I can’t describe in words what this wedding meant not only to me but to Jeff and Laura… so I’ve borrowed a note she wrote for her facebook a little over a month ago that I believe perfectly captures the essence of that day.
Let me start by saying that I am the luckiest girl in the world! Jeffrey Michael Purtee should not be alive right now, and I believe he is for a bigger purpose, Godâ€™s purpose. Jeffrey was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. Rhabdomyosarcoma is one of the most rare and dangerous forms of cancer there is. It attacks the soft tissue of the body, this attacked Jeffreyâ€™s sinus cavity.
I am proud to say that after 20 years he is still a survivor of this horrible disease. All that being said, a small part of me likes to think that he survived to be my best friend in life. Jeffrey and I met at the University of Tennessee, after a year and a half of friendship our love for one another spawned into full on dating, and 3 years later a wedding. As a laid back couple, we didnâ€™t want our wedding to be anything over the top. Held at 2pm in the afternoon on a Virginia plantation, that one of my friends owns, we had a quite yet emotional ceremony of around 160 guests. I chose the word emotional because for everyone that knew Jeffrey growing up, they never thought they would see this day. And as tears filled in everyoneâ€™s eyes the pastor read me something that Jeffrey wrote about me.
â€œThere are many emotions that flood my brain when I think of why I love Laura. I suppose it is good for the soul to bring the mind back to the simplicity of the reason why I feel so much affection and love for her.
I realized that Laura was very different from other ladies I met very early on in the relationship. She has such an infectious personality. I have seen people who meet her fro the first time just naturally be drawn to her. I was no different. I have found in the relationship that I am continuously drawn to her, although for different reasons now. I am drawn to her because of the love of my Heavenly Father. I am constantly reminded of scripture when I think of Laura. The scripture that I am thinking of depends of the season of my life.
I have been reminded many days of the Song of Songs and how Solomon relentlessly pursued that Shulammite. I have also been reminded of Proverbs. I have seen her tenderness but also her strength. She is a tireless worker who I can never outwork. She is indeed a jewel. My jewel. I am reminded of Christ when I think of Laura. She has a heart for those who do not know the Lord. Oh how I wish my heart was more like that. She is never too busy to listen. She accepts me for who I am but also pushes me gently into the man I am to become.
I love her zest for life. She has a wonderful personality that is curious in natures. She sees things in the world from a different perspective than I do. It allows me think in ways that I am unaccustomed to. If I were only allowed to think of one physical feature that I love about Laura, it would be her smile. I can see her smile in my dreams, anytime I close my eyes. It is etched into my memory. I love describing it to her with my eyes closed. In describing her smile, I in turn begin to smile. I pray everyday that my love for Laura would be more today than it was yesterday. God hears my prayers. He always does.â€
Breath. Gone. The rest of the day was a so much fun, dancing, amazing food, and spending time with friends and family.
What a true blessing your wedding was! I’m so thankful to have been a part of your day. I know that God will bless you and your marriage.
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