We were glad BreAnne and Krista are here to share this day with us. The house was full of activity as everyone prepared.
Doing what they love most - dressing the baby
We headed to base where we dropped the girls and Zander and Stacia off at Weasel's Den. The rest of us went to the banquet.
|Tiaras were given to the girls to remember they are Daughters of the King|
|Mackenzie is one of our neighbors and goes to PYOC with us|
|Cody, Jared and Matt (Kazuki)|
We picked up "the four" and headed to the chapel for the ceremony.
|Kazuki & Michiko|
We've done this two ways now....in the context of family and with a big, public ceremony in a group of peers. The verdict is out on which our family personally prefers....I think both ways have some positives. The commitment is absolute and THAT remains the same. ::snort:: It was a beautiful day. I did miss the more personal exhortations of a family ceremony....but those will happen in other venues. LOL
Come to think of it - the older four never "did" True Love Waits....we stress and train the goal of emotional, physical and mental purity from the time our kids are about 18 months. We begin with reading books such as Princess and the Kiss and the Squire and the Scroll....with the older ones this led to a personal commitment, which we commemorated with dinner and symbols. Our younger ones grow up in a family culture that openly trains, embraces and mentors this commitment and talks about letting God write our love stories. For our family, this is a step on the life-long journey for all of us to live lives of purity.
It was very special for us that the older girls and Zander and Stacia were able to join us for the ceremony at the chapel.
Living all of life before the face of God...