Tuesday, May 30, 2006

the holiday

So this past weekend was a busy one! We ventured to Ohio, to my brothers place, where the entire family gathered (except one brother). There was a whole gob of people there. Three of my brothers, their wives. Eight kids. My parents. Ed and I. We all gathered to help build a retaining wall out of railroad ties in the back yard. The menfolk worked from 10 in the morning until 8:30 at night on Saturday and got it all done. Do you think I took any pictures? I sure did! They're on my mom's camera! :) Maybe she'll send them to me. It was a hot weekend. All kids (and Ed) slept outside in tents. I got the bottom bunk in my nephews' room and Alina slept on the floor. The 2nd night she had her first taste of "camping in the tent" and Ed said she slept through the whole night. I was able to have an excellent chat with one of my sister-in-laws about what has happened in life in the past 9 months. And I was finally able to meet her very close friend Kristen (who has a blog...go visit her!!) and her kids I left feeling very encouraged. We headed back Sunday after church and a yummy lunch. Yesterday was errands in the morning, nap in the afternoon and bbq picnic in the evening. It was a great weekend. I'm glad we were able to get away and spend time with family and meet new friends, come home and spend time with family and gather with friends :).

9 comments:

Carbon said...

I can't wait to sleep outside in the tent with the kiddo's. I just want to see their happy faces. I'm sure they'll love it.

Kristen! said...

jean, you're sweet. :) i wish we lived closer to one another .. vicki says she thinks you and i would be very good friends. you take care, and stay close to JESUS ~ your dearest, most intimate friend. have a happy day.

Jean said...

Vicki said that to me too on Sat. :) Thank you. I needed that friend reminder today :)

anne said...

I'm so glad you had such an excellent time! :)

Kristybeth said...

I'm glad you had fun. I know that I sure did. I was so good seeing you again. Luv you bunches! <3

Jean said...

Hey Maki! I bet your kids will LOVE sleeping outside. Seems like the fresh air knocks 'em out.

Thanks Anne :)

Kristen you are so sweet. I like your <3 :)

Vicki said...

It has been fun reading your blog :)! It was great having you here this last weekend. I enjoyed talking and sharing with you too - you encouraged my heart! Your heart is so sincere and genuine and I see Jesus in you! Love you!

Anna said...

Hey there friend. I was so glad to see you safely return from your trip. I missed you to the point of sadness.

It was great to see how smooth, speady, and stealth you can become for the sake of catching a frisbee. I will hold that image in my heart for a while.

Jean said...

And I you my friend, and I you...
Will you holding that in your heart and be laughing? :)