Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wedding plans update

I'm just popping in to give all you ladies a quick update on how things went yesterday. We arrived at the court early, and made it there first, so the meeting with the rabbinical court's expert started around two hours ahead of time. After briefly viewing my documents, he progressed to speaking with my grandmother, which took most of the meeting. They talked a bit in Yiddish, then he asked her about her Hebrew name, her parents' and siblings' names, some family history, etc. When he asked her about what happened to her parents during WW2, poor Grandma started crying (as she always does whenever the subject is brought up) and told that they were killed in Auschwitz. A few minutes later, I already received a positive recommendation along with a "Mazel Tov".

This means things are going well, and we can progress to the next stage - a discussion in front of the dayanim (rabbinical judges), who will give the final verdict (normally in accordance with the expert's recommendation). Hopefully this part will go smoothly as well. The meeting is scheduled two weeks from now, and if you think that's a long time to wait, think again! We would have gotten a much later date, but my dear chatan stepped up and told them the date we planned for the wedding, and boldly stated that rescheduling is absolutely out of the question. He sounded so confident! I could never say something like that. And so they squeezed us in.

Anyway, we're optimistic now. Hearing the expert say, "well, it's obvious to me that you're Jewish" instantly poured more energy into me. Can you imagine how wonderful it felt, after weeks of nerve-wrecking tension?

There's so much to do, as anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows well. We need to make arrangements about the reception; music; food; invitations; I already scheduled a meeting with the seamstress and hairdresser; on top of that, we still need to decide where we're going to live!.. As you can imagine, a million things overflow my mind and I'm running around in a haze of to-do lists and deadlines, with a wide smile on my face.

Oh... and thank you so much, all the dear ones who have been thinking about us and praying for us! Your encouragement and support mean more than words can tell!

66 comments:

Adlyn said...

Oh Anna I'm so happy for you! Good luck! Did you ever think about 5-10 years ago that you were going to get married? When I hear you story I feel like dreams do come true!

xoxoxoxo,
Adlyn

p.s. you said that you mother did not agree with your desicion to become a homemaker, well does she agree now? is she exited for you? to see her little girl all growned up and going to get married? I hope so!

Sammybunny said...

Oh, Anna, I have been praying for you so much these past days and it does my heart good to know that so far things are going well and as hoped for for you! God is faithful and He will continue to bless you! I am so happy for you my friend! Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Beautifuly Created said...

That's such good news to hear! I'm sure all of your plans will fall in place.

USAincognito said...

Anna,

Just got my internet back up and running and am now trying to catch up with your posts! :) Wow! Sounds like a LOT has been happening this past week!
I am so glad to hear that the meeting before the rabbinical courts went so well yesterday and I will continue to pray that the next meeting will go just as smoothly. I will also pray for you as you plan your wedding! :)

Ways of Zion said...

Mazel Tov!

Mrs. Brigham said...

This news sounds wonderful Anna!! Prayers will continue to be said for you as you go through these exciting few weeks/months, or whatever the time frame may be. :D

Meredith said...

Hurrah!

I'm so happy for you.

Anna S said...

To Emily: I didn't publish your comment for a reason which has nothing to do with you... please don't be offended! Contact me by email if you want to know why.

I'm not going to tell our intended date yet, but I'll do that when we give out the invitations and let everyone know.

Anonymous said...

This is such wonderful news!! After reading your update, I told my daughter, & her one word response was a jubilant "Yesss!!" We are all happy for you, & wish you much happiness as you make your wedding preparations.

Brenda

Terry said...

I didn't realize that I'd been holding my breath until I read your post today! I literally exhaled in relief upon hearing that you crossed the first hurdle with a positive recommendation. Congratulations!! I know that planning a wedding is a major undertaking, but try to enjoy every minute. We had a small wedding and even then I allowed the stress to get to me from time to time. Again, congratulations!

tales_from_the_crib said...

so happy to read the update!

Kacie said...

Exciting! Wedding planning is so fun :)

AnneK said...

I came to work and first thing I did was check your blog. You could say I was thinking of you! I am so happy for you that things went well.

Tracy said...

Anna,
Congratulations! I'm a bit confused, as when you were pondering getting engaged, you mentioned that it would be several years(I think) until you could get married. Have things changed?

Anna S said...

Tracy, yes, things have definitely changed. ;)

Shannon said...

Yea! I'm very happy for you. I am looking forward to reading all about your wedding plans!

maria said...

That is wonderful news! I am really happy for you, both as regards the court stuff and the wedding!

Calamity Jean said...

Yay! I am so happy for you. I am also excited for you to be able to enjoy all the fun parts of wedding planning. You are only a bride once in your life. I hope you make the best of it!!

Rebekah S. said...

I'm so very happy and relieved for you, Anna! Praise God for His goodness and mercy!

I'm so excited for you; it sounds like the wedding will be soon. :) Yay! :)

Continue to keep us updated, and we all will definitely continue to pray for you and your family.

PamelaK said...

Anna, that is wonderful news!
Continuing to pray for you.

andrea said...

awww, I'm so happy for you! Best wishes! It seems so exciting, getting a dress and planning the wedding... :)

anna said...

Great to read that everything went well! I'm sure the judges will agree with the expert. And I, too can't wait to hear more about the wedding plans! It's such a happy time...

Buffy said...

I opened your blog page with great excitment as I was hopeful for news of your result. I am very pleased to hear that things are looking very positive indeed. If the expert says you are Jewish I am sure there won't be any problems now. You must feel full of joy and excitment!

Haus Frau said...

Oh my, this is **wonderful** news, Anna!!! I believed it would come to this - no doubt in my mind - but I was not the one standing in such a proceeding. :o)

Bless you, sweet Anna, as you begin in earnest to plan your wedding, further prepare your heart, and otherwise ready yourself for the upcoming marriage.

I'm continuing to pray <><

PhDCow said...

Yay Anna! I've been thinking about you and checking your blog obsessively looking for an update. I'm SO thrilled and relieved for you!

Michelle said...

WOW! I'm SO happy for you! May I ask what date you have planned for your wedding? I pray God richly blesses your upcoming marriage!
I'm glad everything has gone smoothly so far and I'll be praying that it continues to do so!

Michelle said...

So glad that you've crossed this hurdle!!!! Will be keeping you in my prayers concerning the next meeting.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations! I was so hoping everything would go well for you!

Melissa

ps - Happy wedding planning! :)

Mrs.B said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you both!

And I had the same question as Tracy but I read your answer to her and now I understand a bit better. LOL I was confused too. (o:

Many Blessings,
~Mrs.B

Jennifer said...

Congrats! So happy for you.

Good luck with the rest of your wedding preparation. Have fun!

PandaBean said...

Congratulations! With my recent internet absence I missed that you were able to move up your wedding. When are you planning to have it? Hope everything continues to go well for you!

God Bless!

Lisa in ND said...

ANNA! I am so, so happy for you! I'm sure the second part will go very well for you too. I am looking forward to hearing about the wedding plans. :)

Congratulations -- so happy that you'll be a wife so soon!! I'm sure all the details will fall into place for you. And what fun!

God bless you and your future hubby,

Lisa freezing in North Dakota, where it's 25 below zero today

Green Eyes said...

This is wonderful news, Anna! Both that your meeting went well, AND that your wedding will be sooner than originally thought. ;) I am so excited for you!

Jeannine said...

Praise God! This is so exiting. I will keep praying for you.
Can I ask you a question (I hope its not too personal): will you cover your hair after the wedding? I have read that many Orthodox Jewish women do so. Could you explain it if you have time for it?

Alexandra said...

Congratulations, and blessings and prayers for a super wedding.

Shannon said...

Hi Anna,
I am so glad things are working in your favor. My heart goes out to your dear grandmother, having to bring up such a painful part of her past, losing her parents in the shoah. I will pray for you to have strength during this time.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so happy for you, dear Anna! *Hug!*

Kelly said...

Oh Anna Yea!!!!! You have been in my thoughts since your last post. I was so happy to read your update. I'm sure that your appearance in front of the rabbinical judges will go smoothly now!
Enjoy the wedding planning too. Try to enjoy every moment of it, even the stressful stuff. You will be surprised how quickly it really goes.
And I too am looking forward to hearing anything you're willing to share about your wedding plans. Having been married six years now I like to hear others plans and live vicariously through them. ;-)
God Bless,
Kelly

Lara said...

Anna--
I'm so glad to hear your news! I thought of you and prayed for you and your beloved often yesterday. I know that you will not be completely at peace until you receive the final decision, but I am confident that the court will confirm what your heart already knows.

Hugs,
Lara

Anna S said...

Jeannine, yes, I will cover my hair. I'll try to give more details later. :)

Catherine R. said...

Congratulations, Anna. I know this is still a stressful, albeit happy time. In regards to the potentially overwhelming stress, I would say make an effort to appreciate this time (I'm sure you are anyway) because before you know it you'll be married and looking back at it. I truly enjoy your blog by the way!

Asia said...

I happy for you!!!!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on yesterday;s meeting and good luck on your next one! This series of posts has been so fascinating for me, because it is such a foreign concept for me. I hope it will all turn out very well, and I cannot wait to hear more details and about your wedding and you fiance!

Andrea said...

Anna,

I replied to your comment to tell you how happy your most recent post (this one!) has made me, but also wanted to come here and tell you directly! I am so happy for both of you! This is such joyous news, and is one huge step taken toward your new life together. May the expert's word only serve to strengthen your case for the final decision.

I tell you, too, this post made an already lovely day into an almost perfect one for me! Blessings on you both, and ooh, I do hope you keep us posted on all the details . . . I love to plan things in general, and weddings must be one of the happiest things there are to plan! I can't wait to hear more about it as things progress :)

~Andrea

Shelley said...

Everything went exactly as it should because you're in His hands:) I am praying for all the material things you need to come to you, for every need to be met:) Enjoy being the bride, it's so much fun:) I look forward to hearing all about your wedding:)

Kaeus said...

oh congratulations!! and good luck!!

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Oh Anna, I am so happy for you and your beloved. May God continue to bless you as you prepare for your wedding. I know it is stressful at the moment and you you will probably be counting down the days, but you will have so much to do that part of you (ok a tiny part) will wish you had more time to get things organised. My sweetheart and I just celebrated our 1 month anniversary today and it seems like 1 month has just flown by, while each day before seemed to drag endlessly till we could be together. A marriage centred on God is the most wonderful blessing that will grow more wonderful every day. I will continue to pray for you both.

Maggie said...

Anna,

That's wonderful news! Mazel Tov indeed! You must feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders :) Good luck with the wedding plans, you'll figure everything out, not to worry.

Beth said...

Anna,
I am very excited for you and look forward to learning more about your wedding!! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

Anonymous said...

Please add another Mazal Tov to the stack!

I'm SO happy for you, Anna!

A bit early, but only appropriate, I feel:

Baruch Ata HaShem, MeSamayach Chatan v'Chalah!

~tamara

Sheri said...

Oh Anna, I am praying for you and so excited to see what God is doing on your behalf! You will be a beautiful bride and most importantly, a lovely wife!

Kelli said...

Congratulations, Anna!!! I'm so excited to hear more details about your upcoming wedding!
Hugs,
Kelli

Laura H. said...

Hey Anna,
Congrats to you, dear daughter of God! I am so happy for you, and your intended.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift his Countenance upon you and give you peace.

Hey, I wish I could send you a gift, for you wedding. But just know that you will be in my prayers!

Laura H.

Laura H. said...

Oh, I wish I could make your wedding dress for you. I love to make wedding dresses, and I would make it to your exact specifications. I hope you have a blessed day!

Laura H.

Kate said...

Mazel tov, Anna! I hope the rest of the process goes smoothly and that you're under the chuppah on schedule.

Serena said...

Anna! I am so glad the meeting went well! As I was reading your post, tears sprang into my eyes, and I just kept sighing sighs of relief! I will pray that the next meeting goes well, too, and that wedding planning goes smoothly! I must say, I am extremely eager to see you in your wedding gown. Oh, I'm just so excited for you!
Much love,
Serena

neuropoet3 said...

Anna,
I'm so happy for you! I have no doubt that everything will go smoothly since the expert could see that you are obviously a Jew. Do keep us informed on the planning and everything! Do you have plans for a "honeymoon"? My husband and I were so young and "broke" that we had one night at the coast given to us as a wedding gift, and the rest of our "honeymoon" was spent traveling across the country to his home state. :) Talk about an adventure - everything that could have gone wrong did - including shattered rear windows, and blown tires! It was quite the introduction to our life together! :)

I'll keep praying for peace as the weeks go by,
~Jenny

Karen said...

How exciting! I never really had a real "wedding" per sae, we eloped so you will have to permit me to live through you a little haha. My poor girls are going to get a big dose of that too I'm betting!

I'm so sorry they had to bring up bad memories for your poor grandmother, but I think it is wonderful that she went through all that for you!

Dawn said...

Hooray and congradulations all around!

I think it's wonderful that your grandmother is alive and will be able to see her grandaughter enter into marriagehood. :)

Planning a wedding is fun, but a little stressful. Give the details over to the Lord first and let Him sort them out for you. :)

Big hugs!
Dawn

Shannon & Richard said...

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

What a joyous day!

Although I rarely post here I always read your nuggets of grace and wisdom. The man that has won your heart is a lucky man indeed. You will truly bless your new home.

I also think that your grandmother must be so happy to give you such joy on so many fronts, even with the heartache that came with it.

Thank you for including that detail...although graphic it is important never to forget, and for those of us who are not Jewish it is an important reminder.

Finally, thought you'd be glad to know that because of you and your posts I am doing a mini-history project and learning about Israel, of which I previously knew very little. I couldn't even locate it on a map!

Thank you for what you've given to me through your blog, and I hope my joy for you can be felt across so many miles!!!

Shan

Kathleen said...

I just realized I haven't said congratulations to you yet! So congratulations, dear Anna, and many blessings in the days and years to come.

Rachel said...

I'm so happy for you! I just got married in November, and it seems like all the planning and work takes so much time and then the ceremony goes by so quickly! But I hope everything goes well for you.

Also...Is "Jew" a race or a religon or a bit of both? I'm confused. =)

Sue said...

Anna:

I'm so happy that things are going well in the process of your becoming formally recognized as a Jew -- as well as getting married relatively soon!

Blessings and prayers,

Sue

Persuaded said...

While I was reading this I realized how concerned I had really been for your situation.... not that I doubted for a moment things would go well for you, my dear:-)

Warmest, warmest wishes to you and your soon to be DH!

jms said...

Anna, I've been reading for months but have never commented. I'm happy that you're able to proceed with your wedding plans! I am also Jewish (though not Orthodox) and will be married this year. I've been trying very hard to improve my homemaking skills in recent months (and have succeeded!), and I'd like to thank you for inspiring me to do so.

Coffee Catholic said...

I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU ANNA!!!!