Taking the Leap

It's scary to jump off that step and not have firm ground underneath..will he catch me?

It’s scary to jump off that step and not have firm ground underneath..will he catch me?

There is something specific about resting in the arms of the person who has vowed to spend the rest of their life with you.  It is so comforting, it leaves the mind free of fears, and open to dream.  What is it about marriage that makes us so united, how is it different than really super committed dating?  I think it’s the leap.

When you get married, you don’t get to watch the movie of your life together play out in front of you and then decide, “yes, I’d like to have that. ”  We can never know what life holds in store for us alone, and even less so once joined with a partner who brings their own qualities, ideas and dreams into the equation.  Yet for those who are willing, the actual act of saying those vows is taking a leap of faith together, into a new life that is unknown…. The unknown is always scary, but like skydiving, going to war, or getting through college, there are adventurers in life that bond 2 people just because they got though it together.

I think the leap of marriage is in itself a bonding experience that helps you to face the scary unknowns.  When life gets tough, or throws you a curve, the hope is that you will be strong enough to look back to your wedding day and say, “we took that leap together, we are floating through thin air with each other, together we can find firm ground again.”

What about kids?  To have, adopt, what if we can't...

What about kids? To have, adopt, what if we can’t…

There will be other leaps throughout life that continue to bond you if you let them…but they can also tear you apart.  It is our choices in these situations, our ability to put the others needs first while still expressing our own, to be slow to anger and quick to forgive, that determines whether you will be glued tighter on the other side. Leaping into having kids together – another act of faith.  Taking a jump to move to a new place that your spouse feels better about than you do.  Re-arranging your career to make room for your partner, your family.  What about that leap into a crazy vacation that seems totally impractical but is probably exactly what you both need?

Yes, experiences are what unite people, and marriage is the first of many leaps of faith that can build a life un-imagined.  Here’s to love, and here’s to leaping.

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Lace Up Your Boots

Intention and accuracy in everything...

Intention and accuracy in everything…

As I watched my soldier lace up his boots in the wee-hours of the morning, I caught my mind drifting to images of him lacing up those boots in a dusty tent somewhere…or on the floor of a hideout trying not to make a sound…what those boots must have seen over the years.  I wondered, what does he think about while he’s tightening the laces?  What has he thought about in the past?  How many days does he remember…or wish he could forget in those boots?

I think as Army families, it never get easier to watch our warriors lace up their boots, snap on their hat, and walk out the door.  Even once they are home and safe…we remember what it was like when they weren’t.  As I watched him tucking in his pants to regulation, I broadened my musings to include construction workers, nurses, salesmen, soccer moms…what do all of them think of as they lace up (or slide on) their shoes?

Really, none of us know what the day will bring, yet each day we set out with determination to face it.  In whom do we trust when the outcome isn’t guaranteed?  For me, my hope is in the Lord.  It its a hope that stems from knowing I am valuable and love-worthy.  I know I wouldn’t have survived my years of

Ready to march?

Ready to march?

hospitals and surgeries if it wasn’t for a purpose, if it wasn’t for all the prayers, support, and determined effort on the part of many to keep me alive.  I also firmly believe that I would never have met my solider, or been in a emotional place to begin a relationship, if it were not for a Divine Providence prompting both of our hearts to meet.

So at the end of the day, and at the start of our next one, I will pray that we will be strong and courageous, that we will lace up our boots and march into our life with Hope.  May we bring the best of ourselves as we go, the world needs it.

~  with love, Morgen

My First Sister

ImageI am Megan Reynolds, not to be confused with Morgen or Marcia.  M’s seems to be popular for the Reynolds women. I am the bride’s sister in law.  I married Morgen’s younger brother, Austin, in 2012.

Becoming a part of the Reynolds clan has been a wonderful experience.  I remember when I first met Morgen, about 5 years ago.  She is tall, perfect hair, just gorgeous.  I was very intimidated.  Would she like me?  Would A.J. care if she didn’t?  I had no reason to worry.  Morgen hugged me and said “I expected you to be bigger, like a super buff swimmer or something”.  She made me feel like part of the family right away.  I can only imagine how in awe Ed must have felt when he met her for the first time at our wedding.

A.J. and I met Ed through a mutual acquaintance years ago and have kept in touch ever since.  We may not see each other often, but when we do, we always have long and meaningful conversations to get caught up.  It is like no time has passed since we last spoke.

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Ed was an usher at our wedding and Morgen was one of the bridesmaids.  While we cannot reasonably take credit for the relationship they have built, we can say we saw it start.  It has been a joy, for both A.J. and I, to watch 2 people we care about finally find happiness.  It is a bonus that we love them both!  Knowing Ed and Morgen separately and together God could not have found two people more well suited for each other.  With love in our hearts  A.J. and I are looking forward to welcoming another branch into the Reynolds clan.  I look forward to watching Morgen and Ed continue to grow into each other as a couple and build a family of their own.

Already a Wife and Mom

On Joy's Wedding Day, 2008

On Joy’s Wedding Day, 2008

Love, laughter and music abounds in my life, as I am a freelance performer, composer and teacher. I am blessed with my husband, Ethan, and two (soon to be three!) little ones – Peter and Zoe. They constantly keep me on my toes as I have learned to balance my ambitions, friendships, and family.

I met Morgen ten years ago when we sold Cutco knives together.  When we first met I had no idea we would have such an impacting and lasting friendship. She has challenged, supported, encouraged, and been beside me through more ups and downs to count! In 2008, I had the privilege of having her next to me on my own wedding day.

Baby #1

Baby #1

Now, I’m absolutely thrilled to have the chance to stand up with Morgen as she and Ed start their new life together! I met Edward really early on and I could tell there was love in the air from the very start! I’m excited to see how they will create new community together in Florida and all the future plans God has in store for them. Without a doubt, Ed is a man of honor who I know will take exceptional care of Morgen. I’m so glad to know she’ll be in the best of hands.

Vintage is Back…

Keeping it classy!

Keeping it classy!

I have always felt out of place, but really I was out of date. I was raised by an antique loving Mother and a sharp dressing Father, so I suppose the result is only natural.  Vintage clothing was the happy medium between those two worlds, which I began researching and wearing in my teens and later selling via my Etsy shop: Curio Vintage.  By finding and selling these unique pieces, a little of the class and quality of yesterday can be had by all who desire it.  I’m drawn to things of age because of the honest stories they tell + the kindred spirit I’ve felt for their charming strangeness and rough edges. I’m a Curio too, I guess.

The very first time I met Morgen was as a child in ballet slippers, but I digress. About 4 years ago she turned up again in my life, this time as my Axis small group leader!  I could easily credit her with introducing me to some of my closest friends and for welcoming me in at a hard point in my life.  I have not yet met Ed, but have heard wonderful things all around!  I am most of all excited to see Morgen matched with a godly man that deserves, challenges and loves her well!

Welcome to the Wedding…

Face your fears...I rode the Ferris wheel!

The blushing bride…

You’ve found it!  The official site for all the adventures and details surrounding the wedding to commemorate the beginning of Morgen and Edward’s life together.  We are so excited to start our marriage, we know there will be ups and downs, but that is how God grows and teaches us.  Whether or not you are able to attend the event itself, we hope you will continue to be a part of our lives, and walk along the road with us.  Thank you!

The dashing groom...

The dashing groom…

(enjoy poking around the site, there are all kinds photos and details so that you can enjoy this experience.  God has so blessed us, we want our wedding to be a blessing to you!)