Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

November 29, 2011

Mission Trip to Dalton, GA

Yes, I have a new skill: dry walling!  I'm also using a fancy tool to cut the sheet rock around the door, but I can't remember what it's called.  
From October 19 - 23, I had the opportunity to go on a MNA (Mission to North America) mission trip with several members from our church.  We headed to Dalton, Georgia to assist families who needed relief from the tornadoes in April of this year.  A few months earlier, three women from our church went to Dalton to assist and they were able to recruit five others (including myself) to come back on their second journey.  We worked with a local ministry called "Rebuilding Hope."  Pictured above is the entire Grace Church of the Islands team plus Mr. Arthur (the man that we helped). Note the HUGE tree that fell down from the tornadoes in the background. 
 Our task for the next three days was to dry wall a house.  The really neat thing about this is that we were fixing up Mr. Arthur's house, which is one of the families that the three original ladies helped in the first trip.  Mr. Arthur is a sweet man that is very passionate about the Lord.  On our last day, he prayed and said "Lord, I don't praise you for the storm, but I do praise you for the aftermath and for all my new friends."  It really made me think about how I handle trials and wonder if I would praise God for the aftermath.  
I had a great time with our team and I was so glad that I had the opportunity to go!  If I still was working or pregnant, I wouldn't have had this chance.  We have talked about having another mission trip to help Rebuilding Hope in other areas of Georgia in the near future.  If I am able, I would certainly do this again!

November 23, 2011

Ryan's Wedding

In mid-October, Curtis and I headed to Chicago, Illinois to witness Ryan Fields' wedding.  Ryan is Curtis' best friend - they were roommates in college and have been best friends ever since.  I also knew Ryan in college through RUF, a campus ministry.
Ryan is about to be a College Pastor at Creekside Community Church, this was the church that Ryan and I both attended when we were in college.  
Here we have Curtis assisting the groom as he gets ready for his wedding!  They are a lot alike.  Both Ryan & Curtis are pastors, they have a similar sense of humor, and they are both INFJ's (if you know anything about the Meyers-Briggs personality test).  
In fact, they both married women that have the same birthday (not year): November 30th.
The other two gentlemen in this photo are Ryan and Curtis' other two roommates in college - Josh and Jeffrey.  Josh was married just five months earlier in May.
I'm not usually one to take pictures during a prayer, but this was just such a cool moment.  I thought it was beautiful to see all these godly men praying over Ryan before the ceremony, asking God to be glorified.  (I thought their wedding ceremony was beautiful and I couldn't help but worship the Lord for His goodness to Ryan and Emily.) 
 Off to the ceremony we go!  We somehow stuffed 8 people into Ryan's little Taurus.  (Side note: I hear this was one of the last memories that Ryan had in his Taurus before it died.)
 Here's 4 of the 5 of us stuffed in his back seat.
 Emily and Ryan make such a beautiful couple!  Here they are making their vows to each other, before God and all the witnesses.
Announcing for the first time:
Mr & Mrs. Christopher Ryan Fields!
 
The 4 roommates: Jeffrey, Curtis, Ryan, and Josh.
And here are all the wives with their husbands!  I had a great time getting to know Josh's wife, Alicia, while our husbands were performing wedding duties.  Alicia and I will look forward to getting to know Emily more in the future! :)

 Curtis and I were so happy that we could make it to his wedding!  Curtis was a groomsman and he was so glad that he could see God answer his prayers for Ryan to find a wife.  He had been praying this prayer over the past 4 years.  Praise the Lord for answering prayers, even if it isn't in the timing that we expect.

November 11, 2011

Welcome Home, Brannon!

 On October 30, we were so happy to welcome Brannon back to Savannah!  Brannon is the Senior Pastor at our church and he had been gone for almost 4 months.  He was deployed near Afghanistan as a Chaplain in the National Guard.  While Brannon was away, Curtis had a lot more responsibility at our church and I think he did a wonderful job.  As you can see, about 60 people came to the airport with smiles and signs.

Everyone was in line hoping to get a hug from Brannon!  

It brought tears to my eyes to see all the little kids at our church excitedly running towards him when they first saw him.  I couldn't help but think about how this was a small taste of how awesome it will be when Jesus Christ returns - when there will be no more partings, no more crying, no more sorrow, or death, or pain any longer (Revelation 21:4).  How I long for that day!

In Memory of Brooks

We wanted to have something that would remind us of our first son - John "Brooks" McDaniel.  So, I purchased blue cardstock and an 8x10 picture frame.  We put his name, his 9 week ultrasound, and one of our favorite verses on the cardstock. 

The verse that we chose is from the hymn "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go."  Here are the lines:
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

If you would like to hear a sample of this song, click here.

Here is the final product: 

We put it on the wall along with all the other pictures in the Dining Room:
We are hoping that one day we will be able to put up more pictures of future children.

Beautiful Flowers

Some of our sweet friends and family sent us flowers right after we found out about the loss of our baby.  They really made our house smell nice!  Here are some pictures that I took before they died:
These flowers were given to us by Miguel & Laura Amador.
These flowers were given to us by Allen & Heather Akins.
Close-up
These flowers were given to us by Curtis' family - his parents and his two sisters, Megan & Heather.
Thanks for thinking of us during this difficult time!