Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Childhood Unplugged

I was so excited to get the opportunity to guest blog for Caitlin today! I love to blog but I always seem to "freeze up" when given this opportunity, especially when I don't have certain guidelines. LOL! ;) I was talking to Mark, my husband, about a few fun topics when this past weekend's event's came up. It was a busy one but goodness it was one for the books!

Do you ever have those events or get-together's that end but you can't stop smiling when you think about them? Well, that was our Sunday afternoon.

My parent's put together a last minute bonfire for some of our close friends. There is a group of about 4-6 families that grew up together. You know, family vacations, weekend getaways, small holidays, etc...ya..."those people." That small group has almost doubled in the past 6 years as all the kids now have our own children. Funny how that happens!?!?! LOL! There was about 30 #framily (like what I did there;) members at the bonfire.

*I had to add this picture of the "before." The fire did burn for about 4 hours before any guests arrived. My dad doesn't do anything halfway and this is a perfect example. Ha ha! 

What we all thought would be a fun ending to our weekend became something we can't wait to do again! It was perfect! My mom was concerned about outside toys or activities but the kids, like kids do, found ways to entertain themselves. The "3rd generation" as we like to call it range from age 5 to 6 months (give or take a few months).  This picture below is the best we got of all the little's. Let's be honest, it's terrible but AMAZING all at the same time. They are all in the picture so that's a plus!

We all brought hot dogs and s'mores items to share...or not to share. ;) My dad took the little's (and some brave g-ma's) on a hayride around their property. I don't know who had more fun, the grandma's or the grandchildren. Ha ha!! 

As I loaded the car and headed back home (a 1.5 hour drive) my heart was so full! Mark had been gone on a fishing trip all weekend and the kids fell asleep 5 mins. into the drive so I had some time to reflect on the day. 

So many things were running through my head but "make new friends but keep the old, some are silver and the other gold" was on repeat. So cliche but so true. Sunday was made possible because a group of 4 couples about 30 years ago made their friendship a priority. 

They have been there for each other during some of the hardest times in life...and believe me when I say HARD, but they all still remain friends. They have not only taught us with their words but they LIVED and are living an examples for us. Each and everyone of those parent's choose to put God first in their lives, marriages, and families. Because of their priorities, we get to experience such JOY on a random Sunday evening. 

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