A couple weeks ago now, much of my family gathered on the Clarion River. My uncle who lives in Miami came with his family and my aunt and cousin and her family who live near The Pinery came and visited and camped. It was a whirlwind but it was good and full.
Owen enjoyed the attention of many different family members, and chewing on his toes.
Owen loved it, too. As soon as his legs hit the water, he was kicking like crazy!
A permanent smile was on Ian's face for almost the whole week.
Loads of Papa time was also just what the doctor ordered. He put Ian down for ever nap and night-time. What a sweet & humorous relationship they have.
One day everyone headed out for a float in tubes down the river. Having a newborn knocked us out of this activity this year, and the starting time was a bit late for Ian's nap. So, Jim and Ian had a nice paddle together up the river. Jim says that Ian requested to go upstream through a rapid. Jim explained that Ian would have to sit very still so that he could navigate the rapid and Jim said he became a statue, intent on getting through it. Such determination and control this kid can have, when he wants to!
I didn't get any pictures of it, but we had a small little service to remember Grandma. We sang a few of the hymns and songs they had sung to her on the day of her passing. We shared memories and my mom wrote a beautiful ABC list about her that brought back loads of memories for us all. It was special to have the service at a place where I spent so much time with her. The Pinery will always jog my mind to memories of her.
A few whole-group choices for a few family members who I KNOW have been waiting patiently.
Photo credit goes to my mom for these last few photos.
Leif really didn't seem to mind, either.
And, after one last swim, it was time for us to say goodbye. Until next year, sweet Pinery.
And here's one for the Christmas card! The whole family in the river :)
Thank you for a wonderful week full of wonderful family time, delicious food, and fun activities, Mom & Dad!
Thank you for the legacy you have left in our family, Grandma!
We are forever blessed for knowing you and being loved by you.