Sunday, January 3, 2010

What a Way to Start the New Year!

Imagine starting the New Year as a new bride??

The day after New Year's, we had the privilege of attending the wedding of the oldest daughter of our pastor from our beloved church back in SC. He and his wife have a wonderul family of ten children, all of them good-looking, enthusiastic and fun-loving! Kristi is an outstanding young woman, who has been guarding her heart and patiently waiting for many years for the right young man to come along. She has decided that Nikolai was well worth the wait!!!

Kristi and Nik are both so blessed to have grown up in godly homes where they were encouraged to maintain high standards of personal purity, both physically and emotionally. Now, they are reaping what they have sown, as they enter into the covenant of marriage without the battle scars that most young people bring into a marriage. Their faces radiated with Joy, as you can see in the snapshot below!

Tiffany and Kristi were friends growing up, and it must be so encouraging to Tiffany to see that Kristi's faith and patience were rewarded with a godly, handsome hunk like Nik! :) Likewise, I know Nik has been blessed with a rare and valuable "model P31" for a wife!

(If you don't know what a "P31" is, read Proverbs 31:10-31!)

It appears that Kristi's brothers have been busy! Don't you love the "honeymoon chaperone" on top of the get-away car???? ;)

Here are a couple pictures of my crew taken at the reception. This is everyone but Alan (who was at home with his Mom), Josh (who was in Ohio with my sister for the week) and Matt. (I don't know where he was - he seldom misses the chance to be the focus of a camera flash!) And we picked up an extra one -- Bethany, Kristi's younger sister and Ashlyn's best friend for the past fourteen years!

We left early the next morning to head back to Georgia. We had carefully crafted our plans, so that I would pick up Josh at the Atlanta airport around 11:30 am, then drop off Taylor at college in LaGrange, and continue on home. However, not long after we got on the road, Josh texted us to say that his flight had been "indefinitely delayed" due to mechanical problems with the plane!!! Oh no! When we reached the Atlanta airport, Joshua's plane still hadn't taken off!! :( So, we stopped for lunch and hoped Josh would get on a flight. But, Joshua waited with no flight in sight. So, we decided to drive another hour south and take Taylor back to college.

This is his dorm. (Believe me, it looks better on the outside than it does on the inside!)

And here are the chilly good-byes.

Before leaving LaGrange we checked with Josh -- still no flight plan! So, we continued our journey home. Everyone was getting tired of traveling, so we stopped at a convenience store and I told the children they could pick out a little snack. Notice what Joe wanted to get for his "little snack!" Ha ha!!! :)

We made it home about 4:30 pm. By the time we got home, Alan was headed north to pick up Josh at the airport. He brought clothes for the night, just in case . . . But, Josh eventually got on a flight, and he enjoyed a free dinner at Chili's in the ATL airport while he waited for Alan to arrive! The weary traveler arrived home about 10:30 pm. Joshua's last words for the day were, "It's good to be home. I'll tell you about it tomorrow." And he went to sleep!


Rebecca's Refining said...

It looks like it was a beautiful wedding.
So sorry about the way the events unfolded on Sunday.....God's ways are not always our ways! I am so glad Josh finally arrived home safely...and that he could go home to three bathrooms!! :)
I have to laugh at you thinking Georgia could possibly be "chilly" should have been in Ohio! :)

Christie said...

It was so good to see you at the wedding! Sorry we didn't get to talk more... it felt like there were SO many people there! I'm so excited for Kristi!!! And may I just say that I'm oh-so-glad that all the Cook boys hadn't grown up so much at my wedding.... the lipstick and air fresheners were plenty enough for me! *grin*

Heather said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
You have such a nice family! Wow, 10 kids, I just have one little boy so far. :)
Looks like you had fun on New Year's day at a wedding.
My best friend was married last New Year's Eve.

busymomof10 said...

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L.H. said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time! What a beautiful couple and a beautiful way to start the new year!

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Happy New Year!

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