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