Dear family and friends,
It has been a fun, intense, healing, profound, and peaceful journey for us over the last couple of years and we are excited about this next chapter in our lives as we enter into marriage. We can't thank you enough for the role you've played in our lives – as family (near and far), classmates, friends (new and old), roommates, coworkers, teachers, pastors, members of our church family, mentors...the list goes on. In various ways you have helped mold us into the people we are today and we are thankful. Your presence is important to us especially, as we solemnly make a commitment to one another to learn, grow, and give… together. Your friendship, wisdom, support and love will be (and has been!) so valuable to us along the way.
We have chosen an oak tree as the theme for our wedding as to us, it symbolizes growth, depth, fidelity and strength; all of which we hope will characterize our life-long commitment to one another, and to you, in Christ.
We hope you can join us in celebration on May 20, 2006. We've both lived in San Diego for about 8 years and it has become our home in many ways. There is plenty to see and do here and the weather should be perfect in May – we hope you take advantage of it as much as possible! The ceremony and reception are being held in Ramona, half an hour northeast of San Diego at the beautiful Dos Picos Park amidst an oak grove.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Grace, peace, and love,
tiana & eric
From "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
"Love has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart's. To touch heavily would be to arrest the pattern, to check the endlessly changing beauty of its unfolding. The joy of such a pattern is not only the joy of creation or the joy of participation, it is also the joy of living in the moment. Lightness of touch and living in the moment are intertwined.
"When each partner loves so completely that he has forgotten to ask himself whether or not he is loved in return; when he only knows that he loves and is moving to its music --- then, and then only, are two people able to dance perfectly in tune to the same rhythm. Then, the pattern of the dance will support and rejoice in the natural swinging of our lives between sharing and solitude; between the intimate and the abstract; between the near and the far.
"The pattern must reflect the changing tides of our lives and our emotions. When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. We should not insist on this type of permanency and duration. The only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity --- in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern."