Did you enjoy your weekend? I had such a happy time celebrating my 65th birthday! For a start, Alan took me to the east side of the state,
not only to soak up the ambiance at Weber’s Inn, but also for a canoe trip along the Huron River (which got rained out). 😦 However, we were able to enjoy an especially thrilling visit with my sister, Annie, and her husband, who’ve just retired and moved from Oregon to Michigan.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to have my sister in proximity after 40 years of living 2,000+ miles apart! On Sunday, Dan and Brianna came over after church for a birthday party. We were planning to pick apples later in the afternoon, but it was still drizzly, so we just picked donuts instead. Robinette’s was jam packed (as per usual), but that ensured melt-in-your-mouth warm donuts, and Samuel—who was getting his very first lick—was a fan! Over the course of the weekend,
we were also able to exchange greetings with our kids who now live far away: Aaron’s family have recently moved to California, and it was his birthday too! Mike’s family are now in sunny Italy, looking for a home and getting settled in. Jon’s back from Greece and Italy, where he was teaching a class,
and their family is happily reunited again. Stephen was presenting a paper at a musicology conference in Dublin
last weekend and just happened to run into one of our dear friends,
Laurie M., from GR, in the airport! (What are the odds of that?!) Joel’s was hard at work in Boston, but he took time out over the rainy weekend to go to the Mozart Requiem, and we were able to face time later on. One of my friends told me that a mother is only as happy
as her least happy child, and I think there’s a lot of truth in that. Knowing that my “chicks” (the oldest of whom just turned 40)
are all thriving made me one super happy birthday girl. It takes a lot of the sadness out of growing old to know that your children
and grandchildren are happily growing up, and to be able to share life and love with them. Ultimately, however, I have to say that as passionately as I love my family,
I’ve learned to hang my heart and hopes on the Lord,
and I think that’s truly where I’m most at home.
“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:14).
(The picture of the piglet was from almostdumb.com [obviously], and the picture of the Mozart Requiem being performed was from the Handel + Haydn Society website. The pictures of Aaron’s family were taken by his wife, Carlie, and the picture of Stephen and Laurie was passed on to me by Bianca M. Thanks, all!)