Tuesday, March 11, 2014

An Eventful Week!

My brain is exhausted but my heart is full
after this past week.
I hope you can follow the hop scotch manner of this 
post....it is the best I can do right now.

We have been many places, 
made Danish Donuts twice, 

played many, many hands of Dutch Blitz, 
become quite frustrated at Thai Uno
enjoyed many deep and silly conversations.

We are way too quickly approaching Thursday
which is the day Johnny returns to Denmark.
Our entire family is going to miss him terribly.

However, we are doing our best to 
say "See you soon" rather than 

On Sunday afternoon a group of us drove to Delaware to 
the Firebirds Restaurant.
Chelsea, Johnny and I had gone to one in Virginia after our 
accident and really enjoyed it so we found the closest one
to us and planned a visit.

The funny thing is....
we drove to the wrong one.
I had reservations at a neighboring Firebirds
but when we mapped it we accidentally put in the wrong one.
It all worked out in the end.....
but I do think we drove a bit farther than we were supposed to.

This makes the "states" that Johnny visited while here:

Washington D.C.

From our end of the table....

And the other.
I love this picture of Warren.

Last evening our Moms planned a dinner for our 25th Anniversary.
They invited all of the kids...
and a few friends.

These lovely people are soon to be "related" to us...
through marriage.
Carl and Belinda are Emily's parents.
Emily and Michael got engaged yesterday.
More about that in a minute.

Grandma Georgia did a lot of planning for this special evening.
She had a speech prepared which I tried to muscle through 
without tears.
It was so special to hear her thoughts and her love for us.

Jonathan's speech also made our hearts feel so blessed.
He is such a caring and gentle young man.
I couldn't ask for better.

These two surprised most there when they announced their 
engagement at the dinner.
Her parents knew and I had seen the ring, 
which she was trying to hide until after the announcement.
This is a very happy event.
We are thrilled.
And the announcement at our 25th celebration dinner continues a brief tradition
that we began about 25 years ago when we made the same announcement
at Warren's parents 25th celebration dinner.

Emily brings sunshine and laughter to our family.
We are so thankful for her.

Chelsea and Johnny continue to get to know each other.
They are currently dreading the geographical distance that will 
soon separate them, 
however, they are going to be just fine.
They are both quite mature for their ages and have a plan.
We will see how God leads them.

Grandma Ruth
definitely drew tears from me when she read the poem
my Dad wrote on my wedding day.
Daddy best expressed his emotions through poetry
and we treasure these words left for us.
It is kind of like having him with us.....
well as close as we can get.

We got married on Mom's birthday so today is also
her special day.
We will have a lasagna dinner tonight in celebration of that.

Pastor Mike and Jenny joined the celebration.
You've heard me speak of him so many times over the years that 
you know he is "family" to us.
We love him dearly and are so happy that 
he and Jenny will be married
in May.   
So much romance in the air....seriously.
It is a bit overwhelming.
But so sweet.

Georgia brought beautiful flowers
for the table.

I need to get moving here.
Editing those terrible quality photos from my phone in a dark room
took just about all morning....
in between a nice visit with my Mama
and a few other things.

It is time to get moving on cleaning, dishes and making a few 
candles before starting the lasagna.

So much to do....
so little time.

But it is a great and wonderful life to be blessed with.
I do hope things are going well for you.
I hope to get around to visit blog friends soon.
And to meet up with several real life friends to catch up
also very soon.
Know that I value your friendship and love for our family.


Vee said...

Ahhhhh...all this explains where you have been. What a wonderful time for you all...warm congratulations. Have a wonderful evening!

Karen said...

Whoa! I'm glad I'm sitting down-you have a lot of surprises today!

Love, love, love that Mikey upheld your tradition.

Pastor Mike and Jenny are getting married too? Yay! And Congratulations to them!

Had to google Danish donuts-sounds yummy. Did Johnny give you lessons?

Happy 25th to you and Warren, and birthday blessings to your wonderful Mom, as well.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Love is in the air!

So excited for all these happenings! Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!

Joy for sure!


Gayla said...

So.... This explains where you have been! I'm so happy for all the signs of blessing and life in your family. Have a good last few days with Chelsea's special young man. Hugs from Missouri.

Theresa said...

So much love around your parts! Loved hearing about your special dinner and the love you all share in so many ways! Congrats to the newly engaged and you guys celebrating a milestone anniversary! Enjoy your day dear friend, BIG HUGS!