I was browsing Facebook photos last weekend - and came across this one. I don't know who took it, but it had my nephew tagged, so I'm assuming that is his silhouette in the photo. I immediately recognized the place - Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in northwest Michigan. We love Sleeping Bear and I just think this is an amazing photo.
But it started me thinking... and feeling a little melancholy... because our nephew Nathan married his sweetheart this summer. And we couldn't be there because we are here. Yes, that is one of the sacrifices of this missionary life. We know that. But it doesn't make it any easier to miss those special moments.
So, we wanted to take this moment to celebrate with Nathan, Natalie and their families!
|Nathan is the cute little blondie in this photo ~ he was one of the ring bearers in our wedding. I can't believe that will be 18 years ago this December.|
|Nathan and Natalie|
|their lovely wedding cake|
|the happy couple - from the photos we saw, it looked like a wonderful day|
|Grandpa Gene dancing with several of his granddaughters|
|Nathan's mom, Aunt Sue, dancing with Adriana, one of our nieces|
|David and Sue, Nathan's parents and our brother and sister-in-law, |
who have always been so encouraging and supportive of the ministry God has given us.
We are so thankful for them and we just love this absolutely fabulous photo of the two of them!
"Weddings may be beautiful, but marriages become beautiful."
~ Mark Regnerus ~
Congratulations, Nathan and Natalie!
May your marriage become, daily, more and more beautiful!
(The I-think-powerful above quote is from a long, but very good and worth the read article entitled "The Case for Young Marriage," published in Christianity Today. Take the time to click and read. It contains excellent food for thought! All of the photos have been Facebook scavenged, except the one from our wedding.)