“All-cheering Plenty, with her flowing horn, Led yellow Autumn, wreath’d with nodding corn.” ~Robert Burns, poet
“Dad… Mom… I’m home!” I yelled out, when I arrived at my parents place in Maryland along the trail of my East Coast book tour. “Let’s party!”
I hadn’t seen my parents since the publishing of my memoir back in March, and I was promised that once I got home, there’d be a celebration and reunion.
What a splendid time it was on the shores of the Chesapeake. Couldn’t have asked for more stellar weather to celebrate being with my family, my hard work and the real star of the story, Fanny!
This day there is no need for too many words.The pictures will tell the tale of a few fun filled days with remembering the best things about all being together under one roof. Unfortunately, not everyone was present due to work and college obligations. Some missed the party, and I would have loved to have spent the day with them also. But, I can’t help but reflect on the harvest of blessings I have in my life. Here are some of them:
Photo Below: Always the “bestest hostess” ever , my Mom! I swear the woman has hosted more family gatherings in her 85 yrs of life than any person on the planet!
Two photos below: A beautiful fall day on the Chesapeake! Couldn’t have asked for much better!
Above: My contribution to the party – I baked a pineapple-upside-down gingerbread cake and easy, flavorful pulled chicken sandwiches.(Thanks to http://www.mccormick.com/. A Maryland company!) The cake was also yummy and definitely a do-over recipe. Will make again!
Above: Me with my twin sister’s family – her two daughters and their partners. The guy and gal on each end of the picture are husband and wife architects – the Babcocks!
Below: Two great women in the kitchen – my mom and my niece Devon! She is usually at http://www.milarepacenter.org/index.html, in their kitchen, cooking up nutritious food for one and all.
Above: What’s a family get together without a few games? My brother-in-law, the REAL chef of the family setting up for a good wholesome Corn Hole Competition! My brother Scott and I were a champion team. We beat the pants off my twin sister and her team mate, Jay. (She’ll say I am exaggerating).
Below: The day was spiced with more family, food and discussion.
Photo below: The patriarch and matriarch at the far end of the table – surrounded by family (grandchildren, in-laws & significant others)
Below photo: What’s a BBQ without ribs? My two brothers are digging into food instead of digging foundations. Thanks Scott, the ribs were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and messy too!
Below: Jan looks like she is practicin’ to sing in the choir. Glad to see you are holding your hands like the Trapp Family singers always did in the “Sound of Music.”
The end of a fabulous day on the Chesapeake Bay.
I’m never at a loss for subject matters to continue a story with this family of mine that keeps on building and getting larger!
For some of us who can’t always get home for the holidays – we decided this was an early Thanksgiving! Tomorrow on All Things Fulfilling, I will show just a few more fruits of God’s creation that my sister and I discovered when we went biking and exploring in the woods together. It was just like old times.
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