An Epic Proposal


I had an awesome time at If:Gathering 2015.  I’m still recovering from the 10 hour drive and processing all that I experienced.  I hope to be able to share more sometime this week.

Have you seen this epic proposal?  This guy put some serious thought into the moment.



“Husband, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”  Ephesians 5:25 NIV Bible

Weddings and Funerals: Southern Style

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I don’t know if southern weddings and funerals are any different than the rest of the country.  They’re big affairs even if they’re small.

Southern weddings have changed, since I was a bride almost 30 years ago, but they still retain many of the traditions.  Typically, the bride’s parents pay for anything associated with the wedding like the dress, the church, flowers and the reception while the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.  The groom picks out and pays for the rings.  Prior to the wedding, brides register at local stores, have wedding showers and bridal portraits taken.  The wedding, sometimes, includes family traditions like the bride wearing her mother’s veil.  Moms are concerned with the amount of food being enough for the reception and inviting and telling everyone to come so no one is left out.

Obviously for funerals, the focus is different.  When someone dies, everyone brings the family food.  Casseroles, banana bread and chocolate cake are quite often foods taken.  One peculiarity, I think done in the South that is not done other places, is the respect shown towards a funeral procession.  If you are driving down a road and a funeral procession passes, custom is to pull over to the shoulder in respect as the procession goes by.   Much debate on this issue, some believe the practice to be outdated, dangerous and not necessary.  Others feel, depending on the location when encountering the procession, the practice is good manners, respectful and not a problem.

These ladies have written a guide to Delta funerals with recipes.  The book has some really funny moments; particularly, the chapter on who has the best food, the Episcopal or the Methodist ladies.  On a side note, the chocolate cake recipe is yummy.

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What kind of affairs do you have where you live?



“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”  Revelation 19:7  NIV Bible

The Day We Dreamed

Life, sometimes, finds you waiting at the brink of a new beginning; the anticipation of which seems to be lasting for all of eternity.

You stare at yourself in the mirror and imagine what new adventures await; your insides all a jumbly.  But when you take a second look, the outside is still the same.

  Doodlebug says she married her best friend.  

But she knew, she also needed the support and love of her sisters  through this really happy and scary time of life.

And these ladies are mighty special…

The guys were handsome and stood by their man.

Their first joint decision as husband and wife was how to cut the cake …

and it had a really sweet pay off.

With continued love and support, family will be there to walk the journey with you and

stand by you through it all…

Or blow some happiness your way….

as you dance through life.

This day was the one we dreamed for her to mark a new beginning to a grand adventure.



“Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Genesis 2:22-25  NIV Bible

I would love to take credit for all of these beautiful photos but they were taken by our professional photographer, Kellen Porter.