With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Racing to Catch Up! ( or should I say, hobbling)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Racing to Catch Up! ( or should I say, hobbling)

Have you ever fallen a little behind...

                           then further
                                           and further
                                                          and further behind...

That's what has happened here on my blog.

So many activities and happenings there is barely time to think sometimes.  I tried to keep snapping pics as days went by but had little time to even take a look at them. This is some of the highlights of our past couple months.

If you aren't a family member you will be terribly bored and may just want to come back another day when I share a short and sweet recipe.

But for the brave...

Springtime began with long needed replacement windows then John had the joy of installing 18 new blinds.
Onto pressure washing the porch, patio, walkways and all the siding I could reach.
New pillow covers made to brighten up and add new life to the getting-older cushions already there.
Mother's Day with John and Abbey and playtime with the kids
A fun double surprise birthday party for dear neighbors
A lovely day at Rowan University with John and three of his college friends.  It was the first time back since they all graduated and when it was called Glassboro State College 
Lots of sweet lovin' from my Raider
A birthday party for AJ
Yard work ~ lots of yard work, pulling out bushes, planting and all of the stuff required to get the yard in shape!
 A very special invitation to John and I to join AJ for dinner at a an up-sale eatery so that he could ask our blessings and approval to marry our oldest daughter, Erin. Our hearts are filled with joy about this long awaited answered prayer for this precious family. He knows we have long loved him as a son and couldn't ask for a better guy to officially join our family!
 Our oldest grandson, Jared was nominated for Student of the Month (of almost 800 Sophomore students) and was recognized at a regional award ceremony.
 A month later, Jared received a gold medal and certificates for placing summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam.
 Earlier this week we joined our daughter, Jamie and her family and dear in-laws for a couple of days at their Ocean City, NJ rental.  (photo above is Josh and Jamie with their children, Keri, Noah, Silas, Caleb, Cambrie, Chloe and Jethro. 
 The day was sunny, breezy and cool.  Those courageous children had no trouble in the 62 degree water as well as digging for crabs!
 Pop-Pop John loving his grandchildren
 Me with our sweethearts
 I don't remember ever enjoying the beach as much as this day
The three older kids went with us for lunch, sightseeing and playtime at a nearby playground.  We found a bench with a marker honoring a long-time marriage of a Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop so Keri Jill snapped a photo of us behind it.
And though we don't often see these precious ones, they are never far from our thoughts and prayers.
Missing you Ryan, Brenna and Shaela!

Also ~ Twice weekly treks to physical therapy for sciatic and issues with IT band (Iliotibial band)  that is causing lots of knee pain. Therapy is helping but I have more to go. I have been stretching and pulling my body in ways that I never thought possible ;) 


Terra said...

I see lots of fun time spent with your family here. Hope your sciatic problem is healed.

NanaNor's said...

I loved seeing all the fun family gatherings. I totally understand what you mean about getting behind-we moved a month ago and I'm still trying to settle in; now our youngest daughter's house sold and we are trying to find them a new home. Not sure when life will slow down, but it is a blessing to share in it all. I've had two bouts with sciatica and know your pain-praying it heals quickly.

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful family! xo

Barbara F. said...

And congrats to the daughter who got engaged! Her ring is so gorgeous! Is it Erin? xo

Melanie said...

I understand! i have been behind too and I am trying to catch up. Enjoyed the pix!

marie said...

Well, I'm not family but I truly enjoyed catching up with your family! It's always a treat to see your beautiful grandchildren!! Congratulations to Erin and AJ and praise God for answered prayers! Great job Jared...love reading positive news about young people!
Sure hope your physical issues resolve quickly Lorraine.

Sandy said...

What a wonderful love filled post! I enjoyed all the great pictures of family. I pray you are healed and have no further problems. Congratulations to your daughter!

Cheryl said...

I so enjoyed catching up with you, Lorraine! (I have wondered where you were!)

So sorry that you have been having pain. I pray that it is resolved quickly.

Loved seeing all the other happenings and so many sweet faces and happy times!

Debbie Huffaker said...

You've been very busy!! Your family is so precious ....what a blessing! Hope your knee continues to improve.Have an awesome weekend.

Creative Design said...

I'm brave and I loved it!


Blackberry Lane said...

Sorry about your knee.
Congrats to Jared and to Erin.
These are all beautiful photos.

The Old Parsonage said...

I love seeing hearing all about your wonderful family. Makes me happy for you to have all that love. Our Texans are coming on Tuesday and we'll all be together for 2 weeks. can't wait!

hope that you are back to feeling 100% soon!


Susan said...

Dear LDH....You have a beautiful family. So happy for the engagement!

Loved all the photos.

Please check out my post today (June 7) as it's about a new blogger.

Take care and hope you have a lovely weekend! Susan

lindsey said...

We'll I'm not family but I certainly didn't want to skip looking through your lovely family photos! You certainly have had a busy time. Congratulations on the forthcoming wedding....how exciting!

Your grandchildren are all so perfect.

I'm sorry to hear about your sciatic and other pains, I too have suffered with sciatica and other muscular problems, I pray you will be seeing relief very soon

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Spring and summer are wonderful for family gatherings and there are so many other things to do also. Lovely family pics and glad to hear your therapy is going well.

Cyn said...

love all the pics! So glad ya share, wasn't boring at all!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am not your family, but I must tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking through every single picture. What an extra special family has gifted you with! Milestones and memories are filling your lives, and I think it is so sweet that you share bits of it with us. I understand the total busyness of it all. Even the pictures depict that.
Whenever you have time to post, I for one, will be so happy to catch up with you.
A big congratulations to Jared! What an honor for him!
Another big congratulations to your daughter on her engagement!
The pictures of you and John are priceless!

Debbie Petras said...

You've had a busy time but it looks like it's been a good time.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

I've been scarce these days. Always good to catch up with you, Lorraine. Everyone is looking great.

Adrienne said...

I'm so far behind I wonder if I'll ever get caught up! Loved wandering through the days with you. Your family always makes me smile. I love the way your love for each other shows in the photos!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love all of your photos! =)
Congratulations on your Daughters Graduation and your Grandsons Award! =)

I hope your knee feels better soon!

Sounds like you are having a wonderful Summer!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I meant to put your Daughters Engagement, sorry about that! =)


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