We are so blessed in her.
Mama, Katie, Dorothy, Martha and I were all in the Suburban together on the ride there, and I think that was one of my favorite times from the weekend...we talked about the Lord and His mercy to us...about Martha, and how much we love her...about Grand Mama, and her being the one who gave us all the gift of life, through carrying Mama and, then Mama, us. We sang some hymns as grass and pine trees flew by in a blur, and laughed with tears over how much joy there is and how much we loved Grand Mama and how much Jesus loves us...isn't is really, unspeakably amazing to be His!? And to be together, on our way to a whole day with wonderful people as we celebrate Martha, and her life that brings so much honor to the Giver of it...and there were M&Ms, too.
"We could perhaps use this lid as a spare until we reach out destination. It is similar in shape and even has a handle to attach it with."
( ;) actually she is stuffing pillows in)
Our wonderful guests were already there to greet us, like good guests always do, and we hugged all around! Then, while a few of us set up our picinica, and I added my special touch to the van and it's keys (won't go there) everybody explored the beautiful gardens and pathways, talking with friends.
"Sire, I plead with thee...
"I beg thee my league-may not the sandwiches be buried here, among these slopes?"
"No, ma'am, we're not going back to Noah's ark. We've already seen the hippos..."
Mama said a blessing over Martha and gave thanks for the people gathered and the food prepared.
It was 'dericious!
And she got lots of the above Health Tablets. :D
(Love seeing these girls laugh...)
(minus wonderful Taylor, who was taking the picture...oh, and thanks so much for letting me use some of your fantastic pictures! Thinking of you...)
Here we are, with the egg toss. You draw a number, get your buddy, then stand one step away from her, toss it, take a step back, toss it again, step back, and so on until one or the other drops, eats, throws or crushes the egg. It was blastful!!
I drew Aunt Christine's name, which was who I wanted to draw (because she's really fun) and we almost won, too. :D And Daisy and Grace got each other! I love it. How did that happen!? :D Still laughing over that one toss...hehe....I love those two girls so much!
"What morons. Throwing those chicken eggs back and fourth at each other, endangering their frocks with yolk, when they could be sitting in their strollers, freshly diapered with a whole tray of cheerios before them...."
The Victors rejoice! Congratulations to Aunt Lisa and Katie!! (We had to calm Auntie down after about 10 minutes of cheering and victory dancing)
Martha and Becka were exiled to the picnic blanket as second place winners.
(Grace, all I can think about is "Abbi, Abbi!! Abbi..." LOL...you make me smile...)
Brilliance a la Panda.
"Bring me another trifle. At once!!" (Marty does not tolerate sluggish servants.)
Sarah then glares at the paparazzi while Martha simply ignores them.
Dorothy started clapping with delight over the story while Becka tried to keep lunch in place...
(real quick, while we're on the subject, check this out!!! I mean, it's big but it's incredible!! Wonder what it would look like on? Also this one. And in men's hats...'dis. Polka dots in little bits are so fabulous among the brethren.
We did not see any alligators as planned, however.
On the way home we stopped by McDonalds for a frappe (why else do you go to town?) and sang and sang all the way home, windows down, hair blowing and together.
Happy 20th birthday, Martha.
We love you, so much.
Adeline, for all of us