Lucas taking his vows.
And finally, our dear church family. We grew to love them when Lucas served, years ago, as youth pastor and sidekick. When we left, we cried like we had never cried before. They supported us while we were in seminary, stayed in contact during our time in MA, and willingly (evem excitedly) considered Lucas as a candidate! It was a joy to come back to serve as their pastor. It felt exceptionally fitting for this church to be the church that presented Lucas for ordination and celebrated this day with us. Lucas pointed out that in the same spot (in front of the stairs) Lucas and I got engaged, our twins were dedicated, and he was ordained. This church is incredibly precious to us. Also, it has been in the same basement that the church threw us a surprise wedding shower, celebrated our return, held a reception for our twins dedication, and gave the most wonderful dinner for all who attended the ordination. Oh, the food! And a chocolate fountain! These people know how to throw a party!
There is great weight in ordination. It is no light thing to take on the responsibility of teach, preaching, discipling, mentoring, serving, loving, and ministering as a life vocation. But I know my husband, I know his great love for God and God's church, I know his gifts and abilities, and passions, and I know he will serve humbly and faithfully for as long as God calls him to do so. It is a pleasure to be able to serve along side him.
Because there must always be at least one picture of the kiddos: Lucas with the twins :)