So, yesterday on our way home from grabbing lunch, we see Wes’ mom pulling out of the church parking lot. We thought that was strange so we pulled in to talk. She rolled her window down and we said, “Hey. What are you doin?” And she, smiling, replies, “Nothing… Bringing Ice… Nothing.”
We looked at each other… “You’re being sneaky…”
“No, I’m not! See y’all in a little while!” And she drove off.
Huh? What just happened?
Then Wes reminds me that Joel and Tyler had planned an impromptu youth event, and all the kids were just dying for their pastor to be there.
And Nicole had asked me earlier in the week if I had anything going on Sunday afternoon, she wanted to come and let me do her nails. But she never mentioned it again, getting closer to her appointment time…
So then I’m sitting outside chatting with my Aunt Mary and I see Brandi and Jason pull by our house. I thought… That’s weird. They don’t have youth aged kids. Maybe they’re just coming for….
WAIT A SECOND.
So, I went inside and I told Wes, “I think the church is planning something. I think they are planning something over there and it’s a surprise but I don’t know what on earth it could be. Brandi and Jason just came by.”
He looked at me like I was bonkers and said, “Maybe they’re just supporting Joel. You know he’s Jason’s brother…”
I rolled my eyes. “Yes. I do know that. It’s just weird. All the stuff that’s been going on…”
So, I dropped it. Mostly because it was 4:15 and Wes had just said, “You ready to walk over?”
So I grabbed my purse and we headed over.
About halfway there I hear Tyler or Joel one, shout, “They’re coming!” Yup, I heard you say that. I knew then my suspicions were correct.
Our church surprised us with a Pastor Appreciation dinner, with both of our campuses combined. They decorated, had SO much food, including all of our favorites (How? Because they sneakily asked me over a month ago what our favorite foods were!)
They even had us our own place settings, which were very much tailored to our interests and likes. Side note here: Brandi Wambolt is one of the most thoughtful and sweetest people on planet earth and if you are not her friend, you are truly missing out. I know you had quite the hand in our gifts and they were 100% on point. Wes got White T’s, shop towels, bottled Pepsi’s and Almond Joys. All of my stuff was OWL and adorable and I got Dr. Pepper’s and DARK CHOCOLATE. And Pens. So many pens. She knows us too well.
And I mentioned the food right? SO MUCH FOOD! I haven’t seen so much food I think since we did a Thanksgiving meal last year! And it was all so good. So so good. And the desserts? *SWOON*
And then they took turns on stage telling us what an influence we had been in their lives, and then they gave us the mic.
And I shared a little bit of what I loved about our Pastor, and then I shared a little bit about what I loved about our church.
You guys are so amazing. You help, when you see someone needs it. You clean even when you’ve got a title. You reach out when someone is in need. You all love Jesus and you all love us so much and it blesses my heart to be a part of this group of folks, and it blesses me so much more to be able to say that I help lead you closer to God in any way possible.
Afterwards we ate and talked and laughed with our big ole family.
Then they gave us a little envelope of cash that they had been collecting for a couple of months, they said? MONTHS you guys and no one let this party slip. And y’all have no idea how much this little envelope blessed us. And I was told by a FEW folks there were stipulations on the money – We had to at least use some of it on a family vacation.
We will. I promise you!
Then we came home and Wes dove into his presents.
The kids “helped” by losing screws and toting stuff off, so we put them on some TV so Dad could work in peace.
And we sat and talked about what a blessed pair we are, with our family that did so much for us, that HID so much from us, that has blessed us so much by allowing us to be a part of their lives.
Even when you call us when you are struggling, when you call us and just need us to sit and cry with you, when you call us because you are confused and need to ask some of the same questions again… We love it. We love helping you all with whatever it is you are dealing with. We love you guys so much and I am eternally grateful God called us to be leaders at DPC and I’m grateful that you all chose us to grow closer to God with.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it til the day I die, DPC’s got some of the best folks around. I love y’all!