FC: The Kastensmidt Family: The Early Years | 2007-2011
1: Our First Five Years Together
2: The Story Begins | Sam and Laura met at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in March 2006. Laura had just returned from Ukraine and was working at Knox Seminary and Sam was working at Coral Ridge Ministries and was a student at Knox. They liked each other right away and started dating in April!
3: It didn't take them long to figure out that God had made them for one another! After a short six months of dating, lots of time spent getting to know one another, and a few moments of panic (is this REALLY what you want, Lord?), on September 30, 2006, Sam proposed at Fern Forest, where they had first talked about marriage and it had made Sam sick to his stomach with fear! There was no fear this time, and Laura quickly said "YES!" | LOVE
4: Sam and Laura together!
6: I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is Mine... | March 17, 2007 Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Fort Lauderdale, FL
7: Sam and Laura were married at Coral Ridge almost exactly one year after the day they met. Dr. Warren Gage performed the ceremony and Rev. Bill McClain (Laura's father) gave the charge to the couple. The bridesmaids were Johannah Wetzel, Heather Greene, Molly Willis, Julie McClain and Alyson McClain, and the groomsmen were Mike Kastensmidt, Dave Kastensmidt, Matt Kastensmidt, Pat Brackins and Anthony Urti.
9: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kastensmidt
10: Newlyweds | The first year together brought numerous changes. Sam's job at Coral Ridge Ministries ended and he began teaching at Westminster Academy. He soon learned that he loves teaching and took to it like a natural. There were also some difficult days at Knox that added some stress to life. But, it was a wonderful first year of growing together as a couple through all of the changes. | A weekend getaway together at Ocean Sky
11: First Christmas Together
12: Soon came the exciting news that a baby boy would join the family!
13: Waiting for Caleb | We can't wait to meet you, Caleb!
14: One full year together! What
15: Happy 1st Anniversary! | a beautiful blessing!
16: Welcome, Caleb James Kastensmidt! Born April 27, 2008
17: He's here!
19: Caleb's first days at home...
20: The first year just flew!
23: Christmas 2008
24: April 27, 2009 | Happy First Birthday, Caleb!
25: This was a party to remember! Friends, cake, games and lets not forget the best part, lots and lots of presents!