Carolina On My Mind (Part II)

Sometimes before going forward you have to go backwards. So here is my promised update from the last part of my trip to South Carolina and Los Angeles…

On Friday morning (July 6) Mimi and I headed to Gaffney, SC, to meet Aunt Melanie (my mom’s sister), June (Aunt Melanie’s mother in law), and my 14 year old cousin Welsey. We ate at Cracker Barrell. Pause right there. I am a huge fan of Cracker Barrell. Every time I come home there are two things I must do: visit Chick-Fil-A and eat at Cracker Barrell. Yes, Cracker Barrell. Homemade biscuts, sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, has browns, fried apples. Incredible. So, we met at Cracker Barrell. It was great to catch up with Aunt Melanie and Wesley and June. I was so glad to see them.

We made it back to Greenville with just enough time for me to work on the wedding ceremony. I had four hours, and used every bit of it to get ready. When it comes to preparing for a wedding, I don’t leave anything to chance. I write every single detail out, even down to the names of the groomsman and bridesmades. It is one thing to make a mistake during a sermon. It is quite another thing to make a mistake in a wedding. I’m no fool.

Everything went smoothly. The ceremony lasted thirty-five minites. Tucker (the groom) was pretty relaxed. I think he was ready to get it over with. Ericka (the bride) looked beautiful. I think she was ready too because she walked rather briskly down the isle. Greg (can’t remember last name), Tucker’s youth pastor from Dalton, GA, helped me with the ceremony. He did the “homily” and I did everything else, including the introduction, vows, exchange of rings, and pronouncement. It was a very worshipful ceremony. If you want more details than that, you will have to talk to my Mom. It went well, and now their married. Mission accomplished.

The reception was at the Furman University Yonts Club. The food was great, and there was dancing. Yes, there was dancing. Sarah Baesler was my guest, and so we danced. Or, at least tried to dance. The good news is that no one there was really that great of a dancer either, so it worked out well for all of us.

On Sunday I went to Mom and Dad’s Sunday school class. They are teaching a co-ed Sunday School class with Brett and Winton Swanson. It is a Newleywed class, so I felt a bit out of place. Sarah Baesler (Winton’s cousin) came to the class as well, so I wasn’t the only non “newlywed” in the group. Afterwards we went out with the Swanson’s for lunch at Sticky Fingers. Later that night Sarah and I went out to get ice cream at Marble Slab in downtown Greenville. I am a huge fan of downtown Greenville. They recently renovated the park and it is a great place to hang out.

So that was Sunday, July 8 . My flight left on Monday morning and I was in LA by 3:00 pm. It was hard to leave because I really enjoyed my time home. Later that night Chase and Sarah Sears had an ice-cream party at their place and I was able to see some of my beloved GOC’ers (Grace On Campus, the campus ministry I led while at Grace Church). It was so great to see them. I miss them dearly.

I spent all of Tuesday running around trying to get as much done as possible before I had to leave for the airport. I was able to get some reading done, buy Vonage, do a few errands, and see Jeff and Jill Peirce and their new baby girl Juliana. By 5:30 pm I was off, and made it to the airport in plenty of time to catch my 10:45 pm flight.

As you know, I made it back safe and sound.

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5 Responses to “Carolina On My Mind (Part II)”

  1. Dad, Mom & Carrie Says:

    Hi Sweetie! I miss you so much already! Your trip home was wonderful but much to short! Thank you for doing such a great job at Erika and Tucker’s wedding. It was truly worshipful! Hope all is well and you are settling in to ministry in Wallaroo. Did you finish your reading? I love you, MOM

  2. Lindsey Says:

    It sounds like you had a good tome at home and visitng with friends and family in the States . . . I am sure you are glad to be back and ready to begin your full blown pastoral duties . . . I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!!!

  3. Kelley Says:

    And Saturday morning you got to hang out with the most beautiful little girl and have the most stimulating conversation with some old friends…..

  4. bwbunnell Says:

    Hey Kelley!! Yes, I forgot to mention you guys on Saturday…one of the most encouraging aspects of the whole trip was the time we spent together. I forgot to note in the blog I was transitioning to Saturday, so I think it slipped my mind. Blame it on jet lag.

  5. Kelley C Says:

    I’m totally messing with you Brian. We loved seeing you and talking with you. We hope we can talk to you more as you live abroad and experience many of things we did and many more that we did not.

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