Gosh, there is so much that has happened these past couple of weeks.  So much so, I’m going to group them into separate blogs.  So this one will be about the last two weekends in July.

Daubenmire Wedding

On July 18th, we had the pleasure of getting up at 6:00 a.m. to drive to Indianapolis (thank you, one hour time change) to be at a wedding at 2:00 p.m.  We were quite excited about this wedding.  Phil, one of Jeff’s friends from his time studying abroad in Spain during college, was marrying this sweet girl named Michelle.  I had the honor of finally meeting the man behind the Spain stories on Valentine’s Day, when Michelle and Phil drove down to Nashville for the weekend.  Phil and Michelle are great together.  You can tell that their lives are full of fascinating stories and that they love and respect each other and love to laugh together.  This was so evident on their wedding day.  Cute Michelle could not stand still during the ceremony, and the preacher gave a great message about God’s desire and plan for marriage.  He also talked about Genesis 24, which was also the Scripture we used for our wedding.  So Michelle and Phil get bonus points for that one! 

Daubenmire Reception

Anyway, the ceremony was beautiful and the reception a blast.  Apparently both families are quite musical, specifically on the trumpet, and it was a riot to see their brothers coax the newly married couple into playing “I Love You, You Love Me” with them on their trumpets.  Yes, Phil and Michelle played the trumpet on their wedding day.  How many people do you know that have done that?  And we also discovered that Phil can cut quite the rug, as Phil and his mom surprised the crowd with a little boogie to “Shining Star” during the Mother-Son dance.  In fact, the whole reception was just full of little moments that celebrated the lives of Phil and Michelle and their joys – – including Chicago-style pizza and Cincinnati-style Chili.  It was quite beautiful.

S.H.A.R.C. at Sold Out for Christ '09

The next weekend we headed up to Illinois to see my brother’s band play.  Ahron has played in a band for years called S.H.A.R.C.  On Saturday, July 25th, they held a concert called Sold Out for Christ in a small town near home at an amphitheater.  This is something they’ve organized for the past several years, and this year they had four other acts and a speaker share the stage with them.  It was a fun night.  One band, Jael, stayed at my parents’ house that weekend.  It was so much fun getting to know them. Jael (minus the drummer, who is from Chicago) is from Australia.  So not only do they have really cool accents, but their wealth of knowledge about the differences between the States and their home is fascinating!  Did you know they call chicken sandwiches chicken burgers in Australia?!  They also have an amazing talent that they are serving the Lord with, and they are just enjoyable people to be around. 

Jael at Sold Out for Christ '09

On their list of things to do while in Pike County, number one appeared to be cornfields.  My dad obliged, called up a farmer friend, and we took them out to Pittsfield Lake, where a few of them had their fill of running through the cornfields.  I don’t know about you, but I always love having new people come into my familiar places (like home) and experience things for the first time.  It really opens your eyes to what is around you and what you may take for granted.  Yes, most of the time I complain about driving through flat and boring Illinois, after having lived in the Tennessee hills for almost three years now.  But this past weekend, being out at the Lake and spending some time in the country, I started to realize that there’s still beauty even in Pike County.

Boyd and Scott

Boyd and Scott

Another thing on the list for the boys was working at McDonald’s.  The two Australian natives had worked there as young lads, and they were eager to relive the experience, knowing my parents owned a McDonald’s in town and could hook them up.  So on Monday, during lunch time, off they went.  Peezy (the drummer from Chicago, who also happened to be Ahron’s roommate at SLCC) was there just to document the experience, but it didn’t take long for him to get in on the action, too.  Before we knew it, he was handing out food to the drive thru customers while the others were helping out on front counter, greeting people as they came in.  It was so much fun, again, to see them enjoy something that I’ve grown up around my whole life (I started working there when I was 10 and put in 11 years!).  They were such good sports, and the crew and customers seemed to have a good time with them.



So, if you ever get a chance to see Jael in your neck of the woods, please go do it . They are phenomenal musicians with a great message to share.  And they are just really great people.  You will not leave disappointed, I promise.  Oh, and this little guy is always worth seeing, too…

Gary at about 3 months.

Hi, I'm Gary, Ahron's pup. I'm about 3 months old and love it when Ashley gives me ice cream! Please don't tell Dad, because I want Ashley to still come visit.