Sunday, January 26, 2014

Alegra's Fun Birthday Winter Party Weekend

Alegra is 12!!!!!  How can it be?  I know, I know.  Time flies so quickly the older we get.  We spent the whole weekend at our good friends, The Epletts, up north of Lansing, Michigan.  A weekend with a houseful of friends and people we enjoy spending morning, noon, and night with equals a splendid birthday weekend for Alegra.  It wasn't planned for her birthday but happened to be planned the weekend of her birthday, so we had cake, a few gifts, and lots and lots of fun!  The temperatures were cold, but children don't mind as long as they are bundled up good.  They wouldn't have stayed in for anything when there was copious amounts of snow waiting to be played in and grand adventures to be experienced.  So much fun for everyone!  Me, I chose the warmer place to hang out, inside with the other ladies.  We enjoyed warm drinks and wonderful chats about raising our children into wonderful, pure, servant's of God.  It's such a blessing to glean ideas, knowledge, and different perspectives from others who have children a bit older than our's to prepare us for the young adult stage ahead.  Alegra's 12, so it's just around the corner.  

 Alegra on the far right with her girlfriends, minus a couple that we greatly missed having with us.

 Way too much fun!

 We hadn't seen our friends, The Brothers, in almost two months, so we all soaked up the time with them and enjoyed their newest baby who we hadn't seen for that long as well.  Two months sure changes a lot in a little one!  

 Zeky enjoyed some quiet time in the parlor reading with a couple new friends.  
The snow kept falling the whole weekend and it was truly a perfect winter wonderland outside.

 Saphira and Aviyah getting reacquainted :) and picking up right where they left off.  

 Most all of us at lunch.  Thank you Eplett girls for the delicious food you prepared for your guests!  It was all greatly appreciated!

We also enjoyed having a mini Sabbath service here.  We had a time of worship and a time of discussing the Torah portions for the week.  The worship team added a new member to their band.  A cute little member.  Benaiah sure enjoyed playing Mr. Steve's little bongos.  He didn't do half bad either for his first time playing along with them and as a 4 year old.  :) 

After the service time was over, they had planned an evening of fellowship and food with others that they fellowship with from different areas.  It was such a blessing meeting new people and hearing about their walk and how the Lord directed them into keeping Sabbath and the Feasts and other areas of their lives that He's guided them in.  So much to learn from others and much we can share to encourage others as well.  Our last night turned out to be a late night, but filled with much visiting, getting to know others, and rejoicing in meeting more families with similar mind sets.  Maybe not completely the same but very similar.   What a blessing of a weekend!

We left after breakfast this morning to get home before it was too late.  The winter storms seem to not want to give up on dumping snow and making it blow.  This of course leaves horrible road conditions, so we just wanted to get home safe and sound.  Thankfully, it was an uneventful drive home.  Lots of vehicles in ditches, but we stayed safely on the highway.

It sure is a blessing when we can get out and meet other believers and share in the joy of where He has brought us as individual families.  We're all in this journey together, yet separate.  But we can all learn from one another one way or another.  Enjoying filling up our cup with more and more people that we can call family.