Going Away…

Good morning everyone! I’m sitting here sipping my homemade chai latte, boiling some oatmeal, and keeping an eye on the washer and dryer. I am not entirely sure we will make it to church this morning…Brandon is headed off to Senior Camp in a couple hours, but thanks to all the Evy’s Tree fall material needing to be washed this week, my poor family’s clothes have been piling up. I was up super late last night trying to tackle the pile, and up early this morning as well….but Brandon can’t leave without clean clothes, so I’m sitting wishing a load would wash a little faster. ha. :)
In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some pictures from the little going away reception that the church staff prepared for Brandon and I. Apparently, when a staff member leaves, the rest of the staff puts together a little time where everyone can say goodbye and send well wishes. I have never personally been to one of these, so I had no idea what to expect when we were told the date. I most definitely was not expecting what we got…one of the church classrooms was completely cleared out and replaced with tables covered in table cloths, a beautiful lunch spread and a video montage of Brandon and I playing on the wall. It was LOVELY. We ate together and then almost everyone there spent some time and said some very kind and thoughtful things about Brandon {and me a little too :)}. It was so touching. Brandon and I joked that it felt like we were at our own funeral..everyone went above and beyond what we even imagined they would regarding our departure. 
Just before it was over, Pastor Lopez handed us two boxes to open…to my surprise they were two GORGEOUS Waterford Crystal vases. I’m not sure Pastor Lopez knew this or not, but I LOVE Waterford; my mom and Nannie always had Waterford goblets, vases, clocks, etc. and although I registered for Waterford when I registered for our wedding, we only received one beautiful large Vase. The two vases the staff bought us are matching vases in the line of crystal we picked out for our wedding. BIG TEARS…you all have no idea how special this was to us!!
Although I know many people had a hand in preparing the reception, I believe a huge thank you needs to go out Pastor Lopez and our good friends Josh and Alisha Rivas. From what I’ve been told, Pastor Lopez worked hard to schedule a day everyone could be there, Alisha went above and beyond to make everyone look beautiful, and Josh put together the video montage {which I hope to get from him and show on the blog, it was so cool!}. Thank you to you all! We love and appreciate you so much, what a special way to say goodbye to everyone!!
Here are a few pictures, courtesy of Josh Rivas :) 
The legendary Pastor Harry Meeks. ha :) 

Brandon’s plate of food…gone of course. :)

Some of the silly pictures from the video montage…

Pastor Lopez saying a few words…

Our turn…

After saying a group prayer for us

Giving Richard Bishop a hug, our good friend and neighbor 

Unfortunately all the pictures Josh took of Alisha and me are HORRIBLE. ha. So this was the most heartfelt/horrible one. :) 

Our shocked faces in opening the Waterford Crystal

My husband doing what he does best…

After everyone left, Brandon starts breaking down the Acts29 chairs. Old habits die hard, I guess. After many, many years of breaking down these chairs, we got a picture of perhaps his last time doing. Kinda bittersweet. 

Thank you everyone!! We love you all so much. Words cannot express how thankful we are for your love and support. And thank you for the beautiful good bye lunch!
Oh, a couple things:
1. I keep forgetting to mention that the Sunday morning Brandon spoke, Pastor Haney was supposed to do a goodbye, however late Saturday night, Pastor called Brandon and told him he went to go pick up the gift he had purchased for Brandon {so sweet!!} but it wasn’t done. So the goodbye will happen at a later day. We’ll keep you all posted on that one. :)
2. I still have not gotten to visit many blogs. :( So sorry, I really miss you all! Hope everyone is still alive!
3. And yes, I know I wear my Coral Diana Wrap every day. I have no excuses other than I need to go shopping. the end. ha.

3 thoughts on “Going Away…

  1. 1
    Jenni says:

    how special is this?! you are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful community, and although you are completely gone from it, you are a part of it now in a different way!

    you look beautiful, love that coral diana wrap on you (is my second fav item, next to that simple hoodie)!

  2. 2
    Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: says:

    So sweet!! Just goes to show how special you two are!!

  3. 3
    amber. says:

    What a wonderful event for two, very deserving people. Love you guys! :)

    And…I LOVE the pic of you & Alisha! :)

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