I think I began planning my wedding around age seven. I knew the colors and the cake - purple, and three tiers respectively. By age ten, I knew the location and the time of that big day. Saint Joseph Church on Van Buren Avenue, and noon. By age sixteen, I'd chosen the wedding gown, four bridesmaids, and a maid of honor. And by twenty, I was just waiting for the man.
Because I'd met a lot of Christian boys, but not a lot of Christian men. I wanted a man who would fall to his knees in love of God and service of me. And I wanted to do the same for him. I wanted to love when I was ready, not when I was lonely.
Wherever he was when I was growing up, planning our wedding day, I'm pretty sure he wasn't thinking about the color and texture of his tuxedo. Or how dashing the purple boutonniere would look against a suit jacket.
But now I'm two weeks, fourteen days, 336 hours away from saying "I do." And we have the colors, and the cake, the church, the time, the women surrounding me, and the dress. And I'm preparing for a life-long love with a man who I love more than I thought was humanly possible.
And it is all happening in ways that I never imagined and better than I ever dreamed. Because ‘love’ never happens the way you think it should – but then you find that reality is better than all of your dreams combined.
I used to struggle with the word "submission”. It sounded archaic. I didn't understand it. Then I found out that it meant 'under the mission of' - and it changed everything. Because this man that I'm marrying? I know his mission in life. He wants to get to Heaven. And he wants me by his side on the journey there.
When Father Zarse asks me in 2 weeks, fourteen days, 336 hours from now to repeat: "I, Chloe, take you, Joseph, as my husband" I will probably start repeating before he finishes the sentence. And later I will apologize for my anxiousness.
Then I'll explain how I've been wanting and waiting to say those words for so long. Through a 10 month countdown that started on a mountaintop in the sunrise light.
And how excited I am to climb all of life's mountains, valleys, and in-betweens by his side as his wife.
Because I'm excited. I'm thinking about him and our life together all the time. I'm lying away at night, staring at the ceiling fan praying for him. Because in 2 weeks, 14 days, 336 hours I am marrying my best friend.
And I'm going to decorate a home with him and do everything with him. Like watch weird YouTube videos, and be beside him right when he wakes up, and nudge him out of bed, bribing him with coffee and probably bacon.
We'll laugh until our side hurts, and be there to hold each other when life happens and things get squishy and messy and we are reminded of how human we are.
He knows what I look like without makeup. And how I smell after not showering for six days. How I love the little things. He's going to find out how I wander around and sip coffee in the morning. And how I dance horribly and have a very small amount of funny faces that I make.
And I know the face he makes when he is thinking. How he drums the steering wheel along to the rhythm of songs. How he can back into parking spaces like nobody’s business. I'm going to find out how he eats cereal and what it sounds like when the door opens after a long day from work and he comes in exhausted.
We want to be saints together. He'll probably be the patron saint of engineering (move over Saint Patrick) and I'll be the patron saint of coffee drinkers. He'll be up in Heaven helping those hard working engineer students with electromagnetic theory homework. I'll be recommending vanilla lattes over hazelnut. It'll be beautiful.
Please keep us in your prayers.
The next 2 weeks (not that anyone has a countdown going or anything) are going to fly by. Before we know it, we'll be starting our new life together as Mr. and Mrs. Langr...and it's going to be beautiful.
“Young people are always searching for the beauty in love. They want their love to be beautiful.” Saint Pope John Paul II