After our stay in Dallas we headed to Abilene. The girls and I read books to each other in the car. Abby is amazing us with how well she is reading. She is able to figure out some pretty long words. I love that both girls love reading!
We got to ACU in time for lunch but were disappointed that the food court in the campus center was mostly closed. Because we were pressed for time and we wanted to give the girls the experience of eating in The World Famous Bean, yes, we ate in the school cafeteria. If you haven't been in a while, they have remodeled it, and it looks, well - FAMOUS! Seriously it looks a lot nicer than when we were there. The food really wasn't that bad at all. I was impressed that Abby got to eat for free. Woo hoo!
We were also going to go to the Bookstore, but it was closed due to the Fall Break. Bummer!
We purposely got to campus a couple of hours before the wedding so we could show the girls around. We had been there a year ago for our 10 year reunion, but we had not gotten to show them around as much as we had liked. We took them to our old dorms and pointed out the windows to our room. (Amy - Remember "242 me and you"?) When we were at Nelson dorm, we showed them the exact spot where Wes and I had our very first kiss. We replayed the moment for the girls, which of course, tickled them up. We also toured the Bible Building and Business Building. In the Bible Building they were fascinated with the ginormous globe. We also showed them where Grandpa's old office was and where Grandma's desk was.
After walking around campus for a bit it was time to change and head to the wedding of one of our past youth group members, Katie Howerton. She was in 6th grade when we first started here. Katie and Stephen's wedding was at Lytle Cove Cottage, right outside of Abilene. It was a gorgeous outdoor wedding and the weather was perfect! Katie's dad, one of our elders, performed the ceremony and did a terrific job! I always like to watch the groom's face as the bride walks down the isle. Stephen was definitely tearing up and cried during the vows as well. It was super sweet!
I think God knew what He was doing when He gave us girls. This wedding was our 6th wedding since April and we have one more in 2 weeks. Wes will have performed 4 of these seven. I am always proud of the job he does making it memorable and personal. He gets lots of compliments. 5 of these weddings were girls who had gone through our youth program which is very special (and make us feel old). It is really neat to have witnessed them mature and grow into godly young women. I am thankful that we got to share in those momentous occasions. We know each of their parents prayed for their future spouse, and to see how God's plan was revealed is pretty special.
I will end this post with two quotes from the girls:
One morning last week while I was brushing Avery's hair she asked, "When do you think Jesus will come back?" I replied that the Bible tells us we don't know when He is coming back. She then said, "It would be cool if He came back while I was alive." It warmed my heart!
At the dinner table the other night Abby starts chanting, "Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis siete, ocho, nueve, DS." Then she proceeded to tell Avery,"You say DS because you have a DS." (As in a Nintendo DS.) Ha!