Category Archives: Marriage

When the church actually is the church.

US homeless couple marry in dream wedding
US homeless couple marry in dream wedding AFP/File – Bride Nhiahni Chestnut wipes away tears as she stands on the altar with her groom Dante White during …

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The groom wore a black tuxedo, a damask-rose pink waistcoat and tie, and an ear-to-ear smile.

He picked out his wedding outfit at a mall in Virginia — his first time ever in one of the sprawling shopping centers that are monuments to consumerism in the suburban landscape across the United States.

During his 14 years living homeless on the streets of Washington, Dante White, 28, never realized that so much opulence existed. Nor had he had much luck in love in his life, having been thrown out of his mother’s home when he was just 14.

Last week, White married Nhiahni Chestnut, 39, a woman whose battles with drugs and alcohol had left her on the streets of the US capital as well. Both are unemployed.

“I was basically living from day to day, trying to survive, and I wound up meeting him,” Chestnut told AFP at the couple’s wedding, held in the tiny chapel of Grace Episcopal Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood.

“Something clicked, the chemistry was there,” said the bride, dressed in a flowing white ensemble with a pink flower.

“We’ve been together ever since. That was nine years ago. He was outside. It kind of clicked because we were in kind of the same situation. We started hanging out with each other, talking,” she said.

The two also frequented a Bible study and meal program run by Grace Episcopal Church on Saturdays. It was there, a few months ago, that White, 28, revealed to a parishioner how much he wished he could afford to marry the woman who had brought light into his life on the streets. Continue reading

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Not vain, just proud!

A tribute to my hardworking wife!

I love you Trish!  You do more than I will ever realize.

*Recently, I was diagnosed with C. A. A. D. D. —
“Child Activated Attention Deficit Disorder”

This is how it manifests:
I decide to do the laundry. As I start toward the laundry room, I
notice that there are cheerios all over the floor and my car keys
are in the cereal bowl. I decide to pick up the cheerios before I do
the laundry. I lay my car keys down on the counter, put the
cheerios in the trash can under the counter, and notice that the
trash can is full. Continue reading

It’s 6 today

Today marks my sixth wedding anniversary.  Trisha and I have dinner reservations.  I imagine it will be a nice dinner, but an early evening.  Trisha is feeling very pregnant, and the day was spent knocking out things on our ‘to-do’ list before our next son arrives.  He is scheduled to arrive no later than the 4th of February, but Trish was convinced today that H.E. is arriving much, much sooner! 

Well, it’s been an awesome 6 years with my wife… two sons, purchasing our first home, vacationing with/without children, and many more significant stops along the way.  God allowed me to marry well above myself.  Thank you Trish for not running the opposite direction after those first few dates!  I love you!  Here’s to six more years of fun and family. 

Tell your story

Here at the North Campus of FBC McKinney, we are always challenging our people to tell their spiritual life-stories.  Often this means that conversations just happen organically with friends, family and neighbors, but on days like today it was done via video in our worship service.

Melissa, the young woman in the video, is married to Jon Glidden, Jr.  Jon is our children’s pastor and they have endured a lot this past year.  Here is Melissa’s story.  Enjoy.


The attached article will probably have little importance to you since it is about the Seattle Mariners’ recently retired manager, Mike Hargrove.  I still think it is a good read for all of us working/building our careers.  Enjoy.

Hargroves follow their bliss in ‘Red’

(Seattle PI)

Two weeks after shocking Seattle, a city that never warmed to him until it suddenly did, Mike Hargrove was in the stands at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, Calif.

If he hadn’t resigned on July 1, Hargrove would have been at Safeco Field last Friday managing the Mariners against the Tigers.

Instead, he and his wife, Sharon, arrived in the third inning of a California League game featuring minor league prospects, one of whom was their son, a first baseman for the High Desert Mavericks, a Mariners affiliate in Victorville.

Andrew Hargrove is 25 now, and until this night, his dad had seen only four of his games, two in high school and two in junior college. Because of his own baseball obligations spanning 35 years as a player and manager, Mike Hargrove was too busy to catch any of Andy’s other games, including those in T-ball and Little League.

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