Life’s a Surprise: The Wedding Countdown FINALE


It’s an incredible feeling to be on the threshold of the rest of your life. I will never be in this moment ever again, and I wouldn’t want to be. Yet, at the same time, everything in life doesn’t have to drastically change. When you think about it, life does have those crazy little moments where you look back and see the path that God has had you on this whole time.

In college there was a girl I dated. Our relationship heated up pretty fast, and by the time we were 6 months into the relationship, I was feeling pretty good about where things were headed. Then to my amazement, she broke it off, because her parents wanted it to be broken off, and the best part, she called me from another country to say it was over. I had the money for a ring set aside, and no one to spend the money on. I ended up using the monies as part of the down payment to my house.

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ImageThere’s a song from a rock group I enjoy, “It’s the Final Countdown” by Europe. The final countdown has begun, and I’m so elated to be marrying my best friend. I have enjoyed giving you all a glimpse into my mind about my love for Kari. If I could sum up all the greatest moments of my life, I’d say meeting Kari is at the top of that list. I did not know she would become greatest joy and would soothe my soul and make me the happiest man alive.

Life throws all kinds of little surprises that are both good and bad. This is why this blog series has been titled, “Life’s a Surprise.” There’s an old saying, when life throws you lemons, make lemonade. Nothing could be truer than this past year. Though 2011 was the happiest year of my life, it was also one of the hardest I’ve had to face.

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Image I have to be the luckiest and happiest man alive. I do realize this sounds clichéd, because every guy, who’s been where I am, has said the same thing when he was about to marry his bride. For me I’m so excited I can hardly stand myself. Some of you girls reading this are thinking… “Oh that’s so cute!” and… it is, I’ll admit. Between all the hustle and bustle of going here, getting this, writing this check for each vendor, I have fallen more and more in-love with Kari. She is the best thing that has happened to me.

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16 Days to Wedding Bells

Emotions are an amusing entity. Yes, I called emotions an entity; but think about it, they show up either in small doses, or they take over your thoughts and body, leaving you incapacitated. One moment you’re just fine, and the next, your heart is beating a thousand times a minute while a vise-grip clamps around your chest. Your palms are clammy, mouth dry and you begin combing through a predetermined conversation in your head; playing it out scene by scene, hoping it goes the way you plan. It’s like the emotion is a pesky diminutive alien wreaking havoc in your mind, and you can’t stop it.

This is how I felt while pacing about my bedroom that Superbowl Sunday. The night before, at my sister’s apartment, I sent a text to Kari asking her if she’d like joining us for the big game. Her response came back, ‘Sure, sounds like fun.’ At first I was over excited, until reality set in the next morning at church.

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17 Days to Wedding Bells

ImageAs I was thinking about our upcoming wedding, I began humming an old tune by Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire.” So, I searched the song on YouTube and found a new rendering of the famed cover song. Re-done by new artist, Matthew Mayfield, it is one of the best I’ve heard. Of course, no one can really hold a candle to Johnny and June singing their song.

I learned that June Carter Cash wrote the song one day while driving through town thinking about Johnny and how it didn’t matter what he was going through, she’d be by his side the whole time. Partially she was referring to Johnny’s drug use and her concern for his safety and health. Yet, June said she couldn’t contain how she felt about Johnny, that every time she was around him, she felt as if she were being pulled into a ring of fiery love.

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I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about this; but the most certain thing in life is its ambiguity. You do your best to plan out how a year is going to go, the haziness sets in, and you find yourself on a journey of a lifetime. This is how 2011 was for me. When the clock struck 12-midnight on January 1, I had no idea what would follow. And 2011 was both the most wonderful year of my life and the hardest year of my life.

2011 started off with a phone call, mid-January, from my friend Dave. “Hey, buddy… I have a quick question for you. Andrea and I were talking and were wondering… do you remember Kari, the girl you walked down the aisle with at our wedding?”

Life is a Surprise! pt. 1


ImageIt’s been over a year since I’ve written on my blog… and I apologize to all my readers. You all probably thought I dropped off the face of the earth. In reality, I’m still here. It’s been a crazy and wonderful year since I last wrote. The amazing thing about 2011, is that it was a year of learning to trust in God in every area of life.

Not long after writing my post last year, I met the girl of my dreams. As a writer, you plan out how your characters are going to meet, how they’ll fall in-love, and it’s all so romantic, and would never happen in real life, right? That’s what I thought; until the day I met my fiancée.