It was a particularly busy time in the Spafford household, when the craziness of eleven people's schedules was combined with the events of a crazy week of running.
There to witness all of the chaos were Nana and Papa visiting from Michigan for three weeks.
It was the week of the Spring Bible conference which meant that we would be busy for the evenings of Sunday through Wednesday! Although it's always a blessed time, it is also one of much running!
Our van has on several occasions almost left us stranded, but we've always seen the goodness of the Lord in protecting our family from what could have been.
Following directly on the heels of the conference was the Good Friday service. The service was a time of scripture reading, congregational singing, and special music. Many of our family members were involved in preparing a song for that special night. Even Papa and Mom were practicing to perform "The Love of God". When the night finally arrived, everybody preformed beautifully and the service came together perfectly!
All of this rushing around did have it's minor side effects though! The three youngest members of our family came down with a cold that week.
With Austin down sick, certain responsibilities around the house got neglected. There was one time when we almost missed putting the trash out for the week, which may seem like a minor mistake to most people, but to our family of eleven, it would have been quite disastrous ;)
Next Sunday, we were invited to eat at one of the best places on earth. It has been our great pleasure to join the Bystrom's in celebrating Easter for the past couple years! Mr. Bystrom's cooking is well known and talked about in our family and around church! He spends hours cooking meals of specially concocted veggie dishes, perfectly flavored potatoes, and a variety of other foods, always unique and flavorful!
They had promised us again and again that they would keep this meal simple, but after the eighth dish had been brought to the table, we laughed at their idea of a "smaller" meal! ;)
There were two occasions when we paused the busyness of life to celebrate two very special people and their birthdays! Both Papa's and Jonathon's are within days of each others. We "sighed" at the prospect of consuming two cheesecakes within a very short period of time :)
Jonathon chose a more exotic selection of foods for his meal, consisting of baba ganoush, hummus, pita breads, falafel and cucumber sauce, vegetable root salad and marinated chicken. (Mediterranean food has become a Spafford favorite!)
Papa's meal of sweet potato casserole, pork loin, curried rice, Italian dinner rolls and apple sauce was a lot simpler to prepare the following week.
The cheesecake selections were equally satisfying: mocha chocolate and peppermint cappuccino :)
We still found time to enjoy an evening walk down our country road. It was a wonderful reminder of what a beautiful area we live in. Passing a dad riding a tractor with his little daughter on his lap just made me smile :)
There was even time to attend a high school production of Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap".
For some reason having new people in the home always gives me an urge to cook a more gourmet menu then usual.
As a result, Nana and Papa got to try English pasties, Polish perogies, Thai stir fry, and a variety of other interesting foods ;)
There was a break in the rainy weather when papa got an opportunity to get out and mow the lawn (always a favorite pastime of his :)
We took one Saturday to eat out at Hudson's and spend the day window shopping :)
You can't help but smile at all of the craziness of life, everybody keeping a different schedule and trying to meet together for group events as well. We just rejoice in each new day that the Lord has given us; As someone once sang, "It's just another day in paradise: ;)
When Tuesday came and it was time to say our goodbyes, though none of us were ready. Jonathon suggested that we head back to the beach and start those three weeks all over again....wishful thinking of course😊 So, thankful for the three weeks that we got to spend with Nana and Papa, expectant of the next year's visit. A few goodbyes tears were shed and Nana and Papa boarded the plane back to Michigan.