Family Weddings

By Jessica Cropsey

For me personally, one of the biggest challenges of being a missionary in Kenya was being away from family.  Yes, when we lived in Philadelphia, we did miss some holidays and birthdays.  But we never missed 2 years straight of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, weddings, graduations, funerals, birthday parties, etc.  Even with the luxuries of e-mail, Skype, and telephones, it's easy to lose touch on the little details and changes in people's lives.

So, this year back in the States we are appreciating every opportunity we have to celebrate (or grieve) with family and friends.  I was so thankful to be a part of my sister's wedding this weekend.  I got to be there for dress fittings, the bachelorette party, the bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and reception.  I didn't miss out on anything!  It was really special.

The McLaughlins also had the joy of being a part of Rachel's brother's wedding a few weeks ago.  Alyssa is looking forward to her sister's wedding in a few months.  What a fun year for the McCropders to celebrate these special times with loved ones.   

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