Yesterday, Scott (our guest preacher), spoke on the importance of the church functioning not only as individuals but as a family of believers in love. Basically instead of just being at church, we should find ourselves becoming ONE with one another, working in unity, hanging out and loving on one another.
I've always looked at our church as a family. But today I want to share with you a little about some people in our lives that are very dear to us.
From not long after we all really started seeking Christ, Derek, Will, Abigail, and myself started hanging out and have always been a "family". We always knew we were meant to be best friends and that anyone who married into our group would fit in perfectly as well.
As a group we've led ministry together, we've shared in joyous occasions and some hardships and tribulation. But through it all we've stood by each other and loved each other and we will always be the best of friends.
The first big leap in our group of friends, was that Will left us to go into the military. We missed him greatly but we talked with him often and whenever he came home to visit we made a big deal out of it and we all hung out like nothing had changed, and it hadn't.
Then, Derek and I got married. Even though now we were the "married" couple amongst many single people, our group remained and we grew together in Christ and spent time together as often as we could.
A few month's after our first wedding anniversary we welcomed the first "addition" into our group. Kyley Grace Jordan. She was born into the world already knowing she had a built in godmother and godfather in Abigail and William and anyone they eventually marry.
It still amazes me to this day how much she is loved by all of our friends, and things while maybe different within our group from this point on, never "changed."
Then, we were blessed to have another "addition" to our group, but this time in the form of a wife. William decided that he had found the one God had for him, and married Angelica. And like I previously stated, we knew from the start that anyone that married into our group would fit in perfectly.
We celebrated together a few months later when they had a ceremony to bless their wedding with all of their friends present since when they originally got married it was away from home while they were both in the military.
After this, both Will and Angie got out of the military and they moved home to Montgomery, and we couldn't have been happier to have them home!!!
Then, we welcomed Isaac Marcus into the world, a healthy baby boy born to Will and Angie in January 08.
3 months to the day later... along came Elijah Franklin
Our boys were instantly best friends by default :)
During all of this time, we experienced heartache through death and joy through the healing of Abi's dad from cancer and many other things, but our "family" stood strong through it all!
Just 2 months ago, our latest addition was added to the group. In February, we welcomed Molly Eulogia Elizabeth Rus to our family.
The boys truely have become best friends...
and all the kids love each other so much.
And all the while, we are praying with diligance for the one that God has created for Abigail because we know that in His timing that her mate will fit in perfectly with us as well, and we'll have several more "additions" to our sweet little family :)
I love you guys!!!!