Yesterday I was enthusiastically toasting the newly married Mr and Mrs Shawn and Laura Cardwell! Its been my privilege to know these guys for the last 3 years or so, and its great to see them finally tie the not.
The day started at the home of a friend who has a stunning garden down by Lake Oswego. The ceremony was informal and beautiful, very befitting of the couple. Both Shawn and Laura had trouble holding it together on a couple of occasions, such was the emotion of the proceedings.
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Over the last few days, I’ve got to know many of Shawn’s close friends, and I’ve been even more impressed with the way that Shawn shows God’s love for the people around him, than I had been before. Of particular note was the brunch we shared the morning after the stag do – or bachelor party as they call it over here.
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One of the great things about this trip is that I was able to take enough time off to fit in both Shawn and Laura’s wedding at the start of the month, with the Downtown House of Prayer seventh birthday celebration towards the end of it.
So, Having settled in nicely at Kurt’s place in Beaverton, the guys headed out to Rich’s place for Shawn’s stag do. Beer, pizza and wii were about the sum of our evening, and a good time was had by all. I’ve not played on a Nintendo wii before, but I’ve got to say wii tennis is sheer genius. Four guys lashing controllers all over the room was a good recipe for laughs, and I’m not sure how long its going to take for my aching shoulder to recover.
Luckily! There I was in Philadelphia Intl Airport, tucking in to a rather nice pork sandwich, when I suddenly realised that my reckoning was an hour out. One mad dash down the concourse later, I arrived just as my connecting flight to Portland was boarding.
Bit close for comfort…
For a prayer movement, we’re way too busy. And the perpetual challenge of setting time aside to pray seems to be even more intense than usual right now. But I don’t want to complain – in only two more days, I fly off to the States for one whole, blissful month.
I’m quite good at taking fairly regular short breaks, but my trip to the US is my first long break for about a year. And boy do I need it!
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