It's a Very Vandal Christmas

Very Vandal Vacation 2011 (note: We had already left due to Irene)
Okay so I know that is a weird title. I cannot recall where the name Vandals came from, but it's what the Quad 4 guys called themselves. What's Quad 4? The name of my husband's dorm in college. During his four years and extending about three years past that, there was a group of solid, awesome guys (and a handful of girls) who shared all the college pranks and then stayed in touch.

My first conversation with David in graduate school revolved around two them: Scum and Spiegel. Our wedding invitee list included such names as: Stix, Jimbo, Sparx, and Freezy. Shortly after purchasing our home, we hosted a LeTourneau get together of those graduates who were "local". Shive, Lucky, and Icky were a few of those that joined. Since then the gatherings continue several times a year, and have even included two beach vacations.

Despite the seemingly odd nicknames, I trust this group as much as my own family. The care, dedication, and support for one another makes me wish I had actually been in college with them. Seriously, I love this group!

So this past weekend, we hosted the annual Christmas party. Madlibs were created, a game requiring a pseudonym was played, too much food was consumed, laughs were had, and bonds of friendships were strengthened. When scripture talks about fellowship with believers, I immediately think of this crew. We were even privileged with the fellowship of Stix who currently lives on the West Coast and flew in just for the weekend. He totally scored the highest on dedication to the group. Scum, on the other hand, was awarded the most points for technological overkill. He brought two laptops and two iPhones and used all four while here.

Another first, was having only two more guys than girls. In the beginning, Abigail and I were the only girls. We are so happy that Emily, Julia and little Tabitha have joined the ranks and we keep praying for more!

Our fall gathering at Harpers Ferry State Park--minus Will and Julia who
had left before we got our act together.

Of course I don't have any shots of this weekend, except for some really punchy video. Our time together never seems long enough, but we're so grateful that despite our busy lives, crazy work schedules, and geography we all still make time for one another.

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings... Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:19-25

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