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It has been about twelve years since I was the flower girl for my second cousin’s wedding. Luckily for me and my family, we celebrated this past weekend with my other cousin, who just got married this past Saturday. It was an outdoor wedding, so, naturally everyone was worried as to whether the anticipated rain would hold off (at least for the ceremony). Thankfully, it did, and it was beautiful.

The main gist of my story is that it’s been so long since I’ve attended a wedding that I feel as if I just discovered (or “re-discovered”) what true love means. You see, I was too young to remember what the heck was going on during the last wedding I took part in, so, attending this one was quite refreshing.

As I was waiting in line for food, I eavesdropped on a woman talking to someone behind me. She was saying how amazing this whole wedding has been, especially with their love being “so pure.” It was after that moment I began to think what “pure love” really meant. Seeing the lovely couple look into each others’ eyes as they swayed during their “first dance,” and how the groom held the bride in his arms, you just knew that their love was “pure.” There were no words to describe the moment.

Pure love is around us all the time. In our families, our friends. Pure love means that you would rather suffer than see someone else suffer, or create suffering for someone. Pure love is about seeing the good in others, not the bad. It is unconditional.

What I witnessed this past Saturday has changed my point of view on life and love. Love is a beautiful gift from God. Treasure it.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7


Alumni Posts

Wedding Fever

by Alumni Posts on February 12, 2013

in College Life

My older sister Danielle is getting married in June, and lucky me I am the maid of honor. Thank god for Pinterest otherwise I would be a lost soul. I am proud to say I have made myself a pro out of wedding research and ideas. So if there is anyone out there that is in need of wedding ideas I have a book load of them. Also, I would like to say congratulations to one of my closet friends who got proposed to last Thursday and I also have the honor of being a bridesmaid in her wedding. I have known her since sixth grade and have always kept in touch. I can’t believe I am getting to the age of wedding. I guess this is the next chapter in my life when all of my friends and siblings get married. It is such a fun experience.


Alumni Posts

Polish Wedding

by Alumni Posts on September 11, 2012

in Faith

What do you think about when the wedding subject gets brought up? Well, I think about love, family and faith. Saturday, my cousin Amber got married in Pocahontas, Illinois, at a small country winery. I have only been to a handful of weddings that I remember, and now that I am getting older and to the age of getting married, I have been getting invites in the mail every month it seems like. My beautiful cousin found her Polish honey, Stan, two years ago and sparks flew. If anyone has seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, my Saturday evening was very similar to that. Polish families have customs for big events such as weddings. The speeches and the dancing and the singing were something new to me and my family. The speeches were long and full of laughter, and, might I add, I couldn’t understand most of them because half were in polish tongues. The dancing was like ring-around-the rosie with a table of people in the middle.

Last but not least, the singing consists of toasting and taking shots of homemade vodka. I got a little taste of what their faith and family is about, and I hope they got a taste of ours as well. There were so many moments in my night when I was crying I was laughing so hard. They are going to share a beautiful life together, and I couldn’t be any happier.

“Even though your family is oranges and my family is apples, at the end of the day we are both fruit……”


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