5/13/09

The Great 7-Up Incident

This time last year I was in crazy wedding planning mode.

I was a crazy woman, and was on high-stress levels at ALL times. It was a crazy/interesting time of my life.

But at the end of my wedding day I could honestly say it was all worth it.
There is one story surrounding my wedding that I never shared because it was too traumatizing, but I want it in writing to remember it. So here goes.

It was mid to late May and I had just picked up all of my envelopes from the lady who did my calligraphy.

I was very fortunate because all the calligraphy on my invitations was done for completely free. My grandma had a friend who wanted to do this for us as our wedding gift.

We are forever grateful.

Actually I am forever gratefuly because I'm pretty sure Luke wondered why we didn't just hand write them ourselves.

My calligraphy lady addressed over 200 sets of envelopes (both inner and outer). She was my hero.

One Saturday morning I picked up the envelopes and she told me to be very careful with them and to not spill anything on them.

I of course laughed at this in my head thinking "I would never be so stupid"

Lord help us all.

That day Luke and I got the necessary supplies for our invitations, and then spent several hours stuffing, gluing and stamping envelopes. It was a tedious project but by the end of the day we were so thankful to have that project done!

After we were completed I sat back and looked at two boxes full of precious invitations that needed to be mailed out that week. I didn't want anything to happen to them and wanted to keep them as safe as possible.

As I was looking at them I suggested to Luke that we pray over the invitations that they would stay 'safe and sound' and would arrive at the correct homes (I took my wedding very seriously) Luke thought I was absolutely crazy. So I silently prayed over the invitations myself.

That night I went home, placed the invitations on my floor in my room and went back to my car to get a 12 pack of 7up that had been sitting in my car for about a month.

Why I chose to get that 12 pack that night.....I will never know.

The next part of the story happened very very quickly.

I brought in the 12 pack, tripped over something, the 12 pack came flying out of my hands, and I watched in what seemed like super slow motion as 3 cans of 7-up exploded all over my room.
The same room that held my invitations.
As soon as the spraying quit I opened my sugary, sticky eyes to find my room COVERED in 7-Up. Covered is an understatement, there was not a part of that room that did not have 7-Up substance on it.
Except for my invitations that were mere inches from one of the cans.
Not one invitation was injured in the great 7-Up spray of '08.
NOT. ONE.
It took me hours that night to clean up my room and I'm still not sure I got it all. I spent about 3 hours that night with a bucket of water and a cloth trying to clean the walls, ceiling, TV, fan, basically anything in the room.
I only lived in that room for a month after the incident and up until the day I moved out, I found spots where 7-Up had sprayed. I'm pretty sure the carpet will never be the same.
Aftet that incident I wrapped my invitations in plastic bags to ensure that nothing happened to them until they were sent off.
Then I called Luke to make sure he knew that even though he made fun of me for praying over our invitations, God totally listened.
Every time I think of this story I thank God that he listens to our prayers, all of them, even the one's that seem so insignificant.
All of the supplies:
Working hard on the invitations:
SO happy that they were all done and ready to be sent out: (this was about 30 min. before the incident)A picture I snapped right after it happened, you can see one of the cans to the right of the picture, on the left side are my invitations, you can see the box underneath it has 7-Up stains, yet my invitations were safe!
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26 comments:

Greta said...

Very cool story! I'm glad you decided to go ahead and share it :).

Doesn't it just make you love God even more when you realize how intricately He is involved in our lives.

Jon and Steph said...

Oh my gosh! I cannot believe that happened! God is very good, He is an amazing listener and answerer of prayers! (did that make sense?)

So glad that your invitations were not harmed in the "great 7-Up spray of 08'" as you so hilariously put it!

Mimi Elise said...

wow, thats amazin!

Shannon said...

Cool story - so glad you shared it!! How amazing that those invites weren't harmed!! I was prepared for the worst!!

*~! megs !~* said...

wow. way to hit home a point with this story!!! i totally needed this!!

and so glad no invitations were harmed! i would have FREAKED!!

Lauren Kelly said...

Amazing!! Goes to show that God is always listening!!!! I seriously love your stories, love your blog, and love you girl :) Have a GREAT day!!! :)

justsittingthere said...

hahah! that is so awesome. I was sitting on the edge of my chair reading! praise the Lord for His 7up shield over your invites!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

That is a crazy story! He truly does care about the small things... that's awesome!

Kristin @ Blue Skies said...

THAT is a great story!

jen + ryan said...

that's an AWESOME story- and it's SO something that would happen to me! i love that you prayed over your invitations...

i had an exploding soda incident on my first day on my new team at work. diet coke EVERYWHERE in my new cube. so i sort of feel your pain having to clean up all that sticky-ness!

Lauren said...

Ok seriously, you make me laugh so hard!!! This sounds exactly like something that would happen to me. Hopefully now Luke understands that God even cares about the little things...;o)

Jen said...

Okay..that is something that would TOTALLY happen to me. Although in my scenario, my invitations would have been the only thing soaked! Man were you lucky! God was looking out for those invitations. Haha!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

If you care about it, God cares about it. Those invitations were important to you and were to Him, too! What a crazy story though!

Belle of the Ball said...

That is a fabulous story! I'm going to link to it on my blog! Love it!

Jess said...

That's an awesome story, lol.

I don't think you are crazy for praying over your invitations. I do stuff like that all that time, lol.

Obviously, God listened. It annoys me when people say that God has more important things to do than listen to "petty prayer requests." Yes, he has important things to do, but if it's important enough to you for you to pray about it, He'll listen.

I think He listens to prayers that not even we know we have inside us.

amy (metz) walker said...

the "great 7-Up spray of 08'" part CRACKED me up!

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is a great story! Great testimony that God does hear our prayers and how we should give everything up to him.

Lacy said...

What a great story!! God listens to our every prayer!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Faith said...

Megan, that is so cool! Who says that God doesn't care about the details of our lives and the things that matter to us? He is beyond amazing!!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Awesome. :-)

writing4612 said...

I bet Luke wasn't making fun of your prayers after that.

Yep, God really listens when we pray...even the little things.

LOVE the title. :)

AprilMarie said...

Ohmygoodness! Isn't it funny how things like that happen? So odd they didn't have even a drop, yet everything else did?! Haha, go figure. I'm glad it turned out good, though.

Love your blog. I just started mine a couple weeks ago- such an interesting world it is!

Just Me said...

That is so amazing! I tagged you by the way...

Rachel said...

WOW! What a crazy story...but a cool one! Did Luke feel silly for not praying over the invitations after all this happened? LOL...funny how crazy we get when we're in wedding planning mode.

Becca said...

What a great story! :-) love stuff like that!

My name is Megan... said...

that is crazy!!! He was for sure watching over them...and you guys :)