Friday, August 14, 2015

Nothing Says Congrats like Silly String

 Time is precious. We knew we wanted to spend a bit of extra time with our out of town retirement guests: Sathers and Simmons.....and we wanted our family to meet our adopted Spurgeon family....and we wanted to have Daniel and Cynthia over at least one more time before we we invited them all over Friday Night. Judging by the look below - I wonder if it were all a ploy to get to hold Eliana for the first time. LOL
We laughed when the kids kicked Arielle off the kids' table, but allowed Bre to sit with them even though, "You've been to college and all."
Joy, Stacia, Nolan, Daniel, Bre, Nathan, Seth, Zach
 Some of the "adults" present
Krista, Gma, Cynthia, Arielle, Alex, Larissa, Jared, Dakota, Jamin
 This may be one of my favorite photos

John and Nadine
 Nolan - the human jungle gym
Seth, Nolan, Zach

Nathan - just because I won't be able to take pictures of him in a bit
 Seth is SO photogenic - but he seems to have reached the age where he'd rather not have lots of photos taken....look at that sparkle in his left eye. LOL
Nolan and Seth
 It was a DELIGHT to connect with Annette in person!

Matt and Rachel  - truly a blessing to our family 
When I was cleaning out a closet I found a bunch of poppers - we saved them for after dinner on retirement night.....

Michael loves fireworks and this is as close as we can get in CA...."someone" seems to have armed the kids and a few adults with cans of silly string....what could their even intentions be? Nothing says congrats like silly string. 
I think this was the point when he realized he was in for it!

Happy Retirement, hon. It's been a joy to work and minister beside you. I look forward to playing a bit more....and watching to see the next step unfold.

BreAnne - our oldest

It was fun to reconnect and relax with family and friends. I loved hearing the chaplains share their stories....


Anonymous said...

loved the evening party after the retirement service. So neat getting to meet folks I had seen in contact with you here and there. Lovely folks and we so appreciate how close they have become to you two and the respect you all show to each other. love/prayers - dad/mom t.

Anonymous said...

so excited for you two. GOD bless your "awesome nine"! so excited for you and your trip. I just can't help thinking ahead to what your bunch will do for your 50 when I think of what you two did for us with the help of our other 2 kids. AND for Mike's parents. YOUR 9 HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL EXAMPLES IN YOU TWO! l/p dad/mom t.