June & Another Update!

June has been was (WHAT?! WHERE did June go?!) a crazy month. The 8 weeks Eldon had off from seminary was just about the only “rest” we experienced.

The first weekend, my sweet sister got married! It was a perfect day, even the rain cleared off so she could get some gorgeous pictures outside! Everything was absolutely beautiful – from the vows to the back drops, the ceremony to the live music – it was just so sweet! Many happy tears and excitement that day!

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Sweet family!
1) Thanks mom & dad for the good genes (don’t they look GOOD?!)
2) So fun that I have a brother now! Didn’t we find some pretty handsome guys?
3) Even more fun that we are now a family of 6! I love that this is what our “family photo” looks like – at least for now. I hear babies come next…(p.s.  I know you want to ask us both but please don’t)

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Such a fun and good looking wedding party too!

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We didn’t rest much after the wedding weekend. A few days later Eldon & I (along with my parents) were off to NYC for the much anticipated trip!

Went on a dinner cruise on the Hudson River…

Visited Elis Island and The Statue of Liberty…

Visited the One World Observatory and The 9/11 Memorial…

Not pictured…Yankee’s game, Six Flags, Times Square, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, Wicket at the Gershwin Theatre, dinner as a group at a local Irish Pub, 5th Avenue…we really packed it all in!

And we did it all with 178 high school band kids!
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How did we do it?! With 34 of the most incredible staff and chaperones and 2 wonderful tour guides. What a TEAM! Chaperones!

The kids performed on the Flight Deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid.

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And the proof that we were in fact on this trip – our one and ONLY selfie. It’s hard to capture all of the fun when you are trying to cross a Manhattan street with 213 people. We were exhausted every night – but the kids were safe & had a blast the entire time (so did we)!

As a staff we spent over a year planning and preparing for this trip. But no matter how much you plan, taking 178 students and 34 adults 26 hours away from home is nerve-wracking! I’m not sure how we did it, but the entire process will definitely be on my “top ten” list of favorite memories.

To all the students, staff, and parents who helped make this trip possible – THANK YOU! You all are the true rock-stars & I am so thankful to be part of this family.

When we got back we hit the ground running to pack up my parents for their move at the end of June, which included a (rather large) 3 Family moving sale and a (rather large) move.

We have many sweet memories in my parents home, but we also know it isn’t the house that makes it home. It’s the grace, the love, the encouragement, the joy, the laughter, the good and hard times, the life that is lived with your people. It’s also exciting to look forward to the new memories we will make as a family of six (or more) in their new home!

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The end of June brought another big change – my contract with the school district ended and I started working full time at New Heights Church Bentonville as the Administrative Assistant.  I am nervous about how God stretching me but also incredibly excited to be a part of this team! God’s grace is so evident in every facet of this decision. Eldon and I are incredibly humbled to be a part of what God is doing at NHB!

So, here we are, mid-July. Seminary is back in full swing for Eldon, we are adjusting to a very new and different rhythm of life, and praying about where God is leading us individually and as a couple. Maybe someday I will actually sit down and write something substantial. But for now..hope you enjoyed another update!

Blessings!