Grape Jelly

Grape Jelly

20191003_1018412I can’t help but think of my Gramma Pete when I look at a jar of  grape jelly.  She came frequently with my folks to visit us and she would always bring a jar of grape jelly with her.  Now mind you this was not a small jar of jelly, but one of those gigantic family sizes. There were only 4 of us so it’s not like we would go through a ton of it.  It wasn’t my favorite type of jelly and I’m not really sure if it was Jon’s, Justin’s or Brett’s favorite.  I never really understood what she was thinking- did we not have grape jelly in our stores in MI or IL, did we need to stock up in case of something, maybe it was a stocking up thing left over from her being a single mom during the depression?  But, we always knew when gram was coming to visit there would be a jar of grape jelly coming along with her.  

Now I must confess.  We always had a good chuckle.  I think I remember my mom and the boys rolling their eyes when she pulled it out of the sack and put it on the kitchen counter.  I think I probably even took more than several jars to our church’s food pantry.  But, it was gramma bringing it.  We all absolutely loved and adored her and in my eyes, even as an adult, she could do nothing wrong.  I idolized her and as many granddaughters do, I had a very special relationship with her my entire life (I pray for the same relationship with our granddaughters).  She was a gem!!  So it was okay that she brought it and we graciously ooohed and aahhed over it and thanked her for it.

Here’s my confession- I always said as I get older I want to be just like my gramma Pete and I must confess the apple did not fall far from the tree.  I find myself taking on our visits to them what our sons and daughter-in-laws and probably our 8 y.o. granddaughter find totally absurd and useless questioning “why did gramma bring this”? Thank goodness I still have a few years with our 2 y.o. granddaughter before she starts wondering.  I know there are eyes rolled and chuckles being had. But, I understand now why she might have brought that grape jelly from the junk store at the corner.  She loved us endlessly, she wanted to bring us something we could use, she must remember how much I loved my PB & J toast when I would stay overnight and it was her way of showing how much we all meant to her, and just in case there was no grape jelly to be had in IL and MI we would at least have some.  So to our sons, daughter-in-laws and granddaughters remember I didn’t fall far from the Gramma Pete tree!  

We were blessed to have her in our lives well into our sons high school years!  So Gramma Pete from all of us… Here’s to you…. I’m sorry it isn’t Welch’s.  I can’t look at a jar of grape jelly without thinking of you!  

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Launch Day!

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The Big Number One!

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Squiggles and snuggles, giggles and goofy faces, babbling and bum bouncing, granddaughters together with hugs and laughter and smooches galore, family gathered celebrating a new milestone, surprise visitor to help celebrate, farm time, horse and buggy rides, food, food, food, little girl laughter and learning new games, hide and seek, grandma and grandpa come play, baby bye byes and words that sound like mom and dad and sit, precious time with family and friends, new memories created to last a lifetime.  God is good and Life is great!

 

What could be better?

What could be better?

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Hugs, and laughter. Gathering together for meals filled with incredible Mediterranean, Thai, and home cooked Mexican food, topped off by home baked incredible pop cakes, and chocolate chip/lemon/orange pound cake. Birthday party prep and shopping, dog walks, beer tastings, more laughter, gathering together for the big birthday party, church outreach and 168 palm crosses made for Palm Sunday, more laughter, more beer tastings, relaxing, chilling, movies, more laughter and just enjoying being together. What more could be better than weekends with our 2 sons and daughter-in-loves (my new name for our daughter-in-laws).

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Laughter, hugs, relaxing, sumptuous food, missional outreach, sitting by the fire pit, chatting, relaxing, sipping wine, more laughter, more sumptuous food, off-roading in the country, rummikube tournaments, being together. What could be better than time with wonderful and awesome friends!

We are blessed and our hearts are filled.

And We Have Liftoff!

And We Have Liftoff!

NASA we have had a successful launch at the launch pad birthday! The mission was filled with experimental planet cake pops surrounding Saturn, Galactic Punch, NASA banners, terrestrial tacos with all the fixings, Martian margaritas, a new two-wheel terrain vehicle and a bunch of giggling, new scientists.  The older scientists in the crowd had a blast getting the launch prepared and also enjoyed tons of laughter and hugs from the newest 7 y.o. scientist.  Mission complete!

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Out with the Old, In with the New!

What an absolutely incredible year this has been for our family! We are extremely blessed as we look back to all that we have accomplished, the places we’ve been and the changes in our lives! From our first trip to Cuba, the blessed birth of our 2nd granddaughter, our first hurricane evacuation experience, tons of wonderful and fun FaceTimes with our oldest granddaughter, the beautiful baptism of our new granddaughter, helping our son and daughter in law move from Long Island, NY and culminating with the gathering of our entire family to celebrate Christmas in their new home! Not to miss the numerous trips to Walt Disney World, visits with family and wonderful times spent on Marco Island! Our year has been filled with blessings, love, adventure, hugs, family, friends, butterfly kisses, hearing grandma and grandpa come play with me & baby smiles too numerous to count! We can hardly wait to see what 2018 brings,

Do You Promise… I Baptize You…

Do You Promise… I Baptize You…

I sat in the church pew and watched my husband, our son, his wife and baby, our other son, wife and their sweet daughter and and a couple additional close friends gather together at the baptismal font. I listened as my husband asked our son and daughter-in-law the questions regarding specific responsibilities they have for helping their child grow in the Christian faith and life. I listened as they answered “With God’s help, we do.” I listened as he addressed the questions to our other son, daughter-in-law and 2 close friends the questions about specific responsibilities they as sponsors have. Again, I listened as they answered “With God’s help we will”. I then watched as my husband took his new granddaughter in his arms and they all laid hands on her to pray over this beautiful new child that has come into our lives. Later in the service my husband and I watched as our daughter-in-law took the baby in her arms, placing her head over the font, watched as our son, using a special shell from Marco Island, poured the baptismal water, from a special lake in Minnesota and listened as our son said “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. We watched as our son lit the baptismal candle with the words “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. We watched as he anointed her forehead with oil with the words “You are marked with the cross of Christ forever”.

Then we celebrated! It was an emotion filled, button popping, beautiful day for our families!