Sunday, August 27, 2017

Countdown to the Double!

One year ago we had no idea THIS would be our current family project!
It has been so very sweet to walk with our dear ones through this amazing season of life.
These are little snapshots from the past week or two of preparations. 
 
Beautifying and painting at the Bontrager Farm.  Brothers are prime recruits. :)
Green smoothies by the half gallon. Any guesses who can drink this entire thing?
Blessings and thank you notes abound! Amazed by the kindness of so many sweet friends.
Somewhere between wedding list, reception list, home and car and honeymoon and vows and guests and flowers and menu lists, Charlie volunteered as chauffeur and squeezed in a charming sibling lunch! 
Crosby Virginia gets the award for Most Adorable Toothless Maid of Honor.
Lord willing, we get to keep one girl here for a few more years. Whew!
Fine tuning those cooking skills. Nice to have an assistant. :) 
Love is in the air AND in the concrete!! Carson made this for Lina. 
This Sunday lunch thing is serious business. :)
 Note the pristine watermelon center and the rather wild coleslaw corner. Ha!
We may be single handedly keeping Amazon in business.
When you live way out in the country, PRIME means a lot! :) 
Dashed in the store after a dress fitting with Carolina and ran into Cassidy who was doing her own errands! We all ended up converging for a conference in the very cute dish section. 
 40 cases of water bottles heading home for de-labeling and ICE.
Every once in awhile you just gotta show up at church in the same thing! 
Scene by the front door these days: collection of boxes, bags, purses, samples and STUFF!
'Tis a brave soul! Daddy has been our family barber for years and rarely misses.
 Ha. No pressure. :)
Our brides! For those of you who may not know, Joshua and Carson's older brother Mitchell is getting married one day later. This is Mitchell's beautiful Bryn, and a shower for the three Mrs. Bontrager's was a hoot. :)  
Very fun shower hosted by the Bontrager Aunties.  
Cassidy's noteworthy assistant was quite thrilled to help in exchange for this!
God has been so faithful to send Cass and Lina fantastic finds at
consignment and thrift stores. This day there was practically
a whole house on the floor! 
Shower hosted by the dear ladies from church. Pink tool kits! SOOOOO much fun!
Sisters and love and joyful things for happy homes!
Bridesmaids practicing hair on the way to church. :)
One more marvelous thing about adding new sons to the mix is double dates.
So much fun to visit over dinner, lunch, breakfast or coffee!
One of Daddy's highlights has been "talking breakfasts" with
Josh and Carson MANY early mornings this year.
Thankful for our house and especially the PORCH!
 It has been our gathering place all summer for meals and fellowship.
 Sometimes that love in your heart just overflows! 
Oh boy. Sometimes the fridge does, too!
Chap and Campbell in the removal and restoration business.  
2 brides plus 2 grooms equals fabulous executive meetings on the fly.
This is not you average boardroom. :)
Thankfully they have been working out details together for years.
Everybody in the same place for a family brunch, family workday and a family walk and bike ride.
Wahoo! So happy to be together as this is a LITTLE hard to come by these days! 
 Decided we better also grab a family picture.
 These are the times that try men's souls?! 
If we could just all fit on the swing!!
The duck paddling wildly under the water while trying be calm on top HAS come to mind lately, but the Lord was good and it only took us 1 hour instead of 5! Ha. Improving as the years go by. 
Thankful, thankful, thankful for God's faithfulness to each of us.
Praying for the many details of the next few days.
Would love for you to join us in asking the Lord for peace, rest, order, good weather and stretched time.
May God be glorified every step of the way. 

2 comments:

Elizabeth. said...

Love love love!!

Bethany Myers said...

Congratulations for the brides! Thank you for all the wonderful updates. I am praying for blessings in everything. Would you please do a post on your home? It's so beautiful. I would love to see how you remodeled throughout. I don't think there has been a post since you first started the job. Love in Christ, Bethany