We’ll be posting the pictures in a number of sequential installments, as you can tell, we’re just beginning :-).
“That prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers. . .” (2 Chronicles 30:19).
Our dear friends, the R. family, made it possible for our nursing home friends to watch the wedding. It was such a delight that they were able to see! Here are some thoughts from Mrs. R. on how it went.
“The residents truly enjoyed the ceremony. We all did; it was beautiful and so Christ centered. It was so special to the residents that they could watch. And, of course, they were completely amazed that it was taking place so far away and they could see it through the computer!”
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
It’s hard to know where to start with sharing about the wedding. We’ll wait to post some thoughts on the day itself for another post, so I’ll back up to Friday. Friday morning, after several “groups” of us were out running errands, we met together at the Hamilton’s to have family Bible time and lunch. It was wonderful to be all together: Grandad, Grandma, Aunt Tami, Uncle Rob, Nathan, Melanie, and the girls all flew in Thursday evening. We are excited that they made it safely.
Friday afternoon was busy as details came together, with the rehearsal starting at 3. Christopher had everything organized, and we ran through the rehearsal twice. It was starting to feel real as we practiced :-). It was a joy to be apart of the rehearsal and all the work Christopher and Anna Marie had put into planning a God-honoring wedding. Afterward, we all gathered in the fellowship hall for dinner and time to share. We want to express a huge thank you to Mrs. Mari, who posts comments here on the blog. She graciously planned and organized the entire dinner, which was such an incredible blessing. Thank you, dear Mrs. Mari. 🙂
After the delicious dinner, we had a time where several shared, and then Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary shared through music. One VERY special part was a song Joseph wrote to be able to sing at the younger five’s weddings, but they decided to share it at Christopher’s. It was an incredible sweet time as we all listened. Christopher had no idea they had been working on the song (and practicing MANY hours). Then, we also surprised Christopher and Anna Marie with a slide show of their growing up years. I had scanned in pictures over several Sunday’s in the summer, and Anna compiled ours and the Hamilton’s this week, which was a big project. It was a wonderful way to be able to reminiscence over their lives.
What a sweet, sweet, afternoon/evening we had! Truly, when the Lord brings the right person into one’s life, it’s worth the wait :-).
“And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee” (Deuteronomy 12:7).
We’ve decided to make it so that you can actually watch the Live Stream on our blog.
You should see the “play” button approximately 10-15 minutes before the wedding starts. If, five minutes beforehand, you don’t see the play button, click the little arrows in the bottom left corner of the box above which will refresh your page and should allow you to click the play button. After you have the live stream working, you can click the full screen button in the bottom right hand corner above.
Important note: There will be a special welcome to our Internet guests 10 minutes before the wedding officially starts, so if you don’t want to miss that :-)… You may also view the Wedding Program at this link (which will open up a new page on your browser).
Remember, the wedding begins Saturday, October 23rd, at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. We will go live about 10-15 minutes beforehand, so this translates to:
Thank you for rejoicing with us as we celebrate the marriage of Christopher and Anna Marie.
Sarah for the rest
“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified” (Psalms 70:4).