A couple of weeks ago I posted about my confirmation into the Catholic church at Easter.
This past weekend Jacob and I had our marriage blessed.
What exactly does that mean?
Well, we weren't married in a church which means we didn't receive the Sacrament of Marriage. This also means that technically our marriage wasn't recognized by the Catholic church.
Now, I love our wedding day. I wouldn't have changed any of it, and I don't regret not initially getting married in the Church. Everything happens for a reason, and at that point in my life I wasn't ready to dive into religion. I felt a bit of pressure about it, and I am not someone who responds well to outside pressure. I didn't want to be doing anything for the "wrong reasons." If I decided to become Catholic, I wanted to be doing it for me, and not anyone else.
So my husband and I had a beautiful vineyard wedding on September 3rd, 2010.
I think I always knew I would at least learn about the Catholic religion, but I would do it at my own speed.
We knew we wanted to have our marriage blessed, and it was really important to me that I be confirmed beforehand.
So this past Saturday, April 21st, we had our marriage blessed and received the Sacrament of Marriage here in Italy during the 5pm Mass.
We had a few friends come, as well as our friends from the church. It was a wonderful experience, and although we are far away from family we could feel all of their love and support.
Things are starting to get busy around here, preparing for Jacob's deployment which is in about a month and a half. We may not ever be able to spend an anniversary together (so far it looks like were batting 0 for 2) but we do get to share special moments like these. And as a military wife you learn to appreciate those times, and to celebrate important dates (like birthdays and anniversaries) differently.