Last Friday, the brothers from our church decided to throw a Sister Encouragement night for Valentine’s Day weekend.
For those of you who don’t know, I am very active in my church’s campus ministry. In order words, a bunch of college students get together several times a week and we do church stuff. Well not really, the majority of times we hang out and have really cool events. We go iceskating, throw parties, BBQ’s, movie nights… You can actually check out a bunch of events we do at our Facebook page. Anyway, back to last Friday.
So the guys rented this lounge in an apartment building where one of them lives. They all got dressed up and got together at 4pm and started to cook for the ladies. Yes, they started TO COOK. I’m not even kidding. They scheduled us to get to the lounge around 7:30pm.
When the girls got there we found the most beautiful sight. They set up a table decorated with a red table cloth. They bought matching red napkins, red cups and plates to go with the decorations. They set up a total of 12 seats, one for each girl. Each plate had a pink rose and the table was full of smaller flowers. Splattered around the table, the guys put a bunch of hershey kisses and starbursts for us to eat.The table was set and the food was served. They made us breakfast for dinner. So we started the meal with pancakes. In the middle of the table, they had three bowls of chopped fruit (banana, strawberry, blueberries), they had jelly, butter, maple syrup, peanut butter, water and orange juice.
Two of the guys stayed in the lounge. Their job was to serve us. You could say the were our waiters.When we ran out of orange juice and they put more juice in our cup. When we needed napkins, they gave us some. When we wanted more pancakes they got us more. Mean while, the other two guys were in the apartment cooking. Each girl ordered an omelette with specific ingredients in it.
Finally when the omelettes came around the “cooking brothers” came down and served us our omelette, each with the name of the girl who had ordered it. While the ladies and I ate this very delicious meal we played a game called contact. We laughed, we made fun of each other, we enjoyed and we made memories while the brothers were busy getting their things together. After everyone had finished eating, the guys served us one more round of pancakes.
When I thought it was time to leave, the gentlemen took us to a part of the lounge that had a living room like setting. So the ladies sat on the couch and chairs while each guy had a little presentation for the us. Brandon, had baked us brownies and thanked us for our friendship. Then Ben plugged his mac into the TV and showed us this small movie he made. He started playing the guitar and left the music in the background while he made a slideshow with pictures of the ministry. Sam (who never sings in front of anyone) sang I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz. Finally, Jacob went around and said something kind about each sister. At the end, we all huddled up for a giant group hug and took a selfie.
I was truly in awe of how wonderful the guys in my church are like. They spend so much money in all the preparations, food and decorations for the night. They spend all afternoon cooking and they actually got dressed up with suit and tie -and they all looked pretty cute! Considering that there are 12 girls and 4 guys, I assume each guy must have spend a lot of money and time for everything that needed to be done that night. All of that just to show how much they love us.
Two of the guys have a girlfriend and the other two are not even remotely interested in getting one. They didn’t do that to win us over romantically. The guys knew they weren’t ever going to get paid back. They were just showing what fraternal brotherly love looks like. The four guys are prime examples that gentlemen and chivalry still exists. I wanted to write about this very specifically cause I am STILL encouraged about last week. Gosh, one can never go wrong with gallantry. I am so glad that I have strong friendships with guys and girls, they truly are everything to me (and my sister too)!
Anyway, I wrote each guys a thank you letter and gave them their fav candy as an act of appreciation.