Friday, the Rehearsal Day

Rehearsal day dawned snowy, and the snow continued most of the day. Dad, Mom, Anna, and Mary focused on the rehearsal dinner and decorating. Jesse also helped by cutting a lot of fresh evergreens, and then he drove the girls to a nearby Amish store before taking them to the church.

The extended family, Jesse and I spent time helping at the reception site (both the church and reception site were a little distance away). I loved seeing the teamwork of friends pitching in and getting a task done that would be impossible for just one family!

The rehearsal began late afternoon. When you factor a wedding party of over 30 people, well, details are important.

With ten little ones being bell ringers and flower girls, there was sure to be some drama. The drama came from an unexpected person: Danny. We really thought Benjamin would be the one, but no, Danny. With all of the activity and being separated from Daddy/Mommy, he fell apart in tears at the idea of walking down the aisle. They gently worked with him Friday evening and Saturday morning to see if he would acclimate to the idea, but on that timeline it was a bridge too far for this little 18-month old. He didn’t walk down the aisle with the group, instead, his daddy held him during the ceremony.

We ran through the order of events and practiced recessing and coming in, and things seemed to go well. This meant we were one step closer to the WEDDING!

After the rehearsal, we moved downstairs. We are so grateful to our friends who came all the way from the East Coast, West Virginia, and Idaho to help!

We served smoked meatballs over rice with brown gravy, salad, rolls, and brownies. When dinner was over, for those who were still around, we had a sweet time of prayer. Then, back to the hotel to try to get some sleep before the big day!


Breakfast with Nathan’s littles

Dad and I grabbed coffee at the local coffee shop and met up with friends. The snow was picture perfect!

Great selfie! Anna, Cathy Jo, Faith, and Mary

John grinding coffee for the reception.

Tina and I placed many napkins and spoons down on tables for the reception.

These girls did a beautiful job of decorating.

Joanna making brownies.

Mary and Toria.

The moms were a great kitchen team.

What an awesome decorating + kitchen team!


Jesse and my view as we drove to the rehearsal!

Selfie going on here.

Cute Benjamin

A full stage!

Lots of Maxwells and Bontragers!

I think Joshua and Drew made positively the cutest bell ringers ever!

Working on getting a system going here.

Guys, this was not my idea!


“And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you:
for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they
that wait for him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year! We’re grateful to the Lord Jesus for 2018 and what it will hold.

This past week has flown by in a blur, and the weekend’s events of John and Chelsy joining together in marriage were beautiful. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. John Maxwell!

I thought it’d be fitting to share with you the new Maxwell Family on Saturday!


“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him
in sincerity and in truth…”
Joshua 24:14