Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wedding Photo Blitz...

This is funny- do you see the 4 guys on the second row behind the batter? Will is in the light blue shirt.
They went to a Ranger's game on Friday night before he got married on Sunday. 
So funny that they were on camera most of the game. 
Who'd a thought?
Ok- here goes. So many great pictures.

 Gorgeous reception hall...
 Yellows and blues...

Our friend Shana from Shallowater, Texas made the cakes.
She is a cake genius. So lovely.
There were photos of the grandmother's that have gone on before us all. Precious.
 Lots of laughter...
 My sweetheart...
Good friends...

 Chance, Case and Sarah. Thanks for being there!
 Chad Montandon officiated and blessed Candace and Will...
 Her wonderful brothers escorted her in and gave her away...
 Crazy people...

 Sweet Carole and Jim with the newlyweds...
We took several pictures of our family but none were very good. So- here is one that makes me laugh.
No one can smile or look at the camera all at once. Oh well...

 The Grands...
 Sids side of the family...
 Precious Rachel McCoy...
Two of my favorite people in the world. Not sure what I would do without them.
So. They are married and off somewhere in the Caribbean having the time of their lives.
We are so thrilled and thankful.
If you were there at the packed wedding, thank you so much for coming and helping make that day so special.
We love you all dearly.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wedding Morning Worship...

I have to tell you about the most wonderful thing that happened over the weekend. Don't get me wrong- the wedding was powerful and sweet and could not have been more precious, but what happened on the morning of the wedding was heavenly.

Most of our wedding party and families all stayed at the same hotel through the weekend. We decided to have a time of worship on Sunday morning before all the wedding busyness started. The girls and the brides family were going to meet and worship and our family and the groomsmen were going to have our own time of worship.  This of course was because of the tradition that the bride and groom not see each other before the wedding.

One of the most beautiful things about a weekend like this is that you get to be with lovely people that you are most close with and the fellowship is rich.  This precious girl below (our bride) asked several of us in tears if it would be ok to throw tradition to the wind and all worship together. She just could not fathom that we would worship in two separate rooms when we could all praise God and talk about Jesus together.
I love her heart.

That is what we did. Who cares about tradition. I would recommend this to any other bride and groom that are getting married on a Sunday. Or- any day. Worship together and dedicate your wedding day to God.

The singing was wonderful and taking communion together was powerful and the words spoken were truth and loving and encouraging. This precious girl was asked how she felt about it toward the end- and she said it was a touch of heaven. Yes. It was.

To end we all gathered around this couple that we love so much and prayed prayers of boldness and love for their lives. For them to be courageous and strong and on mission for God. We prayed the same for ourselves. I think what was so strongly felt was the fact that that day was more about God than a wedding. It was more about what it means to be two people in love in light of who they are in God's plan and His love.
It was good.

Isaiah 52:7
7 How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”

I will not forget this wedding morning worship. Ever. Thank you God for this fellowship.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Weekend- Rehearsal Dinner...

What a whirlwind- incredible wedding weekend.
All I heard about being the parent of someone getting married was that it was expensive (true) and crazy and a exhausting, etc. and on and on.
Most comments were not all that positive.
Yes, it was tiring but what people did not talk about was how awesome the fellowship and what a blessing to be in the midst of so many people that you love.
I would do this past weekend over and over again.
Joyful. It was joyful.
We had the rehearsal dinner at a nice Mexican food place called Blue Mesa Grill.
These are a few of the table decorations that we worked on for a few weeks before.
It was so much fun getting all of this ready and watching it come together.
The picture frames above were just cheap black frames from the Dollar store with pics of our kids in them. You just tape the sides together inside and leave the back cover of the frames off so that candle light shines through the pictures. Loved this idea and it turned out so very sweet.

One of the most special parts of this celebration evening was asking friends and family to write on a special card a sweet memory or blessing or scripture to put in the Words of Blessing jar in the pic below.  We took a few minutes for anyone that wanted to speak about what they wrote or give a blessing to Will or Candace. The words that were spoken were precious and important and Godly.  It is a beautiful thing to watch people talk about their love for God and for their friends.  I will never forget it. It was a huge blessing.
My handsome and wonderful husband and Candace's brother Aaron below ended this time with their own words of blessing for the couple.

Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.

I was so thankful that Rachel McCoy graciously took my camera and took pictures through the evening. She caught this sweet pic of my brother and wife holding hands.
Man, I love these two people.
Precious photo of GranJan and Colt...(Rachel is his most lovely and sweet wife. Since she was taking pictures I did not get any of her. That is a shame. She is beautiful inside and out.)
  Aren't they cute?
 Sweethearts. Forever.
Wes and Will share a lot of the same super friends.
Here he is posing with some of them.

 My little bro and his sweet Kylee girl.
We have been home about 24 hours now and I feel like I have been hit by a truck. :)
Rest has been good. 
Now- what to do with all of these lemons?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

He Asked, She Said Yes...

Hey friends! These two are getting married very, very soon.   :)
God is incredibly faithful and good.
We could not love her more.
We are so proud of our oldest gentle giant and his heart for God and love for this girl.
Thank you for your prayers for their life lived together to glorify Jesus.
"Don't blink because childhood goes so fast,"said by so many when our kids were little.
They were right. Everyday is a gift of time to draw our children's hearts and minds to God.
Everyday is a cherished tic toc of the clock to enjoy and love them with great intention.
This picture below was taken at Carlsbad Caverns when Will was about 6 years old.
 Big brother checking on and loving his little brother.
Precious, sweet Candace.
My- how those eyes shine.
So, we are looking forward to a great celebration with family and friends.
What fun it will be.

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor.
You will surround him as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12