Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" - From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

Monday, June 22, 2009

Saturday In the Park

Well, as important as the garden is, life doesn't revolve around it! There are other little things that we need to watch grow besides veggies, so John3 and I took Saturday off and spent it with the family (John4, Deborah, and the children) at Stone Mountain. The children are growing fast, and we cherish every visit we have with them. So it was wonderful to spend the day with them all, listening to the children chatter on about this and that, watching them run and play, and hearing their little voices calling after us to come with them to see this or do that.

John4 managed to find a wonderful, shady spot near an old mill and water- wheel on Stone Mountain Lake; but I focused the camera on the children most of the time, and completely missed getting photos of the water wheel.

Although it was shady, the tem- perature was in the upper 90s on Saturday, and near the water it was humid and muggy.

The mosquitos were swarming, and seemed completely immune to the bug spray I kept applying liberally.

The event was a reunion of the Junior ROTC which John4 had been a part of. Most of them grew up calling John3 Alderdad, and he was thrilled to these boys again, now grown, with young families of their own. I enjoyed meeting many of these folks, but for me, the greater joy was having a chance to be around John and Deborah, and the children.

John and Deborah are remark- able people! I'm so proud to know them, and call them family. John is a dedicated husband and father, and Deborah is one of the finest women and mothers I've ever known. These two incredible people are raising four brilliant, beautiful children; and to the delight of John3 and myself, another child is on the way!





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