This year, something unique happened for my birthday! My two older brothers came from California and New York City to help me celebrate. We had SO MUCH FUN! Included were a host of special opportunities, and right at the top was a mini-reunion with our sister over in the east side of the state!
Other highlights included a “day at the farm” with our niece’s family,
and a day with my daughter and her family,
including a tour of my son-in-law’s studio,
where he heads up the videography department at their church.
Back in GR, we took a trip to Meijer Garden— always captivating!
We visited Alan’s office and toured the campus
of Pine Rest Christian Hospital, where Alan works.
We took a trip to Robinettes for cider and donuts! (What would fall in Michigan be without a cider mill and donuts?). We also took a mini tour of the publishing house where our youngest son works as an editor.
One night, we went to Grand Haven for dinner
and a walk along the pier at sunset.
However, we didn’t know that evening was the night of the lighting ceremony for the new catwalk (after four years of construction). The place was jammed with well wishers. We enjoyed marching band music, a flyover, and fireworks,
but the end of the pier was blocked off, so we didn’t get in our quiet stroll.
Nevertheless, it was a very memorable evening
on an amazingly balmy night for autumn!
We toured Exalta, where my son Daniel is the dental director.
We also saw Daniel and Brianna’s new home,
with its wonderful backyard where the children can play!
The grand finale was my birthday party, complete with great big balloons
and a nerf gun war (sponsored by four-year-old grandson, Sammy).
Needless to say, it was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday! I’m just a little groggy and tired this week, but I wouldn’t have traded it for a trip to some exotic island! Thank you, Lord, for the great privilege and joy of family!!
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).