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 “Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be, that is our power. That’s our strength. That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear.” President Barack Obama, speaking at an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday, April 18, 2013

WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2013

Nation: Boston, our hearts are with you.
On Monday, four hours into the running of the famed Boston Marathon, two explosions detonated in quick succession near the finish line in Boston’s Copley Square. With thousands of runners still on the course and hundreds of spectators along the route, chaos quickly ensued. The bombings claimed the lives of 3 people and injured more than 170, many severely and resulting in amputated limbs. The F.B.I. is leading the investigation to find the perpetrator(s) of this horrific crime and has released surveillance photos and videos of the two suspects. President Obama spoke at an interfaith service on Thursday, seeking to console the grieving, shaken city and nation by saying, “Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city, every one of us stands with you.” Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected. UPDATE: One suspect has been killed along with a police officer. Other suspect on the loose. CLICK TO YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE TO FOLLOW ALONG ON UPDATES.

More tragedy, this time in Texas.
The town of West, Texas is grieving today over the deaths and injuries of many in its small community. Wednesday night a fertilizer company exploded causing mass destruction, setting many surrounding homes and businesses ablaze. The death toll remains fluid as rescuers search amid the rubble of houses destroyed to find possible survivors. At this time, the cause is still unclear. Reportedly, as many as 15 people have died and more than 160 have been injured but missing people are still unaccounted for. Sadly, “part of that community is gone” stated a local sergeant. Texas, you also remain in our hearts.

World: Replacing Hugo Chavez won’t be easy.
Secretary of State John Kerry lent his voice to the rising chorus demanding a recount after a special election to replace former President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Nicolás Maduro, a protégé of the former President, won by less than two percentage points which sparked violent protests and seven people have been killed. The opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, formally submitted his request for a recount on Wednesday, but the head of the country’s Supreme Court has said that a recount might not be possible.

Politics: Senate “taking a pause” on proposed gun legislation. 
The Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, in a move that angered the President and disappointed the families of Newtown, Conn., who fought long and hard for a bipartisan compromise that would have expanded background checks along with a ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines. All three measures failed to get the 60 votes required for passage. Speaking at the White House after the votes, President Obama called it “a pretty shameful day for Washington,” but added that “this effort is not over.”

National Security: Letters laced with ricin? No thank you.
Federal authorities made an arrest in the investigation of two letters testing positive for the poison ricin, one sent to President Obama, the other mailed to a U.S. senator. Both letters were intercepted at off-site mailing facilities and contained identical closing statements. At the federal court hearing on Thursday, the suspect was ordered to remain in custody until a grand jury issues an expected indictment and a preliminary and detention hearing on April 29.

Business: Gold hit a major low on Monday, but don’t count it out just yet.
Gold stocks plunged Monday, falling another 10 percent to end at nearly 30 percent below their highest point. Many factors, including as a recent sell-off by Cyprus, meant to help repay €9 billion in European Central Bank emergency aid, led to the decline, but some experts say that gold may still have the last laugh. The prices are already beginning to inch back up.

Women’s Affairs: Now you can “Lean In” online.
Expanding on the success of her Lean In philosophy, Sheryl Sandberg has invested in a new social networking tool meant to bring women together. The service,, will be offered as a commercial service to businesses wanting to organize their supporters online. Initial access will be free, but Mightybell, the maker of the technology, plans to start charging for premium features like analytics this summer.

reporting as of 4/19/13 at 10am EST  by Laicie Heeley and Brooke Klauer

  • Carrie Waller

    Oh, wow. This story made me tear up!! Congratulations to the BEAUTIFUL family!

    P.S. I don’t think that I would have changed a thing about our own wedding – We were blessed with families who supported our understated style.

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    I think there are special circumstances, like Megan’s where a vow renewal is completely appropriate. What a beautiful ending to a long painful struggle!

    However, I think in most instances they seem very attention-hungry and seem to be just an excuse to have a second party in honor of yourself. An extravagant vow renewal complete with a huge guest list seems extremely obnoxious and tacky to me if you already had a wedding.

    That said, I would definitely consider a vow renewal, but it would be just between my husband and I. I think the sentiment behind the idea is lovely, and i can totally imagine getting a beautiful flowy dress and booking a super romantic vacation for the two of us to renew our vows on the beach somewhere.


  • Love Megan and Danny!!! Such a great story! 🙂

  • amazeingteacher

    i love this story! i’ve never married, but if i do ever marry and if i looked as cute as this bride i would want to wear that dress, shoes, and veil! it’s adorable. and the baby is so precious!!!

  • I often said through our engagement (especially about halfway through) that we should have eloped. But when the night finally came it was perfect. We had an intimate and very manageable 41 guests and we all had a wonderful time. Everything was so perfect surrounded by only the people who mean the absolute most to us. I wouldn’t change a thing. <3

  • Kim

    What a beautiful story. Congratulations to the wonderful couple and new parents!

    My husband and I had a big wedding and to this day I wouldn’t have changed a thing. About 13 years ago we renewed our vows in front of close family and friends. We wore jeans and had our three children by our side. After, we went back to our house for coffee and cake. It left a big impression on our kids!

  • wow, what an incredible journey. All my best to you and your family, Megan!

  • Stephanie Hsieh

    Beautiful story and even more beautiful baby girl. So happy for the couple 🙂

  • Eva

    omg such a beautiful story! it made my heart melt!

  • I have meet Megan a few times, as well as Danny. They are beautiful people, they have great spirits.

    On a do over, no. Our wedding was beautiful. But I would definitely renew…celebrate our marriage.

  • Paige Budde

    I love Megan, Danny and Macy! Beautiful people inside and out!

  • Amazing story of an amazing family….what a perfect way to celebrate the love.

  • Deb Vandenberg

    Beautiful reason to have a vow renewal. Reminds you that you can make it through anything together. This also brings awareness to ovarian cancer. With awareness, comes research for a cure. Through social media, you’re helping another young woman get through her treatment. Awake Photography, fantastic photography. Kudos to everyone.

  • Clarissa

    Such a beautiful story & amazing photos! I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

    I love the idea of an intimate gathering of close friends and family to celebrate a marriage. It would be a good way to get everything you want without spending a fortune!

  • Amanda

    Omg this is the sweetest story ever! Truly makes you realize what’s important when weddings can really take on a life of their own.

  • This is so gorgeous.

    We eloped and only have a few cell phone pics of the entire day, so we often talk about getting dressed up again to take pictures in the mountains. Perhaps we’ll do it on our one year anniversary. We originally thought of having a party/vow renewal on our one year, but as the day approaches I feel silly asking people to participate. The story above is obviously a very different situation than ours. Their day looks great.

  • Muusknuck

    “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
    ― Napoleon Bonaparte
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  • Such a beautiful story! I just got married this summer, and I would do it over. There were so many details that I worked on that no one even noticed! I would make it much more simple if I had a chance to redo everything.

  • Sarolta Hershey

    This is so, so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this imperfectly perfect story of a young family.

  • Mel

    We had a small military wedding (just our parents and sibs) over a weekend, so we’ve always talked about a bigger ceremony. Ironically, we’ve talked about the 5-year mark. I would probably do a bigger celebration with a city-meets-country theme and really focus on the party, dancing, and great people around us!

  • What a beautiful story – Congratulations to the whole family!
    After just celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and looking back on the big day, I realized that yes there were definite things I would change (my style is completely different now) but the important part was that we had everyone near and dear to us there supporting this next step in our lives and everyone had fun!

  • I would love a vowel renewal. We barely had a wedding. No photographer. Just a cake and a dress. I’d love to have a dinner with my family and celebrate. With a photographer this time.