Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lauren's Wedding <3 

I remember the first time I saw Lauren...beautiful, bubbly, joyful, constantly smiling blonde girl at a home school bowling event when I was probably 8 years old.  Since she was several years older than I was, my parents asked her to babysit my siblings and I a few times.  :)  At first she felt like an adopted big sister...but as I grew older she became a fast, very dear and close friend who was a kindred spirit in every possible way!  Our families house churched together, we were in Orchestra together, did music specials at Graham Community Church together, ATI conferences, countless bonfires and volleyball parties.   This past year, Lauren even has taken me to my Dr...and sat with me thru treatments...<3  Such a true friend! For several months I had the privilege of working together in an office with her.  SO fun to see her every day and do lunch together.  It was such a refreshing blessing to have a fellow Christian at work with me. Anytime we hung out it involved SO MUCH JOY!  She's one of the most joyful people I know and it's TOTALLY because of her love for Jesus and His love flowing THRU her! <3 I'd always leave our time together...whether from talking on the phone...or hanging out wanting to love Jesus more and be more dedicated to him.  And yesterday, she got married to the love of her life, Lucas Stewart!  I had first heard her mention him 7 years prior....but she didn't think he liked her. ;) She didn't know until he told her this past January that she's been on his mind all this time as well! <3  Oh, the faith, grace, strength and patience God blessed her with the last 7 years!  I LOVE their love story...totally a modern day fairytale because JESUS wrote it! <3  He writes the BEST Love Stories...every time! <3  As long as we trust Him..."God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him." Their wedding was beautiful...Lauren was BEYOND beautiful...their testimony to Jesus at work in their lives was beautiful...overall, it was just such a beautiful wedding! <3  Describe their wedding in ONE word..."beautiful". <3

Lauren is equally as precious to Becky! <3  One last hug before Lauren and Lucas take off. <3 Lucas lives in's moving far away. :-/  <3  “True friends are always together in spirit.” ~Anne Shirley

SO much runs thru my mind looking at the pictures below.  The long talks, the tears, the joy, the happy moments, the hard times, days of clear direction and purpose, days of questioning and working thru things that didn't make sense.....I could go on....but I think the best way to sum it up would be that Jesus has always been faithful...and He's allowed us to experience HIS faithfulness thru and in each others lives. What a blessing to have God put these dear friends in my life to walk some of this journey of life *together*.  
"All the rivers of Your grace I claim, over every promise write my name."

And they've been friends for just over 20 years...which will continue to eternity and beyond. <3 

 SO precious having Tiffany back from her year of being a missionary to Russia and spending time fellowshiping with her.   Speaking of marriages...TIFFANY is getting married in October!!  Super excited about that wedding, too. :)

Melanie, Me and Tiff! <3

 Tiffany and Becky. <3  Becky spent the month of June over in Russia with many precious kids lives were saved during that month!  I obviously wasn't able to be with them physically...but I sure was with them in spirit and in prayer. <3 

Can't get over the preciousness of these two! <3  I love loving Jesus with them.

Me, Becky, Cara and Tiffany! Friends I will cherish for a lifetime! 

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” 

 Our forever threesome! <3 Love these girls like my own sisters. <3

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."

“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
Even longer,' Pooh answered.” 

So for about 2 months the three of us get to be THREE different ages. :)  Cara, 25. Me, 26 and Becky, 27.  We've always had fun with that! :)  Cara will turn 26 on September then we'll be the same age again...and Becky just turned 27 a couple days ago.  Always fun being the same age as her for about a month. ;)  MANY good, cherished memories with these dear ones...<3 

"As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." ~Psalms 27:17

"The golden chain of friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by."

"A friend loveth at all times..." ~Proverbs 17:17a

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." ~Hebrews 12:1-2

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