Monday, July 14, 2014

A Week with Grandparents

Growing up, we children looked forward to summertime with great delight.

Instead of spending a week at a camp each year, each set of grandparents would plan a week full of activity and fun for us. Since we lived quite a distance from our grandparents, this was always a memorable treat. Those weeks were full of laughter, adventure, late night ice cream & raspberries, bike rides, unique museum visits, hiking, singing, and lots of affectionate bonding with our grandparents.

The years have passed and one by one the older children are no longer able to take a whole week off to adventure with our grandparents. But our younger ones still keep the tradition going and recently headed up to Iowa to spend their 'grandparent-week'. What priceless memories!

Here are a few pictures:

The house where Mom grew up. So many memories!

Grandpa is an avid gardener, so we spent many hours helping plant and pull weeds in their beautiful garden. 

Pounding stakes for the tomato cages.


We've had an on-going competition to see if we could keep Grandma from washing dishes our entire visit. I think we succeeded this week! 

Enjoying the porch on a warm summer day.

One of the perks at our grandparent's house?! 
Ice cream and berries every night!

Enjoying the outdoors


And more smiles


In the evenings we'd gather around the piano to sing and practice harmonizing. Our grandma has played piano/organ for the same church for over 60 years -- and both she and grandpa have always encouraged us in music. She continually uses her gifts to bless others at church and local nursing homes. Just another reminder that when you learn an instrument in your youth, you can use that skill to touch people's hearts for decades!

We love you, Grandpa and Grandma.
Thanks for the great week -- and years -- of memories! 

"We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."
Psalm 78:4


Stephanie said...

Such a neat tradition!
I was curious who posts on the blog?
Do you take turns or is it one persons responsibility since Rachel got married.

Tashia said...

Such fun memories! Thanks for sharing pictures form your time with your Grandparents! :)

Lexi said...

That's so neat! It's sweet to be able to spend time with grandparents. Mine are coming on Wednesday :)!
In Christ,

Cryslyn said...

Awww, it looks like you all had a wonderful time! Such special memories. :-)


Caravan Sonnet said...

Aww!! this is such a precious opportunity!! I treasure the times with my grandmother!!Such lovely pictures!!
:) Rebecca

Jessica said...

What a blessing to be able to spend time with such godly grandparents! Looks like you had a fun and memorable week!


Rachel said...

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks for your comment....and great question! It really is a group effort. Most of the time the pictures and basic updates come from Hannah. Or Elizabeth. Or Mom.

Since I have time and internet down in Kansas, I still do quite a bit of editing, writing, and posting as well. Its super fun as it enables me to keep in touch with what's happening with my family and be the first to see pictures and hear the updates!

Speaking of which, I have a stack of pictures for a Kansas Journal update soon, too.

Anonymous said...

When my grandmother was still alive, we used to have "midnight" snacks before we went to bed. It was always so nice to stay over and help with trimming and shopping and gardening, etc. Grandparents are special.

Anonymous said...

Have the cd and songbook orders been shipped out yet?

B.Y.S. said...

I remember spending a week at my maternal Grandparents house! We did that for awhile with one of my niece's until she moved far away and 2 years ago my parents and I went camping with another niece and my only nephew right now, 2 years ago then we brought my niece home with us and camped with her and took her to the Creation Museum.


Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for answering my question Rachel! :)
That is awesome that y'all can work together on posts, and that you can still be involved /stay up to date on your family's lives.
I really appreciate your whole family and your love for one another. It's truly beautiful!
Oh, and I'm looking forward to your Kansas Journal update as well! It's always such fun to see what you've been up to!
P.S. I follow you on Instagram as well and always enjoy your posts! You are such an inspiration to me! Your love for the Lord shines through!
~Blessings Stephanie Slabaugh