On our wedding day, the videographer, who was a teacher from the high school we went to, commented on how he'd never been to a wedding that was noisey with people visiting before the wedding started. That's how our marriage started, with everyone we knew and loved visiting with one another from row to row and between family and friends. Since we've had the honor of moving to the farm, we have really enjoyed hosting gatherings with family and friends. On Sunday we hosted some of Jonathon's family from his mom's side. It wasn't an overly large group, but it caused the house to hum with voices that were happy to see one another and catching up on each other's lives. I caught myself sitting on the floor eating and smiling as I heard that same hum that I remember hearing in the church before I came down the isle. What a delight to have older folks and little children interacting with one another and enjoying this life we've been given.
After eating and visiting, Jonathon took those who wanted to endure the chilly temps out for a hay ride. We'd borrowed the wagon for the night before with friends, but since we still had it, I suggested some might enjoy that at our family gathering too. It was a hit!
Linda and Saphira, Miranda and Josiah
Ron, Linda, Christi, and Aunt Carolyn
Tom, Uncle John, Aunt Judi holding Hadassah, Kelly, and Alyssa
Kyle, Alyssa's boy
Deanna who is a good friend of the family's little girl. We are so glad they join us every year!
Josiah, Ron, Linda, and Diella
Josiah, Benaiah, Ron, Linda, Diella, and Saphira
Kelly, Aunt Carolyn, Aunt Carolyn's daughter, Aunt Judi. In the background Miranda, Cheri, Jeff, Cassy, holding Corbyn, CJ's little guy, and CJ
Cassy holding Corbyn, and CJ
Aunt Judi taking a pic of Kelly and Alyssa
Linda and Hadassah
Kelly and Corbyn
Me and Hadassah
The crazies on the hayride. :)
Thank you Aunt Judi for some of the pics to make this post more complete with pictures. We enjoyed having everyone. Thank you for coming and making the day so special! Until next year.... :)