Hello friends! It’s Sunday afternoon, I should be napping, right? Rich and David are out in the livingroom sleeping on the couches. Grace, Jacob, Ethan, and Caleb are all upstairs in their beds. Somehow, I feel cozy and contented enough just sitting at my desk, in a quiet house, knowing my loved ones are all around me– no nap today. I like to look out the windows as I sit here. We had snow fall yesterday, just a few inches, but with today’s sunshine, it is heavy now, and very wet. The roof is dripping water. There isn’t much wind, the trees are still, just the tops are gently swaying back and forth.
On Friday, I had a quick trip to the doctor. My sister and her family live in the same town, so I had Weston’s baby pictures developed and the kids and I took them over to her after my appointment. To our surprise (not a big surprise, though, because I knew they would show up sooner or later) my mom and dad were at her house (they live about 4 hours from us, in another state). It was so fun to drop by and see them there. We sat around the table and I took a couple pictures of Weston and his family. I got to hold him for a little while, he is so small and dear. I called him a little bean. I love that little baby so much, and look forward to watching him grow. I just know he is going to have a lot of fun with my four boys. I wish you could have seen Caleb’s bright eyes as he stood and looked at his new cousin for the first time.
On the way home, I was talking to Caleb about “Aunt Amanda’s new baby, named Weston” when David sighed deeply and said, “I know, I thought they were going to name him David. But they didn’t.” I guess we all know who David’s favorite person is? He is so so precious.
On Saturday, Mom and Dad came to our house. As soon as they arrived, we immedietly opened Christmas gifts. We just couldn’t wait another moment! They gave me a beautiful scarlet fiesta casserole (9 by 13) — I was completely shocked, I hadn’t even held one in my hands before. My mom bought me a scarlet one so I could use it for my Valentine’s parties, isn’t that thoughtful? They also gave me a book and some happy pig knick-knacks. They had a gift for me from Aunt Mary, some of her homemade soaps, and a gift from my brother and his wife–a place setting of “evergreen” fiestaware!
I thought my mom was going to cry when she opened her gift: a signed Tasha Tudor print (of the Secret Garden) and 2 packs of seeds from Tasha’s garden! She was so happy and that was a thrill for me. We gave my dad the PBS documentary of The Civil War, he loves that series and was very happy to have his own copy of it.
Here is a photo of my dad and the boys playing with Jacob’s new army men. They were on 2 teams, shooting rubberbands at the opposite team’s men, to knock them down. All of them laughed a lot.
My favorite part of their visit was being able to play the piano for my parents for the first time in YEARS. Rich gave me a new piano for Christmas and this was the first time my parents heard it. My dad sat on the couch with a hymn book, and I had my own, and he called out hymn numbers for me to play. His favorites are the ones written by Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley. His all-time favorite is the William Cowper hymn, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”. I probably played about 10-15 hymns for him. We also played “Heart and Soul” together, “just like the olden days”.
For dinner I made a new recipe. It turned out quite tasty, and the kids liked it, so here is the recipe:
Pork Chops in Bean Sauce (made in the crock pot)
6 pork chops
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
28 oz can baked beans
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
13 1/2 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup chili sauce
1. Brown pork chops on each side. Place in slow cooker.
2. Saute onion in skillet in meat juices, spread over pork.
3. Sprinkle w/salt, garlic, and pepper
4. Combine beans and hot sauce, pour over chops.
5. Combine pineapple and chili sauce, spread over beans.
6. Cover. Cook low 7-8 hours, high 3-4 hours.
For a side dish, my mom and I chunked up some veggies–red pototoes, a red onion, carrots, and a squash, tossed them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and roasted them in a 400 degree oven on cookie sheets. They were so good! We also had a nice tossed salad.
After dinner we ate chocolates. I bought a box of Russell Stover and a box of Whitman’s. We did a taste testing of them and we all (except Ethan and David) thought that Russell Stover was the best.
Mom and Dad had to leave at 7pm and as usual, we were all sad to see them go. It was a wonderful time together. I love my parents SO much and it feels so good to have them visit, enjoying my family and my home.
This morning we went to church, Rich and me, with our five children. . .finally all together again after several Sundays of sickness in the family. I love sitting by my husband and holding his hand during the sermons. Every once in a while I’ll look at the children next to me and we’ll smile at each other. Today Jacob was by my side, then E, and then Grace. The service was wonderful, the hymns we sang were so edifying and Pastor’s sermon was all about how God chooses and uses ordinary people–he preached from Luke’s account of Jesus calling H
is 12 disciples.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend! I’m attaching the link to the book I am reading, it is so good!
“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen” Ephesians 6:23, 24