Saturday, August 12, 2017

Family Time

There is a good chance that the next several posts may include food!  With Caleb home for a short time he has a list of mom cooked meals he wants before he heads back to school.  Top on his list every visit home is bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos.  

This kid must have an iron stomach because he can usually put away about eight jalapenos in one sitting! The lower right picture was him coming into the kitchen for a few more peppers! 

Jon snapped a picture of Caleb and the girls playing Monopoly while waiting for dinner.  

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. Genesis 9:3

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Other College Kid

We now have two kids in college!  I'm not sure how time passed that quickly.  Abigail is taking dual credit classes at Collin County College.  Her college adviser at Lubbock Christian University gave her a recommended list of classes that she can knock out in high school and then begin college as a sophomore. 

I'm not sure she has finalized which college she will be attending but the advice was confirmed by a couple of the other schools we visited. 

Today she registered for the classes and ordered her books.  She stacked her classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that we con complete the remainder of her high school course work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding—  Proverbs 2:2

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Personal Chef

Today Abigail was responsible for preparing dinner, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and fresh tomato slices!  Oh my, it was delicious!  And as if that wasn't enough later we enjoyed homemade blueberry cheesecake.  The cheese cake is an old family recipe complete with blueberries we picked and canned in the Spring.  

If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us. Numbers 10:32

Sunday, August 6, 2017

All Together

The best day of the week is always the Lord's Day!  This is the first Sunday with Caleb home for the summer.  He's spent 10+ weeks working at the Lakewood Church of Christ in Baytown, Texas.  We just have a few weeks until he heads back to school for his junior year at Lubbock Christian University. 

Singing together, praying together, taking communion, reading scripture with the body of Christ the meets at McDermott Road, absolutely my favorite way to spend the day!  

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn. Matthew 26:27-30

Friday, August 4, 2017

Wedding Aftermath

After the wedding all the family took some time to kick our feet up for a little bit before we began clean up duty.  I don't think any of us had cake or punch until this moment!  Whew, it went off with a hitch! 

A Time to Celebrate

The reception hall was standing room only!  So much love surrounding this sweet couple.  The girls and I hung out serving the reception line.  Even Jon joined in on the fun serving punch! It was a great spot to greet all the sweet friends that had driven up to celebrate Richard and Melissa.  Not only was there a caravan of friend that drove up from Plano, many friends also drove down from Lubbock Christian University and Oklahoma Christian University! 

Wedding Bells

The wedding was absolutely beautiful.  I didn't take any photos during the wedding, but here are a few that friends took and shared with me. The service was an excellent reflection of who Richard and Melissa are as individuals and as a couple.  We are so happy for them and pray God's richest blessing for their marriage.

It was wonderful to see the church building and reception hall filled with so many friends.  I think almost everyone who received an invitation was there, which is a testimony to how much they are loved.  Of course there were family members but there were also so many home school friends and church friends that drove up from Plano for the event.  

I love the picture of Melissa and her Dad walking down the aisle with her smile.  The photographer definitely captured her beauty and gracious spirit in this photo! 

Wedding Party Photos

Richard and Melissa had most of their wedding photos taken beforehand at Melissa's parent's home. These are just a few of my favorites. While they were taking pictures Donna texted me a few shots of the boys goofing off.  The pictures all turned out so wonderful! 

Pre-Wedding Fun

I have so many pictures from the wedding so I'm just going to upload them in multiple posts for today! The girls got ready at the hotel and then we headed to the church building for final wedding preparations.  Donna and I cooked five fruit cobblers for the groom's table.  Richard wanted cobbler instead of a cake. The girls finished up the decorations on the reception table.  While we were doing set up the wedding party went over to the Lowe's property for photos.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Boy is Getting Married

My blonde son is getting married.  I'm not even sure where to begin with this post!  Some thirteen years ago the blonde boy walks into Caleb's Bible class and Caleb introduces himself.  Caleb and Richard have been the best of friends since that day.   They have battled out many light saber wars; put together tens of thousands Lego bricks; and seen every Star Wars movie together.  

The boys have learned to drive together.  They have played basketball on the same team.  They have competed in Bible Bowl together for ten years.  The two have participate in years of drama club, speaker's club and book club with the fabulous Ms. Kathy. They have conducted song leading together with Mr. Jordan and LTC speech with Mr. Cooner.  

Together our families have been on probably 100 field trips together over the past decade.  That doesn't begin to include the trips to the Texas State Fair or Six Flags.  The two have spent summers working together at Hawaiian Falls, rooming together at LTC and somewhere in there we also went to church together. 

And now this young man, is getting married.  I can't begin to fathom how time passed so quickly! I can't say I haven't thought about this moment, you know wondering who each of the boys would select as mate.  Trying to visualize what that ideal woman for each of them looks like.  But there was no doubt in my mind that this red-headed beauty would be Richard's wife.  I knew before he did.  In fact, I told Abigail that she would be the one Richard married, before they were actually dating.

I can't explain it.  She is everything I would want for my son, yes even if he's not biologically my son!   Melissa loves the Lord with all her heart and it's a active love, one that compels her to action not just words.  She values family, seeks to build others up, she's genuine, she's smart and driven.  She brings out the best in Richard.  

I'm sure this post was supposed to be about the rehearsal, the reunion of good friends and the delicious dinner, that all goes without saying.  What I hope you take away from this post is how happy I am for my boy.  I'm excited for their future and their journey with the Lord. 

I'm beyond thrilled that tomorrow we will celebrate with the Gungans, with the Lowes, with friends from LCU, with church and home school friends from Plano the union of these two.  I'm thrilled that our family Kirkwoods/Gungans only grows bigger tomorrow.  I am excited for the new memories and experiences Richard and Caleb will share tomorrow as Groom and Best-Man.  

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her Ephesians 5:25