Friday, June 18, 2010

planning continues, life comes together

Here's the latest checklist

Date: set
Chapel: booked
Reception Spot: booked
Photographer: booked
Marriage Prep: on it
Colors: under discussion
Dress: on it (sort of)

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...
Wedding planning is super fun -- all the things you dream about as a little girl coming to life -- and the newly-engaged bliss is definitely still upon us...

...BUT I've also had a real dose of reality this past couple of weeks. Wedding aside, we've had talks of real estate, moving, finances, child-rearing... Two grown adults, with grownup jobs and grownup houses and grownup families and independent ways of doing grownup things... MERGING LIVES. I'd be lying if I said that the logistics of it aren't overwhelming me quite a bit. And there's no checklist for that. No complete meltdowns to date, but close. Lucky for me I'm engaged to the most amazing man in the world who always keeps my stress level in check, always knows the right thing to say, who always helps, always makes me laugh. And he has an iPhone.

Project 'Merging Lives'
This weekend we are truly taking the next step in Project Merging Lives... as I type this, my future in-laws have already crossed the California/Arizona border and are vastly approaching the Phoenix metro area, on their way to join my parents for dinner tonight at Daniel's house, which Daniel and I will have prepared. We wanted to extend a symbolic gesture, inviting our folks into our future home and preparing a meal together for them. I can only imagine what is going through their heads. Three months ago (exactly) their son/daughter was going on a blind date constructed by the infamous Shane Jones. Today they are having dinner with their future in-laws. I think it's glorious but I hope it's not too overwhelming for them.

Beyond tonight we have a fantastic weekend ahead, full of plans. But plans aside, we are so looking forward to our families getting to know one another. I'm hoping for lots of laughter and sharing stories of childhood and bonding. We are so blessed.

Off to Daniel's kitchen!

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