I know you’ve been waiting with eager anticipation for this post. So, here it is!
Saturday was the BIG Christmas party for Nathan’s workplace. The theme was “Oh What Fun”.
It was a busy, busy day for us. The kids had their Bible Bowl Round Robin and that took up most of the day and I had my hair appointment. Nathan and I were off to our separate things from 10:ish to 4:00 when it was time to leave for the party. We were so excited!!!!!
I had to take a photo to send to my hair sylist/colorist when I went home and did my makeup. This is my “I’m so excited for the party” look!!
This is our third year at the Music City Center and it is a gorgeous, amazing venue. The only downside is that it’s impossible to take good photos there. 🙂
There was a live jazz band while we waited for the ballroom doors to open.
We chatted with friends, posed for photos, and ate amazing appetizers.
Finally, the doors were opened and we got to see the room. Last year we used half of the ballroom. This year we used the entire thing. There were live Christmas trees. The stage was set up in the middle with all the tables around it. There was an enormous jumbo-tron that went all the way around to project to all sides of the room. Entire walls had the theme of the evening projected on it. So many little details were thought of.
I just happened to get a shot of the count-down as it hit one second!
And Dave came out and kicked off the evening.
So many details of the night were amazing:
Funny videos. They did “Bad Lip Reading” videos where they made it look like all the Ramsey speaker’s group personalities were saying ridiculous things. There was another video showing where Dave played “evil-Dave” and another person played the “pastoral-Dave”
But the highlight of the evening was that they highlighted 4 different families to tell a bit of their stories and surprised each of them with special gifts. The first family had a daughter who was born very, very early and they had a long NICU stay and high medical bills. They were given $15,000. The next family was a family that had been working 5 jobs to pay off their debt and had one car and the husband had served several military tours overseas. They were also given cash and a Disney Cruise for their family. The third family was in the process of adopting a girl with special needs from Poland. They were given money to help with the adoption expenses.
But the cherry on the top was when they brought up to the stage, the admin that works with Nathan’s team. Her name is Lyssah and she and her husband are expecting their first baby. Her husband is a youth minister and they pour a lot of their time and energy into the youth. They also have a very old car that is being held together by bungee cords. She was in shock when they called her up. I thought she would pass out.
I’m sure she thought they brought her up to give them some money for a vehicle, but then they told her to turn around a look at the white curtain. They dropped the curtain to reveal a 2011 Toyota Sienna Van! Amazing (and I’m crying even now as I’m typing this).
If you follow this link and click play you can see “behind the curtain”.
And then they gave us our gift.
** 2 extra vacation days. For ever. So add that to whatever the vacation schedule already was. That number just went up by two days!!
**$100 in cash to use however we want. Pay the babysitter, have a date night. . . They actually gave it to us that night. So, someone had to bring $100 bills for 520 people 🙂
**$900 Target gift card. And they opened Target exclusively for the team from 6:00-8:00 this morning and offered 5% off everything and other discounts and deals. Several people went to check out and discovered that their TV they picked out was free!!
I’ll tell you more about our shopping trip later. This post is getting long and I’m tired. . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz