Congratulations to our son Jeff on 32 years of safe driving with White Oak Mills
Saturday Morning, May 21
Jere always takes his children out for breakfast on or near their birthday. When he made plans to take Jared out for his 12th birthday, Jared asked if Grandpa and Grandma could come.
We didn’t think it would suit us because we were going to an 8:00 AM prayer breakfast. When Jere said they were going to be at Lititz Family Cupboard at 7:00 AM, we realized that it fit perfectly in our plans – to at least stop in and have coffee with them.
I love celebrating with our children and grandchildren.
This was the scene next to the restaurant parking lot as we were leaving – and it was raining.
Monday Evening, January 4
After supper at Sea Dog, we went to Hannah and Lydia’s place to exchange a few gifts.
The gifts in the box were for Now-You-Have-It-Now-You-Don’t. I forgot to take pictures of that game.
I think we brought some of these gifts from Pennsylvania – given by Nate, Abby (their Pennsylvania daughter & sister), and Anthony.
Two chocolate bars for Diane.
Monday, January 4
It was a cold day in Maine, so I enjoyed the outside view from inside. This is the view of their deck from their living room.
They recently bought a house, so it was fun seeing new landscape and enjoying their warm, cozy house.
I love how the sun shines in their windows.
Diane turned 50 on January 1. These flowers were from Mark (her husband).
I love their kitchen and the plants on the inside window ledge.
By evening they enjoy pretty sunsets from the same window.
We enjoyed a nice relaxing day while Mark worked (driving a big rig) and Diane spent some time with the elderly woman she cares for a few times a week.
Next time I will tell you where we went for supper.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
This trip was a Christmas gift to us from 2014 – from Roy and Deb.
Their goal was to take us to the Delaware Cabela’s sometime during 2015 – and they did – on the very last day. 🙂
While Cerwin and I waited at a red light – on the way to Roy and Deb’s – we enjoyed this beautiful pond.
We got to Cabela’s about 12:30 PM, so the first spot we looked for was the Deli-Grill.
Cerwin enjoyed chili con carne and this barbecue sandwich.
I ordered a half sandwich – of bison meat. It was delicious.
I also got a cup of chicken noodle soup.
Deb bought us some delicious fudge for dessert.
Then we went our separate ways to enjoy the unique experience of a Cabela’s store.
I explored and photographed their animal display and acquarium.
Deb and Roy with their purchases.
I bought a new Thermos brand travel mug because it was supposed to keep coffee hot for five hours. It was expensive ($30.00) but we had $150 worth of credit at the store (because we use their Visa credit card) so it didn’t cost us anything. 🙂
Now I got Deb’s attention.
Roy took us over some back roads as we traveled to their house.
I love back roads.
The Amish children were going home from school.
I knew the Peach Bottom power plant was near their house, but I had never seen it.
An Amish man and his mules.
I asked Roy if I could get out of the car to take pictures of this interesting bridge.
This was discarded next to where I was standing to get the bridge pictures.
Thanks Roy and Deb, that was a fun day.
Saturday Evening, December 26
We do not do a lot of decorating for Christmas, but do try to make the garage area a bit festive.
Jere and Kristen made the ham in their new smoker.
It was delicious.
Deb and Chris discussing the table setting.
Our children and grandchildren make it easy for us. They bring all the food and we take care of the place, table settings, coffee, juice, water, and mocha punch.
Nathaniel getting mocha punch
Our dinner was a bit somber this year since Jere and Kristen’s special needs adopted “son” had just been taken to hospice and was near death – meaning Jere wasn’t there very long and Kristen wasn’t able to come at all.
They were glad that they had honored Gregg (in wheelchair) a few weeks earlier by taking him to see the Peanuts Movie – along with many other residents and caregivers.
They adopted him many years ago – so someone could legally care for him after his parents were gone. Though he could rarely put together full sentences, he conveyed to Kristen that he knew she would soon have to call the funeral home – “Not for Mamma or Daddy, but for me.”
He passed away a few days after Christmas.
Back to our Christmas meal
Nathan getting dessert
Reading the Christmas story from Luke 2.
I print out Luke 2, separate the verses, then hand them out in random order. Since everyone has heard the story many times, we read the verses in the order they receive them – not in verse order.
Deb reading her verse.
Playing Now-You-Have-It-Now-You Don’t.
Everybody receives three numbers. When their number is called, they choose an item. However, the item must stay in view of the others, because the item can be “stolen” until a person’s third number is called. Only then can the item be hidden behind their chair.
Anthony did not receive a number, but could choose any item he wanted. He thought he wanted these colorful bag clips, but soon decided that they were not a toy, so put them back and chose a bag of pretzels. 🙂
We loved the simplicity of this Christmas.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, when the children and grandchildren usually exchange names, it was decided to do something different this year – with the money they would have used in the gift exchange – and buy groceries for Manheim Food Pantry.
The food pantry appreciated the change in our Christmas exchange…
…and we were honored that our children made this choice.
Since the idea came from Jere and Kristen and their children, we decided that another one of our children will choose what we do next year.
We Love You,
Daddy & Mother
Saturday, December 12
When Inge mentioned that she would like to meet the Nut Hut animals, we made it happen for her.
Her first meeting was with Annie Oakley – the prairie dog.
She wanted to meet each one, but Batman was the one she really wanted to meet. I love the look of pleasure in Inge’s eyes.
Inge loves cats and has watched Batman grow up into a beautiful black cat – via pictures only.
He was a mangy, skinny kitten when he arrived at the Nut Hut.
Dale was pushed out of the nest by his mother because he was born with something similar to Downs Syndrome.
Evan the possum is beautiful – for a possum.
When I asked Deb why she hadn’t released him in the fall, she said because Dale has bonded with Evan like a parent – and due to being special needs, Dale needs a parent.
Harley knew immediately that Inge was a cat-lover and responded to her attention.
Deb said it is unusual for Harley to respond to people the way he did to Inge.
Presley is a special needs raccoon – and must stay at the Nut Hut.
Skippi Rae is one of Deb’s first rescues and oversees the deck where many outside squirrels come to eat.
One time she “warned” all the inside animals that there was a hawk outside.
Roy and Deb (our youngest daughter) truly care for their rescues and love when they can release them – as they do with most animals – but when the animal cannot go back into the wild, they make sure they have a good life – with them or someone else.
I missed getting a picture of their flying squirrel and hedge hog – and the two skunks are hibernating for the winter.
Since we were there, they got a tiny baby goat. He was one of four, and the mother made sure everyone knew that she was not going to take care of him. I will have some pictures of him in the near future.
They live in an area where there are many Amish, so we usually see signs of them on our way to or from their place.
Holsteins in a field always make me miss my dad – a dairy farmer.
Thanks, Roy and Deb, for taking time to show Inge your animals.
It was fun for us to see each of them – and meet Dale and Evan for the first time.
There were four events that happened just before we went on the cruise, so I want to post three of them before I go into the details and photos from the cruise.
I will work on the fourth one, Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, after I post the cruise photos.
Old Gang Get-Together – Sunday evening, September 20
It started with a picnic when our children were small. Now most of us have grandchildren and many have great-grandchildren.
It was a delightful evening.
The next morning – Monday, September 21 – we had a beautiful sunrise.
A Birthday Supper With Jere and Kristen – Wednesday, September 23
I was so excited about going out with Jere and Kristen for their birthday meals that I forgot my camera – so we used cell phones.
I love spending time with our children.
Sauder Reunion – Saturday Evening, September 26
Cerwin’s cousin Larry (left) came to ask John about an old church hymnal, after which they talked about a song that was a family favorite.
John said, “We sang it so often, I think I still know all the words.” Mother thought she knew the words as well. I asked them if they would sing it if I got everyone quiet. They said they would.
I can’t remember the name of the hymn, but everyone remembered it as Grandpa Sauder’s favorite, and a song the family often sang on the front porch in summertime.
It was a special moment.
Cerwin’s sister Doris read this and asked Mother about the name of the song. I found it online.
Rest By and By
Music: Rest By and By | Charles Edward Pollock
1. Often weary and worn on the pathway below, When the burden is heavy, my heart throbs with woe; Oh there comes a sweet whisper to quell ev’ry sigh, “Do not faint ’neath the load, there is rest by and by.” 2. It becometh not thee to seek earth’s transient bliss, Or thy treasure to place in a region like this; Tho’ the cross may seem heavy, the moments soon fly In the beautiful city, there is rest by and by. 3. You will not labor long for the Master below, Soon His call you will hear, your free spirit shall go To the light of His presence in mansions on high Where the faithful repose, there is rest by and by. Then, dear Saviour, I would not in sadness repine, Nor would here on a bed of sweet roses recline; For a country I seek where they nevermore die, And in Zion, my home, there is rest by and by. Refrain: There is rest by and by, In the beautiful city there is rest by and by. Where the ransomed shall live with the Saviour on high, In the beautiful city there is rest by and by.
It was an especially good reunion.