Granddaughter warming her back
No kidding, it had to be really hot where she was standing!
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal*
Top Row, center: Granddaughter, The Nurturer, keeping her baby cousin happy. That girl has amazing charm. Then there's her little brother who says the funniest things. I should be writing these down.
Middle Row, center: Sweet grandbaby girl, the cutest and most cheerful baby I think I've ever seen. She was full of smiles and so content - as long as her mama or auntie were nearby.
It was a delightful weekend for me, a wonderful time with the family together. Only a few couldn't make it. The weather was perfect. Warm, sunny, a nice breeze. We ate breakfast and talked out on the front porch and the back deck. The little boys enjoyed rides on the lawn mower (Grandpa's wonderful new tool), playing in the sand box, kicking the soccer ball around, and driving trucks on the front porch.
Another highlight for me was seeing the two little boy cousins playing so well together after having not seen each other since last August. They were constantly together, having a wonderful time, laughing hilariously at each other's lame made-up knock-knock jokes and playing in the yard.
How could I not love this!
Middle Row, center: Enjoying Grandpa's Full English Breakfast out on the front porch.
Middle Row, right: One family member is due to arrive on the outside any day now. We will be glad to meet Baby Oliver.
Bottom Left: A couple latecomers who didn't get into the family photo, but joined us for Sunday dinner.
Joseph of many limbs
Rob on a mission
Fire settling down a bit
The brothers set off fireworks and generally blew up stuff, made a lot of noise, and had a great time. There is a reason we live out in the country.
Older brother, roasting the green coffee beans
It takes serious attention and stirring
You'll notice I delegated that to more responsible handlers.
Daughter and Family
In the alfalfa field
I love my birthdays. They're a wonderful excuse for the family to get together. There is nothing I like better, and I thank our gracious God for blessing us with this dear family.
Lord willing, we will repeat the family reunion next August. We're expecting two more little ones to be with us.
* I Kings 18
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