What a highlight it was to spend five days with our grandparents in the Fingerlakes area of NY. (where mom grew up)
In addition to our grandparents living there, mom has three sisters (+ husbands and children) who live there. We have so many memories made from our yearly visits to them and it is always so good to be with everyone again!
Late night Rook games + good conversations!
Sisters in the kitchen. =)
And eat, of course. =)
Berry-cleaning and testing crew. =)
Some of the guys got a little creative one evening-in this picture you see them all standing whilst next to me was standing another brother with a pail of strawberries.
The goal was to see who could catch the most in their mouth. It was like a berry vaulting party.
Too much energy, boys...too much energy. =)
Just sitting around chatting after a full day. Precious memories.
And this was little Miss Emma.
In the middle of our time there, who should show up and completely surprise us but CARSON! Most of us were completely shocked! And all of us were completely overjoyed. =) It was so good to have him there for a two-day visit. He also attended our concert and got to see how much we've digressed since he left the band. =)
An alfresco dinner of hamburgers, salads, and grandma's famous peach delight.
Haircuts + shopping + lunch + great conversation with these cousin dears.
Family dinner in the church basement right before our concert that we did in the area. It was amazing to have Carson back in our "family hash" and have the circle complete again.
As has been said before...life in a traveling band means that music practice happens anywhere and everywhere. Gotta keep playing if you wanna keep improving!
Hard at work.
Josh + Grandma chatting it up with baby Emma. She is grandma's eighteenth great-grandchild!
The (almost) finished product!! Still needing a picture of mom's oldest sister and her ever-expanding family, and next to that we'll put a picture of Grandpa + Grandma...and then its complete!
Grandpa + Taylor playing checkers.
Parcheesi with Grandma again...with a set of the younger cousins this time!
Two days apart in age and the very best of friends.
Big family get-togethers mean lots of dishes to wash! Here we have Taylor and cousin Bekah on KP.
Mom and two of her sisters enjoying delicious smoothies!
Rebecca getting some crocheting lessons from grandma.
My grandma is an amazing woman. Eighty-five and still going strong with a heart to help others. She crochets hundreds of baby hats every year and gives them a hospital to be given to immigrants babies.
Looks like someone killed a snake in grandpas garden!
I did a promotional photoshoot for a local peach company one afternoon. The younger girl cousins thought this was such fun-as evidenced by the picture above! =) Who wouldn't like drinking peach smoothies and eating peach fry-pies and getting to pose for pictures?!
Grandpa + Grandma Stoltzfus, the ones who started it all. How we love them. The miles are far between NY and IA but we treasure every moment we get to spend with them.
The godly legacy and rich heritage they have passed onto their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is truly such a GIFT.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."