2 of our Life Group members got married today, and my awesome husband performed their ceremony! The original plan was for over 200 people, but with the cancellation of the venue and out of town family members not feeling comfortable about flying, it was a scaled down but still very lovely affair. Melissa's daughter, Abby, is one of Nicole's very best friends, so Nicole was able to come and did the music for the wedding and reception. The ceremony was very touching, and I think I cried (along with the bride and many other of the women around me) throughout most of the ceremony. So happy for this sweet couple!
We actually went out to dinner at Bonefish Grill with friends this past Friday night, and then we had our other 'daughter' and her husband over for dinner tonight! It was great reconnecting with them, and playing this fun game called Relative Insanity. Feeling very grateful for being able to get with people again more regularly!
I told Nathan a few weeks ago I thought he needed to get his resume out there before all the other kids were trying to get their summer jobs, but he said he felt like the Lord wanted him to just trust Him with this. So after Mother's Day he took 3 days to go away by himself and stay on the property of some dear friends of ours to get with the Lord and recover from a real case of burn out from his crazy year at college. All that to say, he had an interview the day he came back this past Friday and was hired and starts working tomorrow with Hoppen Home Systems - a home automation and home theater company that Tim has done some consulting for. I just had to snap this picture of how official he looked as he got ready for his first day on the job tomorrow! So proud of that kid!
Another family day today - love these times together! Thankfully, the restaurants have been opening up, and Nicholas wanted to go to Portillo's, so that's where we went. Check out his birthday hat coronavirus mask - lol! We stopped back by the house a for cookie birthday cake, and then went to the Tampa Riverwalk and watched the sunset - it was a beautiful evening!
Nicole and Nicholas had to work yesterday on Mother's Day, so we decided to celebrate today and what a LOVELY day it was!! I had heard from a friend that there is a Riverwalk in Bradenton, so we took a family road trip down there today and enjoyed a wonderful stroll along the Riverwalk together, which ended in a picnic lunch by the water. Nicole brought her longboard, so we took turns on it - even Tim and I did it (with a little help from the kids!). Then we came home and had a scrumptious dinner that Tim prepared for us, then it was present time and game time! We played some games through Nicholas' xbox on the TV with our phones, and look who was on the top of the leaderboard - that's right - Mommio (as Nathan likes to call me)! It IS Mother's Day after all! And I just had to include a picture of a bird on my bird feeder that I took yesterday - only it was not the typical bird I see. It was a duck! He kept putting his beak down trying to figure out how to get to the birdseed, but he couldn't do it and finally flew away, but I just thought it was hilarious! But back to the Mother's Day thing - I kept thinking about the verse from Ps 119:9 that says, "He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children" and after 9 years of infertility before having kids that verse is particularly special to me, especially on days like today! I have so much to be thankful for!
We've hosted Life Group in our home for the past 5 years or so - every other Sunday night - and we didn't stop during this pandemic. We usually meet between 7pm-9pm, but tonight we shook it up and even had dinner together! We've all been through some very traumatic, life changing events over the past few years (some are still in them), and so the need to be together has been even more important! Here's a picture of our motley crew tonight - love these folks!
It's May 1st, a beautiful day, and I just had to get out of the house, and out of the neighborhood! So Tim and I talked Nicole & Nicholas into going with us down to the Riverview boat ramp just to be outside and away from the house for a bit. Nicole and I even took our turn at swinging on the swing set! I thought I took more pictures than this, but I did get a picture of Nicole enjoying her swing time! As you can see by the cars in the background, the place was actually pretty packed! People with boats on trailers were waiting in a very long line waiting to get into the water, and we enjoyed watching the whole process of each one unloading their boat and getting out of the way for the next one. It was quite the production!
Tim & Jodie