Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Then sat down to eat. I really enjoyed setting the table and lighting candles. Perhaps this was such a special day to me because this is only the second time in 39 years of marriage that I have cooked and served a Thanksgiving dinner in my own home. And did I mention? "It has been snowing lightly all afternoon".
Now as we settle down to our Thanksgiving afternoon nap, in anticipation of having our dear friends, The Haaks, come for dessert and cards this evening, I wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. Before this day is over, please join me in praising God from whom all blessings flow.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We have felt blessed beyond belief having our children with us this past week. Being scattered about the country as we are, times together are so precious to us. When the girls were making their initial plans for this visit, they were very specific about the fact that they were coming to see their grandmother. After seeing her, they were also really anxious to see their cousins, aunts and uncles who live in the area.
It was a wonderful weekend of reunion beginning with dinner with my sister-in-law, Deb, and niece Kacy. The girls are much older than Kacy, but were delighted to see her. She's changed a lot in the four years since they were together.
This is special to me because Deb & Kacy are all that remains of my side of the family.
After this evening together, Paige left to return to Chicago. The rest of the gang went on to Uncle Dale & Aunt Carolyn's for the night. We were all tired, but managed to stay awake long enough to reconnect.
Saturday found us visiting with Aunt Bets & Uncle Jimmy on the way to pick up Grandma for lunch. Lunch was such fun. Lots of laughing, singing, dancing and sharing. Oh yes, the singing and dancing came from the "little ones".
Hanging Out with Grandma
Having Andrew is like seeing his Dad at that age.
The Twins provided the singing and dancing.
The "Other" Cousins
If you look closely at Steph, you can see that "Wyatt" is
on his way
We ended the weekend with a stop at the Austin Dam Site. Jim and I grew up in the shadow of this landmark and never really paid much attention to it. Funny, isn't it, how it takes a visitor to show us the beauty of what is right under our noses?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
But this week, they are here. Paige drove in about noon on Tuesday and Brian and Gretchen arrived at the airport at 4:21 P.M. Ask me if we are ecstatic. The laughter started almost immediately, and is still going on. From eating favorite meals to playing games together, we are just simply revelling in each others' company.
Yesterday being Halloween only added to the fun. After lunch with our friend Claudia, they were off to explore what they called "religions founded in Western New York". First stop, the birthplace of Spiritualism.
In the 1800's on this exact spot, the Fox sisters claimed to have contacted the departed, thus beginning the movement of modern spiritualism. Our resident Rev. Paige is very interested in learning more about this religion. Says she is going to write a book.
Leaving Hydesville, they moved on to Palmyra and the Joseph Smith farm. Joseph Smith was the founder of the Mormon religion right here in Wayne County, NY. Although we drive by historic Hill Cumorah often, the girls had never visited the home of Joseph Smith. They had a tour with a young woman who is serving her missionary year in Palmyra. After visiting the homestead, they took a walk through the Sacred Grove.
Immediately upon arriving home from their adventures, they went out to the screen porch and began cutting pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. It has been years and years since we have had that activity in our house and it was as messy as I remembered.
Although it was messy, the end result was quite fantastic.
As the evening wore on, we had more trick or treater's than we ever have. Our girls thought their presence caused people to flock to our door. I'm not sure that is correct, but something drew people to us.
We then invaded our friends Jason and Linda in masks and deely boppers. They were happy to see us and offered us candy, but I wouldn't let my children have candy before they had their dinner.
What a delightful day - Made much better because I was the big winner in our family game of Bonanza. YIPPEE!!!