Roy’s 50th Birthday Party

Today – Sunday, June 30

1 (1)Gloria, Jana, and Diana helped us decorate and set the tables on Saturday afternoon.

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2It was a beautiful, peaceful Saturday evening in our neighborhood where the corn is growing tall.

3 (1)It was so nice that I didn’t have to do any food preparation for this party.

Deb hired Sabrina, George, and Eileen Heller who must have been quite busy the past few days.

3 (2)Sabrina is dating our grandson Nathan and wants to get into catering.

George and Eileen are her parents.

3 (3)Sabrina giving Jana, Diana, and Gloria instructions on serving hoursederves.

3 (4)Surprising Roy! That’s his mom giving him a hug.

3 (5)Prayer

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3 (14)The buffet lunch was served in our kitchen.

3 (12)Jesse was happy today.

3 (13)There were hot dogs and chips for the kids.

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3 (17)The smoked steak – by George – was amazing!

3 (18)My plate

3 (20)Nate helped prepare the creme brulee for serving while Sabrina’s youngest brother Geoffrey and dad looked on.

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3 (21)Deb focusing on a photo op.

3 (22)You can tell that reaching fifty has really matured Roy. 🙂

However, he does have another week to mature. His birthday is actually July 7.

3 (23)Four little “techies.”

3 (25)We sang happy birthday to Jesse first – as this was his actual birthday.

Roy thought that is why he was coming to our house – for Jesse’s birthday party.

3 (26)Nathan used the torch to light candles.

3 (27)Jesse was quite pleased to have a lot of attention on his birthday.

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3 (30)Roy’s turn

3 (31)Singing “Happy Birthday.”

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DSC_1697Lititz Family Cupboard did a fabulous job on his cake.These are Roy and Deb’s pets and rescued animals.

3 (35)There were many more visitors for the afternoon – 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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3 (33)I took this picture of Josiah – especially for his mom. 🙂

3 (36)The afternoon snack table.

3 (37)Jesse opening his gifts.

3 (38)Roy opening his cards and gifts.

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3 (41)A hot air balloon ride from Deb.

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3 (43)It was so much fun having your party here.

Jenna’s Graduation Party

Sunday evening, June 23

DSC_1640  I loved Jenna’s decorations.

She told me that some ideas came from Pinterest.

DSC_1641She had garden tea in pint jars.



DSC_1651A rain gutter held bottled sodas.

DSC_1653I think this is my first picture of Kezi (second from left – next to Jenna) since she is back from Australia and South Africa.

She spent six months with Youth With a Mission and is now adjusting to home and another time zone.

DSC_1657The setting sun played with the decorative grass in Jeff and Chris’ yard.


DSC_1660Most of those in attendance were from the youth group.









DSC_1678There was lots of delicious food.


DSC_1687After eating and visiting, some of the young people played volley ball.

DSC_1688Others threw some hoops.

DSC_1690It was the night of the super moon.

Super evening Jenna. Thanks for inviting a couple of old people to your party.

Final Truck Rally Post

This will be a mixture of things and activities on Saturday and Sunday.

1a (2)A few old trucks.

1a (3)Ice cream was popular because it was a warm day.

1a (6)A cup cake vendor.

2 (1)Benefit auction. Our daughter-in-law Chris is the clerk and the auctioneers are Dave White and Joel Heisey. The runners: Our grandchildren Jared, Ian, and Gloria

2 (2)Our sons Jere and Jeff

3 (5)Three of Marv and Fay Sauder’s granddaughters going out on a scavenger hunt. The reward for finishing it was a free ice cream cone. The Ice Cream man turned in 41 coupons.

3 (16)Face painting was popular

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3 (19)Big Bright Bounces obstacle course was a great challenge in racing.

3 (20)Barrel Train

3 (22)The corn bin was popular with the little ones. Vanessa Russell said they filled it with 420 pounds of corn.

3 (31)The mechanical bull was new this year, and quite fun for children and adults.

3 (32)Jason Shelly

4 (2)Children’s Auction

4 (3)Ian showing his mom what he got at the kid’s auction.

4 (8)Cissy & The Man entertained the children at 4:00 p.m.

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5 (3)Time for clean up in the vendor room. I think he is Earl and Joyce Eby’s grandson.

5 (4)The evening program began at 6:30 with Sunnyside Bluegrass Gospel.

5 (1)Twelve Door Prizes

5 (8)Three of Gene and Rose Gehman’s granddaughters helped pull names.

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5 (15)The Browns, from LeMars, Iowa presented a fabulous concert.

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5 (19)We got them back for 2015!

5 (20)It was a beautiful evening for a light show.

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5 (26)  I loved the two lights on this old truck – which belongs to Jeff and Chris.

6 (1a)This got my attention on Saturday morning.

6 (2)I found him on Sunday morning – enjoying a cup of coffee.

6 (4)There were still a few trucks on the grounds when we arrived for Sunday morning worship.

6 (5)Randy Sauder’s beautiful rig. Randy and Karen are in charge of truck registration.

6 (8)John Rissler and two of their sons arrived early and asked if there was anything they could do. Cerwin suggested removing the blue tape from Saturday’s seating pattern.

6 (9)Warren and Lydia Landis faithfully clean up trash on Sunday mornings. And this year she is recovering from a broken arm. That is dedication.

6 (11)Sunnyside blessed us with a great worship service.

6 (13)Bunny shared a ministry update.

6 (14)At the close of the program, Gene Gehman announced that he and Rose are stepping down as Rally Coordinators and Jere and Kristen High had accepted the challenge to do that job. Gene will continue to serve on the Rally Committee – probably in developing a Blessing of the Trucks.

6 (15)Prayer for Jere and Kristen.

6 (17)Lunch was catered by Dean and Carole Ziegler of Country Home Caterers.

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6 (21)…and another Truck Rally is over. It was a wonderful day.

Thanks to everyone who attended – and to the Rally committee and their helpers who make the day run smoothly.

To see all of the pictures from this set go to my Facebook page:

Next Year’s dates are June 28 & 29. Music will be the Bontragers – Saturday and Sunday.

Trucks Returning to the Lebanon Expo Center

It took forty minutes for the fairgrounds to be emptied of trucks.

c (1)This was my first post along the parade route.

c (17)A group of people watching trucks.

DSC_1094One hour after leaving, the chapel was leading the convoy back to the fairgrounds.










DSC_1243If you like to see trucks, go to my Facebook page!/doris.j.high?hc_location=stream where I posted every picture in this series.

More Truck Rally tomorrow night.