Monday, August 31, 2009

Family reunion...this time it's my hubby's side!

Back in July we hosted a family reunion for my husband's side of the family. We were busy cleaning the house and yard and getting everything prepared for the event. We had it on a Monday night, but I had the day off, so it worked out really well! Here's the younger generation having fun together.
Eric's brother, Mark, was visiting from Maryland, so we thought it would be a great time to get everyone together. From left to right, Eric, his Dad Jim, Cousin Jeff, Cousin Larry, our brother-in-law Jim and Eric's brother Mark.
And here's all the ladies....from left to right, our niece Michaela, me, my mother-in-law, Alice, Brittany, Eric's cousin Jeff's wife, Rebeca and Eric's sister, Stacey.
Same picture, but a little closer.
We had so much fun visiting in the sun and dipping our toes in the pool!
Grayson and Rachelle.
Grayson, Rachelle and Michaela.
Here's my husband's family, Stacey, Mark, Eric and their parents, Alice and Jim. The original five!
Eric's father and his two sons visiting while the fish is frying.
Family is so important. As I have gotten older, I have really learned that people come and go in your life, but your family is always there!
It's especially a blessing when the family gets along great!
Eric's sister and her hubby, Jim. They just celebrated their second anniversary.
We had such delicious food! Eric and I provided BBQ salmon and deep fried Sturgeon and we asked everyone to bring a salad and a dessert. We had a lovely meal!
Here's everyone loading up their plates.
Rachelle, Grayson and Stacey visiting. We were missing a few people, but we still had a great time. As Eric's parents are getting older, it is really important to keep getting together. Some of the older family members have passed away and the rest of us are getting older too, so we really value our time together. I especially think it's vital for the kids to know their heritage and to deepen their sense of family.
It's really wonderful for me to see the next generation growing up and adding more to the family. My son, Mackenzie, is the first one to get married in the younger generation and it will be great some day when all the kids get married and bring their little ones! It just goes on and on!
After dinner and it got dark we came inside and visited some more.
We had a really great time with the whole family. I feel so blessed to have such such a wonderful extended families on both sides!

Hope you have a great Monday!

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Galatians 2:20

Love, Sharon

Friday, August 28, 2009

My 30th class reunion.........

Yes, it's true, I graduated from high school 30 years ago! I just can't believe it! In some ways I feel like I can only be 30 years old, there's no way that I graduated from high school 30 years ago!!! In other ways, with my body breaking down, I definitely do feel old! Here's a picture of Eric and I right before we left for the reunion.
At this point as we were driving I was starting to get really nervous! Would people remember me and recognize me? Would I remember and recognize others???
Well, it ended up being a really fun time! Here's a group picture of all my classmates. Our motto was, "We're the mighty, we're the fine, we're the class of '79!"
Here's a picture of me with two of my best friends from school, Janet and Michelle. It was so great to catch up with them. It was so wonderful to see so many of my old friends and catch up. Everyone was so nice! I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to go to the 35th now!!!

Many of you have asked how my eye is doing and I am so happy to report that it is almost 100% back to normal! I have a little tiny knot underneath the skin where the wound was and it seems to be getting smaller every day. I would like to thank all of you again for your prayers!

Hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend! May the Lord richly bless you!!!

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." Luke 1:47

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ruby rooster......

I found this fabulous ruby glass rooster at Goodwill a few weeks ago. He was one of those treasures that I actually grabbed as soon as I saw it. I might have accidentally reached in front of someone too! LOL!
He is a lot of things in one for me! He's a rooster, which I love, he's heavy glass, which I love and he's made of ruby/amber glass, which I collect. Perfect!
Can you see the neat iridescent colors amber and ruby colors in him?
Oh boy, I just love this guy!
I am thinking that he is vintage, he is just so thick and heavy.
He also has lots of details. I wonder if he was sold with a lid?
There is a B marked on the bottom and I learned from the Internet that it is made by the Boyd Crystal Art Glass Co. I don't think he's worth a whole lot, but probably more than the $4.99 that I paid for him. For me $4.99 is a lot at Goodwill, but because my house is so full of things, lately my new stradegy is go in the store with an idea of how much I can spend and if I really like something I can buy it if it is in my budget. I'd rather buy one or two really special things than buy a whole bunch of cheaper items that I don't really need.
I thought I might put a votive in him, but for now I think I'll use him to hold toothpicks. I just love my new ruby rooster! He makes me happy when I see him in the windowsil every morning!

Hope you have a great day today!

"Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths." Psalm 25:4

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My cousin Abby's wedding.......

Well, Abby is not really my cousin, she is my cousin's daughter. Does that mean she's my second cousin? Any way, on July 25th Abby married a wonderful man named Ryan. They had such a pretty wedding. It was outside in the backyard of her Mom and Dad's house. Her brother, Aaron, performed the ceremony.
Right after the wedding there was a really fun reception in the barn. It is the same barn that we had our family reunion in back in June.
The newlyweds entering the reception. I liked it because they announced them when they entered and they announced the whole wedding party.
Here's my cousin, Anna and her husband Wayne, entering the reception.
Abby is from Hawaii and so it was a Hawaiian themed reception. They even had hula dancers! It was so much fun! The food was Hawaiian too and boy was it delicious!
Anna congratulating the happy couple.
Here's my parents sitting with my aunts and uncles. I love going to weddings not only to celebrate with the couple, but to see so many other family members!
My Dad was chatting with me and my sisters so we took pictures of all of us with him. Here's him and I together.
Here's Kathi and Dad.
And here's Kelli and Dad.
Me and my parents.
What a beautiful cake.
I loved her flowers, she had miniature white orchids with blue hydrangeas and they were so gorgeous!
Here's two little girls who were doing the hula along with the other dancers.
I don't know who she is, but isn't she a doll!
I always love to watch the father dance with the bride. Here's Wayne dancing with Abby. You could just see their love for each other. It was really touching. It was a great wedding and it is so wonderful to know that God is the foundation of their marriage. I wish them happiness all the days of their lives!

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TV tray treasures!

Look at what I found at a yard sale last week! I found two awesome vintage TV trays!
I love the wonderful black background with the gorgeous tole painted roses on them. I am slowly starting to collect vintage tole painted items, I adore the old fashioned look about them.
The best part.......I only paid .25 cents a piece for them!
TV trays are from a time gone by. They really are a great idea, I wonder why they quit making them. Can you just imagine a cute little 1950s family having their home cooked meal, made by mother wearing her pearls and heels sitting, in front of Howdy Doody eating their meal off of these trays? Actually, when you think about it, it's kind of sad because it was one of the beginnings of the end of the special family time when families always ate dinner together around the table without the TV on!
The cool part about them is that the fold down and stack away so nicely. Perfect for a busy hostess!
I'm not sure if I will just store these in a closet and use them for special events or I might hang one of the trays on a wall somewhere. When I came home from the garage sale I threw them in the office and I set one of the trays here leaning against the armoire. Every time I walk by the office and I see the tray sitting there, I really love how it looks! I love how the colors coordinate and the black pops off the green walls. I'm thinking about hanging the tray in there somewhere. Regardless what I do with them, I really can't lose, they were definitely the deal of the day!!!

I hope you have an amazing Tuesday!

"A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh." Proverbs 14:30

Hugs, Sharon
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