Well I'm back from Saint Paul, Minnie-Soda, and back from Convington, Kin-tucky as well. It's been a busy weekend of travel, but it's been worth it. The drive to MN (9 hours) was good and just flew by. Ron and I caught up on all sorts of things since our Teen Mania days and had some good discussions. Among other things, we talked about what we felt God wants us to do with our lives, and it was nice to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't have a lot of the specifics worked out. I have a general direction, but don't necessarily know how things are going to work out towards that end. I try not to worry about it too much and for the most part I don't. I just do what I know I'm supposed to do.
Meeting Molly and all her family was great. She seems like a perfect match for Josh, which makes me really happy for them. Her family is super, too. Her mom, surely the busiest person there, went out of her way to make sure she got our names and remembered them, too; she'd see us and say “Wait. It's... Gregor and Ron, right?” She remembered the next day at the wedding, too.
I've never been to a wedding that was at 11AM on a Sunday morning. It was in a pretty nice historic building in downtown Saint Paul, which from what I can tell is a lovely city. It didn't have the “big city” feel; even though there were skyscrapers, there were a lot of historic buildings, museums, and such. Anyway, the wedding... Instead of having a guestbook, they had a large document in fancy calligraphy that was basically a declaration of their marriage commitment and everyone signed it as the witnesses. They're going to have it framed so they can hang it.
The ceremony itself was also unique. The pastor's message was how Jesus showed us a new type of love by “breaking the rules” and exhorting them to do the same. It's nice to see a wedding that isn't just the “religious ceremony”, but is seriously focused around Jesus. Josh and Molly made their own vows, which isn't a terribly unique thing in itself (lately), but I always like to hear what people come up with for their vows. Finally, I really liked that they were pronounced married not “by the power vested” from the state, but by the power of God. That's a big pet peeve of mine: the state does not define marriage as far as I'm concerned, God does. If I ever get married, I won't be getting a permission slip from the state (“marriage license”) to do so, and it won't be pronounced under their so-called “power” either.
The reception was a brunch, and it was probably the best food I ever had at a wedding. Brunch is a pretty good idea, I think. *makes note* Before we knew it though, we had to start driving home.
Tuesday night I went to Covington with Mark and Carl to see Eisley. Covington is only 1.5 hours away, but we forgot that they do that whole silly Daylight Savings Time thing in Kin-tucky, so it was an hour ahead there and we missed Eisley's set. Mark was really bummed because they played “Head Against the Sky” and we missed it. We got to talk to Boyd and the band for a while though, and play some video games for free (the venue was part of a Jillian's). They are some of the most down-to-earth people and it's cool that they make time to talk with people after the show. They're headlining in Chicago on June 18th, so I'll definitely be there, and on time. :-]
This is getting too long, probably. Enough for today.