Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Family Visit

It just doesn't get any better than this...

Blessed with colors from God's paint brush.

Blessed with wonderful warm fall weather.

And blessed with a visit from son Charlie,
his beautiful (both inside and out) wife Kristina,
and their amazing children (our grandchildren),
David and Evie, from California.

The first thing David did was drive the tractor with Papa Russ.
They "went to work" and traveled on the property to pick up a log,
and deliver it back to the Wee House for the winter Wee House wood.
 The little woodsman...

Such a big boy!

And introducing little Evie Marie, born 7/1.
She's truly captured everyone's heart!

She's a sweet bundle of joy.

And very much a little sister to big brother.

For David,
it was a toss up between driving the tractor
and playing with the newly hatched chicks.

I believe the chicks won.

Also visiting from California were Bub and Jeanette Kuns.
Charlie and Bub are actually in Michigan on a scouting trip for their new movie.

You will hear much, much more about this in the future...

Bub will be playing "Tom" in the film,
along with being tagged writer and director.

Jeanette also loved the baby chicks.

Soon, it was time to return them to the mother hen.
Mama had one chick with her, so as to not miss the two we "borrowed"...

Mission accomplished. 

And David's attention soon went towards the Amish-made marble game.

We loved having a late-afternoon BBQ picnic,
to celebrate the gathering of family and friends.

Just look at the difference one year makes in the life of a child (or us adults). 
This was last year's trip to Michigan.
Click HERE.

I only wish California was a tad closer to Michigan. 
Or vice versa...

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, 
children a reward from him. 
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. 
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
Psalms 127:3-5a

Until I check in again, dear friends, God willing.


Joyce Joyce said...

What a nice time for you. What great experiences for the grandchildren. Hang onto that great fall color and weather - we will be at Shanty creek for a week soon (beginning Oct 21) but think the colors will be gone by then. Nonetheless, God's plan!

The Heartbeats said...

What a beautiful place to be able to visit as a child! My fondest memories are with my Grandpa on the tractor or at the barn. He always called us when a new colt was born so we could see him/her before school! Loved being a farm girl! I learned an amazing love and respect for animals and nature that way.

Mamma Heartbeat

TheCrankyCrow said...

So glad you had a wonderful time with your son and family - and more! And what memories you made for sweet little David - I'm sure those will be treasures in his heart always. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

goatldi said...

Sherry what dear sweet bebes you are blessed with. Lovely family and friends all around.

I had to notice that your Russ is built much like my dear hubby. Tall and slender!

Farmchick said...

How wonderful to have your family visit. Sweet, sweet grandchildren you have.

Karen said...

Love love love the photos! Looks like everyone had a great time! What a wonderful place for the kids to get to visit :) Thanks for sharing these!!!

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank you everyone, for the comments, stories and updates. I truly appreciate it when you "check in". :) It is such a blessing to see family (and friends) from California, but the highs are accompanied by some lows...when they must leave to go back out West. It's hard to watch them depart...it truly breaks one's heart. But that is part of life, and I'll be fine once again, and look forward to their next visit...

goatldi said...

I do know of what you speak. Being a long distance Mom, Grammie myself. Not as far as you tho. That was the line I had to draw. Wildly in love with four beautiful granddaughters when my DH and I ran away from home about 30 years later than we should have. I am only 5 hours from them and can't see myself any further away.

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Thanks for sharing ~:) Both my sons were born and raised in Michigan, in a lovely town on Lake Michigan a stone's throw from us (I was raised there too). However, both ended up in California; Charlie the filmmaker and Mark the golfer. Climate rules at times. :~) I wish I were 5 hours away, but I'm more like 5 days away, as I do not fly unless absolutely necessary.