The day began on a rather sad and somber note. Michael attended the memorial service for Pastor John, the pastor where Cory and Arielle attend and serve. She dropped the boys off here while they were busy at the service. I want a legacy like Pastor John's. Our lives only intersected his briefly - but he was a wise man who spent time investing in others, even in those who he only briefly knew. We had him in our home a few hours, Michael spent a couple of hours in his office, we conducted a parenting workshop at his church...Michael said a common thread from those who spoke is that Pastor John was a friend, a man who cared. We have seen him as one with a heart to invest in the next generation of leaders. What a blessing he has been in Cory and Arielle's lives. While they remembered John....we played with the boys. JaRissa and Noah arrived shortly after the boys did. They loved playing with Jared on the trampoline.
|Uncle Jared, Charles and Benny|
These two cracked me up! The battery was running down (and did die before the day was over). They were sure they could make it work. They took turns pushing...their chatter delights me.
Today we celebrated Stacia turning 18, and two anniversaries: Luke and Krista's and Josiah and Carrie's. We had a taco feed, apple pie/cobbler, ice cream and cheesecake. This may be the last month we are able to enjoy the outdoors during our celebration. Fall is in the air - but SHHHHHH you didn't hear that from ME.
I take random photos here and there when we are together - but I miss so many people. Not one photo of Michael, Carrie, Izaak, Bre....but here are some I caught, or the kids caught and sent me.
|Benny shares a secret with GG|
|Why, yes, candles work well in pie.|
|Allie and me|
|Benny & Cory|
|Liv and Cy 📷by Josiah|
|Stacia and Allie|
|Livie and Benny|
|Uncle Cory with all the kids|
|Noah and Larissa|
|Instructions and practice|
|Jamin in the back there|
|Benny, Gideon and Bella|
|Benny and Bella|
Stacia and I went to the church. Jenni is off having fun and while we don't begrudge her fun, we miss her. Stacia is filling in for her in Children's church tomorrow. She needed to set up props and games etc. I needed to set up the coffee corner.
When we returned home Michael had GG in bed. Stacia was checking out gift cards. Allie and I rearranged the nook....and then wonder of wonders...with more seating and space...everyone joined us in the nook for a late-night discussion of the week, the upcoming week and the day.
It was a good day in our home.