Mom & Dad- celebrating an anniversary. What fun we had!
Our granddaughter Ava at the ‘fiesta’
Our grandson Nathan in Nevada.
Our Cheri at the handgun course. We had a blast!
You may ask what a TYPE 2 vacation is… well, I just learned that expression from our son a few days ago. I think he may have invented the term. Let’s see if I can get this right…
A TYPE 1 vacation may look like a time when you can read on the beach or a cruise, or perhaps some sight-seeing in some exciting city.
A TYPE 2 vacation is well… ummm…. err….how can I define this? You go somewhere, and get stressed to the max learning something new or pushing your limits physically, emotionally or both with great family and/or friends. Crying may be involved, tons of laughter (mainly at yourself) and when it’s over you are glad, and thrilled that you could even do it!
Ok, we just finished with a TYPE 2 vacation. Our kids John & Cheri, and friends Cliff & Jen, treated us to a 4 day handgun course at http://www.frontsight.com/ in Pahrumpa Nevada. What a hoot! There were some days I thought I’d never get ‘it’ but left realizing that I had learned a ton.
Things I learned:
- I can’t believe anyone has a gun without such a course in gun safety and shooting.
- I can still learn new things
- I never want to shoot anyone, but I now can defend myself and family if the need arises.
What I loved:
- Being with grandchildren and getting to know them.
- learning with our kids, John & Cheri & great family friends, Cliff & Jen and our 14 year old grandson, John Caleb ( 6′ 4″ tall) also took the course.
- laughing our heads off!
- The warm and loving hospitality of Cliff & Jen and their family.
Here are a few of the highlights of our family and ‘grands’. We want to share with you our joy in being with them.
Here are some Easter memories we have:
Every place, every season in our life is special and these help us to remember good things of where and with whom we’ve been. Here are 10 things I miss, but I’m so thankful I feel content and hopeful about the future.
- I miss our children
- I miss getting to know our grandchildren
- I miss our parents & siblings
- I miss owning our own home.. it just ‘feels different being a renter’ when I’m a bit of a nester.
- I miss good Mexican food- you know the kind in those little strip malls where everyone speaks Spanish.
- I miss ‘stocking the pantry’… ok, it’s kind of a hobby that borders on OCD, but is very useful when we have a lot of people to feed and when food prices keep going up.
- I miss canning my own soups and stews- such fun!
- I miss going to the library to such sit and read and then take some books home.
- I miss the ‘good deals’, bargain prices and coupons that are apart of the American culture.
- I miss certain holiday celebrations like, Thanksgiving, Easter dinner & egg hunts, 4th of July barbecues with family & friends
Recently ‘the sisters’ got together for a weekend. Here’s the photo of them. These 5 women have also given us 18 and soon to be 19 of our 26 grandchildren . We’re so glad for every precious moment they have together and the example that it’s setting for their children to do the same.
I wonder if the boys will have a weekend…
Yummm… I mean really yumm.. I love strawberry ice cream.. not that pink stuff… but the kind with little strawberry bits in it. I need to make my own …TODAY, January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!
Strawberries in Spain are abundant in February and I plan to eat my share! The 1st batches come from France and then we eat the Spanish ones. I look forward to February for this and also these really important events:
February 1st- John’s birthday… whew.. today we are the same age!
February 1st- our grandson Preston’s 10th birthday
February 4th- Married 45 years… sweet!
February 20th- Our daughter Rebekah’s birthday
February22nd- our grandson Nathans 4th birthday
February 24th- our granddaughter Emma’s 1st birthday
February 28th- our grandson Timothy’s 12th birthday
February 29th- our grandson Jesse’s 13th birthday,(often celebrated March 1st)
What a treat to receive a Christmas box from our kids and we really enjoyed watching Downton Abbey- seasons 1 &2 that they sent to us. Anybody see it? We’re hooked! So much so, that John bought me season 3 for my upcoming birthday gift. Nice yeah?
But we received an extraordinary gift from one of our granddaughters that will be a treasure as long as we live. I’ve included a few photos.
Abigail who just turned 12, loves to do bead work and she generously worked on a project for us that includes the names of all of our grandchildren (Abigail’s cousins on the Pearson side) IN ORDER of their birth! Talk about a labor of love!…26 names on this priceless work of art.
Abigail has grown into a sweet and generous young woman and it’s been a blessing to watch her gifts & talents come shining through … even from afar. We hope to spend more time with our grandchildren in the coming years.
In years to come, our plan is to use it as a Christmas garland for the tree, but for now I’m wearing it as a necklace.
Sue, Mom & me
Dad, Mom, our son John & grandson Luke
Leaving our bedroom…
We made 2 trips in this truck to the village. Our friend Joaquin helped John on the 1st trip. They left Saturday and stayed the night and returned on Sunday evening. John and I got up the next morning (Monday) to load again and drove down to San Martin de Trevejo. We too stayed Monday night in order to return Tuesday.
We are thankful for having had this house in Loeches, Madrid and the memories that will stay with us of friends and family.
Our first day in San Martin de Trevejo and I had a letter waiting for me! How wonderful to get my friend Belle’s letter with her news about, her garden, kids, grands and church. She blesses me every month with a letter and I am always thankful.
Belle is a wonderful example to me of faithfulness and hard work. She is in her 90′s and still gardens and makes jelly. I love that!
Thank you Belle for your letters!
What a nice treat for John to receive this package from our son, John.
As you can see I have a NEW appearance to my blog thanks to the skills and time our son-in-law Neil shared with me. He has been a wealth of information and is extremely patience in his teaching this ‘old dog to learn new tricks’. I hope these new tricks will become salient and I can move on to learn even more from him.
Each on one of our kids has so many talents and attributes and John and I appreciate these in Neil:
- He is willing to share his knowledge & skill
- He is a continual learner
- He’s patient
- It’s a good teacher
- Good father
- Serving & loving husband
- Hard worker/diligent.
- Godly man
- He’s very fun to be around!
I thank God for Neil as I know all of our family does.
Our home church in California sent us and our Spanish church this wonderful gift for helping our little church be peacemakers. We have hopes for these materials to do their work in the body. I downloaded it on my KINDLE too (which I LOVE) and we’ve shown several of the DVD’s to our leadership at church.
This is ‘worth it!’