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.