This is the troop that invaded Boston. T~'s boyfriend, B~, was taking the picture so there was actually one more! It was a lot of fun and a bit crazy. I don't know why we were able to gather so many of us to Boston, only T~ lives there. But it happened to happen and it isn't likely to happen again. The beautiful little girl, M~, got a LOT of attention. She's adorable and she was, by far, the youngest one in the group. She did a good job of keeping up all entertained. My kids are all in love with Boston now. BTW if you take an overnight train ride to a distant place pay the extra charge for the sleeper car. Just a word from the wise (who did NOT take the sleeper car).
We had a wonderful family reunion in Boston. I'm putting up a few pictures of the highlights. We walked all over and ended up at the harbor. The board game is going on in the hotel suite I was in. They took over our living room every night for a massive game of one sort or another.
We're going on a family reunion this week. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. Can I still be worried about how things will go when I'm not here? DH will not be able to come (nursing school) so he's in charge of the chickens and the garden. I hope they're all still alive when I get back. The garden is in its crazy state. Beans are coming in abundance. He's not that interested in the homesteading stuff so as long as he keeps everything alive I'll be happy. I'm even turning over my soap stand to some friends. I hope it goes ok for them. I'm purposely cutting back so they don't have to deal with so much. They'll just be selling soap and lip balms, that's it.
More proof as to who runs this house. This is Pippin forcing R~ to take a nap instead of doing his homework. For those of you who don't know R~ is in training to be a nurse. And he really does study (all the time!) but no one points a camera at a man reading a textbook. He quit his good paying job as a web site programmer to go to school for a year. I wish I could put into words what a blessing it has been to have him doing something he really wants to do. He was that classic frustrated employee. He hated his job but it was the golden handcuffs binding him to a paycheck. Through many blessings we decided to take the plunge and it hasn't been near the challenge I thought it would be. We do have our house paid off. We got rid of all the cars except one. We are making sacrifices, but it hasn't been near as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I haven't even had to go out and get a job (I really like being my own boss). So far our health has held up (please, please, please). R~ is so much happier. He probably should've been a doctor, but it's a bit late for that and he's very happy learning nursing.
I got another offer to be a vendor at another market. I had to turn it down. I'm not ready for employees. I never dreamed so many people would be interested in this. I'm really having fun with this. I've got a list of new soaps/massage bars/lotions to make this week. Finally a reason to cook and I don't get fat off of it!
I love church. I love to eat. Church feeds my spirit. Food feeds my body. It was a lovely "meal" today at church. Sisters bearing testimony of their Lord Jesus Christ and enjoying the chance to be together. I need the spiritual food I receive at the Lord's table.
I'm just showing off. Isn't this a beautiful salad? It's all from our garden. I love this time of year when I can go out to the garden daily and pick this and that. We picked enough strawberries to put six lbs in the freezer. That might not sound like that much, but this is the first year it's happened. When the kids were little they'd go out and eat all the strawberries IN the garden. I never had one make it to the house, much less to the freezer. Between kids leaving home and enlarging the strawberry bed we're finally getting strawberries in storage.