On July15th, it was all planned except rehearsal and the decorating. Rehearsal went with many hitches but we were sure we would still be ready the next day. SO the decorating began, slowly over the night all left the church except for me and Jenny. We were working away in the church oblivious to how much danger we might be in. We finished the sanctuary and went next door for final preparations and then a late night trip to Walmart. After were sure we were done, I started looking for my purse, it was no where to be found.
After a few minutes we discovered our purses had been stolen. The police came and took a report but the only positive thing they had to tell us was that we were blessed we had not been killed. The renewal went ahead the next day despite the loss of our purses, all contents, including all Billys paycheck which was in cash and my bible and many treasures for us both, think about what is in your purse, ladies. Because of money issues now, we did not get to go on our "honeymoon" but we did go out to eat and spent the night sitting in the pool beneath the moon.
Monday brought many emotions including exhaustion as we sought to replace what we could-debit cards, drivers liscence etc It has been an interesting journey but I think we have both made it to forgiveness and moving on.
Now the countdown begins to Amanda's wedding and I will update from both with pictures as soon as I can. The picture above was taken by our son who owns Studio 13 Photography and is one of our "engagement" pictures.
Thanks to Jenny and Jonathan most of all for the money, time and preparations but also to Stephen and Amanda, Anthony, everyone who serves, came etc. This was a wonderful time in our lives through it all.