Monday, November 30, 2009

Reflections of our 2009 Thanksgiving Gathering

While the Thanksgiving table was being cleared, two men had a serious conversation.

We moved to the living room to play "Four on a Couch".  (The fourth person sat on a chair beside the couch.)  But here, father and his two daughters sat side by side.  The women won both games, by the way.

T. found a great friend.  This was taken either during the "couch" game or while we played Thanksgiving Alphabet...

Great Grandpa took time to communicate one-on-one with most of us.  He's a great encourager.

We celebrated his 83rd birthday a day early.

Many others were here, but the photographer sadly found herself distracted and separated from her camera. Thus no picture of the turkey and ham platters and an absence of pictures of the entire group.  An incredibly delicious meal complete with multiple desserts exceeded our appetites.  Games were played; conversations abounded.  We missed those who were unable to be here, but recognize the realities of distance and juggling multiple family commitments.  We thank God for our family and blessing us with each other.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday was full of games, books, visit to Grabill Library and Schmuckers' Produce Store. 
Titus helped Grandpa clean the shed.
We made eggs in a bag and after it was dark took a drive to see if any houses were decorated for Christmas!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pew Manners

It's a long article, but I believe it is extremely practical. Too many children have not been trained to sit in church (and other public meetings). Many of these ideas may help in that training.   It takes patience and intention on the part of parents, but the rewards are worth it--for family peace and the benefit of those who sit ahead of, behind, or next to families with young children. There is nothing more beautiful than well-trained children.  I SO respect families who have made this aspect of child-rearing a priority.

There. I've said it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Thank" If You Love Jesus!

What are YOU thankful for?
Even though we'll be scattered on Thanksgiving Day, I want you to know how thankful I am for you, my dear children and grandchildren.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the gift of Jesus Christ and the salvation you provided for us.  Thank you for eternal life!  Thank you for food on our table, beds to sleep in, toys to play with, and all things beautiful.  Thank you for your creation.  Thank you for health. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in the United States of America.  Thank you for church families, pastors and teachers.  Thank you for your Word and for many translations and copies of the Bible in our homes.  

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Party in Kindergarten

The little blond on left of top picture and right of this second picture is our oldest granddaughter.
In the picture below, she is "hiding" somewhere in the middle!  Oh!  THERE she is!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Get Well Quickly, T!

This sweet one of ours is in the hospital today.  Pneumonia.  She has another health condition which makes it important that she be checked out when she runs a temperature of 101 degrees.  It happened during the night last night, and it happened quickly.  Her mommy tells me she is a good patient and is accustomed to some of the medical procedures she is undergoing.  She will be released when her temperature is normal for 24 hours.  Meanwhile, we pray.  She talked to me over the phone after her nap this afternoon.
I love you, sweet child!
Grandma Rebecca