Well the wedding went off without a hitch...which frankly was a little disappointing. I mean, I wanted them married and happy--and am thrilled that they are--but it is the hitches that make the memories. And since the bride and groom usually remember each other's face, a couple of "I Do's" and mostly "Blah blah blah" after that, it doesn't really matter too much to them. But for the rest of us, it is the entertainment! ;-)
Okay, okay, I wouldn't really have wanted something bad to happen, but a little glitch, a moment of craziness...would that be so bad? Like when my aunt set her veil on fire (just a little. No one saw anything except the groom smacking her in the face.). Or when my sister, a junior bridesmaid, got the stomach flu in the middle of the ceremony (don't worry, my uncle scooped her out of the ceremony just in time!). Ahhhh...these are memories!
Okay already! I'm just kidding around here. Truly, it was a wonderful ceremony, a wonderful weekend. Family, much laughter, great food, real worship, and a covenant made that I have no doubt will last until death parts them or Jesus returns (soon, Lord!). It really was wonderful. I loved getting to know my new sister-in-law (SIL from this point on) and her family. And friends of the couple that I didn't know or didn't know well. My grandparents were there too, and that is always a treat.
But you might have noticed that I didn't include sleep in my above list. That would be 'cause there wasn't much. Not in the three weeks prior either. Or since, come to think of it. And thus the title: I do live, but barely. I am so very tired. And it's only going to get worse from here, at least for another week or so, as the church where I work runs a children's music & arts camp next week, and I'm responsible for a good bit of it. I think it's going to be great...but I might not remember it if I don't find a way to get some sleep soon! My body's wound up so tight now that even when I have time, it takes me a good bit to calm down enough to get there. These aren't complaints, just facts.
But the best part is, it really is a good time in my life. I like being busy and seeing family, and celebrating such a wonderful experience. I am tired, but I am happy. AND, I return to you with many, many thoughts roaming loose in my head that need to be corralled and put into a blog post or ten. So let's see if I can carve out time to share with you over the next week or two. I'll do my best, but warn you now, if I have to choose between blogging and sleep... Well, I'll see you when I can.
With a wink and a smile (and was that snore I just heard?),
Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
-- Psalm 4:6-8