Oh my friends, it is a beautiful day here, only 64 degrees with a glowing sky, so blue, with just a cloud or two. Cool breeze, dry air, very glorious indeed. I worked in the garden a bit. With the little ones playing around me, I planted a tomato plant, 4 cucumber hills, a row of marigolds, and a gathering of dusty pink zinnias. Parker the dog was about, and so were the kittens and Snickers, the big cat. It was a very pleasant time to work outside. After writing here, I will plant some herbs and sunflowers…….
I wrote about Rich’s grandma’s funeral yesterday but I decided to put it in a private posting. It was a beautiful service, we will all miss her very much, but are grateful to have shared a part of her life. I knew her for over 20 years and I always came away from our visits wanting to be a better person. Her greatest attribute was her loving spirit, she had a Jesus-filled heart, and I’m thankful that most of my children will be able to remember that. She lived long enough to get to make an important impact on her great-grandchildren.
Rich, understandably, was emotionally drained after a long week of grieving, not sleeping, preparing a message for the funeral, and travelling with his crazy wife and busy children. So, we were very pleased to be able to stay in the city for an extra day after the funeral service, to rest, enjoy the hotel pool, and the sights. But, best of all, we had the happy opportunity to take the children to my Mom’s office, so she could give them a tour of where she spends her days as a secretary to the Judge.
The courthouse was within walking distance from our hotel and it was such fun to get there on our own two feet. (18 feet, to be precise)
We ate breakfast at the hotel before we left for our walk. This is me, with my big loving boy CALEB.
While we waited for the rest of the family to catch up, I sat on a bench outside the hotel with David, Sarah Joy, and Caleb.
Caleb didn’t like the noise of the city but we all enjoyed looking in the shop windows and seeing so many interesting things…so much activity, so many people!
We walked by the river. This is a picture of the most wonderful little bookstore (“River Road Books”). I walked there twice, once with the girls and the second time with the boys. I bought myself the book Where’d you Go Bernadette, which I read in one day, it was a very light and quirky fiction novel. I also got Below Stairs and I LOVED THAT BOOK SO MUCH. Highly recommended. I am currently reading her second book at a rapid pace.
Seth and I gathered wild flowers to give to Grandma. Actually, the bouquet began by Seth picking a red petunia from the hotel garden. Rather than toss it away, we filled up his hand with flowers that grew by the edge of the river. This picture melts my heart. *those eyes* *my smallest boy*
Mom’s office is big and airy with wonderful natural lighting. She has it decorated with little personal touches like houseplants and blue glass in the windows, special vintage maps that she had framed, and photographs. We works at a big desk with two computer monitors. We talked with the Judge, and with Fran, and then Mom was able to take some time to show the children the building. Courthouses are so interesting and it was a thrill for the kids to see and explore. After we were done, we had a group photo taken outside. I was all set to take it when a kind lady approached and offered to take the picture so I could be in it, too.
Rich and I walked the children back to the hotel, and at lunchtime, I met Mom at a café and we ate lunch, just the two of us. It was such a treat. Afterwards, I walked her back to the office and I took a little walk around the city until I almost got knocked over by a crazy runner who turned out to be my husband, out for a run while Jacob was babysitting the others……he didn’t even notice me until I yelled RICH RICH very loudly and then he turned around and graciously gave up the last 2 tenths of his run so we could walk back together.
Later that evening, we went to Mom and Dad’s for a pizza dinner. Uncle Dave played catch with the little boys and Seth is still trying to teach his Dad how to catch, according to the advice Uncle Dave gave him.
Mom took us around to see the gardens and then down into the woods to see where they are having a pond built, and to see the creek.
The buttercups were in bloom.
Jacob found a cool mushroom and picked it off a tree for us to see.
Years ago, whenever a cow died on the farm, my Grandpa would drag it off into the woods to decay. Well, we happened upon an old set of bones on our walk, and I was less than thrilled when the boys not only touched them, but took some of them home in a bag. These particular cow bones (I did not take a picture) were probably 20 years old and completely gray, moldy, and dirty. Jacob and Ethan thought they were so fascinating that they insisted on bringing them back. It just so happens now, that at random moments, I see the dog sauntering by with one of them in his mouth. (there are about 3 or 4) Who would have guessed the dog would enjoy a 20 year old cow bone that’s been outside in the woods for all that time?
We left to go back home on Saturday morning but first we ate breakfast at Crackerbarrel. I was at the other end of the table and just had to take a picture of the boys reading their new books (Jacob: a book about Rocks, Ethan: I am the Messenger)
Across from me, I saw this sight……
Yum, that breakfast was good!
So, all in all, it was a full and satisfying weekend. We saw almost every single family member, an amazing experience/accomplishment in itself. We got back in time to relax, I stayed home from church with the youngest ones on Sunday. Now that it’s Tuesday I have almost all the laundry caught up and house put back together….in fact, it’s the perfect weather to hang clothes on the line. I will go do that now, and I just remembered I need to refill the hummingbird feeders. I also have some seeds to plant……..what a wonderful and interesting time of year it is.
Blessings and love to you and yours!