For the past year or so, we have been getting together with group of friends from our church every few weeks for dinner and fellowship. We don’t have a set day to meet, we just play it by ear and try to see each other when we are all in town and available. We realized recently that it had been way too long since our last get together and it was time to make it happen. So we corralled everyone to our house last night.
The Builder coordinated everything, specifically the menu. He wanted us to all make a breakfast casserole. What on earth?! I love this man to my core but sometimes I think he is just plain crazy. I’m not a big casserole person to begin with so the idea of breakfast casseroles made me a little nauseous… all the eggs, butter, sausage and bacon. Four things that I *claim* to not like at all.
*Turns out, I am a huge fan of all of the above. Who knew?
Dave made a mexican breakfast lasagna. He totally made this up in his head and it was delicious. I am physically incapable of such nonsense. I need a recipe. That I follow to the very last detail (and, half the time, we still end up just ordering pizza because I didn’t quite get it right).
I wish I would have taken a photo of this dish, it looked (almost) as good as it tasted. Unfortunately, I came home after a very long and stressful day a little late for the party and just jumped right in to the food and laughter. By the time I thought to take a photo of the food, it was all down to the very last bite. Not so appetizing.
Susan made a dish from The Pioneer Woman’s arsenal. It was a concoction that included cream cheese, mushrooms, eggs, pita chips, and bacon (I’m sure I’m missing a few of the ingredients). Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Oh. My. Word. It was incredible. That Pioneer Woman is my hero.
We also had Marci’s breakfast potatoes and apple bread (YUMMY!), Hailey & Allan’s crab and some-other-good-stuff breakfast pie type thingy (I’m so sure that’s the actual name), and Jessica and Carey’s egg and sausage casserole goodness (again, that is likely the real name of the dish, go with it).
|Some of the group eating and catching up…we never ALL sit down and eat at the same time. There are too many kids to chase!|
We are SUPER casual at this dinner since there are as many children under the age of 4 as there are adults…that’s just a recipe for a lack of fine china, don’t ya’ think?
|The colors are all off in this photo but I just LOVE this smile…|
|Checking out Baby Morgan. Nathan was very interested…Ben, however, did not like me holding him. Not at all.|
|Nathan decided to sit in the bouncy chair we brought down for Morgan. Doesn’t he look guilty of something here?|
|Taking a break from jumping to have a drink 🙂|
|Sadie and Nathan hugging. So sweet!!|
|Precious baby Morgan|
|Destroying the play room … it took about two minutes for the destruction.|
|Sadie loves the slide that “Ben-and-Nathan’s-Dad” made (& she calls me “Ben-and-Nathan’s-Mom”)|
We were missing some of the kiddos last night since Hailey’s mom was in town and watching her girls and Marci & Craig took Joseph home early for bed. Still, the boys had so much fun playing with Sadie and we had such a relaxing and refreshing evening with our friends. It was exactly what I needed after a long day. God knew that I needed to be surrounded by warmth and friendship and laughter last night.
We also took the chance to celebrate our precious friend, Susan and her big news. She announced on Wednesday that she has been selected for a new appointment as the District Superintendent for the Southeast District of the Arkansas United Methodist Conference (whew…that is a mouthful!) and will consequently be leaving our church as the Associate Pastor.
I am so happy for Susan and know that God has chosen her for this new role because she will be able to make a huge impact in our state. I am selfishly very sad at the same time. Susan, Justin and Sadie will have to move to another city about four hours south of us and it’s hard to know that they won’t be just down the road anymore.
Dave and I love this family and cherish their friendship. And, the boys adore Sadie. We know God’s plans are good and we know this is His will but our hearts are still heavy.
Susan’s friendship has meant so much to Dave and I.
During our struggles and pain dealing with infertility, Susan was walking alongside us. She empathized with us, encouraged us and prayed for us.
After I went into pre-term labor with the boys and was flown to Little Rock, she visited us at the hospital and lifted us up in prayer. Once I was given clearance to move to the hotel instead of the hospital, she provided us with the get-away car and companionship for our only escape to a dinner on the “outside.”
She was the first visitor to the hospital after the boys were born. She lifted our sweet boys up in prayer so many times.
She baptized Ben and Nathan. There was no question that we wanted Pastor Susan to be the one to perform this sacred ceremony.
She has been our pastor, a mentor and a friend and I am so incredibly thankful God brought her into our lives. I am so proud of her and know that she will go on to do incredible things to build God’s kingdom!