Anxiety then relief. After planning for over a year and anticipating our wedding, it was so fulfilling to see everything come together and so pleasant to just be in the moment, taking it all in. Praise the Lord! Each component of the wedding went as we planned and mostly according to our schedule. Our ideas, though seemingly unconnected at first, were meaningful to us and hopefully created a comfortable environment for our guests – to laugh, cry, worship, fellowship, and dance. The gathering of all our friends and family was a powerful testament to God’s provision in our lives and the strong community He has given us over the years. Whether family, childhood friendships, or relationships developed in San Diego, it was a blessing to see everyone again and to be reminded of the support we have. How special was it to spend an entire day with the people we love and who love us!
Adventure and rest. If the wedding was not enough of an adventure, the trip to Vancouver and Alaskan cruise definitely were. Our honeymoon was a relaxing and awesome time of getting away and being in God’s creation. We explored the city of Vancouver, mixing new finds with familiarity. One day, we covered a science museum and the Costco food court; another day we toured a theater and shopped at H-Mart. We also ventured to Stanley Park and truly enjoyed watching the rain for a short portion of our day. Heading into Alaska, we were slightly concerned about the weather, but God was so good and gave us an entire week of clear skies. Each port we were out and about through town, close to glaciers, and along nature trails. We hiked, ate dungeonous crab, discovered waterfalls, saw wildlife, and resisted the temptation to shop. We also had the opportunity to share many onboard meals with the same families, forming quick bonds and telling stories about our lives and our sights for the day. It was a neat reminder of how easy it can be to find something in common and how often that can lead to outreach. In addition to a few pounds of weight, we gained a sense of admiration for God’s work and a wonder for what else He has in store.
The month of July was definitely exciting for us. Now through the end of August, we have recovered and come back to reality. There has been lots of change yet much of the same. Now, being married, we do not have to go our separate ways each night. Instead, there is no escape from one another or from each other’s habits. We still attend the same church, but now, we can carpool. Work still keeps us busy but this year with different responsibilities and projects. It has been such a blessing to walk beside each other through it all, to learn the new together and to build on the old. We are discovering more about how to balance the daily demands and how to show support as spouses. We are enjoying this new season, and we are settling into life as the Liu’s.