Here are some of the highlights of our month:
We kicked May off with a sweet wedding celebration for a life-long friend and basically-a-sister-type, Rebecca Brothers and her new husband, Jeff Laschober. Rebecca is my mom's best friend's second daughter, and her big sister Sara Beth was one of my first friends. Our moms were roomies and Tridelts at Baylor together, so the Brothers are so dear to us. It was a beautiful wedding!
We got into Austin (my parents rented a house for all the family!) on Friday afternoon, unpacked, had dinner and headed to campus for the ceremony. It was only the school of engineering, but it was three hours long!! Madeleine did really well, but Cason did have to leave early with her. We were so proud of Liz and we had to pay really close attention when they got to her major because they were all mixed up!
On Saturday, we had a lazy morning (thanks to AJ coming and getting Madeleine out of our room when she woke up - we got to sleep until 9:30!) and at lunch time my parents hosted a party for Liz's roommates and their families. Madeleine was also excited to get to play with her cousin-dog Buddy. :)
The next Tuesday, I went on an eye-opening van tour by Elijah Rising with a group of girls from our Sunday School class. I had hosted a showing of the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls earlier in the month in order to learn more about human trafficking, and the van tour gave us a close-up look at what is going on in our city. There is devastating depravity in our city, but God is moving in a mighty way. I am actually writing this in June, and since the tour, we have seen one of the brothels close and the landowner has leased it to Elijah Rising to serve as their new headquarters! How amazing is that? I would highly recommend the documentary (hard to watch but so well-done) and a van tour to anyone living in Houston.
Madeleine finished up her spring semester at school. Ms. Maggie and Ms. Marlyne were such fantastic teachers for her and her friends! She learned so much, and they were so patient with her during potty training and the occasional nap time coups. She loves them so much, and really enjoyed her Tuesdays and Thursdays in their class. We celebrated with an after-school trip to Swirrl and....wearing goggles at dinner....?
We spent Memorial Day weekend in Denton. Cason and Bill got to play golf, Trish and I got to have pedicures, and Madeleine had lots of quality time with her Nana and Pop. Rumor has it she fell in the pool on Pop's watch, just barely though. :)
On Saturday night after we put her down for bed, Trish, Cason and I went to see Gatsby and loved it! Sunday afternoon the Bristers joined us in Denton for a fun family time of swimming, kebabs and popsicles! Welcome, summer!
On our way back to Houston on Monday, we got to stop in Dallas for a lunch date with our dear friends, the Smiths. Madeleine loves them for lots of reasons, but she was their flower girl, after all. :)
Annnnnd we miraculously finished the month of may with a double-date night week. Not sure how we managed that, but on Wednesday we got to go to the Alley Theatre Center Stage dinner (thank you Northern Trust) and the opening night of the new Sherlock Holmes play. We love Todd Waite (one of our favorite actors in the Alley company) so we really enjoyed his role of Sherlock. On Friday night, Madeleine had parents' night out at church (see ya, sister!) and we met up with my parents at Taste of Texas. They so sweetly wanted to take us out as a belated congrats on Cason's new job and to celebrate our baby-to-be!