Sweet Weekends

IMG_3303 Getting Ready to Plant

This past weekend started in typical Spring busy fashion. My husband was trying to beat the forecasted rain by getting his soybean fields disked and planted by noon on Saturday. The rain forecast was not the only reason for the deadline…..some was  due to kids coming home for the weekend…… He got the beans planted with time to spare….a little time.

Once the planting was done; there was time to visit with the kids, grill burgers for the noon meal, play legos with the grandson, set up tea parties for the granddaughter and get ready and out the door for a bride/groom shower for a nephew and his fiancée that evening. It was a busy day, but it was a great kind of busy!

Sunday was one of the sweetest I have known in a long time……I got to sit in church; next to my kids and my grandkids. There is not much sweeter in life than a wiggly grandchild sitting on your lap in church. True….it is hard to listen to the pastor….with all the shushing going on and the distractions…but it is sweet indeed.

I had decided I wanted to try get pictures of the grandkids after church, as it was a beautiful day. I had to convince my granddaughter that taking her picture was a grand idea. She was not convinced till I resorted to bribery……spoonfuls of chocolate frosting are a wonderful enticement for photo ops.

It didn’t take long and the rest of our children arrived for Sunday dinner. It was such a blessing to have them all around the table. The laughter, good-natured teasing, re-hashing of old memories, and good food was such a treat for this mom. There is not much I treasure more than sitting and watching my family enjoy being together.

We did have to venture outside after dinner as it became time for the “Big Reveal”. (I am learning that “reveals” are the new thing as a way to tell people what gender your child will be.) My youngest son had told me last week that they needed lots of space for the reveal they had planned.

IMG_3329 Prep for the Reveal

I knew my sons like to shoot clay pigeons so I had a feeling this reveal would involve shooting some type of target….I just wasn’t totally sure what. I found out soon that it would also involve a lot of noise!

My son had found the idea on the internet that you put either pink or blue chalk powder in a box with tannerite. When you shoot it…..it makes an incredible amount of noise and it sends up a huge cloud of the appropriately colored powder. It brings to mind 4th of July fireworks!

IMG_3336 The Reveal

I must admit….it was impressive and it was a lot of fun finding out we were going to have a new grandson come September.

The day was capped off with  finishing up the leftover cupcakes from the shower the night before. There was more laughter, more planning for future gatherings, more fun in just being together for a few more minutes, before they all had to get on the road and head for home.

My children have definitely learned the art of hospitality. They live in three different cities, but they remain close. They stay in touch and make sure they all stay part of each other’s lives.  It is a blessing and a gift to see the joy they have in being together. That joy makes for a very sweet weekend.

Like branches on a tree,
our lives may grow in different directions
yet our roots remain as one

41 thoughts on “Sweet Weekends

  1. Sharon, Leadership2Mommyship says:

    It sounds like a lovely weekend, and I love how they revealed the baby’s gender. Cute and different–my husband would have bought into that idea for our youngest. What a lovely family. I’m glad you convinced your granddaughter to pose, even if that meant a bribe. Who wouldn’t want to pose. 😀

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    What an incredible idea !
    Great children and great days together.
    Love filled days create pleasant memories, which you can remind yourself of, once they are gone.
    Love your post and your children’s idea.

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  3. penpaperandpetals says:

    What a perfect way to reveal the arrival of a grandson. Your grandchildren are beautiful! I am so happy you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My grandkids are a little over 4 hours away and the new one will be about 3 hours away. I think it is too far!! But it could be a lot worse. It helps that the 4 hour ones have all their grandparents here so they come quite often. When I think how lucky I was to grow up with pretty much all my cousins within a 30 mile radius I realize I was really blessed as a kid. My boys had that same experience. I do regret my grandkids will not.

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  4. Anne Mehrling says:

    I loved reading about your Mother’s Day and the big day before. I laughed that you enjoyed a wiggly grandchild on your lap in church. I never did that, because it was much too dangerous! I had about five seconds to get from a chair to the organ bench after the sermon, so I had to pay close attention to know when to jump. Last Sunday I had an empty lap and a full heart.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I could stay sitting the entire service. I learned early when my sons were small that a dress did not always work out well in church. My skirt always ended up hitched up a little to high to be modest! Maybe that is why I still wear dress pants to church! I was glad Sunday that I had.

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  5. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness, I love this. I can just imagine you soaking up the essence of everything that’s special about Mother’s Day. I can “see” sweet babes on your lap in the church pew and slipping frosting during your photo shoot. Congratulations on your up and coming new baby boy grandson!! Can’t wait to meet him❤️❤️

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  6. carentaylor says:

    What a wonderful quote :-)!!!! Having your children, their partners and your grandchildren round all together just can’t be outdone – just wonderful – Happy times and beautiful memories xx

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  7. Al says:

    They look like sweethearts! For chocolate frosting I would sit for a painting! You make farm life come to life and I think you guys are really the backbone of America. Bless you.

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  8. Deb says:

    What a beautiful weekend you had, Happy Mother’s Day Faye! And congratulations on the wonderful news of your future grandson!! Yes my nephew and his wife have a baby due in July and they too did the reveal, however it kind of didn’t go off as it was supposed to so people weren’t sure, but they had a backup, they made a cake too and the inside was in the color of the gender, which in their case was pink! 🙂

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  9. kindergartenknowledge says:

    How did I miss this very important post?????? I just happened upon it a few minutes ago…so, my congratulations are certainly in order! What exciting news…a new baby boy! I am so happy for you and Lar and of course…for the parents!! Isn’t your birthday in September???


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