Tillinghast Farm, a private property owned by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in Barrington, RI was the setting for Geoff + Julia’s beautiful June, 2015 wedding ceremony and reception.

(Yes, I am playing catch up on blogging. Big time. Thank you for your patience.)

One of my (many) favorite things about this gorgeous wedding was the handmade ceramic bells that Julia designed as wedding favors. Everything about this day was just so lovely.

Congratulations Geoff + Julia. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your special day.

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by eringoodman on November 16, 2016

in announcements, baby steps

Oh my friends.

I have been missing this space over the past year(s).

But there was so much that needed my attention.

Finding my way through divorce. Healing my heart. Keeping up with my seminary assignments. (I graduated in June – yay!) Running my business. Marrying lovely people. Blessing babies. Helping grieving families to say goodbye to loved ones. Working a day job. Loving on my children.

And sitting down to write here, and trying to figure out where the heck to begin after such a long absence, just kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile.

But today I decided to just show up.

So here I am. Copying the image I shared on Instagram this morning.

Saying hello. And taking my first baby step back to exhale. return to center.

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{Cousins canoeing. A special moment from this weekend.}

My mom begins each day by praying the Rosary and reading scripture-based meditations.

On days when I am not racing out the door to work, she often reads me an excerpt that has really spoken to her, and we gently discuss how it applies in our lives as we sip our coffee.

As she reads, I do my best not to get hung up on language that may not feel comfortable for me and listen beneath the words for the underlying lessons and universal truths.

It is a beautiful morning ritual that I treasure deeply.

Today she shared the following passage that really spoke to both of us:

“We can know something about God when we pay attention to his presence deep within ourselves. We can also know something about him by paying attention to the people and things outside of ourselves. God is fully present at every moment in everything he has made….Some years ago, I read about a bumper sticker printed with these words: ‘Having a wonderful time. Wish I were here!’ It made me laugh, but I later thought, ‘How sad!’ How much we miss when we don’t notice the goodness of the people and the environment that surrounds us. How much we miss of God’s presence that shines through everything he has made.’

(From Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions)

That line — “Having a wonderful time. Wish I were here!” — really stuck with me as I moved through my day.

How often are all of us guilty of going through the motions and checking things off our long to-do lists without really being present to those around us, the very people we love most.

I find that simply closing my eyes, taking a deep centering breath and asking to see the world through the eyes of God (Spirit…Love…Source…) is one practice that really helps me to be more present. Having a few minutes alone every day to write and reflect also helps me too.

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How about you? What helps you to be truly present to those you love and the beauty of the world around you?

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September 11, 2010

While this is a somber day of prayer and remembrance for our world, and like you, I have been feeling all the feelings that it evokes, it is also the anniversary of a day of profound joy for me.

Five years ago, on September 11, 2010, I officiated my first wedding ceremony at Channing Memorial Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

My training was a combination of a communications degree, years of professional writing, yoga teacher training, Reiki training, an online minister’s certificate, a year of mentorship with the amazing Rev. Deborah Catherine Faith and a deep desire to serve this world as a (different kind of) minister.

Five years later, as I sit here reflecting on this journey, my own marriage has ended (earlier this year), I am about to begin my second year of Interfaith Seminary and I am pursuing additional training so that I can offer a formal marriage preparation program to my clients.

I really don’t know how many couples I have worked with over the past five years (I am SO not a numbers person) but I do know that each of my clients have touched me in a deep and personal way and that I have grown so much through our work together.

Tonight my heart is filled with peace and deep gratitude for all who have guided, supported and walked with me on this path.

Namaste, friends.

Love,
Erin

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Several years ago I scribbled these words on the back of a ceremony script while the rain poured down and guests stepped over puddles:

“Nobody plans for rain on their wedding day. But I actually believe it is a blessing to be juggling umbrellas and discussing “Plan B” as you begin your marriage.

This is what marriage is.

We don’t get to control all the external circumstances in our life, but we do get to choose how we react and how we relate to those we love.

We get to choose to focus on what matters most. And what matters most is right here, right now.”

I’ve carried these words tucked in the back of my wedding binder ever since — for days like today, when the sky opens up moments before an outdoor garden ceremony is scheduled to begin.

I believe these words with all my heart.

(Today, I’m happy to say, we were able to have an outdoor ceremony…after the rain passed.)

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