Audrey, Amerey and I talked in the late summer afternoon.
“We need to have a fall day!” Amerey said, “to do fall crafts, wear sweaters and have a campfire!”
The ideas continued to flow throughout our conversation. It needed to be late enough in the season to feel and look like fall, i.e., cool enough to wear a sweater and some beautiful fall foliage. We should have pumpkins for carving, apples for picking and applesauce making. We made a list of activities for the kids and I sent each grandchild a letter:
Fall Harvest Fest at the Guire Shire
I cannot wait to see you! I am so excited that you are coming for the Fall Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 10th!
Here are some things we will be doing:
We will do an art project with apples!
We will carve pumpkins with Gray Paw.
We will make applesauce.
And we will have a campfire to roast hot dogs and S’mores on.
You can jump on the trampoline, eat snacks, play in the leaves and do lots of other fun stuff too!
Make sure you bring some warm clothes, including a sweatshirt and tennis shoes. Make sure you bring extra clothes in case you get pumpkin goo or sticky apple stuff on you!
Looking forward to a great day!
Ni Ni and Gray Paw
The Plan: Audrey and kids arrive on Thursday to spend a few days before the Fall Harvest Fest and help with preparation.
Amerey and family arrive Saturday morning and we start with apple pickin’ and work our way through activities and eat all day long!
Other siblings and their girlfriends, friends and neighbors show up and participate.
What REALLY Happened: Amerey went into labor Thursday on and off. She was admitted to the hospital Friday and continued the on/off pattern until the evening. Moira Lynn Campbell made her entrance at 9:29. Gray Paw and I stayed at the hospital until the last possible moment while Audrey messaged nonstop from our home where she ate all the sweets with her brother and her kids. Ania drove to the hopsital early in the evening to take photos of the baby and wrecked on the way. She was shaken up, but not hurt. Triple AAA towed our car to our driveway and the courtesy patrol delivered Ania to our arms. Ania’s friends showed up to the full waiting room (full of Guires, Campbells and Lillers).
Saturday Morning- Fall Harvest Day at the Guire Shire begins! Audrey headed to the hospital to meet Moira Lynn (with baby Peregrine and brother Rafal in tow). She stopped to pick up some necessary supplies for Mama Amerey (including peanut M and Ms) before heading to the hospital.
Meanwhile, on the homefront, Gray Paw and I started with harvesting apples with the grandkids who took trampoline breaks. We used the apple/peeler/corer/slicer and got the applesauce going. Son Damian shot a deer with a bow and helped with the kids intermittently while he waiting for the 8 point to lie down and breathe its last.
We got a fire going in the fire pit, played with play doh, after a few more people arrived including the neighbors, friends and girlfriends. We wore our sweaters to fulfil Amerey’s wish. The weather cooperated, chilly enough for sweaters. The leaves showed off their brilliant hues. We roasted hot dogs, carved pumpkins, made S’mores, jumped on the trampoline, Sam got his first bee sting and survived, Theo smiled when Gray Paw let him pop the eyes out of his pumpkin, Lucy oversaw the S’more eating by eating all the graham crackers while everyone was busy with the roasting.
Later when the afternoon put itself to bed and evening made its entrance, Audrey packed up. Lucy fell asleep in her carseat before the van left the driveway. Older boys packed up, full of beef stew and memories. Friends, neighbors and girlfriends had made their exit. Gray Paw and I cleaned up and put fresh clothes on and headed to the hospital to see Moira and take Amerey salad and a baked potato.
What I learned (again): We all have a nemesis. Sometimes it is a an object or animal, a snake, dog, elevators, etc.. Mine? Control. I like ordered days. I like being in the know. I like to have my calendar color coded and everything to work out the way I planned. Did you see that one letter word? I? Yes, I. The way I planned. It rarely does. Most of the time, I am thrown for a loop or two, or three.
How do I lay down my plan and just let things happen? I don’t usually do it gracefully. I spent Friday at my homeschool co-op (THESIS) leading the Mom’s Tea, followed by Shakespeare book club with my stomach in knots. The first mom who arrived asked me how I was, “I’m not going to just say I’m fine. I’m telling the truth. I’m anxious, agitated and tired all at the same time!” I explained the situation and she smiled. She understood and she was totally fine with my honesty. In fact, she appreciated it.
The truth is, if we are open and honest with each other, we find companionship, understanding and we may get some prayers directed heavenward in our behalf. We don’t have to hide our weaknesses. We don’t have to bear them alone. And….we can enjoy ourselves (as I did in the tea, the bookclub, the waiting room, the Guire Shire Harvest Fest) while we wait for God to work things out. He doesn’t shy away from us because we can’t handle the situation, He hides us under the shadow of His wings. He gives Strength to those who don’t have any. He gives us peace of mind when we don’t know what is going to happen next. He can take a nerve-wracking circumstance and give us a bucket full of joy in the middle.
” Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in orencounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4
Even when good things are happening, we can turn them into a trial if we don’t trust that the Lord is in control!
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