The state of things: 3 months in!

Mary Jimenez :: That Sweet "Ave"

ForKingandCountry120 days left until our wedding! Here’s an update on what we‘ve gotten done since I last posted here . . . can’t promise that it will be anywhere near in order, but here goes!

  • We have our wedding bands! We were able to get a really good price (less than what we budgeted for) and they came in not too long ago. They fit perfectly and are beautiful, simple white gold – exactly what I wanted 🙂 I have The Dash’s and he has mine until the wedding day.
  • The Dash ordered his wedding suit last week – a three-piece gray (on sale!) . . . sigh . . . he is going to look so good!
  • We have all our music assembled for our reception on Spotify. We wound up making a single folder containing multiple playlists for various “phases” of the reception, just so that everything…

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The Holy Family Planner: Now available!



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  • U.S. Holidays
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The state of things: 37 days in

Mary Jimenez :: That Sweet "Ave"

So, what’s the state of things, 37 days in to our engagement?

  • We are 90% of the way there to confirming an actual wedding date. This took longer than it might take others since we were engaged right before Christmas, chose to enjoy the holidays before we started doing any intense planning, and are now in the process of coordinating with our understandably very busy parish priest.
  • We’re one week away from having our first marriage prep meeting with him.
  • After doing a bit of searching and a lot of assessment, we have a likely reception venue (off the beaten path of commercialized wedding venues, thankfully!) and are waiting on our wedding date to be confirmed so, God-willing, we can make a reservation on their calendar, if they are still available.
  • Although we’re waiting to ask everyone until we have our wedding date, we’ve decided on our wedding party.
  • We…

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On the feast of St. Agnes

Mary Jimenez :: That Sweet "Ave"

A dear mother of seven texted me this morning and reminded me that St. Agnes is the patron saint of engaged couples. Either I’d never known this before, or I’d forgotten it – either way, what an uplifting reality!


O sweet Saint Agnes, I earnestly implore thy compassion and commend myself to thy prayers. O noble virgin, thou didst despise all earthly things and prefer the love of Christ to the glory of the world. Death was welcome to thee, and the holy angels were waiting for thy soul to convey it into the joys of Paradise, where, adorned with the martyr’s palm, thou didst arrive at the nuptials of the heavenly Spouse. I too seek Him; deign to intercede for me that He may grant me health of mind and body, restrain the temptations of the devil, extinguish the desires of the flesh, give me time for true repentance…

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