Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Civil Ceremony: Mr. & Mrs. VanCura (Part 1)

Saturday was a beautiful day. As I told a friend, I was so overwhelmed by the love that was in the room.

The actual civil ceremony took place at my husband's (ah, I can't believe I am typing the word husband) home parish in St. Paul, MN. The priest said he could marry us because he was allowed by the state to act as an officiator (it was confusing to some people, but the priest made it clear that it was not the Christian wedding ceremony). It was a blessing, since I wanted our civil ceremony to be Christ-centered.

His family and most of his extended family joined us, as well as my parents, sister, brother and grandmother. Family friends also joined us as well as my mother's cousin and her family who live in Rochester, MN!

Here are some pictures from my camera, courtesy of my brother Gabriel.

Here we go!



My parents are really cute. 


Ceremony


Seeing each other "for the first time".


"We are about to get married!" We were so nervous. 


We were waiting while the priest explained what was about to take place.


Standing in front with our witnesses: Diana (my sister) and Chad (his brother)


Greg saying his vows. 


Ok. Let's be serious. ;-) When we saw this picture we said that his brother must have been thinking, "Oh brother, what have you gotten yourself into?" ;-)


My parents during the vows.


Saying my vows.


Ok, let's try to be serious...again. ;-)


Prayer over the rings.




Witnesses.




And now: our faces when the priest announced that we were officially...

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory VanCura!






I love you, best friend. I am so grateful for the godly man God designed for me. 

Thank you, Gracias, family and friends. Thank you for the love you have shown us!

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 2:20
Much Love, 
Gabby

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A new season.

I can not even begin to describe how nervous I am (this is probably why I am posting at 0440 A.M...besides the fact that I can never sleep on my days off!).

Happy. Excited. Giddy.

Blessed.

Greg and I have set the date for our Christian wedding ceremony/celebration for October 26, 2013.

However, we are getting legally married on March 23, 2013. In just 4 days. Four!

 

Hello Lord, tonight my heart is overflowing with gratitude. Your way is perfect. I invite You to be the center of our marriage. May we never forget that we love because You first loved us. 

Please keep our families and us in your prayers as we begin our life as One.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 
Love, 
Gabby

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Minnesota: And it was very good.

Thursday after work, I flew from sunny, warm Texas to snowy Minnesota for a few days!

It was cold, white and lovely.

Get ready for a ton of pictures.

We began our (rather my) trip to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. We learned about Minnesota history (obviously), specifically about Minnesota and the Civil War, along with an exhibit on many different moments in history that have shaped the state of Minnesota.




Here is a picture of the replica of Charles Lindbergh's first airplane "Jenny". This plane flew over Minnesota specifically to drop political leaflets supporting his father's unsuccessful US Senate campaign.



Now, my favorite exhibit: Minnesota during the post-World War II period.

Baby Boom!

I wish we had these at work!


I just had to take a picture of this nursing/cough drops ad. Although, I don't really like what it says!

Despite it being old, it was pretty accurate on my weight!



Candy is super expensive nowdays. ;-)
 The next day, we drove to Grand Portage, Minnesota. We were about 1 mile away from Canada. I am still not sure what inspired us to drive up there. Maybe our randomness. You should probably know we love driving to and exploring new towns as well as hiking! However, the drive up there was lovely.

I couldn't help but praise God the entire way for His creation. I can't even fathom how heaven will look like!

Greg and I also conversed about how creation speaks of the glory and magnificence of God and how small we really are in this world. It was a humbling experience.


Lake Superior
 We climbed up this huge rock ON Lake Superior. It was very windy, snowy and slippery. My nurse "safety first"  mind was not very comfortable, but it was so worthy.






After that, we went hiking! Isn't it beautiful? My eyes just stared in awe of it all.

Beginning of hiking trail.












There was a special view for us at the end of our hiking trail.

Frozen waterfall

Canadian side

He is so patient with my picture taking.
 From a higher view


On this picure, you can see the USA and Canada separated by just a few inches of snow/ice.


Trying to take a picture of us and the waterfall. I found out that it is so difficult with a huge camera and cold weather.

Can you spot him? He was so alert to our every move!
 As we were heading back to the car, Greg had a little accident. ;-) He is ok now!


I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Greg - I am looking forward to the next adventure with you. I love you. I am so grateful.

"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good..." Genesis 1:31

Much Love, 
Gabby