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Today, I made arrangements to reserve the Dulcinea Chapel in Austin, Texas for the celebration of my parents 50th wedding anniversary on September 3, 2010.  

They will have a ceremony, during which they will speak to each other about their 50 years of life together.  

Daddy will walk down to get Mother and walk her up the path and together they will walk down the aisle of the chapel.  

I get to plan a wedding with my mother to marry my Daddy again!  

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      Doreen XoXo wrote May 16, 2009
    • The Chapel looks amazing. This will truly be a wonderful experience for you Laurie but more so for your parents.  My husband and I renewed our vows for our 25th anniversary which was 5 years ago!!  I/we had the best time planning a second wedding.  Actually, our renewal ceremony and reception was far better than the wedding!!  It’s amazing just how much you grow together through the years.

      xoxo



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 16, 2009
    • I love this about the chapel as much as anything!
      These are the notes from the director re: why they built Chapel Dulcinea.

      Irrational commitment is a powerful thing. It is the stuff of heroes. Legends live because of it.

      And like anything powerful, it can be turned toward darkness.

      But let us look toward the light.

      Francis Bacon (1561-1626) made a fascinating observation during the days of Cervantes (1547-1616): Philosophy is based on reason and is, therefore, rational. Faith is based on revelation and is, therefore, irrational. Consequently, the greater the impossibility of the thing you believe, the greater the honor to God.

      Faith is an irrational commitment of the heart, the pattern-recognizing right brain, not the deductive-reasoning left.

      In Cervantes’ book Don Quixote de la Mancha, our hero makes an irrational commitment to a common village girl who doesn’t even know he exists. To the rest of us, there’s nothing special about Aldonza Lorenzo. But in the mind of Quixote she embodies everything that is good and right and true. He sees in her a princess and calls her his lady Dulcinea.

      Quixote’s irrational commitment to Dulcinea gives him vision and focus and purpose.

      Do you make your commitments in your rational mind, or in your irrational heart?

      Quixote makes himself a fool for Dulcinea, and in her name accomplishes many impossible things.

      Doing the impossible is easy when you‘re utterly committed and have pushed aside your logical mind.

      Here’s an example of an irrational commitment made by 56 men, 230 years ago:

      “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

      Lady Liberty was their Dulcinea.

      Here’s another irrational commitment:

      “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America...”

      America is a Lady, not a place. And many have given their lives for her honor.

      But here, I believe, is the best irrational commitment of them all:

      “...for better, for worse,
      for richer, for poorer,
      in sickness and in health,
      to love and to cherish,
      till death us do part.”

      In case I haven’t made it clear: I am in favor of irrational commitment. “It is not good... to be alone.”

      On June 7, 1947, Paul Compton made an irrational commitment to Jean Johnson and in later years he would be called to deliver on his promise: Alzheimer’s disease stole Jean from Paul, but left her frail body in his care. Strengthened only by the memory of their years together, Paul faced the never-ending job of caring for her empty shell 24 hours a day. And he did it without complaint for 20 long years.

      I’ve never known a better man.

      Paul and Jean had 4 daughters, all of whom work shoulder-to-shoulder with their husbands and have done so for more than 30 years. Miraculously, each of the girls is still married to her first husband, though none of those husbands is a prize. Trust me, I know them all. I’m the 18 year-old boy with no money and no future who married the youngest daughter.

      If you would taste truth and beauty and grace, you must reach for the fruit of a tree planted deep in the soil of irrational commitment.

      I wish you good fortune on your journey.

      Roy H. Williams



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      Doreen XoXo wrote May 16, 2009
    • Such beautiful words............ Perfect!!!!



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 16, 2009
    • One of the photo descriptions says:

      The Lady Dulcinea dangles her legs over the ancient cliff...

      isn’t that cool?



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      Deb Darby wrote May 16, 2009
    • I just put a comment on your Facebook. Now I see that Paul and Jean are probably not your parents...did some math worried.



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      Mztracy wrote May 16, 2009
    • Wow laurie that is a gorgeous church. I cannot wait for next year and the pics



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 16, 2009
    • The chapel is so, so beautiful Laurie! What a wonderful place to recommit to marriage. I haven’t had chance to read on why it was built yet, will come back to this evening. Is your dad doing well?



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 16, 2009
    • Roy is the director of the Wizard University in Austin- the campus where the Chapel Dulcinea dangles her legs over the cliff.



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      Angelcart wrote May 16, 2009
    • I frequent Autin quite a bit but have never heard or seen this.  It’s really stunning.estatic



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 16, 2009
    • It is about 20 minutes from downtown.

      Directions from central Austin:
      1. Take MoPac (Loop 1) South till it becomes 45
      2. Continue on 45 to FM 1826
      3. Turn LEFT on FM 1826 and go just over 4 miles
      4. Turn LEFT on Crystal Hills Drive and go 1/2 mile up the hill
      5. Turn LEFT at the Wizard Academy Entrance

      Check it out next time you‘re there.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 16, 2009
    • The faculty of Wizard Academy studies what gifted people do when they‘re feeling inspired so we can reverse engineer their unconscious methods. We teach you how to do consciously what a gifted person does unconsciously.

      wizardacademy.org



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      Oceangirl40 wrote May 17, 2009
    • The Chapel is so beautiful and a lovely place to renew vows.  Have fun planning the anniversary and renewal of vows.



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      Jana Toohey wrote May 17, 2009
    • AWESOME!!! All of it.



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      UK Girl wrote May 17, 2009
    • Love the setting it’s amazing thanks for sharing all this honey



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote May 18, 2009
    • That is so neat, so special! Have fun with this!



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