Thanks to the servant heart of my mother-in-law, Margaret, and her excellent skills in the kitchen...
...and the generosity of my father-in-law, Dick and his warm, fatherly ways, MANY have been blessed in their home over the years.
This Christmas, our whole family has the privilege of being together with them for a week-long reunion, which started with my dear niece's wedding (Claire has photos HERE), and continues on with sweet events like waffles at Grandpa and Nana's house for breakfast.
There is something so very special about being with them this week, as well as with aunts, uncles and cousins who came from Slovenia and Oregon, and with those who live just down the street and can literally walk over when it's time for breakfast.
I loved seeing the three brothers with their dad in the very living room where they grew up.
And seeing the next generation of Patty girls in the warmth and love of Nana's kitchen!
Working her wonders on one side of that kitchen, Nana turned out her now-famous waffles, made with wheat ground by grandpa in the garage.
While Claire was on the other side working her wonders with a gluten free version of Nana's wonderful waffles.
Afterward, we all settled into the living room for "Grandpa's Fireside Chat", soaking in truth from the Word, and wisdom from grandpa's years of walking with God.
You can't see it, but there are more than twenty people packed in here.
And we don't mind a bit!
It's a privilege and joy to be together this week, experiencing the goodness, the joy, and the blessing of calling each other "family"!