This weekend I had the pleasure of going home to the USofA for the first time in about 10 1/2 months. I just calculated-and I was in the states for 63 hours and I traveled for 45-not too shabby! But for real, the reason for the trip: Mal and Michael's wedding! To give a little background, ever since I decided to move to Italy, the plan was not to leave unless there was an emergency or a certain friend (ahem, Mal) was getting married :)
Michael proposed, I booked my flight, and a TON happened in between--and then finally this weekend it was time for their union and I got to spend time with friends and family for such a joyous event.
Not only did I get to spend time with best friends, but my amazing family was there for me to pick me (Mom, Irisita, and Kenny) up from the airport (though I was 4.5 hours late), drive me back, and have some of my dad's best puerto rican meals in the few hours I was with them--and they had welcome home signs!
The weekend was amazing-it was quite a whirlwind, but it was also a testament of God's goodness, faithfulness, and love--seeing a man a woman become one in marriage with the purpose to glorify their maker--and a community of friends and family who are willing to pray, support, and also testify to how they have seen the relationship grow and blossom under God's grace...oh--how it was beautiful :)
And my fam--I'll just say I am so pumped to spend more time with them in a month--and the few hours with them were not enough!
and.... I just got home and thought... well I've been terrible at blogging, but how about I do some now until I majorly crash from all the jetlag (spelling?)
Happy! great weekend:)
AND--school is out in four days :) woooweeee
CONGRATULATIONS MICHAEL AND MALLORY!
I am so glad to be friends with you as you journey in marriage
|Mal was stunning|
|Connie ready for the show|
|The wedding was hands on effort :) Molly sprinkling sparkles (what are those called?-sprinkles? on Madd's cupcakes)|
|Ohana-we are missing our dear Beth--|
|Madd's mad baking skills|
|Some of Madd's cupcakes|
|So happy with them|
|Luca and Scott drove me down and back! Nikki too... what amazing family!|
|Mr and Mrs Michael Taylor Joyce :)|
|me, Irisita, and Nikki--Irisita just arrived from Panama we coordinated seeing each other|
|Me with Luca--I love this kid! Can't wait to spend loads of time with him in the US :)|
Oh what a weekend--I'm going to cherish it forever!