S: From all of us, who love you dearly.
FC: Congratulations, My Dearest Friends
1: We all love you so much, Let us count the ways.
2: Dear Erika, I love you.
3: You, are one of my dearest friends... I can't imagine how different my life would be without you having been by my side. You have loved me, encouraged me, and always been there to just laugh, and chat when it was needed. And now, you must begin a journey with a new best friend. A new love, to always stay by your side. And though things will change, I consider my life incomplete without you in it. I am so excited to be there for you as you travel on this new path God has set out for you and Danny. I am blessed, as we all are, to have you in our lives. This book is my way of showing you how much you are both loved. | I hope you love it, as much as I love you! Ashton
4: Show Me Sexy | Time Spent with you, goofing off and being the geeks that we are is never boring.!
5: You probably want to kill me for putting this in here.... | But it's so you and Daniil
6: Daniil! You beat me to it! Aren’t the oldest in the family “supposed” to be married first? Although you are soon to be wed, maybe one of these days we can find some time for some: | And some of...
7: HOUSE RULES for this time are as follows: Love Erika as Christ loves His bride, the church. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. | In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. | This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” -Ephesians 5:25-33 Love, Olgzzzzzzz | And some of....
8: E-agerly blessing others R-eally encouraged me on my white board I-deal commercial quality hair K-nows what desserts are IN! A-lways happy
9: A-rbuzzzzz N-o escape from cat-talk. (ha!) N-orthwest university graduate E-nergetic singer | L to the u-t-s-k-y I-nherits pretty sweet in-laws ;0) N-urse who has bungeed D-elights in the Lord S-punk beyond words! A-mbitious about everything Y-eah she’s getting married!
10: y | You are so loved, and cherished...
11: . | And we want you to know what a difference you have made in our lives.
12: Dear Erika, It is with great joy that we are able to celebrate your upcoming wedding. You have always been such a blessing and joy in my life. You were an answer to your daddy’s long time prayer. I think it is so like God to plan for you to be born on a Sunday and to be married on a Sunday, the Lord’s Day. I think of the “Monday’s Child” poem that says “And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is fair and wise and good and gay.” This is so true of you! My prayer for you and Daniil is that Jesus would always be the center of your life individually and corporately and that nothing would ever hamper or dilute the joy of the Lord in your lives. We can do all things that He calls us to do because when He calls He equips us. I know that you will be an excellent helpmate for Daniil and his best cheerleader. I have seen the gift of encouragement operating in you so very often. It is such a blessing and joy to me to see the beautiful young woman you have become and the zest for life that you possess. I know that with God’s help you will both will mutually submit, reverence, love and learn from each other. You will be trustworthy, chaste, love your children and be an excellent keeper of your home. With Jesus as the center of your lives, you will have everything that you need. I think Ecclessiastes 4:9-12 is a powerful passage.
13: because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man that falls and has no one to pick him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A triple braided cord is not easily broken.” Love you forever, Erika- Ever powerful woman of esteem Gracefulness built through devotion Peaceful, refreshing one Mom | “Two are better than one,
14: Dear Daniil, We are so blessed and honored to have you as part of our family! It has been so wonderful to come to know you and spend time with you and Erika the past 3 years. I know that God has wonderful plans for you and Erika as a couple. Your gifts complement each other so well. I am especially blessed by your commitment to Jesus. I also appreciate how deeply you desire to have peace in all your relationships and pursue when things are not right. Your desire to get to the bottom of the issue and resolve the problem is so admirable. I see how much you value relationships and I know that you will value and treasure your marriage relationship with Erika very deeply. God has blessed you with an exciting ability and desire to do things right. He gives you insight into situations and spiritual discernment. This is shown by your desire to be a Man of Integrity above all else. I know that with God’s help you will love, honor, provide for, be faithful to, be satisfied with, confer with, instruct and live with Erika for life. Daniil, you are a blessing wherever you go! I know that you and Erika will touch many people and will bring many people into God’s kingdom through your love for each other, love for other people and your desire to have healthy and honest relationships. My prayer for you and Erika is that Jesus would be the center of your lives individually and corporately, because when we have Jesus, we have everything we need. I pray that He will be the stabilizing force in your marriage and that you, Erika and Jesus would be a triple braided cord that is not easily broken as mentioned in Ecclessiastes 4:9-12. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man that falls and has no one to pick him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. but how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A triple braided cord is not easily broken.” Love you forever, Daniil, Julie
15: Dear Daniel, We see you now as a grown man from when you were a little boy. You have been through so much and have overcome so many obstacles. You have such strength, courage, and smart thinking to get you anywhere you want in life. Daniel, we are very proud of you for becoming the smart young man that you are today. You have worked so incredibly hard to get where you want to be in life. Congratulations on finding you true love, may God bless the two of you as you begin your life together. With love always, Mom & Dad..
16: Dearest Erika, You are such a beautiful person, inside and out, and it has been such a joy knowing you for so many years. They go by so fast, and I cannot believe this very special day is already upon us! It seems like just yesterday when you, me, Sarah and Karen would sit around your kitchen table late in to the night talking about whom the special men might be that we would marry. I'm so, so SO excited for this new adventure for you and Daniil.. Though I've never met him, his family seems amazing and I'm very sure he is too!! Though sometimes, from afar, I've enjoyed seeing the journey that god has brought you on, and I'm so looking forward to seeing where he takes you and Daniil together. | May God bless you and Daniil on this new adventure. I love you Erika! Love, your sister in Christ, Keirstin
17: "A heart that has truly loved never forgets."
18: "Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish."
19: Dear Erika, You have been a friend of encouragement for many years. You are bright, positive, and inspiring. You demonstrate trust in our Savior that radiates to those around you--those who know they need it and those who don't! But both sets of people are thankful and know that there is something good and beautiful in that trust. You are a light of His goodness and grace. Thank you for your part in my life; I am blessed by you! I pray that the good Lord will continue to draw you to himself and that you will find rest and joy in his love. -Sarah Dickerson
20: WE MET IN THE SIXTH GRADE WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE GREAT FRIENDSHIP WE HAVE MADE WE HAVE HAD MANY UPS AND DOWNS AS WE STROLLED THROUGH TOWN, LOOKING LIKE CLOWNS MAKING FUN OF CASEY’S HAIR I GUESS WE SHOULD HAVE LOOKED IN THE MIRROR, TO BE FAIR YOU ALWAYS ATE KETCHUP BY THE TON AS I STOLE ARBY’S SAUCE FOR FUN WE ALWAYS COMPETED IN SPORTS TO SEE WHO WOULD HAVE WON WIN OR LOSE, IT WAS ALWAYS A TON OF FUN WE HAVE HAD MANY MEMORABLE TRIPS TO MOSES LAKE AND HAVE MANY MORE TRIPS WE NEED TO TAKE ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE FINGER LENGTH TOES WHEN I REALLY NEEDED SOMEONE YOU WERE THE ONE I CHOSE YOU ARE MARRYING AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSON WHO IS EXTREMELY CARING AND GIFTED AT NURSING YOU AND ERIKA ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN KIND OF LIKE A SLURPEE AND HOT DOG FROM SEVEN-ELEVEN AND NOW AS YOU TURN TO THE NEXT CHAPTER THERE IS NO DOUBT; YOU GUYS WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. -BUD KLOSTERMAN | Daniil
21: True friendships are built on the foundation of Arby's special sauces.
22: Erika, I have enjoyed our friendship over the years so much. I have so many awesome memories of spending time with you. Here are some that stick out the most: movies nights, California, drama, voice class, "study" hall, the formals and other dances, doing puzzles at Dabob Bay, and of course baking together. Also, I can't tell you how excited I was when you threw me a surprise birthday party when I turned 17 (?). I was so exicted that I had a friend that would do that for me... you kept the secret well too as my face shows in the picture :) I love you so much Erika and am super happy for you and Daniil :) With much love, Karen | Karen + Erika = Love
23: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.
24: -Erika Anne Lindsay I will always remember Daniel constantly talking about you when you two were first going out. One day he told me “I know she’s the one” him saying that made me realize he’s found such a special lady, and that is you! These past three years I’ve learned so much about you, I’ve gotten to know you better as an individual and future sister in-law. You’re caring, generous, smart, fun, adventurous, strong, and so much more that the list in never ending! My brother has found his perfect other half and I’m glad he’s extremely happy because of you. I’m so excited for what’s ahead in your future you have worked really hard and will fulfill every goal in mind. As Leo Buscaglia says; “Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love”. You and Daniel both share a special bond of many different qualities and true love that will last a lifetime. I love you Erika and I’m excited for you to be my sister in-law and a wonderful wife to be! Love, Marina Lutsky..
25: Danny, I remember hearing about you, long before I met you, and how excited Erika was just to sit near you in class. I remember hearing about your budding relationship when it began, and hoping this guy lived up to my expectations of what my best friend deserved. And I must say, you did not dissapoint. You treat her with the highest respect, you love her even when she is being nuerotic, worrisome, or indecisive, as us ladies tend to be. :P You see how beautiful she is, how loving and graceful, how caring and Godly. And you fit her so perfectly. You are strong enough to make decisions when she can't, but considerate always of what she needs and wants from life. You put her and God first, and you are such a high calibur person. I have the highest respect for you and her, and I know that God will bless your union. I love you both so much, and can't wait to babysit your curly haired toddlers, hype them up on sugar, and send them back to you. | Thank you, for loving my friend the way she deserves to be loved. | Your friend, Ashton
26: Erika- Thank you for your friendship, I have been so blessed to have you as a study buddy and sister in Christ. I am so excited for you and Danny, all that the Lord has for you in your lives and marriage. "Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace." Ephesians 4:2-3 Love ya, Laura
27: Congratulations Dan! You have choosen a great fiance to spend the rest of your life with. I'm truely happy for you and wish the best for you and Erika. Thanks for being a big brother and one of my best friends over the years. I look up to you and what you've accomplished. You have inspired me to become a leader and take on challenges. Love you bro and wish you true happiness in the years to come! Sincerely you brother, Ben Success in marriage does not come through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. - Barnett R. Brickner
28: Dearest Erika, I have so many wonderful memories of our time together in school, many of which are from our trip to Zimbabwe. One of my favorite days was at Victoria Falls. We had been talking about doing something crazy at Vic Falls even before we arrived in Zimbabwe. I was a bit surprised that bungee jumping was on your bucket list, but I went with it. While I was rooting you on this adventure, I knew it was something I couldn’t do. I would be way to scared! You have such a tenacious spirit. You just paid the money and went for it! Before I knew it, we were in Zambia, looking down at the Victoria Falls Bridge, watching the bungee company workers test out the lines. You were to be the first jumper of the day. I think Danette and I got progressively nervous for you as the time drew closer, though we cheered you on each step of the way. When they started tying the cord to your legs, you got pretty pale, but you were not about to back out of it. Danette and I screamed our heads off. “You can do it Erika!!!” You were brave and determined. The countdown was on and then away you went. You had such a look of exhilaration and accomplishment as they pulled you back up to the bridge. The look on your face said “I can do anything”. What a moment! Erika, not only are you a strong, independent woman, you are also a woman after God’s own heart. You embrace life to the fullest. You are willing to push yourself beyond the borders of your comfort zone. You are compassionate, considerate, encouraging, and kind. There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to be an exemplary wife and an outstanding mother. I am truly blessed to count you as my friend. Love, Julie
30: How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy and it will go well for you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons, like young olive trees around your table. In this very way the man who fears the Lord will be blessed. May the Lord bless you from Zion, so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life, and will see your children’s children. Peace be with Israel
31: Psalm 138 | Psalm 138 | Blessing for those Who fear God | Blessing for Those Who fear God
33: Dear Erika, I always asked God to place someone special in Daniil's life, and he answered my prayers. One day when Daniil came home from Edmonds CC I saw him, he seemed so different. He told me, "mom I think today I met my soul mate." You cannot even imagine how happy I was and know he met someone special that day which was you! I love you so much and I know that you were sent by God to be in Daniels life. wish you blessings and God knows you two are perfect for each other and so do I! Love, Sophia Lutsky
34: Daniel, You have been an incredible inspiration to me and still are to this day. I love hanging out with you and listening to stories that you share. Throughout my life I’m glad I have you as a brother to share everything with. You have accomplished so much and are still going strong to fulfill all the goals you want to achieve. I see the excitement in your eyes and know for a fact that you found the love of your life. I’m very excited for the upcoming wedding and I know you can’t wait to call Erika your wife! I appreciate all of the speeches and words of encouragement that you always share with me. Thanks for being the most caring brother you could ever be. I love you. Marina
35: There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother. ~Terri Guillemets
37: "Erika and I have been part of the same clinical rotation for a majority of our clinicals, and through this, I was able to see her work ethic and her truly gifted ability to care for others. I would watch her, and could see her watching others (in and out of the classroom) and she was constantly assessing others needs. She was inexhaustible, and was constantly reaching out to others in the group. In Zimbabwe, I ALWAYS knew I could ask her for help (clinically based or otherwise) and she would take the time for me! Erika's life is absolutely centered around others: after living with her for a month, I reaped the benefits of this selfless behavior! Erika-you are a wonderful example of womanhood, gracious and giving! May your marriage reap ten-fold the efforts you have placed into others! And raise a brood of children! Love, Danette"
39: Friends are like stars... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
42: To my Dear Friend Erika, We have shared so many memories over the years. I cherish our awana days fondly, and remember every sleep over and birthday party we spent giggling and having secrets shared. Sock wars after your lessons and sharing classes in school will always be some of my dearest memories. May God continue to bless your relationships, primarily between you and daniel! I'm so happy for you both. All my love, Your sister in Christ, Lizzy
44: To my Sweet Sister Erika! I wanted a sister for as long as I can remember and kept getting brothers at first! Poor Jimmy had to be my little doll and wear dresses when we played; he was a good sport though. When mom said she was pregnant you do not know how hard I prayed that this time it would be a girl! When Dad yelled downstairs that it was a girl I was so happy. You were my own personal baby doll and I loved taking care of you and dressing you up and taking you with me everywhere I went. It was so fun watching you grow up – you had spunk even as a toddler. I loved having you come to my track meets and cheer me on. I could hear your sweet voice yelling for me to GO AMY! I enjoyed having you come on the field at the meets with me and my friends, they all loved you. You were everyone’s little sister. You cheered Michael and Jimmy on just as much at the wrestling meets – 2 points, pin him. You were so cute, you would yell so hard that you would lose your voice. One of my funniest memories of you as a little girl is how jealous you were of my best friend Amy Marshall. You always wanted to sleep in my room on the trundle bed but I would only let you do it occasionally as you were such a wild sleeper (slept sideways, on the bed, off the bed, kicking while you slept). One night Amy was coming over and you came in and put your naked little butt on Amy’s pillow and then ran off. It was your way to say you were mad that Amy got to sleep on the trundle. I don’t think we told Amy about that! J As a teen I know as siblings we all teased you about being homeschooled but you turned out great! You are so beautiful, grounded, kind, loving, and helpful! You have been a great example for Alyssa and appreciate how you love on her. And as a “homie” you graduated Nursing School with honors and with scholarships! We are so proud of you Erika. I can’t believe my little sister is getting married! Congratulations, you have chosen a great guy and we look forward to more great memories and nieces and maybe a nephew in the future! We all wish you the best and love you so much! Amy & Karl
45: Auntie, Congratulations and I love you soooo much! Love, Alyssa
46: My dearest Erika, I tried to choose a picture of a special occasion or a particularly precious memory or an important time we shared together. But those just simply don’t exist between us. It was never about the big events or moments in our friendship together. Every moment has been blessed. I have been and continue to be incredibly blessed by our friendship. I know that we don’t see each other very often, but I know that whether we’re just across the border or across the world from each other, we are bound by a love greater than our own. I was so blessed to meet you in Deutschland, at the Bode. It was a time of change and growth for both of us, and I know that we continued in that change and growth for the years after (and still do!)
47: I have been blessed every time we met, by your consideration, your wisdom and thoughts, your grace for me, your prayers, and ultimately your love that flows not only from your own heart but from a soul overwhelmed by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Erika, Jesus is the ruler of your life, and you live this truth everyday! Erika, “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” - Psalm 37:3-5. You have trusted your life and your hope to Jesus and you have followed Him obediently. Your faith has grown deeper as you have pursued Him. You delight your self in Jesus, placing Him in the centre of your heart, and now He is granting you one of your greatest desires - marriage to a man who loves you, and Jesus. Delight in the blessings which the Lord has bestowed upon you. Everyday commit your path, your walk, your life to Him, trust that Jesus will accompany you and Daniil through every step of your life together and keep you in His presence, and Jesus will do it. I am sorry if this is longwinded. There is so much I wish to say to you at this very joyous time! But I will leave you with this: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12. May it be thus on your wedding day, not for your glory or Daniil’s, but for the glory of God revealed in your lives united before Him. Enjoy this moment before the Lord. I love you. You are always in my heart, my dear friend and beloved sister in Christ. -Adrienne
48: Last, but definitely not least...
49: Dear Erika, These 3+ years have been a ride! Having a conflicting schedule which forced me to change classes last minute was the best thing that could have ever happened to me because otherwise I may have never met you! I recall how I used to make any possible excuse to glimpse at you seated behind me. Our early time was such a blast filled with planned and spontaneous trips to area bodies of water. The “ocean” or Edmonds beach is one of those special spots that infuse my mind with cherished memories of our love. Friday Harbor, another special place will be an awesome visit for our future anniversaries. | Your convictions for life and how it should operate is constantly inspiring to me. You are stronger than you will ever know and I pray that your convictions will serve to make every place you visit a better one. The hospital, church, a living room with kids! Your caring and compassion are unmatched on this earth. I have literally never met a more genuine person in my life and can’t believe I get to call you my wife soon. I appreciate how committed you are to everything you endeavor upon, producing your highest quality and seeing everything to completion. I know our kids will be in excellent hands, and I feel blessed that I will be able to raise them with you as a solid team. You are a beautiful person; your personality is like no other- thank you for being so playful! I enjoy your company so much and that when it is time to be serious you meet me right there. You have pretty much everything in the world going for you and I am overjoyed that I am able to share in your life. The past 3+ years have been so fun and I can’t wait to spend my lifetime with you! I love you, Erika!
50: Dear Husband, You are my love. You are my best friend. My love will never end! I pray day and night- Love, joy and peace My love will never decrease. You, me and the Lord The world’s strongest triple braided cord Maybe worn, but NEVER torn! I am thrilled to wake by you every morn. I just might just tut a horn To yip and yelp Because I am excited to be your help! You lead with courage and tenderness I care with love and joy It is obvious, there is no ploy You and me are meant to be! Love, Wife
51: I excitedly wait the time when I can be bound to you, by love, for the rest of my life as your wife. I am thrilled to become a family, our own little Lutsky family. I am constantly astounded by the courage and boldness you exhibit on a daily basis. Daniil, I trust you with my deepest secrets, sorrows, and joys. You are a kind and tender man to me. I pray that someday I will be the helpmate you deserve. Thank you for taking me as I am – all of my ugliness and bad attitudes and loving me in return. I do not deserve you Daniil. I will love you forever! ~Erika Anne