On Friday, Rich and I drove to my childhood home, the place that is IN MY BLOOD and MIND, the smells, the sights, the land, are all so precious to me. How thankful I am that it is a place I can still return to. Only a handful of hours away and I can be there. Mom and Dad are who truly make it home……..
We walked into a feast in the makings. Mom had a big lunch prepared; roast beef with onions (from the garden), homemade rolls, beets from the garden, corn from the garden, pickles made from *cucumbers from the garden*, creamy mashed potatoes (also, from the garden). Truly, a harvest worth praising God for! And all so wonderfully prepared. We ate and ate and then went outdoors to play/run/walk it off.
Agent Orange, cat of the place, watched.
The men/boys played football, not a game, but catching and kicking to each other. It is a quiet, country road with practically no traffic, so they could spread out with enough room to play.
They all love football. Actually, let me mention….that they were all wanting to play, but couldn’t find a ball. When my brother Dave called to say he was coming up, I asked him if he had a football (he didn’t), and he surprised us by stopping on the way to buy a new one, and a pump, and a soccer ball for the little boys! So kind of him.
Watching the ball. Sometimes it was next to impossible to know where it would end up being kicked, Rich’s goal was executing a powerful kick (with accuracy of secondary importance).
Dad, kicking the ball (not seen, but truly, it was there, up and away, flying)……..
Brother Isaac, petting the cherished, very old, family dog BRUTUS.
Dad, getting ready for Ethan’s throw.
The hat.is so cute.
Good ol’ E.
Seth’s first kick!
Uncle Dave (the gift bringer) also gave the boys each a keychain from his recent trip to Greece. Ethan wanted a few rocks and Uncle Dave brought him back some. The girls got pretty bracelets. His wife’s family is from Greece and they went on a trip of a lifetime to meet Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. Dave showed me some amazing pictures…..I’ll have to try to blog some of them, if they agree!
Caleb was stuck to Uncle Dave the whole time, and wanted him to come home with us.
It’s raining here today. I took Grace to the doctors this morning and she’s home with me today. We’re hoping she’s all better by tomorrow, but it’s sure nice to have her cozied up on the other end of the couch with me. We have a fire going in the wood pellet stove. I could snuggle here all day. However, Seth is currently as busy as ever, getting into stuff in the kitchen. He keeps telling me that he wants to make cupcakes and he’s probably going to try to make them all by himself so I guess I better go tend to him. (but, as I already told him five times, we’re not making cupcakes today, there are still muffins left from yesterday’s baking!)
PS, Beverly: I received your gift. I LOVE IT. Please, if you see this, send me your address again because I could not decipher it from the package.
Cinnamon: I got your lovely letter (you have beautiful handwriting!) and I hope to write you back soon. Thank you so much, especially for those beautiful Scriptures you wrote out.
PSS, Seth wasn’t making cupcakes. He was dishing out a bowl of ice cream for himself. He’s now sitting by the fire eating it. What a boy!