractical. (Nevertheless we did register for a few items for our home, and I know my mom and sister would love to see what they look like in place, so I'll do that a bit later too.) Boy, I am gabby today!! :) Guess I must be excited. ;) So . . . now . . . . for the grand revealing . . . .our beautiful new fridge that arrived yesterday: Although it fits perfectly in the "fridge spot," from this photo it seems to dwarf our entire kitchen! :) The fridge part is on top (which I LOVE). I love being able to stare directly into the fridge part. Before we had a freezer top fridge, so I had to lean over and down to look into it. Then below the two door fridge, there are two sections that pull out. The middle section is for fresh fruit and veggies (a huge crisper, I guess). And the bottom is the freezer. So, instead of shelves, it is kinda like a top loading deep freeze--just pile and stack. I really like it. Here are some shots I took last night of the inside of our new fridge--this might be the only time I ever show you the inside . . . so make sure you take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. ;) (Clicking the photos will take you to their flickr page.) ____ And, here are a few photos taken before new fridge's arrival: ___ And, here is how the little black fridge became black . . . This fridge was nearly 20 years old. It was given to me when I first moved to Taiwan. Some missionaries on the island were leaving to go back to the States and were giving it away. Some other missionaries that knew I was coming took it and kept it for a few months, then when I arrived they gave it to me. I love the way the missionaries I've met here take care of one another and bless each other by sharing not only material stuff but of their time and care too. God is good. We loved little black, but he was not working quite as hard as he once was. Sometimes he would forget to work at all, and at other times he would work so hard EVERYthing--even the eggs in the fridge door--would be frozen! He did quit working all together back...