January 19, 2013

Wedding Registry with a Twist

A little over seven months ago we talked for the first time. For over 7 hours. About anything and everything.

A little over 7 weeks ago we promised each other a lifetime together when Joshua proposed and Samantha said YES! To weather and enjoy anything and everything to come our way.

24/7 we marvel at God’s good plan in bringing us together. And we’re thrilled to announce we’re celebrating at our wedding on February 2, 2013!

We realize if this is the first time you’re hearing our news, it may come as a surprise. Our timeline has been quick, but oh so sweet. Many of you have already shared your cheer, joy, and prayers, as we embark on this new journey together. Thank you!

The most important things to us are family, friends and our faith. As we’ve planned our wedding, we’ve had one main goal: to honor all three.

In particular, our heart is to bring glory to God. Through a lot of prayer and much study of Scripture, we feel we’ll best honor Him by spending minimally on our wedding, which makes a small ceremony and reception necessary. Our immediate family will celebrate on our wedding day with us. And our hope is to get together with our friends and extended family over the next few months to continue celebrating, whether with dinner at our home, game night at yours, or maybe just a walk at the greenway.

Thank you for understanding our limited guest list. Our desire is to share what we would have spent on a larger wedding with others. In particular, God has given both of us a passion to serve the homeless and impoverished.

As a wedding gift to each other, we’re investing in the lives of those in poverty, particularly children, through several non-profit organizations. The Lord has blessed both of us, so much so that we have two full households.  In fact, we’re downsizing one whole home! So in lieu of a traditional wedding registry, we welcome you to join us in giving to either Compassion International or Camp Joy.

We’re sharing more about each place, and our admiration for the work they’re doing, on the next blog post.

From the bottom of our hearts … thank you! We’d cherish your prayers as we get closer to our wedding day. And we’d especially treasure them on February 2 as we make our vows before the Lord.

With love,

Joshua and Samantha



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  1. Wow!! I haven’t checked in on your blog for a while and what do you know, you’re getting MARRIED!! Congrats to you and your soon to be hubby!!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS SAMANTHA!!! I truly rejoiced over your news (my first time hearing it)! God is so faithful and true and you are such a sweet example for those who are “waiting on the Lord” to do it with patience and grace! I found your blog a few months after I got married and had wished I would have found you when I was single (you have such great insight). I look forward to reading your upcoming blogs as you transition into a new season of life and join us “newlyweds” (I have been married 1 year 7 months)!!

  3. So happy to give to you and Joshua this way! You two are such a blessing!

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