Twas the Week Before the Wedding

Twas the week before the wedding…….oh what a week! So many feelings these days. So many good times. I want to share with you a few pictures, memories, and thoughts from some of these last days before Chelsy gets married, moves out, and begins her new life in Kansas.

Our family has been blessed to be all together quite a few times lately, and we treasure every one of those memories. Of course, we will all have many more good times together after Chels is married, both without her and when she and John come back to visit, but these days of everyone (four households) living within ten minutes, and getting together without anyone missing, and all that…..well it’s going to be different once Chelsy moves away.

Chels made soft pretzels for us “one last time” before she leaves. They were as yummy as ever. Oh, how we do love that girl’s cooking! John will definitely be eating well.:)

So many people have been asking how I feel about it all…..my sister and best friend moving away, and all that. That is another post for another time (and I do promise to share more later), but for now suffice it to say that I am soaking up these last days living under the same roof with her, having all the married siblings living within 10 minutes of the home place, all going to the same church, etc. Times are changing, but it is good change, prayed for, and really one of the very best things that’s happened in my entire life! I can’t tell you how happy I am for my dear sis to be marrying such a good, good man who she fits so perfectly. God is good.

It’s been said that,

“If you want to know how rich you are, find out how many things you have that money cannot buy.”

The past week- Christmas season + the last days before my dearest older sister gets married and moves out of state- has been a time of realizing how very, very rich I really am. Like the quote says, “in things money cannot buy.” Money can’t buy big happy family dinners, or close family relationships, or a peaceful home, or siblings who are best friends, or a loving church family, or good friendships.

This tribe…….no matter how far any of us move, our hearts will always be close. There is much to hold us together:

The memories we share, and the ones we have still to make.

The way we were together so much growing up– school together, Sundays together, family meals together, play time together, field trips together, music together.

The love we all have for the same Heavenly Father. 

The individual differences we celebrate– extroverts and introverts, classical music lovers and bluegrass music lovers, organizers and mess makers, coffee drinkers and tea drinkers (and the 3rd class of hot chocolate, with our cultured sis in loves bringing new drinks of chai and boba:), gluten eaters and gluten free-ers, spenders and savers, and so on and so forth.

The little idiosyncrasies we all share– throwing dinner rolls + potatoes + ketchup bottles at the table (it’s like eating at Lamberts every day!), speaking our minds (sometimes too freely), the strong love for all things dairy (bring on the butter!!!), our abhorrence of “substitutes” and certain packaged foods, that habit of losing sunglasses, drowning our chocolate cake in milk, a love of good deals, the need to go without a coat (for all males at all times of year), that terrible tendency to be late, and the list goes on and on.

 

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Memories from the Double Wedding 

September 1st, 2017- the day that my two “little brothers” would get married- dawned bright and beautiful. It was a perfect day, not nearly as warm as many September days, and not a drop of rain in sight. Since the wedding was to be outdoors, weather had been a big prayer request, and the Lord provided above what we could have imagined.

Everyone bustled about preparing that morning, and the anticipation and joy in the air could be felt!

There was plenty of coffee brewed for the family and bridal party milling about the house. Even a wedding day is better with coffee, in my opinion.:)

I will always treasure this picture. Being only 17 months apart, Carson and I pretty much went through different stages of life together. We spent hours playing out in the cow pasture or down by the creek with some mixture of various siblings. Every since about 2nd grade, he was better than me at math, which I didn’t mind because that meant I had a built-in study partner that could explain the problems to me. For awhile there was a bit of a power struggle when we were in our teens, because he was always very mature for his age and a super strong leader. And I, although not as mature, was no less strong and stubborn. But after a rough year or two, things got better and I learned to value his strength and leadership instead of seeing it as a threat. He has provided counsel, leadership, comaraderie, and stability in my life as a trusted friend and my dear little/big brother.

I still remember the night last winter when I was really missing him and just feeling like I was missing out on his life (as he was back home). I texted him and told him just that, and he immediately called me and we talked for an hour. I will never forget that phone call. It was right around Valentines Day, and as we chatted he filled me in on everything going on in his relationship with Carolina. I realized that night how very “in love” he was- falling hard and fast for this Lina-girl.

Carson is an amazing guy, and I always said that he needed a wife that was very strong, practical, and hard working. I somehow thought that a girly girl just wouldn’t be his type, but an adventurous, creative, strong, low-maintenance country girl. Carolina is all that and more. Together they are a dynamic due- they say it like it is, don’t waste time or money on frills, and they can make the pieces fly!

Josh grew up when I wasn’t watching. I distinctly remember that night last August that he said he wanted to talk with Chels and I. I didn’t think much about it, cause we have sibling chats a lot, and I just figured it was something about his college studies or general life. When he said, “Well, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been praying about Cassidy, and I’m planning to ask her”, my heart about stopped! WHAT?! My mind was thinking something like, “My little brother Josh??!!  No way is he old enough to ask a girl!!!!  When did this happen?”

But sure enough, come to find out he was not only old enough to ask a girl, but mature enough too. And after he and Cassidy started their relationship in September, I was amazed to watch him lead her and pursue her heart. It was truly beautiful! The first few times he took her out on dates I was still having a bit of a “Is this really happening?” shock, but eventually reality set in. I treasure all the talks we had during this time. He was always asking good questions, wanting to learn more about how to be the sensitive, caring servant leader that his girl needed.

My  brother, Josh, although steady and laid back, is one of the hardest working men I know. All at the same time, he balanced his relationship with Cassidy, a full time job, and getting his Bachelors degree in Communications in 15 months. It was intense, but I loved watching his tenacity as he would get up in the wee hours of the morning to study, then work hard all day, and take his beloved on a date in the evening. It was as if there was a prize before him, and nothing could stop him.

These two beautiful ladies were THRILLED to pieces to get all prettied up for being in this epic bridal party!!!! What a party it was!

Our two families up there on the wagon, singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, truly felt like a piece of Heaven on earth. My heart was so full, remembering on all God’s goodness and grace leading up to this day.

These relationships had been bathed in prayer, so it made sense that the Big Day would be, too.

Oh, they were so happy to be MARRIED!!!!!

MR. + MRS. AT LAST!!!

The cake cutting was truly hilarious! The caption says it all.:)

Joshua and Cassidy so delicately gave each other a small bite, while Carson and Carolina did a gigantic smash! It was very indicative of their personalities and relationship dynamics.

What a powerhouse each of these couples are.

I love seeing them serving Christ together!

“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3

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Memories from Mitchell + Bryn’s Wedding Day

Mitchell and Bryn’s Wedding Day was amazing. I managed to snap a few photos in between all the celebrating! The morning started out bright and early with coffee out with this dear friend from Canada.

Her latte + my Americano. Stupendous, especially after the previous full day and short night!

Mitch and have always been very close, and seeing him marry the love of his life was one of the most special things I’ve ever experienced.

The morning was dragging for him. Since he and Bryn decided not to see each other before the ceremony, he was not only super excited to get married, but missing his girl all morning long! I got to deliver their letters to each other. It was sweet.:)

And seeing my handsome bro all ready to marry his love………was amazing. He looked so sharp, and he was definitely the most excited he’s ever been!

Rebs and I (along with Chels and Liz and several other gals) were bridesmaids. The special room set aside for the bridesmaids, maids of honor, and bride was buzzing all morning with activity as everyone excitedly prepared.

It was a beautiful picture of Jesus and His bride- Mitchell waiting to come for his bride, and Bryn meticulously preparing for the arrival of her groom. It was beyond amazing……truly it was holy. How will it be when Christ comes back for His church? Oh that we would be ready and preparing ourselves with just such love and anticipation as Bryn had that day.

Taylor and I got to walk together in the bridal party.

I think this is my favorite picture of the whole day. The word that comes to mind is “sacred”, because it truly was.

And this is my second favorite picture! Mitchell swept her off her feet, they kissed, and they were off!

“Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let They glory be above all the earth.” Psalm 57: 5

Truly, a good and holy marriage brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, and His name is lifted up when a couple builds their union upon Him. The only thing better than Mitchell and Bryn’s wedding day is seeing Christ glorified as they love each other and serve Him together in marriage.

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Why There’s No Money Monday Today

Hey friends!

I am popping in with a quick blog note from my phone to let y’all know that I won’t be posting a Money Monday post today.

I just didn’t prioritize last week to get it done ahead of time, and today (after a rather full previous week of packing, travels, 6 concerts in 5 days, and tasks) my family was taking a rest day and I wanted to be fully present for that. Thanks for understanding! 

And that’s all! I am off to enjoy the rest of this day! 

-Allison

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