The Kids We’re Honoring on Our Wedding Day

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that the kids I’ve been mentoring from the Burton neighborhood in
Grand Rapids have been a huge part of my life, and now our lives.

The kids have gotten to know Josh through visits to Chuck E Cheese, church, ice cream and camp.  When Josh isn’t around, the kids spend most of our car rides peppering me with questions about Josh (like why is he so tall?).  The little boys want to be exactly like him. I think there’s not a better role model out there.  I’m so glad they now get to have both of us in their lives forever.  Josh and I are committed to being champions for these kids in a world where all the statistics are stacked against them.

As we’ve been planning our wedding, one of the first things we did was invite these little kids into the day.  The little girl I’ve been mentoring for three years will be the flower girl and her little brothers will be the ring bearers.  The kids have never been to a wedding, and rarely get out of their neighborhood.

The little girl hasn’t stopped telling everyone about the wedding since May and has called me these past few weeks.  She couldn’t be more excited.  She’s going to get her hair done just like me by a real hairdresser, and I will paint her nails as we’ve arranged over and over again via phone.   When my dad and I do the father/daughter dance, we will be inviting all the dads and daughters to join us.  Can you imagine what it will be like to watch this little girl look and feel like a princess, dancing the night away with her papa?  I get teary just thinking about it.

There are many people joining with us to make these dreams come true for this family that lives in poverty in Grand Rapids.  Gifting the kids with wedding attire was one of the first things purchased on our registry.   My amazing SpringHill staff will finish 10 weeks of camp on Friday and will get up early Saturday morning to bring the whole family to Detroit.  Someone even gifted the gas money for my staff to get them here.

If nothing goes according to plan on our wedding day, but we become husband and wife and the Burton kids feel honored and loved, then we’ll have incredible joy.

Although their wedding attire is one of the first things I show visitors to wedding central (my soon to be in-laws), I’m only giving you a sneak peek.  We can’t wait to blog all the moments with the kids on our special day!

3 thoughts on “The Kids We’re Honoring on Our Wedding Day

  1. Oh, I love this! I can hardly wait to read and see all the details. What a wonderful gift to these children and a great way to celebrate your union with Josh! So glad God gave you a man with a heart for these children and that they love him, too!

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