We met Kate through the children's ministry at our church. She served faithfully in Paige's classroom so I saw her regularly at pickup and drop off. Kate always had a ready smile and a kind word. Plus she's just so pretty- it's hard not to notice her big, blue eyes. She is lovely in all ways.
Sarah Arnold (another one of our Big's) was friends with Kate and started inviting Kate to come to our house to hang out. It wasn't long before our kids were asking, "Can Kate be a Big?"
Kate has a great family. We're so thrilled they are willing to share her with us. She doesn't have any biological siblings though, so she got ready-made siblings, complete with the chaos, noise, and fun that come with them, when she agreed to be a Big.
Last summer when Kate and I were picking blueberries she spent a lot of time telling me about this boy in her church community group. He was a little older than Kate, established in his career, and knew what he wanted to do with his life. He loved Jesus, shared Kate's affinity for LOUD music blaring from car speakers, and was pursuing her intentionally and with purpose. I could tell by the way she talked about him that there was something very special about Jordan Stacy.
We met Jordan for the first time at a soccer game. Kate came to watch the girls play and she brought Jordan along to meet us. He was easy to talk to and engaged right away in the girl's game, cheering them on and complimenting each good play they made. I appreciated the way he listened intently to Kate and paid attention to little things she needed. It was obvious to us that Jordan liked Kate as much as she liked him.
Five months after they started dating, Jordan proposed at a quiet lake up by Mt. Hood. When Kate called us to share the good news, I may have shrieked a little in her ear. Even though their engagement happened quickly, it didn't seem rushed. Jordan and Kate were meant to be together. They are a great team.
#jordanpluskate started popping up on their wedding countdown photos and carried over into the wedding day. I think it's adorable and hope they use this hashtag for years to come.
Jordan and Kate poured so much of themselves into their wedding plans through a million little details that revealed pieces of who they are. It was special to see it all come together on their wedding day. Together they decorated and designed a wedding venue, ceremony, and reception that reflected their love for Jesus, each other, and their family and friends.
Kate and Jordan asked Curt to officiate their wedding - a huge honor and one he didn't take lightly. All the Bigs were there, except Josh who is wrapping up details on his own wedding that will take place in a couple of weeks. It was so fun to be together again.
Before the wedding ceremony, Kate gathered her girls in a small room. We circled around her, laid hands on her, and prayed for her. We promised not to cry before we started (can't smudge the makeup), but there were few dry eyes when we finished praying.
|Praying over Kate|
|The girls got one quick hug with Kate before the wedding|
|Father Daughter dance times three|
Kate and Jordan escaped to the their honeymoon through a tunnel of sparklers held by cheering friends and family. It was a perfect end to an awesome day.
|sparkler exit... happily ever after.|
PS Here are some of my favorite photos of our crew at their wedding.
|We took a picture similar to this one at Peter and Molly's wedding four years ago. What a difference that makes!|
|May I hold the door for you ladies?|
|Katie (and Paige)|
|Sarah, me, and Sarai|
|Reverend Stilp (hee hee)|
|Sarai and Grant|
|My date for the ceremony. It's not often Grant and I look alike, but I think we do in this photo.|