Gerald. Jake, and I are getting back to normal after the influx of family over the holiday weekend. Jake had six visiting “cousins” or “nephews” as one of our kids figured out to call these visiting canines. “Cousins” is what we had always called the kids’ dogs when they visited at the same time. Then we got Jake. I like him just fine and appreciate his welcoming greeting every time I arrive home, but I have a little trouble thinking of him as equal to my four children. (One daughter said her dog would be Jake’s nephew.) Nevertheless, while Gerald pets and sweet talks to him, I have heard Gerald calling him, “Son.” However the dogs are related (or not), it is always fun to watch them interact, and I was glad they all got along.
Gerry arrived on Tuesday so he could hunt with his dad, and Jeannie came that evening with Elijah and Cecelie to be available to help me on Wednesday. While Brian was in the field, Mary Ellen was over at her house on Wednesday cooking up a storm both for our Thanksgiving feast and the second one for her brother-in-law’s family on Friday, but she managed a visit with us each day anyhow.
Brianna and Trent had classes in
Except for the five Archibalds who were entertaining
The last few years, our children have started carrying in extra food as a means of helping me, and we end up with more than we need. But that was very helpful this year because grandkids are now driving and, thus, coming and going to town at undetermined times, and Jeannie and I were alternating at Katherine’s house while aides were off. So there was plenty of food on hand for people to help themselves with plates for the microwave or snacks off the dessert table. I fixed left-overs for sit-down meals a couple of times. Jeannie and Mary Ellen kept dishes washed up.
Gerry and Vickie and daughters and dogs took off Thanksgiving night after their second family dinner at Gma Shirley’s. Gerry needed to be at work the next morning. They drove through the night with the women shopping as they went along. At one point, Vickie joined Gerry in the truck and gave him a long driving break. On the way up, they had picked Erin up at the
On Friday, my birthday, Gerald picked me up from Katherine’s. Stopping at the mailbox as we pulled into our lane, I was gratified with cards and letters as well as a present from my sister. As I walked into the house, the phone rang and it was my sister’s birthday call from
The laughter got louder a little later when the grandkids started cooking up their late night plans. They had planned even before they came to see
With the commotion of a big family, it is usual to run late, and they barely made it before the movie began. Leslie had to laugh when
I spent Saturday night at Katherine’s and only came home Sunday morning to get ready for Sunday School and church. I was delighted to have Leslie and Mike and another young couple, A.J. and Jessie, in our Young Adult Class. Since Jessie is very close to producing their second child any time now, there was some interesting visiting in addition to studying the final chapter of Peter’s second letter reminding us that the Lord is long suffering, not wanting anyone to perish but to come to repentance. And I could again marvel that to the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. Afterwards during worship, we loved hearing Leslie sing before concentrating on the pastor’s chosen text from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
Jeannie took us all out for Sunday dinner at Cracker Barrel, so they could head on home immediately to northern
A huge white moon hung in the early eastern sky at 4:45 this afternoon as I left Katherine’s house and started toward the farm. I enjoyed it along with early Christmas lights as I drove through the darkening daylight. By the time I reached Woodsong, the moon was light golden in color. The beauty is always very welcome. With life so busy, the time between one full moon and the next seems to be on express these days. For me a month is like a day. I do look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, and I suppose a life outside of time just as the Lord enjoys.