Overwhelming Gratitude

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

After months of waiting for all of the pieces to come together, this week I was finally able to sit and write the “Thank You” cards for our wedding. It was a beautiful journey through the many people who blessed us as we joined our lives. The best thing about it is that it wasn’t gifts or monetary blessings that I found myself treasuring. With each card, I could recall the many ways someone supported or prayed for us as we walked this journey. Each stroke of my pen brought another reminder of someone who helped carry the burden of our heart ache when we were apart from one another. Each addressed envelope represented someone who rejoiced when God brought our paths back together. And, my heart was flooded with gratefulness.

There are so many more people to whom we owe this debt that we will never be able to repay. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our families, our church families, and the friends who held our hands, dried our tears, and laughed with us. The emotion is too great for words.  So many people spoke God’s Truth to us and over us.  His mercies are never failing, and even when we couldn’t see His path, He gave us wonderful angels to hold our hearts.  The list is endless and we could never thank everyone enough.

As our wedding verse, Nick and I chose a passage that we have come to cherish:

“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” – Psalm 118:23-24

Nick and I hold this to be true with every day we are given together.  Every morning, we open our eyes to another day gifted to us by the Lord.  Each day brings its own opportunity to love each other well and pay forward the love and mercy that has been given to us.  As a couple, we are doing all we can to honor the sacrifices made in order for us to be here today.  So, for the many loved ones who have prayed for us, walked with us, cried with us and rejoiced with us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  You have loved us like Jesus.  May the Lord return blessing upon blessing to you.

With Overwhelming Gratitude,

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Giardino


Thank you Card

Wedding Rehearsal

Nick and I were so blessed to have our friends and family travel to Rome, GA to take part in our wedding. For the Giardino family, that meant coordinating travel from Kentucky, Seattle, Illinois and Oklahoma. That’s no small feat! We were so honored by everyone who made the time and made the trip.

Since it doesn’t often happen that we are all in the same place at the same time, we took the opportunity to capture some family photos the night of our rehearsal. We asked the wonderful and talented ladies of Alight Photography to capture these moments for us. (You can check them out and read the blog here.

The song in the video is one I wrote for a rehearsal dinner several years ago, so it seemed an appropriate soundtrack for our photo collection. I was asked to write a song from the groom’s parents as a blessing the night before the wedding. “Choose Love”, no matter what else comes, always choose love.

Have a blessed and wonderful day!