Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Thursday, November 16, 2006

a handsome husband for sister.

i won't bore everyone with the reasons why this post is so late. i'll cut right to the chase.

last weekend when we were in san angelo, my sister (in-law), kylah, got engaged! she will be marrying michael kotze on march 10 in what is sure to be one of the most beautiful weddings ever recorded in history. not only is kylah beautiful, she has fantastic taste (so does her mama) and the trials and tests that her relationship with michael has sustained has made them a deeply commited and loving couple.

her ring is BEYOND fantastic. i have photos of it before the center diamond was in place, but that just wouldn't do it justice. i'll wait until i get something that captures the bling of this thing before i blind you. get ready for that.

exciting for me is she asked me to be one of her matrons of honor. (she also asked one of her best friends jenny - she's fantastic.) there's a story that goes along with that, and it might fill you in on the relationship between kylah and me.

i was telling landon about how kylah had asked me, and he said, "is that kind of weird to you? that she would ask you to be a matron of honor when you guys haven't known each other for very long?" landon has been the best man in all his friends weddings. friends he's known since he was like, 11, or something.

well, kylah and i have known each other for four years this thanksgiving, but even so, i said, very matter-of-factly, "no. kylah is one of my best friends." without even really thinking about it, and then i sat and thought about how close we became almost immediately as i was falling in love with her brother.

not that i would expect her to ask me to be a matron of honor, but it makes sense to me. this is a woman i will no question know and live out the rest of my life with and i can't imagine being any other place than by her side the day she becomes a wife.

oh, and what a wife she'll be. she's attentive. caring. giving. and really makes any slight hint of homemaking skills i may possess look like i just stepped out of seventh-grade home ec class. she's fantastic. she's a woman of God that already blesses every person she meets, and will no doubt bless michael for the rest of his life.

she was there when i teared up telling her what i loved about her brother. she was there when i cried about my parents getting a divorce. she listened to me regarding every minute detail about my wedding. she was there when i bought my wedding dress. she was the one who cried when we told her we were making her an aunt. she is the one who has a rack full of baby clothes in her closet already. she's the one who doesn't want her bridal shower in february, only because she wants me to be able to be there.

i am slightly worried that i will have given birth less than a month before i stand up next to kylah (anyone got suggestions on what size dress to order? scratch that. don't tell me.), but that's only because i don't want to ruin her pictures.

i know and have already begun to pray every day that Jesus would be the center of this wedding, and He would make His presence known to everyone there that day. especially my best friend. kylah. she's going to be the most beautiful bride.

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