On Friday, Allie had her first coffeehouse gig at the Rustic Couch singing with her friend Andrea. Andrea was a part of Zach's worship team at our previous church and she is so dear to our family. She is the most kind-hearted 16 year old I have ever known, not to mention incredibly talented. Over the summer Andrea asked Allie if she would sing with her this fall at a local coffeeshop, owned by some members of our previous church. Allie of course said YES!!! and spent a few weeks learning all the songs before the big event. They sang from 7:30 - 10:30 pm (which is a long time to play haha), but they did awesome! We were so proud.
As you can see, the girls have a pretty big fan club already!
On Saturday, the excitement continued as Zach and I hosted a welcome party for Allie to celebrate this new chapter in her life. In the spirit of Allie's favorite things, we decided to make it a dessert party and incorporate a time of worship for us to give thanks for who God is and all He has done/is doing in our all lives, but especially Allie's.
I spent most of Saturday baking, but honestly.. the beauty of a dessert party is you can do everything in advance. Nothing has to be timed perfectly like with a dinner party so it's much more stress-free.
Just a little decor in the dining room...
In my opinion, there's no point in eating chocolate if you can't wash it down with milk!
I am sad to say I did not take any pictures during the party except for one of the guest of honor when we snuck down to the lower patio...
BUT... I did take a very short video during our time of worship. It was so special. I hesitated to even take video because it was just such a sweet moment and I didn't wanna ruin it, but I couldn't help myself. :) A big thank you to Nathan and Jordan for being here for this and just making this candlelit living room worship experience so beautiful. My heart was overwhelmed with gratefulness.
In addition to spending time with our wonderful friends, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to share some words of wisdom with Allie as she starts this new chapter of her life. So many aspects of her life are changing and I just want her to be surrounded by encouraging, supportive people who love her and continually point her to the truth of Christ. So, I found a 1929 absolutely LOVELY dictionary for everyone to write in. The instructions were simple - find a word in the dictionary that describes Allie, circle it, and then write your words of wisdom for her on that page of the book. (And no, I am not a genius for coming up with this idea. Ummm... Pinterest. #fullconfession)
All in all it was a GREAT weekend full of so many special memories. It is really encouraging to see Allie so excited she can barely sleep at night! However, I can't recap the events from the past few days without saying a massive thank you to my MIL for all her hard work helping me prep. She helped me clean, ran errands for me, even saved the day with a last minute trip to the store when our lighter ran out of fluid (must have candles!!! haha). Thank you Cindy for serving all of us so well. We appreciate you and treasure you.
And thank you Jesus for a great first few days as a full-time family of 3. There is so much to celebrate and our hearts are filled with songs of joy, peace, and anticipation! This year is gonna be AMAZING!