Have you ever had a secret that was so delicious you simply savored it for a bit of time? I have and I did. I'm now ready to share. I want this entry to be "just right" and so I've pondered what to say. Life has been crazy and I've not had time to THINK.....but perfect or not....I'm ready to share our delicious secret. (Is this making you hungry for chocolate cheesecake yet?) If you skip this post, at least go read Mike's Chapel funnies at the end of the post.
Observant blog readers may have wondered WHY in the midst of photos of Pike's Peak, children, Rocky Mountains, castles and such I included THIS photo:
David and BreAnne talked in September and they are now officially in a relationship - courting. We are pleased. David sent us a list of their boundaries. This prompted me to decide to create a "courtship boundary animated graphic" before I blogged about the relationship. I can picture it. A photo of Bre...as you mouse over the photo various sayings would pop up: "Yes", "not a chance", "her Brothers are boarding a plane", "Papa Bear is knocking on your door".....BUT I researched and found that it would take a lot of TIME and I may have it ready by the time I annouce that Stacia (3) is courting. BreAnne has called and talked with his mother and requested her blessing on their relationship. They have an accountability couple which they meet with weekly. They have the blessing of the leadership at Master's Commission and YES...they have our blessing as well.
Bre & David on a Ferris Wheel in WAThis is a sweet season. I can remember years and years ago when we first began to rethink the "dating scene". As parents, we took quite a few hits. Many thought we were STRANGE; MANY STILL think we are strange. Many thought we were unrealistic. We NEVER told the girls they couldn't date - we simply presented a different vision for relationships. Our young adults take quite a few hits from peers during their "teen" years. Bre, as the first, blazed the way. I remember the talks we had and the questions and concerns she voiced...HOW would she MEET a like-minded young man who wanted to court her when we were in the MILITARY (not a hot-bed for courtship ideals)? The comment thrown at our young adults most often is, "What, you think God is just going to BRING boy/girl to you?" He seems to be capable of doing just that.
We ask for your prayers for David and BreAnne as they explore this relationship. In a hilarious side note - Mike has to be the only man who can ask for prayers for a daughter in courtship one Sunday at chapel and the next announce that his youngest daughter is potty trained and we are diaper free for the first time in 23 years. (Hmmmm.....Bre's going to kill me for inserting the vision diapers into her courtship post ::snort:: ::chortle::).
David & BreAnne - Careful observation of this photo leads one to notice that he has placed his arm around her shoulder.....making me wonder if it is time to create that animated graphic afterall. Nah, I'm going to send her my burqa.