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Week of January 9, 2017

Christian Family Profile – Theo & Kelly Vallas 

Paint us a picture of your family and how you interact with one another
Kelly and I live in Nashville and were recently married on October 8, 2016. We have a sweet dachshund/beagle mix named Bailey. We met on a dating app called Bumble, and realized we both attended Southern Miss at the same time, and even had mutual friends, but somehow never met. Looking back, we realize that was all God’s timing, because I know I was not mature enough back then to handle a serious relationship, and things wouldn’t have worked out. Kelly feels the same way. But now that we’re in our early 30’s, we have grown closer to God and as a result, He decided to put us together. It didn’t take us long to know we were “the one” for each other, either. We were married one year (almost to the day) after we met. As newlyweds, we are being intentional about spending as much quality time together during our first year of marriage as we can. This means that sometimes we turn down the invitations of friends and family and instead work on bonding together as one. We think that this will pay dividends in the long run. We are also blessed that our families live nearby and we get to see them at least once a week, sometimes more. The family life is something that we both believe strongly in; we both come from Christian families, and we found that common bond very appealing about each other when we were dating.

What does your average week look like? 
We both work full time jobs; Kelly is an assistant principal at a local middle school, and finishes at 4:00, and I am a legislative assistant for a state representative, and I get off work at 4:30. So we get home and have plenty of time together. We run errands, walk around our neighborhood, visit family, and attend church together. We eat supper together each night – Kelly cooks and I clean (well, most of the time). Saturday mornings we usually do chores around the house, run errands, and spend time with friends. Sundays are always dedicated to church and family.

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Lord of all being,
There is one thing that deserves my greatest care,
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Some years ago, I attended an interesting wedding. I was especially struck by the creativity of the ceremony. The bride and the groom had brainstormed with the pastor in order to insert new and exciting elements into the service, and I enjoyed those elements. However, in the middle of the ceremony, they included portions of the traditional, classic wedding ceremony. When I began to hear the words from the traditional ceremony...

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