Mini-bird houses painted by our two daughters, granddaughter, oldest grandson and grandma and grandpa.
This has been a delightful week in so many ways. Not only are we celebrating our Savior’s birthday, but we’ve been enjoying a long awaited visit from our S. Carolina family. We’ve shared Christmas Eve church services, followed by a delicious meal at daughter Joy’s house. Being in God’s house with family is always a joyful experience. Christmas day we enjoyed a turkey dinner at our new “old” house with our out of town guests. The next day we drove to the other side of town to spend the day with our son and his lovely lady. Delicious food was once again involved. It seems that we always eat more and laugh a lot when we get together.
Board games have been popular this week. At our son’s house, we played a game called “Cranium” which actually hurt my brain. It turned into a riot of laughter and fun. Scrabble is a little less painful on the brain. Yesterday it was a three hour Monopoly adventure. We rarely play board games anymore, but it certainly is a fun way to get everyone involved.
When you visit the home of an artist, the bill of fare often includes doing some sort of art. We were minus a few family members, but the picture above shows that Paul isn’t the only artist in our clan. These little bird houses currently hang from our condiment holder on the kitchen table, but will fill a lilac bush when they begin to bloom in the spring – a great reminder of time well spent together.
With three young adult grandchildren, there’s a need for filling the time with things that will interest them. When you’re in your seventies and they are just ebbing towards adulthood or already there, it can often be difficult to connect. Especially when smart phones occupy time. This week has been a great gift for us. Our children have always enjoyed each other’s company – maybe more so now that they are no longer children. We laugh a lot about their antics as kids and the funny experiences we shared on family vacations and even playing board games.
They’re just beginning their lives – our children are at the peak of their careers and we are drawing closer and closer to heaven. As far apart as we are in age, we still are able to connect and find enjoyment together. Adding food to the mix doesn’t hurt. I’ll bet I gained another ten pounds this week.
I know families like mine don’t just happen. You have to work hard to make a family. Having the Lord as the head of the house has been the mainstay which has bound us together and will continue until we are no longer around to see it. I am confident that God will continue to touch their lives and we’ll enjoy a great reunion in heaven some day. I wonder if there will be board games.