Shelby and Jeremy’s wedding

Look, Shelby and Jeremy get their very own entry!

When I woke up, the first thing I thought was, “Shelby‘s getting married today!” And then I prayed that her day would be perfect. I didn’t pray specifically about the weather, because I don’t know if I believe that praying for the weather makes any difference, but I checked the forecast and it looked good, so I took that as a good sign. And the day really was wonderful. Shelby looked radiant, the ceremony was lovely, the house where they got married was beautiful, the food was delicious, and we had a great time. I even got to see Shelby before the ceremony (since Mike and I got there so early) and spend a little time with her.

When Kelly got married, I said that it wasn’t hard for me like weddings sometimes are because she is such a good friend to me. All I could feel was happy for her. And Shelby’s wonderful day was the same way. How could I feel jealous of Shelby’s family when they have always been so kind to me? How could I envy her plans when they were so perfect, so Shelby? Why would I even want to think about myself, to make it about me, when I was so excited? This day was finally about Shelby (and, oh yeah, Jeremy, of whom I am very fond but do not know as well as I would like. Jeremy himself said that the day was not about the groom, so I feel confident in my assertion that this was Shelby’s day). Again, this says a lot more about Shelby than it does about any growth I may or may not have had.

And, really, it couldn’t have been nicer. It was a great day for an outdoor ceremony. There were no notable embarassing moments, which was what Mike and I had decided would be Shelby’s heart’s desire, so we felt that our prayers for a perfect day were answered. Congratulations, guys!

On the way home, Mike and I, who have been having some serious musical disagreements of late (let’s just say I am not a huge fan of The Decemberists), weren’t sure what to listen to. I let Mike play his beloved Decemberists for a while, and then at some point he put on Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man. I’ll set the scene for you: I’m driving, he’s fiddling on the iPod, and “Place in this World” comes on.

MIKE: Don’t you just love this song? I love this song. You have to love this song.

KARI: *opens mouth to answer*

MIKE: LOOKING FOR A REASON, ROAMING THROUGH THE NIGHT TO FIND MY PLACE IN THIS WORLD, MY PLAAAACE IN THIS WORLD.

KARI: *closes mouth*

BOTH: NOT A LOT TO LEAN ON, I NEED YOUR LIGHT TO HELP MY FIND MY PLACE IN THIS WORLD, MY PLAAAACE IN THIS WORLD.

KARI: Now that it’s back to the verse, do you want to hear my answer?

MIKE: What answer?

KARI: The answer to the question you asked me.

MIKE: I asked you a question?

KARI: . . .

MIKE: What?

KARI: You asked me if I love this song.

MIKE: Oh, right.

KARI: And, I think, I probably relate to the message of this song more now than I did when it came out. I mean, I was, what 11? 12? But I remember hearing this song on the radio and thinking that I could do anything. Because Christian music wasn’t supposed to be on the radio. And I thought it was so cool. I had this album on tape, I got it for Christmas from my aunt and uncle. And I started really getting into Christian music because of this album. This and Heart in Motion.

MIKE: LOOKING FOR A REASON, ROAMING THROUGH THE NIGHT TO FIND . . . what? Why are you looking at me like that?

We made our way through the album, singing along with “For You” and “How Long Will Be Too Long,” listening to snippets of the other songs, and then skipping to the end since we were almost home. I do not love “Agnus Dei” as much as Mike does, so he jumped on to “1990.”

MIKE: This always made me mad.

KARI: Well, the album is pretty short. Ten songs, but some of them are short. I don’t think this album ends all that well.

MIKE: No, I mean, it gets all “To be continued” at the end. Where’s “1991?” There’s not even a “2000.” There was no continued. We were promised a continued fifteen years ago, and we’re still waiting.

KARI: You’re still waiting. The rest of us have moved on.

Shelby and Jeremy, we had a wonderful time. I hope we can hang out soon. And Michael W. Smith, thanks for making that album. Except for that whole “Love Crusade” thing. I would ask what you were thinking, but I just admitted to singing along – loudly – to “Place in this World.” And enjoying it. I don’t feel I have the higher ground in this situation.

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