Today I am counting pennies and love
Have you ever not have the resources you needed but trusted that everything would find its way?
Told yourself it would all work out?
That is what my sister has been doing for over a year in planning her wedding. And then their shared car needed new brakes. And then they saved again. And then they needed a new tire. And so on. And here we are, a month before their celebration.
I kept telling her it would all find its way and we worked hard to make that reality. And I trust that it will. Still, with the wedding a month away and the invites waiting until payday for stamps to be sent out and my sister in tears, I wanted to do more. She works hard and loves even harder and deserves better than this. So, I created a GoFundMe campaign and I posted this on FB:
“I am not sure I have ever been so nervous in my life.
But here we are.
My sister and I have both gone without food to feed our children in the last few years and we’d do it again if we had to. Maybe that is why I want this so passionately for her. Maybe that is why I am nervous.
I don’t want to get into why the stigma of sharing exists, not here, only acknowledge that it is real. Tremble in my hands real.
I am here, creating this top secret campaign for Ashley and Drew’s wedding and she sends me this text: “Its so much, my head hurts. i wish mom was here, idk if that would help anything but id feel better… Everything comes down to money and its gross and im scared to ask anyone for anymore help… I just feel exhausted and I cry all the time” and then she was trying to schedule a Biolife appointment, but couldn’t. I once drove her to the emergency room after donating plasma, it makes her so sick.
So often in her life she has been made to feel like she screwed things up and her inability to afford things is her fault. So often in her life she has been told she should be more like me. Especially this time, it just isn’t true. She works hard and she doesn’t have extra money for her wedding because she has spent it in every responsible way. She is one of my best role models of living and loving life. ❤
For me, this is not about the institution of marriage, but the desire to celebrate the beauty of committed love and partnership.
I agree with my sister’s repetition, she is blessed.”
If you have $5 to offer toward a ribbon for her hair or a seat for someone who cannot stand the duration of the 20 minute ceremony, your love of love will be deeply felt and carried forward into the next chapters of all of our lives. ❤
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