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Capitalism and Missed Weddings

‘Shoot, I’m missing another wedding,’ I realize with a pang. Leaving the country for 5 months comes at a high cost when you are at an age where everyone is getting married! 

Thankfully, in this age of the internet, it is not difficult to send my regrets! I RSVP online; I glance through the gift registry online; I order a present online and it goes straight to the bride and groom with a nice little note. It all takes only a few minutes! 

I cannot imagine the hassle of trying to figure it all out from abroad. Hurray for the internet and capitalism – keeping me in touch even when far away!


To Jordan and Ashley

HAPPY WEDDING DAY, JORDAN AND ASHLEY! 

I am shouting because I want you to hear me all the way from Thailand. Turns out, this is the closest thing I have to a picture with both of you and Jordan is not even looking at the camera.

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But that happens to be the day you two met (in person) so I consider it a particularly worthy photo. 

Ashley, I am grateful for our many high school adventures, from slaying Calormen in Narnia to adventures at Old World Wisconsin. I even found a picture of the first time we met! (Such babies.) 

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Also, while looking for photos of us, I found one of the time we stalked that couple’s wedding at Old World Wisconsin.  Good times. 

I hope you have a lovely wedding day without high school girls stalking you from above!

Jordan, no visit to Iowa feels complete without visiting you! From Thanksgivings to iGovern East to adventures with other Gen Jers, I cannot imagine the past decade without your friendship. You’ll always be one of the family–I hope you and Ashley will come visit often!

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Congratulations and Happy Wedding Day…TheRealist and Coolweather!

Your friend, Bucky Bookworm

 


To Tori

Dear Tori,

Tomorrow you get married! If I have one regret about coming to Thailand, it is that I am missing such a wonderful day. But today is not a day for regret but for excitement! You are marrying your best friend! I am so happy for you. 

You have been my friend and partner in crime for so many years that I have probably forgotten more than half our adventures already! I am so grateful for every one of them. From an international, online girls’ bible study to a writing forum for our friends to the best New Years Eve party ever, you have turned my crazy ideas into reality for at least a decade now. 

Remember the first time we met in real life? We were so excited to meet we scared your parents by enthusiastically running and shouting and hugging! We rocked the Intelligence Committee and put on that ridiculous skit that only made sense to people on the Gen J forums and toured that incredible castle in Colorado. 

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And then we met up again in Texas! Who would guess as we sat hiding by that glass elevator discussing future dreams and plans that your future would lead you back to Texas?! And then we snuck out to meet Dan and Jennifer and in the end probably spent more time with that super-chatty Uber driver. 

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And then we both worked for AFP and could swap war stories! 

And then you came and visited me and we drove to Minnesota to hang out with our friends! And you came to my shared graduation party. (Were they separate trips? I cannot remember now!)

And then, most epic of all, that time you flew out with barely any warning and we accidentally crashed Sarah’s wedding? I will never forget driving across Wisconsin in the middle of summer without working air conditioning and then quick changing near a corn field so we didn’t look quite so sweaty and disreputable when we arrived. And then we got to polka!

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Then I flew out and visited you after a crazy election season and we had many adventures in Montana! We ate ethnic food and smelled tea that might have been the remains of King Tut and did an escape room. It remains one of the most relaxing and fun vacations I have ever taken. 

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And we plotted and we schemed and managed to pull together a New Years Party within a month! So many amazing friends in one place. Remember how excited we were about the murder mystery and how unexpectedly sketch it ended up being? And of course, Jordan and Ashley met…but that is a post for next weekend. 

Then I spent a summer at camp but we still managed to see each other for a quick visit and eat Korean!

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So many memories and so may pixelated photos! And yet even these correspond to only a fraction of our interactions. If I could, I would post a picture of hand-written letters that stretch a dozen pages, of forum posts and Facebook messages, of book club chats and bookish gossip, of Hamilton songs, of laughter and tears. 

You are an incredible, beautiful, amazing woman and I am so grateful to know you. Though our friendship will always look a little different going forward once you get married, I think of it as an advantage. Whatever our next scheme ends up being, we will now have three heads plotting instead of two! (Or, four or five or six or seven or eight depending how many Gen Jers we drag in with us!)

Congratulations on your wedding, my friend. May it be the happiest of days! 

Amy


#becomingthebardens 

And they’re married!!

Many years ago I drove out to Virginia with Danielle to attend a camp. While there, she met a fellow by the name of Nick…

8 years later and I got to read Scripture at their wedding. ❤ What a special, precious day!


Sunburned and sore…but I now have a sister-in-law!

Sam and Amber’s wedding yesterday was AWESOME! Definitely one of the most fun weddings I have ever attended. It was a beautiful ceremony and the weather stayed gorgeous (though extremely windy!) Sam and Amber positively glowed. Everything was lovely.

It was outdoors, however, and this ginger forgot to wear sunscreen! My face, my shoulders, the back of my knees…everything is bright red and sore. I also ache from dancing. However, I would do it again in a heartbeat! 

During the reception, a double rainbow came out. I can’t think of anything more fitting to demonstrate the promise and blessing of this wedding. What a precious day!


#Samber16

Today our brother gets MARRIED!!!! If you are looking for us, we will be celebrating on the dance floor!