Thursday, July 28, 2011

home again.

Spending the summer in Southeast Asia was ... awesome.  I'll be sharing more as time goes on, but today the process of sorting through all my images from the past two months has begun, and I couldn't wait to show a few...

[A nighttime view from the rooftop of our apartment. Bangkok, Thailand.]

[The Grand Palace.  Bangkok, Thailand.]

[Sunrise over the beach. Hua Hin, Thailand.]

jill <><

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Josh & Sarah | 7.21.11

We now know where Whitesburg, KY (Letcher Co.) is! What extraordinary scenery! Incredible mountains! We loved it and the people we met! Those two words ... extraordinary and incredible don’t suffice to describe the day ahead!  But before we even begin, I feel as though we should just go ahead and say it. Thank you. To Josh and Sarah. Some of you have known them certainly longer than we have, yet in this short time, our lives have been so enriched by them. Yet, it even goes beyond that. What a great privilege to meet their families and their friends. Josh and Sarah love people ... of all ages. And they are dearly loved in return! So evidenced by those who participated with their presence and those many who gave of themselves and time to make their wedding day a celebration with memories for a lifetime!

So thank you Josh and Sarah for including us! We felt welcome from the very beginning! (Wouldn’t you if you arrived at your place of stay and discovered this!  They thought of everything!)

Even though the evening before had been overcast and rainy ... (loved the fog on the mountains!) ...

... the morning would bring lots of sunshine.  AND, the day would be filled with beautiful details,
    some tears, and much laughter.

Several times throughout the course of getting ready for the day ahead we heard Sarah's exclamation (as only she could do it) ... and this time I caught her expression. 

“I’m getting marrrrrrrrrried today!” [Sarah]

In nothing are we as rich as in our memories;
they are pictures painted by our hearts,
and nothing can erase them. -Flavia

Everything about the day was extraordinary. THIS was priceless. Sarah's dad waiting to see her. 
The moments that followed are certainly to cherish. 

Josh.  We liked him from the time we first met a number of weeks ago.  Always smiling. And, on this day, we discovered he was very resourceful.  The guys had SOME set-up... several tvs hooked up with video games.  Hilarious!  And since they were getting ready in the choir room, it just seemed natural that there should be a "maestro" at the piano. (A one-finger melody I recall.) Such great friendships among the guys!

Yes.  These are the "men in black."

Definitely a sense of anticipation don't you think?

 "We love because He first loved us."
                                                            I John 4:19

Finally, it was time to get a few shots outdoors. Rather warm out there.  Did I say that it was
soooooo hot!  We love these!! 

A favorite!  Loved the enthusiam of EVERYONE!
(Here you are Sarah! What about over the fireplace?!)

A perfect place for a reception for two teachers!  The school cafeteria!  Not like any one we'd ever seen. Especially after Sarah and Co. put on the finishing touches! I have an idea that Josh and Sarah will continue to make a huge impact in the lives of the students whom they come in contact with!

Notice the scoreboard on the football field!

Flying high.  Huge applause and cheers as they made their entrance!  I think Josh likes it! 

The details were lovely!  From the magnolia centerpieces to the personalized square in the middle of the floor.  And the food ... delicious!        

First dance.

Wow!  Two of the most beautiful cakes! 
 In case you are wondering, the scoreboard read ...
"Kentucky Wildcats - 20.  Ohio State 7."

Just a little sweet honey from Josh and Sarah to each of their guests.  I'm not for sure, but between the two of them, I don't believe there was anyone who went unhugged by one of them. Their arms were wide and their love was big for family and friends.

Okay. So we knew the evening would wrap up at some point. You can't see the phenomenal fireworks show that started up as Josh and Sarah were exiting!  What a great idea!  And just look at that Sarah.  She is still sparkling!

Josh and Sarah so pointedly chose every aspect of their day to bring honor and glory to the Lord. Truly, that was reflected in the music so beautifully played during their ceremony.

In Christ alone, my Hope is found
He is my Light, my Strength, my Song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I [we] stand.

Blessings and congratulations to you both, Josh and Sarah.

... now and forever.

Thank you for allowing us to share in your day.  - Kay