The Anniversary Project – I didn’t have this blog last year, so I decided to do some one-year anniversary posts for all of last year’s amazing weddings:)
Love makes us do crazy and wonderful things. It can make you quit your job, sell your home, and journey off to a new country that doesn’t speak your native language. It changes you. And never has there been a more clear and beautiful example of this than with Lisa and Rolando.
Being friends (since middle school!) with Lisa means I have had the pleasure of watching this whole relationship blossom. She made a trip to Guatemala to work with kids in orphanages (she is an occupational therapist), and Rolando was one of their guides. When she came back from that trip and showed us those pictures of she and Rolando dancing, you could see in her eyes that something was there. Though she repeated again and again, “We’re just friends,” it was always with a smile and a hint of possibility.
This was Lisa’s grandmother’s purse.The next image gets me every time. Lisa and her mom are pulling out the stitches of a bonnet that her Oma made for her when she was a baby. And now, as a grown woman, it becomes her handkerchief on her wedding day. Just beautiful.Lisa’s a pretty incredible person, but she has never been one that I would call a chance-taker. Her life has always been pretty well-thought-out, and I’ve seen her reason through a number of problems, always taking the path that makes the most sense. When she met this boy and their love took hold, it started moving her to do things that seemed out of her comfort zone (you know, like, get engaged to a boy from GUATEMALA!). I think everyone around her knew it was love when we saw her willing to take these great chances. And so she did just what love can make us do – she quit her job, sold her home, and journeyed to another country, where no one spoke her language. And she is doing amazing things there. Love made a beautiful change in her.Just before seeing each other for the first time that day.That first glance!A girl from the corn fields of Ohio, and a boy from the coffee fields of Guatemala. Love.Such an emotional part of the day – the boys prayed over Rolando……and the girls prayed with Lisa.Their ceremony was in the most beautiful ruins setting.I would like to thank everyone in the next image for being so incredibly patient as we were shooting in a corner of the ruins in pitch black! Things ran a little later than planned (ok, a lot later than planned), but everything turned out just right.Pretty cool tradition here – the bride and groom entered the reception to a shower of rose petals!
Lisa and Rolando received our seasons of giving last winter, and they are doing great things with our meager donation. Lisa is working hard to provide occupational therapy to children with great needs in the orphanages and families of Guatemala. She is providing education to parents and orphanage workers – from how to work with kids on daily tasks to caring for wheelchairs. Here is one of my favorite posts from her blog from earlier this year – please do read it – you will be a better person for it! Rolando has started a mentoring program for young men who are of age to head out for life beyond the orphanage. He has been working with them to build some amazing furniture out of wooden palates – teaching them skills they can use to make life better for them as they head out on their own. They both have dreams of starting a big program or business that can help more kids who are aging out of the orphanages. These kids leave without having hardly stepped outside of the orphanage walls, and with little to no skills on how to get along in daily life. Lisa and Rolando have big plans to make beautiful changes happen in Guatemala.
Just like that beautiful change that happened in Lisa. All it takes is a little love.
Love you both, Lisa and Rolando! Happy, happy anniversary! Thank you for all that you do for this world!