Fast forward 30 years or so to 2009... Sarah is living in Singapore and teaching at a Christian school there. Steph is on her way to PNG for her first term as a missionary. I got special permission for my route to include a visit with Sarah. (Click here to read about the Singapore stopover.) I so enjoyed spending a few days with my friend, seeing and experiencing a bit of her life in Singapore. One Sunday I was able to attend a very special Bible study that Sarah helped to lead. Her co-leader was this guy named David from Oklahoma. How did a guy from Oklahoma get to Singapore? Probably the same way two girls from small town Ohio ended up in Singapore and PNG.
To make a long story short, God did an awesome work and David and Sarah fell in love. When I heard the news of their engagement, I knew I couldn't miss this wedding. I wrote to my bosses and they agreed to let me use my vacation to come home for the special event. A few weeks later, I learned that my sis was pregnant with her first baby... and she was due 5 days before the wedding! I would be home to see Sarah get married and meet my new nephew all in the same trip. God is sooooooo good.
So after a year and a half in PNG, I made my way back to the USA for a some family and friend time. Grayson, my nephew to be, was due the day before I would get home to Ohio. Thankfully he held on until after I arrived. My only other request was that he not be born during Sarah's wedding! Well... it was a close call.
Thursday and Friday were busy with shopping and wedding celebrations, including a bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner. In addition to catching up with Sarah, there were many wonderful reunions with other long time friends and continue to be. Here is a picture of me with Sarah (middle) and my best friend Amber (left).
I received a call from my sis at 6AM on Saturday morning... contractions had started and were getting stronger. Several hours later, she and her husband were on the way to the hospital. She was admitted in early labor. I prayed that things would stall long enough for me to attend the wedding!
Sarah and David literally tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony that afternoon. I was honored to read scripture from 1 John 4:7-12 and also participated in the choir that sang "Be Thou My Vision." As the new couple exited the chapel, they were showered with origami cranes... a symbol of their life together in Singapore. Congrats and best wishes to the bride and groom! Enjoy your honeymoon in Akron ;).
The party moved off toward the reception, but Dad and I made our way to Columbus where Ami was in labor. As it turns out, I would have had plenty of time to stay for cake and punch. I am happy that I got to be with my sis. At 2:44 AM on Father's Day morning (and the 100th anniversary of Father's Day at that), Grayson Hoke Workman made his way into this world. Happy father's day to Darren and Grandpas Norm and Steve! What a great present :). Grayson weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. Despite my belief that most babies are born ugly, that did NOT apply to my nephew! He is sooooooo precious.
Wow... if I thought I had aunt fever before, it has only grown worse. I have found that the only treatment for aunt fever is to terribly spoil the new nephew. And I am well on my way to spoiling him.
A wedding and a baby... that makes for one pretty good day.
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
~ 1 John 4:7-12