Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Congratulations Karl and Michelle!

On Saturday, July 13th, Michelle Knueppel and Karl Shikoski were engaged! :)  
I had the privilege to witness this godly couple become engaged...how exciting! 

So...story before the pictures! :) To make a LONG story short, 
D'Lacey and I planned a surprise outing for Karl and Michelle on Saturday, 
mainly for the purpose of D'Lacey being able to meet Karl since 
she hadn't been able to yet. Well, I contacted Karl to OK the plans 
with him, and to make another long story short, our plans ended up being 
a cover-up for the engagement! :) So we got everything worked out with
Karl and got the picnic ready and everything. D'Lacey and I drove out to
 Lake Geneva in the morning and got a small Deli market to keep 
our picnic baskets and the roses. So then we went and picked up Karl, Michelle 
and Jessica at the Knueppel's house. Karl acted like he didn't know 
anything about what we were doing or where we were going. 
We had a great picnic lunch and then we went on a walk 
around the lake. The houses and gardens on the Lake Walk were gorgeous! 
Karl, Michelle and I went ahead on the walk while D'Lacey and 
Jessica got rid of our picnic baskets and retrieved the roses. 
Since D'Lacey and Jessica were far behind us, Karl proposed without the roses
and then gave the flowers to Michelle later on down the path on the way back 
where D'Lacey and Jessica had stashed them. D'Lacey and Jessica 
showed up just in time to get some of the proposal on video since D'Lacey 
had the video camera. :) 
Michelle was completely surprised! :) SUCCESS! :) 
So then D'Lacey asked a random guy if we could use his dock for 
pictures and stuff (originally she had asked if we could use the dock
for the proposal, but Karl proposed before we got to the dock). 
We spent a good amount of time on the dock taking pictures and 
texting everyone the good news! :)

So...pictures now. :)  

I insisted that we get a picture with me in between them...just once! :) 

At the picnic lunch...

They are SO cute together! :) 

D'Lacey and Karl "arguing"...it was pretty hilarious. 
Not sure who won that one...

Pictures along the Lake Walk

"Will you marry me?" 
Of course...she said YES! :) 

a very surprised Michelle! :) 

we finally got to the flowers... ;) 

Michelle's ring is gorgeous, absolutely perfect for her! 
Great job choosing the ring, Karl! :) 

The extremely happy couple! 

They are definitely in love...

texting the good news!

we tried to have Karl reenact the proposal... 

It didn't work out too well...

meanwhile, us single girls mourned our singleness... (j/k)

what a lovely couple...

This is the lady that kept the roses and our picnic baskets 
on her porch after we picked the stuff up from the Deli. 
She was so excited to be a part of Michelle and Karl's 
special day! :) She was very sweet! 

After the proposal, everyone (except me)
 went on a ferry boat ride around the lake. 
I was on a rescue mission at the time...Michelle's 
purse was in desperate need of her and was about two 
blocks away. So while the rest of the group enjoyed the boat ride, 
Super-Abbey was to the rescue! ;) 

In front of the fountain outside of the Riviera.

We walked past this old run-down house on the way back to the van and
we told Michelle and Karl that they could renovate this house and live 
in it once married. :) 
It once was a really nice house...

Congrats Karl and Michelle! :) 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Vacation Bible School

We had a great week of Vacation Bible School last week! 
Our theme was "A Whaling Adventure -- Jonah and the Whale"
We had a great turnout, and everyone had a blast! :) 
I'm not sure the total of kids that were saved, 
but I know of three for sure! 
Praise the Lord for the work HE did last week! 

Our parade float

My VBS task is to make the Week -n- Review DVD. 
I love the job because I'm able to be around 
every age group and see every aspect of VBS! 
It is so much fun! :) 

I also had the opportunity to be in the skit this year as a "shegull." 
There were "shegulls" and "hegulls." :) 
We all had a blast! 

Luke was having fun with the Whale... :) 

Here's a picture of the 2 & 3 year old class for VBS.
A lot of my day care kiddos were in that class for the week.
So cute! :)