I am now officially MRS. JOSHUA SAYLORS CALDWELL :)

I still can’t believe it, but, yes, I got married yesterday evening. At 7:00 pm, I walked down the aisle of the First United Methodist Church of Murchison. I specifically picked that church because my new hubby grew up in that church as a little boy and after his mother passed away when he was only 7 years old, a stained glass window was dedicated in her memory.

That window looks into the same sanctuary where I became Mrs. Joshua Saylors Caldwell. Oh my goodness, words can’t describe how I feel. The feeling of walking down the aisle was unlike anything I could have possibly imagined or prepared myself for. It felt almost surreal. As if, for a few moments, I was being called up to heaven. The doors opened and my grandpa and dad walked me slowly down the aisle. I knew because we had only invited immediate family to the ceremony last night that there wasn’t going to be that many people there but it felt like the entire world was waiting for me. Like everyone stopped breathing for that short amount of time. I felt like I was glowing, literally. I have always thought “How sweet” when I see couples cry on their wedding day…I was pretty sure because this ceremony was going to be so small and because we felt insignificant in comparison to the world that I probably wouldn’t cry, most certainly not burst into tears. As soon as the doors opened and I saw the small crowd…my groom….my eyes swelled with tears. I started to cry incessantly and I couldn’t do anything to possibly stop myself. “Your mascara isn’t waterproof today, Andrea!” “My veil feels like it’s going to fall out of my hair!” “Wow, there are a lot more people here than I thought would be!” “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe John and Jordan are still alive and well to BE HERE!”……”Look at my handsome groom.”

I had hoped I would be able to UStream the ceremony so others who couldn’t be there could watch online but my laptop was not my friend last night. :/ My photographer friend offered to shoot our ceremony as a wedding gift to us and we gladly accepted, but she was unable to make it afterall because she was involved in a minor car accident and had no transportation. My family and friends got plenty of pictures….but it would have been nice if they had had to take this class! haha I could have had top-quality video, correctly exposed photos, beautiful photostories with appropriate background noise……maybe even a commercial 😉 hahaha

I am so glad I got married during the toughest season of my life.

After Josh’s brothers’ wreck, after the passing of my great-grandmother, after losing my uncle to brain cancer in just a little more than one year: our families deserve a little happiness. By all means, I mean that in the most humble, unselfish way I can possibly mean it, but it is SO true. Our families have been through SO much. I have hoped and prayed that things would get better, some light at the end of the tunnel and God has answered. I realized, instead of reflecting back on losing people close to me, losing work hours and worrying about things I cannot change, why not count my blessings one more time?

Again….and again….Every day…..Every. Single. Day.

1) A new beginning with my new husband 🙂

2) Our good health.
3) I have a roof over my head and food on the table.
4) We had a LOT to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
5) John and Jordan are ALIVE, FINALLY out of hospital care and doing so much better!
6) Christmas is coming soon. 🙂

7) I have the most beautiful families and friends anyone could possibly imagine.

8 ) Going back to school and persevering through college struggles has been the best decision I could have ever made.
9) My sister is due to have her baby on December 17.

10) John’s wife, my new sister-in-law, is due on Christmas Day.
…and 11) Josh and I might possibly be able to afford a nice little honeymoon somewhere next year. 😉

So next time you’re thinking to yourself, “Gosh, Multimedia Production sure is tough. I hope I’ll be able to get everything done correctly and on time”……just remember……..
Somewhere Andrea Caldwell is thinking the exact same thing and panicking herself.
Call her up and tell her to chill out. Then head over to her house and you can knaw off your fingernails together.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I Corinthians 2:9

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