A Little About Father’s Day & The Importance of Community

This past June we celebrated Father’s Day for the first time with Annabelle by taking a weekend camping trip to Boone’s Landing with a group of our closest friends. Sure we could have celebrated by ourselves and that would have been just fine but going camping with our framily as we like to call them and celebrating together all these great guys that each have impacted not only their families but each of our families and our friend group as a whole was so much better. That trip though it was short was filled with so much laughter, stories, and sharing lots of good food while making some great memories.

All these great guy! Each of your family of girls are blessed to have you all in their lives as their daddys and hubbys.

All these great guy! Each of your individual families of girls are blessed to have you all in their lives as their daddys and hubbys.

A New Fathers Day Tradition: Sipping his morning coffee out of a brand new spiffy mug made especially for him by Bananabelle herself!

A New Fathers Day Tradition: Sipping his morning coffee out of a brand new spiffy mug made especially for him by Bananabelle herself on our framily fathers day camping trip!!

Our site!

Our site!

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Our little family of 3

Our little family of 3

Best fishing spot! This campsite literally was right on the waters edge! We could fish, canoe, even swim if we wanted too all right next to our camp!

Best fishing spot! This campsite literally was right on the waters edge! We could fish, canoe, even swim if we wanted too all right next to our camp!

First catch of the trip!

First catch of the trip!

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Watermelon!

Watermelon!

TT and Annabelle <3

TT and Annabelle ❤

 

Three loves!

Love these 3 Rauch girls!

CANOEING!!! lol

CANOEING!!! lol

She would be my child... We make the same faces lol <3

She would be my child… We make the same faces lol ❤

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You see we’re convinced that God didn’t make us to do life alone because we both have a tendency to go that route and it’s not nearly as fulfilling. He meant for us to live life together as friends, as family, and as a whole greater, grander unit in His family. When you are apart of a community and you are investing in others lives and families just as they are investing in yours there is someone there to share the joys that life brings you as well as encourage and support you through the difficult seasons. There is someone there to cheer you on when you are chasing a dream and someone to give you that big hug, pat on the back and praise God with when you see that dream become a reality. There is someone to talk to, someone to listen to you, pray with you and in my experience someone who you can even gain wisdom from and The Lord can use to give you guidance about what to do when you are walking through a tough situation that they might have already went through themselves. And if you are a Christian and they share your faith in Jesus then there is someone there to push you towards your ultimate goal of becoming more like Him, and that in my personal experience has been the greatest benefit (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Proverbs 27:17).

Sitting around the campfire with these two cutie pies!

Sitting around the campfire with these two cutie pies!

A few of the girls :)

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We were pretty impessed with Taylors rainbow campfire! She makes life just as fun as this campfire! She fills it with color :)

We were pretty impessed with Taylors rainbow campfire! She makes life just as fun as this campfire! She fills it with color 🙂

He love's her so much! Couldn't ask for a better daddy - He absolutely adores her.

He love’s her so much! Couldn’t ask for a better daddy – He absolutely adores her.

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We have been friends with and known these wonderful people for over a decade. We have watched their relationships bloom. We have seen their marriages and families begin. We have known them through many stages of life and have had to privilege to see God shape their hearts and create them into the men and women He is calling them to be on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. And they have witnessed the same with us. When you are apart of a community like that those friends love you, are there for you, and accept you as you are as well as who you are going to become. When you are apart of a community like ours you have the privilege to watch each other grow… you have the privilege to grow up together and have a front row seat to the seasons of life as we all change and mature and see what God has in store for each person. It is an amazing thing to be apart of to be surrounded with people who you know love Jesus, love each other, love you, love your spouse and now love your children and have their best interests at heart too.

Embracing our inner Pocahontas lol

Embracing our inner Pocahontas lol

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Games on!

Games on!

... and it was on for us too during playtime! lol

… and it was on for us too during playtime! lol

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She makes me laugh harder and brings more joy to my heart then any other child ever has

She makes me laugh harder and brings more joy to my heart then any other child ever has

Those cheeks! How do you not kiss them all day long?!.. Well you don't but Matt and I definitely do! lol

Those cheeks! How do you not kiss them all day long?!.. Well you don’t but Matt and I definitely do! lol

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Campfire sitting in the early morning... thats parenthood lol

Campfire sitting in the early morning… thats parenthood lol

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We’re two very blessed girls to have this guy in our lives to call ours! He’s without a doubt the best daddy to our Annabelle and the best hubby I could have ever asked for!

Those type of friendships are a rare treasures that stands the test of time and are bound by more than just common interest. They are bound by a common faith. So I challenge you friends, that when you find your people, your tribe, your community.. when you find someone in your life that you know you don’t want to loose and you want to keep around fight for that relationship especially as times and life gets busier and schedules get more hectic and you have to make more of a group effort to get together. Set up times to hangout. Make traditions and celebrate life events and each other together, even if that means it has to be made weeks in advance or is something that ends of being last minute because that’s the way life is going in the season you are in. I promise you that you wont regret it.

Group shot with our framily

Group shot with our framily

 

Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair

 

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