Today a bunch of new friends and I got to celebrate this amazing gal. My dear friend Lindsey Burken.
I met my sweet friend in college and through the course of time, she has become a huge part of every aspect of my life. Not only is she the godmother to one of my kids, but a key component in our lifestyle change and one of our biggest supporters. She serves with me on the Haiti Mission Project board, she has a genuinely compassionate spirit. Her soul is full of Jesus and music, and one of the best the best things about Ms. Burken is that she truly does care about the people in her life. God uses her in mighty ways to love others.
Today we celebrated the fact that God has written marriage into Lindsey's story, she is getting married! For so long Linds has made the most of her life, continuing school, attending concerts, traveling the country on fun trips with friends, serving and volunteering and crafting, and being the CFO of the HMP all while being a youth director. She is highly dedicated to the course of creating moment after moment for her students to fall in love with Christ. I have long admired her persistence to her students faith life.
Just over a year ago, Lindsey met a man who, by just looking at her photo, was inspired and moved and wanted to meet her. Just over a year later, they are getting married. It has been such a joy to watch God reveal himself to her and Tad in a way that only a Christ centered relationship can unveil him. God has shown them both how to love and forgive, how to communicate and understand, how to have dreams together and share a life together. He has brought them together to walk through life and share in God's grace for his beloved. Anyone who has been in a Christian marriage can attest to knowing God's grace to a deeper level through their spouse. So we got to celebrate that new life and marriage today with Lindsey's wedding shower.
So many of Lindsey's friends came all the way out from Woodbury to join us in the hood for the celebration. I wanted the shower to be a collection of all things that "felt" like Lindsey. It is second weekend of Nov. so fall was our theme, a season she loves and her mom was in town which was a huge added bonus! We ate salads and desserts, and had wonderful drinks. This was a game free party so it just allowed time to talk and share fun stories and get to know one another.
Here was the table spread. It's amazing how hanging some fun cheap lanterns can heighten the excitement of the event. It is those little touches that draws your attention to a focal point to create a dramatic effect and add to the fun. My problem is I am obsessed with the little touches and details!
We feasted on a Watermelon/pomegranate/mint salad, Black bean chips and pumpkin salsa, Candied almond salad, and a Chicken salad with rice, artichoke and tomato and bean salad. What I love about this is that two days ago, I notice that even after three freezes, we had a watermelon growing in our garden! So half of that salad is garden fresh!
We can't wait for the big day!
I will say, I am often too busy at the party to take pictures, and most of my pictures just look like they are trying to be artistic. I think it would be a great idea sometimes to hire a photographer to capture those wonderful parties and events in your life so you don't have to worry about the picture taking.
Or I could just take a class and do it myself. But that doesn't help with my being busy issue.