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Reminiscing

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Have you ever listened to a song from the past or looked at an old photo album reminiscing about the good ol’ days? Well, this past weekend we dusted off some of our family DVDs of days gone by.

We watched Randy and I get married. It was fun to see how it all played out 17 years ago. Our teens understood the significance of our vows, asked a lot of questions and thought about some things they would like at their wedding.

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We watched Alicia coo with her chubby cheeks and bright eyes as she played with her grab toys. As she grew, we saw her sing and dance.

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Alicia with Nani

We watched Austin sing his ABCs, play the drums and play little league baseball.

We enjoyed the various special activities such as birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and opening Christmas presents.

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We laughed and cried at our family memories and look forward to making many more.

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Do you have a special memory you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear it.

Blessings,  Rebecca

Our Special Day

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This week, Randy and I will celebrate 17 years of marriage and I’d like to share a story with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Blessings,  Rebecca

I nervously paced back and forth in the church auxiliary room while our family and friends awaited my grand entrance. I reflected on the day’s events. It began early with a delicious mocha and bagel as I drove sixty miles to my hairdressers. Two hours later, she handed me a mirror.

“Do you like your hair and make-up?” 

“Like it? I love it! I feel like a princess. Thank you so much!”

On my way to the church, I called my future mother-in-law, Dianna, to let her know I would be there soon. Upon my arrival, my future sister-in-laws whisked me into the preparation room to help me with my dress and final touch-ups.

“Hurry up! It’s almost time. You don’t want to be late for your own wedding. Do you?”

They excused themselves and I was alone for the first time all day. I heard our guests arriving and groomsmen seating them. I gazed into the mirror one last time and thought to myself. After being the bridesmaid for the umpteenth time, I’m finally a bride at thirty-five-years-old.

I grinned while I reflected on our initial meeting two-and-a-half-years earlier. Dianna and my manicurist talked about us for one month and then exchanged our phone numbers. Randy and I met for coffee the following Friday and found we had a lot in common. After a lengthy discussion, we grew hungry and continued our conversation across the street at a Chinese restaurant.  Three hours later, the owner leaned against the wall with folded his arms. “Sorry, folks we closed 30 minutes ago.” We chuckled as we excused ourselves.

My reflection was interrupted when my favorite song started playing on the church sound system. Our friend, Gervy, put together a video collection of our childhood and dating photographs. I was pleasantly surprised to hear it in stereo, because originally he was authorized to use his projector with tiny speakers. Sniffles and sighs of “Ahhhh” soon followed as folks reminisced. Goose bumps traveled up and down my spine as I anticipated my long-awaited walk.

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Suddenly, my wedding coordinator rushed in with a huge smile, “Come on Rebecca. It’s time!”

I met my father in the hall leading up to the altar.

Tears filled his eyes, “You look so beautiful my daughter.”

“Thanks Dad.”

Our friend, Shannon, sang “This is the Day that The Lord has Made” while her husband, Blaine, accompanied her on guitar.

As we strolled down the aisle, everyone stood up and cameras flashed. I looked at my beaming groom. We both had waited a long time to find the person we would spend the rest of our lives with. Next to him stood his groomsmen; his brothers Mike,  Ryan and my brother Greg.

When I reached him, our Pastor asked my dad the proverbial question.

“James Mosberger, who gives this woman to marry this man?”

“We do,” he proudly said. He gently transferred my right hand into my future husband’s hand.

I stepped forward, but struggled. I quickly looked behind me and noticed my father  standing on the lace train of my dress. Stunned, he forgot to sit down after giving me away. Next to me stood my bridesmaids and my long time friends Joyce, Gillynn and Carina.

Our ceremony was traditional with scriptural readings, the lighting of unity candles, Holy Communion, and marital vows. Unbeknownst to us, during our wedding band exchange, Pastor Jim read love letters we wrote to each other. Tears now filled my eyes and Randy gently wiped them away with his thumb.

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I savored the concluding words, “By the power vested in me by the State of California, I now pronounce you husband and wife. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Randall Krusee.”

The crowd erupted in applause as we kissed and we passed by them.

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Seventeen years later, we are still going strong and living in the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains with our fifteen-year-old son and thirteen-year-old daughter. As a tradition, on our anniversary, we watch our wedding video and are reminded of our commitment to each other.

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Do you have a special story to share with us, please do?

Pop Goes The Question

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As Spring time approaches, I am reminded of wedding season and wanted to share my engagement story with you.

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My then boyfriend Randy’s mom threw us a dual birthday BBQ for our family and friends at our local historic Felton Covered Bridge Park. When we arrived, I found a comfy bench to enjoy my breakfast before preparing for our guests arrived.

“Hon, I really need your help moving these picnic tables,” Randy said.

“I’ll be there in a moment. I’m finishing my bagel and coffee,” I replied.

No, I need your help now!

“Randy, I’m starving and will be with you in a moment.” Hmmm, that’s strange. He’s usually not so demanding.

Our festive picnic table and colorful balloons looked great. As we put the finishing touch on the volleyball net, our guests arrived one-by-one.

After two hours of fun and games, Randy grilled marinated skirt steaks which complimented everyone’s contribution. The smell of roasting meat on mesquite chips is etched in my memory.  During our mouth-watering meal, our family and friends started roasting us saying things like.

“I remember the first time Becky pulled up to our house on her new Ninja motorcycle. I thought to myself, My daughter is an official biker, my dad chuckled.

 

I laughed a gut wrenching laugh and turned towards Randy. He kneeled on the ground, reached for my left hand, and said, “Rebecca Lynn Mosberger, will you marry me?”

Tears of joy filled my eyes, “Yes, I’ll marry you!”

We embraced and everyone cheered.

Later that day, I discovered only my parents knew of his proposal plans. No one else; not even Randy’s mom or my brother. 

I asked my father, “Did you know about this?”

He replied, “Randy asked me for your hand in marriage recently. I told him. If she’ll have ya, you have my blessing. He winked.

Fifteen years later, we are still going strong and living in the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains with our fourteen-year-old son and twelve-year-old daughter who keep us on our toes.

Do you have a special engagement story you’d like to share with us? Please do!

Marriage

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Recently, I was reading Change Agent by Os Hillman where he cites divorce statistics. Sadly, approximately 45-50% of first marriages, 60-67% of second marriages, and 70-73% third marriages fail. That’s a lot of heartbreak!

Then, I thought, What does the Bible say about marriage? I discovered a lot, but wanted to share two ideas I believe could help many marriages be healthier.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He Himself

being the Savior of the body. But as the church

is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be in everything. – Ephesians 5:22-24

  1. Wives submit to their husbands. In today’s culture, submit is a taboo word. Due most in part by people who have abused their God given authority. However, the definition of submit is simply to accept or yield to the authority or will of another person; namely your spouse. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not easy as I am a very strong and independent woman. However, I find when I do, there is less strife in our marriage.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and

gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her

by the washing of water with the word, that He might present Himself

to the church in all her glory, having no spot of wrinkle or any such thing;

but that she should be holy and blameless. So, husbands ought also to

love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife,

loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it and

cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because

we are members of His body. – Ephesians 5:25-30

2. Husbands love your wives. Again, it today’s culture, men are taught to be strong, self-sufficient  and stuff your emotions. Yet, one definition of love is a person or thing that one loves; beloved, dearest. Perhaps marriages would be happier if husbands (and wives) loved their spouses unconditionally. To further define characteristics of love, here’s what the Bible lists.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Wow, imagine if all marriages were filled with this selfless love! Maybe, just maybe, the divorce rate would diminish significantly or be eliminated entirely.

For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife;

and the two shall become one flesh. – Ephesians 5:31

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Blessings, Rebecca

Do you have any marriage insight you’d like to share with us? If so, I’d love to hear it!

Wedding Anniversary

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This week we will celebrate 15 years of marriage. We met at 32, married at 35, had our son at 36 and our daughter at 39. Hmmm, that makes me a midlife Mom.

Time with my best friend has gone by way too fast. I can’t believe our son is entering Freshman year of high school and our daughter is entering 7th grade in the Fall. I still remember cuddling my babies.

pixWhen I tell folks that Randy and I have been together for 17 1/2 years, some ask, “How do you stay together or how do you make it work?” The answer is unequivocally our faith in God keeps our relationship pressing through life’s ups and downs. Our core belief helps us invest in the three C’s of our relationship.

  1. Caring – Both of us genuinely care for each other which promotes healthy love, respect and trust. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
  2. Communication – We talk to each other about anything and everything which promotes a healthy friendship. – Luke 24:14
  3. Commitment – We’re both in it for the long haul, because we know God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. – Jeremiah 29:11

As a way of celebrating our anniversary, I’m giving away select children’s ebooks now through June 7-9, 2016. Simply click on my name below and it will link you to Amazon. Enjoy!

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Rebecca Krusee

How long have you been married and what are your secrets to success?