I really love my life right now, I hesitate to say that much, as so many are suffering in so many ways, and then there is the bit of insecurity having lived through really bad times that it will come back, and I DO know it will ..but for this season ..its good and full...
Monday was Bible Study , 2 Corinthians 4. We had such a great discussion on hurting, trust, God. These women are wonderful! That was followed up by lunch with Mom in Law...
This was so well written, suspenseful...and now I probably will never get on a plane the rest of my life...
Thursday I was able to go with my DIl for doctor appts, and then hang out with this one
..and an email with this one in the hat I made him
..and after Chris and I literally stuffed 400 goodie bags for trick or treat, our reward was things like Sam coming by as a mild mannered Clark Kent
..and while we had planned a hike this weekend in VA, rain sort of delayed that trip, and we settled for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, in front of the fire, together....and that made everything the most perfect...
.... a meal, with like minded believers, remembering Jesus for who he is.... and proclaiming what he did for us.
Chris and I celebrated a communion meal together Friday evening. we feel that sometimes the brief moment of a dab of bread and a taste of grape juice is not what Jesus meant " do this in remembrance of me" It was a meal, it was full of relationships, connecting our earthly relationships with the Lord.
It was beautiful, Chris did an excellent job of explaining scripture:
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
I prepared the meal, pan seared chicken with thyme, garlic mashed potatoes with Parmesan, and roasted carrots, baked bread dipped in olive oil, and a glass of wine.
since Bristol, Chris and I have planned on attending the Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in Raleigh.
Not only did it give us a chance to see our latest favorite Billy strings and Don Julin in concert, but also an opportunity to see several more artist. The weather was rainy and cool but they had moved everything indoors so we had a great time traveling from venue to venue.
During a break in the clouds, Chris treated me to a rickshaw ride up Fayetteville st. The driver was awesome and we took some time to watch a lady repel down the side of a building before returning to the convention Center where the bands played.
so.. money spent? The rickshaw ride... total splurge but so much fun, the cost of the concerts we went to were free. Chris bought a CD from Billy strings he wanted and we did treat our self to take out on the way home...
The day was priceless though... really a good time...and being frugal allows us the little extra's like a rickshaw ride ... so yes, money spent.... the memory together can not hold a price....
You may take a moment and admire him...I'll wait..........
So Jacob Merritt made his way into the world at 8lbs 9 oz and a whooping 22 inches long... and yes... he needs a haircut.... I am loving this little fella to bits.
I arrived home on Friday after helping the new mama and daddy and getting in snuggles, just in time to pack for our weekend getaway in Richmond Va.
First up was a tour of the Petersburg Battlefield. This picture is a trail.... blazed with yellow, and some times red.... it was very nice and hot... and we really should have read up on the battlefield trails... as we walked around zigging and zagging.. the trail said .5 miles...but we weren't ending back at the trail head... ahem... 2 1/2 miles later, I am sure it was all up hill in 90 degree heat we got to the car... drank water like a camel and cranked the a.c. I guess our hiking skills are a bit rusty!
But we were happy to be at the Crater in Petersburg for the 151 anniversary of that battle where reenactors gave a 21 gun salute and played taps... very moving...
Then it was to our favorite, Hampton Inn for dinner and a swim.. no trouble sleeping that night.. we were TIRED!
We woke up early , had breakfast and headed in to Richmond for a very informative 2 hour trolley tour of the city
we really do like Richmond. This tour was not really one to spend time seeing things, but an overview, which is what we wanted, because we plan to spend a few day trips back to Richmond to see some other things in depth.
A delicious lunch at River City diner... and then a quick walk to look at the train station.
Built in 1901, the building is still used today. It is well maintained on the inside with marble and wood, and glass.... Beautiful... but eeriee ... creepy almost... it was deserted save for the ticket master and the cleaning lady, a homeless fella washing his clothes in a water fountain...and us... it makes the old photos of folks seem to stare at you so intensely... but yet... you wanted to feel the marble... touch the wood... very interesting.
Back at the car, we headed south to meet up with Christopher and Vika for a milkshake before heading home...
I loved this past week, its the sort of thing you file away for when you are having a bad week... so you can remember the good...
I did manage to finish a crochet project
I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby
.. I know it has been a bit since I wrote a post... but once you see the pictures.... you will see why....
On Tuesday my son and daughter in law Kathy welcomed this sweet babe, Wyatt James into the world... a rough start... but when we spoke to the nurse at the NNCU until, they told us he was a miracle. and a joy , to be able to see the hand of God's providence in this new life..
Here is the sweet family
Mom had a bit of a rough go too, but she is also a trooper. Wyatt will have a bit of a long road to go... but he has God, loving parents, and a strong support team around him!
...and look what I got to do today..
I may or may not have done some singing to put the Bean to sleep...;)
and as if that was not enough joy for one week... how about this!
... that's MY baby walking down the aisle with his bride. It was a lovely, Christ centered marriage. Lots of friends, family food and fun. We laughed , we ate, we danced..
Vika's family friend hosted a lovely kitchen shower at her dock house on Lake Gaston.
They day was BEAUTIFUL. The food was delicious, and I so enjoyed meeting some of Vika's family an
d friends ...
I tried to convince them to let me move into the dock house...
Christopher's Grammy Sue and I decided that because the kids are getting married exactly 80 years to the day when her parents, Christopher's great grandparents, were married. They should be the recipients of the wedding china. How precious it is to be holding up the same bowl at a wedding shower that Mamos must have held up at HER wedding shower 20 years shy of a century ago. Christopher also proudly has his great grandfather's name as his middle name , Ellis.
It was a wonderful wonderful day.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
I have quoted this verse so many times in the last few months... it sums up my life these days
Things are ramping up around here, last night we met with friends who will be doing the cooking for the rehearsal dinner and today we had the privileged of helping set up the nursery for Grandbaby #1 (AKA..The Bean)
Actually, Daddy and Poppy set up the nursery while Mommy and MeMe went shopping.