A season of joy.

Hi from Detroit! I’ve got a 4 hour layover here on my way back to Virginia – and let me just say, I am SO excited to see my husband again! It may be a newlywed thing, but I wasn’t really a fan of being apart for 10 days. :) That being said, it has been so great to spend time with family and celebrate 2 of my friends’ weddings in Minnesota!

 After a bit of wandering and moving-sidewalk maneuvering (with a seriously heavy backpack on!), I’ve settled into a quiet corner of the airport (a miracle, I know!) with Bjorn’s army pack on my right and an iced vanilla chai on my left. :) I’m grateful for this unique type of down time, and I’m trying to see a long layover not as an inconvenience but rather as a space where I can just breathe for a bit. I actually like this time spent sitting with no action plan other than to step onto that plane later. It’s something I can be grateful for, because I’m sure there will be days in the future when I’ll wish I had this kind of break! :)

Time to reflect back on this fun week (and the weddings of this season!)…

It has been such a season of JOY. Joy is more than a simple up-and-down emotion – it’s an underlying exquisite happiness, and one that runs deep! Joy meets us with an equally strong feeling – hope. I don’t think you can get through life if you don’t have a shade of hope.  I like to think of it as the opposite of heartache: the same way you nearly feel physical pain when your heart breaks, I believe that you can truly feel joy streaming into your being!!

And we’ve certainly felt a lot of that recently.

Tears running down cheeks as I smoothed the bride’s dress one last time before she headed down the aisle.

Glowing smiles on grandparents’ faces.

Squeals of delight as college friends grabbed each other for a hug.

Twirly giggles from the flower girl on the dance floor.

Soft looks of love that even the rain couldn’t put a damper on.

Watery-eyed hugs from siblings (and new siblings) as they ended their speeches and toasts.

The way that the already-married couples leaned into each other and grinned as they watched a new couple say their vows.

The pride shining from parents’ eyes.

Laughter bubbling up from reception tables as friends, old and new, relived memories and told funny stories.

A husband’s sustaining “I love you, and I know” smile as his beaming bride sang for him.

No matter how it was expressed, the JOY of this season was prevalent, it was contagious and it was wonderful.

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^^ Roommates at our wedding in March! ^^

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^^ Lauren and Josh’s wedding at the end of May! ^^

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^^ I sure do love him. :) ^^

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^^ Ariel and Andrew’s special day in July! ^^

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^^ At Jenna and Matt’s wedding this weekend! ^^

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And thank You, Lord, that this overwhelming, shining feeling of JOY is something that we don’t JUST have to feel at weddings! What a difference it makes in the roughness of this life to have a constant hope surging underneath it all. :)

What is bringing you joy today??

best love hannah bee jgp

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