The past couple weeks in our lives have been absolutely, wonderfully busy. There is nothing better than spending time with close friends, receiving good news, and celebrating joyous occasions together.
Last weekend, we left early Saturday morning to Pennsylvania. Added to the benefit of grabbing food at our some of favorite restaurants: Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Sonic (which we don't have in our local area), we got to see several friends along the journey.
On our way to Dillsburg, we stopped to see Keith and Carol Hershey, friends of mine from my early high school days in Cameroon. They were my youth leaders back then, newlywed and in their early twenties, and now they have four beautiful children. It was fun to meet their kids, introduce them to Nich and vice versa, to sit and chat for a bit on a sunshiny afternoon. Unfortunately, I didn't have the presence of mind to take a group photo with them, something that carried through the weekend, because I came away from the entire trip with only 30ish photos!
We then made our way over to the Smucker residence. Dan was away hunting for the weekend, but we got to see Jamie and her precious little girls. It was fun to see Kylie again, who is growing oh-so-fast and chatting away, and meet Baby Myla, who was just six weeks old and teeny-tiny. We exchanged baby gifts -- Jamie had gotten us some early baby gifts, which included books (yippee!), which was so fun.
By evening, we ended up in Dillsburg with my friends from college and their families, where we stayed for the weekend. We enjoyed a late night -- funny how 11:00 feels so late now -- of hot tea and catching up before heading to bed for the night. Nich was exhausted after the entire day of driving, but he was such a champ! It means a lot to my heart that my husband loves all the friends I've introduced him to over the past few years and genuinely enjoys spending time with them.
Sleeping in the next morning (not waking up at our usual 5:30 time) felt really nice. We had plenty of time to get ready, eat breakfast, and get to church. We thoroughly enjoyed the service, and when we returned "home", Nich and I had the fun of seeing Gloria and Josiah open their gifts from us before a scrumptious lunch prepared by Mama Spurrier.
Ben and Annabel's wedding was that evening, in northern Maryland at a tree nursery called Shade Trees and Evergreens, so we made preparations -- Nich and I are quickly learning there are a few more things to consider when children are involved -- and were on our way!
The wedding was gorgeous and thoroughly coordinated. I'll let you see for yourselves:
The reception was catered by a Korean catering company, so Nich and I were able to wholeheartedly indulge in food we don't normally get to eat. Both Ben and Annabel have Korean roots, and there were several Korean friends at the wedding, which was fun to see.
We attended another outdoor fall wedding yesterday. This one was in the morning, and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect autumn day. The ceremony was on the tenth hole at The Top o' the World Golf Resort (because the date was 10.10.10). The view over Lake George was fabulous. The reception was a ton of fun, too. On their wedding website, Adam and Shana had a spot where you could request songs (I told you about this a couple posts ago), and our song was the first to be played after the traditional reception events. Thankfully, there were some little kids who kept us company on the dance floor!
I didn't even think to bring our camera this time -- I'm blaming my pregnancy brain -- but hopefully, Adam and Shana will post pictures soon, and I'll try to share any if I can.
"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner