Friday, October 31, 2014
They did make it.
Kari, aka Lydia did not want to be any part of this stomping around in the cold, hyperactive baby scene.
She was dropped off early at my parents and hung around in peace with them.
Jay picked her up at the end of the night.
And this very wild, intense October is over.
Over, I tell you! Over!
Glad to see you. Come on in. love, Val
The top one is Julia and pj going to Heidi's work trick or treat.
Then next, Dan and Alicia's pumpkins.
Then bg carving a pumpkin.
Dannell, I'm so glad you took these pictures and shared them. We can't be at every pumpkin carving at everyone else's house, but for a second it kind of felt like it.
All you trick or treaters? I love you all so.
love, Grandma, aka MOM
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Look out, People.
Your kids will grow up on you.
Anyway, October reaches the end.
So this was the day.
There were numerous ceremonial gestures at church, which were sweet and important, and our family was all there, and it was lovely.
Then we all came back to eat and celebrate.
The associate pastor from a few years ago resurrected an old ministry tradition at the church called Prayer Partners. An adult and a child team up to be prayer partners. There are no rules. Prayer partners and the child are required to do nothing in particular.
Oly and Julie are Prayer Partners for Kari and Tim. Maria's prayer partner is the woman she was nanny for all summer. Her husband is James' prayer partner. I asked him if he ever bothered to pray for Andy?
He looked at me for a couple seconds and said, "Yes, I do. Why would you think I don't?"
No, I didn't think that. Just wondering.
(James is so chill he gives that impression, but it's usually not true.)
Anyway, prayer partners is a surprisingly powerful little ministry. Our young associate pastor who resurrected the program called people who'd been involved with it in the past and asked them if they wanted to participate.
"Oh, I already have a prayer partner. She's in Florida now, works for Wells Fargo, has three children."
??? She was so astonished at the continuing of the connection.
(Thank you. This means the world to us.)