Remember how I said that there are four rather large things going on in my and Ryan’s life? Well today I get to tell you about number three!
I have the most wonderful news… it’s something you hear about in movies, read about in books, that you hear from a friend who knew a girl who’s mailman’s son’s best friend knew someone…. But how often do you truly hear about this in real life?
My sister Charly is engaged to Ryan’s brother Zach!
He proposed to her two days ago and the wedding is set for mid November! We are going to be, in a few short months, sister’s married to brothers! How cool and unusual is that?
We are so happy for them and so excited!
It’s funny to think that seven years ago last month these two walked down the aisle together at our wedding. I won’t pretend that there weren’t many of us who didn’t twiddle our eyebrows and wonder what if… but it seemed it was not meant to be. He moved off to Texas and she went off to college in Flagstaff and that was that.
Two years ago they both moved back to the valley within a year of each other and those little wisps of what if stirred up once again…
There were many times over the last few years where they were thrown together in something, singing together in praise and worship, praying together in prayer groups, dinners with both families (since my and Ryan’s family frequently do things together) and every once in a while they would laugh together or look at each other in a way that said there could be a spark there and we all held our breath in anticipation… but again and again circumstances changed, they didn’t see quite as much of each other and that little spark faded away again…
The Sound of Music comes to mind when I think about these last few years of their lives… The song “Sixteen going on Seventeen” in particular. In that scene Liesl and Rolf are dancing and at the end of the song they spin towards each other, grasp hands, and look into each others eyes for one breathless moment, only to spin apart again and again. We as the audience watch in anticipation, knowing from the start that they will come together in a sweet embrace but not knowing when… And we watch as the dance continues until at long last the pause as they look into each others eyes is much longer and finally they kiss!
I feel as if we have been members of that audience, watching as Zach and Charly have danced this dance together, holding our breath and hoping against hope that they would find happiness. Watching as they spin closer and closer and watching as they have fallen deeper and deeper, waiting for that moment when they will make that promise to stick…
And today it’s official, these two have stuck!
Congratulations Zach and Charly. May this path you have chosen to walk together bring you happiness. May God bless your marriage and use your love for each other to do great things in this world. May you learn to see every stone in your path as something to conquer together. And may your days together be filled with joy and laughter.
And may you have die Musterehe (a perfect marriage!)
Ryan and Courtney