Tuesday, March 13, 2007

School Night at the SK8 Center

Last night was C's skate night for her elementary school, and I got to take E, C, and Hugger to roller skate. It was great fun -- seeing C with her school friends for the first time, and sharing E's first skating experience. Their different personalities showed in their skating styles - and I enjoyed every minute.

Warming up in the children's area.

Pairs skating

Everything's more fun with a friend!

Do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around. That's what it's all about!!

Future speed skater!

As for me . . . it hasn't been too long since I've skated, but I decided since I was the designated driver it would be safest to keep my shoes on. :-) All in all, a wonderful night!

Safety Nicknames, Part 2

Referring to this earlier post about nicknames, the results are in!

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . the envelope . . . please. After much consideration, thought, meditation and flipping of the proverbial coin, the virtual nickel is awarded to Tracy, who suggested 'Hugger' as a nickname for D. Strem earns two virtual pennies for second place with 'Bear Hug.' From this day henceforth and forevermore, D. shall be known as Hugger, for obvious reasons.

There were no suggestions for thefatherofthemall (which
looks more like The Father of The Mall, instead of The Father of Them ALL), so he will be called 'Father.' How's that for originality?!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Wunnerful, Wunnerful, Wunnerful!

I've started several times to write about Liz and George's wedding last weekend, but have had lots of interruptions. We've had post-wedding chores, meetings and such put off until "after March 3rd," and then a virus that brought Teenager down and is working quickly on Whistle as well.

But - back to the wedding, and trying again. The final details were in place, and family and friends gathered from several states to witness the vows, and give the newlyweds their blessing. It was a Spirit-filled ceremony according to one observer, and I think others would agree. Both Liz and George feel blessed in God's provision for them in bringing them together, and their families have welcomed their 'new child,' feeling blessed in how they've come together. It's truly a circumstance where we can see that two have become one, and in bringing them together, God has made each of them complete.

As a mother, one of the riches blessings there is, is seeing our children grow up and knowing them as the wonderful adults they have become. When they are small, it's hard to visualize the next stage before it arises, but we must remember that every day has an impact on the future, and that we are ordained by God to care for HIS children -- they are not our own. Our work is set out before us before they are born, and it is a privilege and blessing to have the honorable names of Mother and Father. (Needless to say, it's not always easy, and none of us are perfect, but we'll save that for another post on a different day!)

Thanks to each of you who came to be with us, and those who were not able to come, but were praying. We love you all.
Virtual nickels to those who recongnize the phrase, Wunnerful, Wunnerful! It helps to be of our generation or older. :-)

Other Unsung Heroes

Cousin Jeremy, Videographer

Best friend since 1st grade, Kerry, who took care of all the fresh flowers. Special thanks to her parents, Steve and Anne, and sister Sadie and her fiance, Blake, for ALL they did for the reception. You are amazing!

Hairsylists, (nephew-sitters, pressers, and servers), Becka and Susanna.

If you'd like to see more photos from the wedding, Ben and Julie have posted a link on their blog to the pics they took. Under the heading Mother's Others on this page, see Count Your Blessings. Thanks, Ben and Julie for sharing!

Unsung Heroes

Elder Richard H, (Uncle Dickie), who came from Texas to take part in the wedding ceremony.

Tracy, Wedding coordinator, Seamstress.

Chris, Parking coordinator

Dan,, Trumpet fanfare (pictured with Miss Hannah)

Other unsung heroes include Uncle Victor and Aunt Elaine H. for their wildflower honey, Michelle and Lydia for helping with the bubbles, and Earlene for her help with the cake and cake table. Also - the members and friends of New Liberty Primitive Baptist Church, who finished the renovation of the church building in time for the festivities. I'm sure there are others I'm not thinking of - but we appreciate all who attended, helped, and prayed.

And, a photo of the youngest wedding guest, Preston. Welcome to the world, Preston!