Way back in our kids’ high school years I expressed to our kids the fact that I wanted our grandchildren to love Jesus. That was the desire of my heart. This was before grandchildren were on the horizon and before our kids were married. That is still the desire of my heart that our children and our children’s children would love Jesus and that He would direct their paths.
I’m so thankful to God that all our kids are on a path that He is directing and I continue to pray for their sanctification. I pray that God will have mercy on our grandchildren and that they would be born again into God’s family through the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross on their behalf.
This past weekend it has made my heart glad that all of our children have enjoyed time together. Our Eastern Washington kids flew to Seattle to spend time with our Coast kids. They all enjoyed time with my baby sister and her hubby, too. We were not a part in person with these celebrations but we were a part in heart with this wonderful time that they had. None of these photos are mine but they made me glad and I am happy to share them.
One of the playgrounds in Josh and Laura’s neighborhood.
Josh and Laura’s home.
We thank God for each one of these precious kids and grands that He has blessed us with.
Brunch at Palisade on Elliott Bay in Seattle.
Thanks to our DIL Laura who always makes sure these wonderful moments are documented.
Our Eastern Washington kids will be flying home on Monday and their furry family member will be happy to see them.
Monday is Dear’s birthday which we celebrated on Friday in Idaho with a great meal of lamb at a Greek restaurant. On his day I will come up with a nice breakfast, too, to celebrate his #66.
Have a good week y’all. We have a busy one ahead. If you don’t hear from me during the week I’ll try and catch up on the weekend.
Tom is hosting the Weekend Roundup. I’m joining in from the Seattle area.
This weeks prompts are:
1. Starts with “C.”
2. Week’s Favorite.
Let’s “C” what I can come up with…
Starts with C
Cabbage Rolls or Golubtsi, Голубцы, a Russian version of cabbage rolls. Recipe here.
2. This weeks favorite.
Wispy clouds over Elliott Bay Marina, Seattle. Seattle Space Needle in the distance amongst the masts.
Next weeks prompts: Starts with “D.” A Favorite. Details.
We came together on Sunday morning to celebrate Dear and my 41st wedding anniversary and our dear daughter in law’s birthday at Palisade Restaurant in Seattle. Our daughter Katie has a birthday at the end of the month so we started her celebration, too.
Have you seen these great nail wraps from Jamberry? Katie added these Christmas wraps on her nails for December.
Four of our six were able to celebrate together. We missed having Dan and Jamie with us but a 6 hour drive is a little tough to make especially when there is a snowy mountain pass between us.
Love these faces!
Forty one years together that we are thankful to God for.
This was a first for Dear and Me! Neither of us had ever had a Santa photo taken before!
We didn’t take our kids for Santa photos either. We all had fun taking one this year since Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the buffet room at Palisade! Speaking of the Brunch Buffet…it was amazing. I think one of my favorites was the Prime Rib Hash…
The views from Palisade are fabulous. Can you see the Space Needle?
We really had a wonderful weekend. Now we are full speed ahead on our Christmas preparations! We don’t have the tree up yet but I’m done with the Christmas cards except for two illusive addresses…
How’s it going at your house?
Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage on their site. All my photos that I stored and uploaded from that site are now big ugly black and grey boxes with a message to pay big bucks to get them restored to my blog. It will take me a long time to restore thousands of posts.
On Sunday morning we headed to Seattle to have brunch at Palisade on Elliott Bay.
It was very windy and the water was choppy with white caps. We had the sun blinding us and then getting blocked with clouds that the wind whipped through the skies.
The sun kept breaking through so after brunch and our photos in the wind we decided to head to Pike Place Market and see if we could find a parking spot and enjoy the market and all it has to offer.
Our son just sent me this photo so I’m adding it into my post after the fact.
When our parking time was up Dear and I headed home leaving the “kids” to do a little shopping before they joined us at home again. The skies and views tempted me to take photos from the car on the ride home.
We had a wonderful weekend. Dan and Jamie left to go over the pass while it was still early and light on Monday. A very good choice as the weather is worsening with more snow predicted to fall in our passes.
The rest of the week is relatively free for us. The only thing on the books is our small group meeting here on Thursday evening. I’m looking forward to getting things thought through for Christmas. Maybe I’ll even start on our Christmas letter…maybe. Have you started thinking, planning, or buying for Christmas?
I like leftovers, do you?
Speaking of leftovers here are the rest of the photos from our Elliott Bay Marina brunch at Palisade Restaurant.
Palisade is on the second level of this building with great views of Elliott Bay and part of downtown Seattle in the distance.
Our family all together. I’m going to have to get more creative in 2013 with group shots. I’ve seen a couple good ideas on Facebook.
See what I mean. I think the only thing that changed in this shot is the position of my hands. I do weird things with my hands in photos.
By now you are tired of us so look behind us and check out the Space Needle and downtown Seattle.
We positioned my nephew Caleb in this shot to make sure he didn’t block the view of the Space Needle!
My nephew Caleb and his girlfriend Marie. They both graduated from Westmont College in the Santa Barbara area this past May. She’s working on her teaching credential and he’s working at a church in Santa Barbara with the youth. It was fun to have them with us for brunch before they headed back to Santa Barbara. On the day Caleb was born our son Joshua hit a homerun in his honor at a little league game. Joshua and Caleb…that rings a bell. They have been strong and courageous!
Had to include a shot with the new shoes. Andrew and Katie still behave like newlyweds…
On the way home we got closer to the needle but we were driving fast so it’s a bit blurry.
Tonight our Newlyweds fly back to the east coast. My little nest will be empty again. I took down Christmas on New Year’s Day. I had to make room in the living room once again since our small group meetings start back up on Thursday. We had a real laid back New Year’s Day and ordered pizza in for dinner. The night ended with 4 of the kids playing Settlers of Catan. Dear and I hit the sack early as usual.
Hope 2013 is starting well for all of you!
I’ve decided to share some snap shots of Christmas past and join in with Vee’s December Notecard Party…
Christmas dessert from 2009
December night in Seattle with the Space Needle through the boat masts at Elliott Bay Marina 2009. We were celebrating Katie’s completion of her degree along with her birthday.
This year Katie is turning 27 on the 27th of December. I guess we’ll have to do something special to celebrate this magic birthday!
Every day Christmas table from several years back. Things have changed in this room.
Thanks Vee, for letting me join in late. Today I’m trying to talk myself into wrapping some gifts. I’m also thinking I should choose some cookie recipes to bake. It’s raining steadily here in the Seattle area. How are things in your part of the world?