Many a day, they all spent here, hoeing, tilling, weeding, harvesting...and making lots of memories and fun together.
Now anyone who comes to their home, including our family, still gets the thrill of enjoying that spectacular view out to the Rockies!
He began by telling stories about the four kids' childhood and what it was like to spend the summers in this very spot. Oh how I wished I could go back in time to see them as kids there! What a crazy time they had working out there in the summers!
At last, after finishing the stories, he unveiled the surprise: paints, canvases and brushes. What?!!!
Steve said that he thought it'd be fun for all of us to sit out on the front porch to watch AND paint the sunset, looking at it as the four Patty kids used to each summer!
While some of us are artistic, others of us are not! But he said this was not about artistic ability, but about capturing the sunset all together, yet in our own ways.
So off we went to get started on our 'en plein air' experience!
We filled the porch, all finding a spot from which to observe and paint.
Some began to sketch, while others just soaked in the view.
In the meantime, Uncle Steve got all the supplies ready for when we wanted to start painting. What an awesome brother/uncle to have prepared this for us all!
Soon, brushes were dipped into paint and the creative juices began flowing!
There was a quiet, happy hum out there on the porch as everyone, even our youngest family member (Luke, who's 7) began to create.
While we're all at different levels in our artistic abilities, ALL of us were artists this afternoon! In the midst of laughter and encouraging words, everyone took Uncle Steve's challenge seriously and enjoyably painted to our heart's content.
Side by side we worked...
...capturing the sunset through our eyes.
It was such a rich, happy, memorable experience to share with each other.
And there was something so sweet being out there sharing in such a meaningful time of capturing the beauty of God's creation in our own ways.
It was not only fun sharing in the experience together, but so great to see what people captured of the "Sunset View from the Garden"!
We were all looking at the same thing, and yet our individual interpretations are so unique and varied!
And the best part? Seeing them all together at the end!
We'll all remember this day of family reunion for a long time. Thank you Steve for giving us such a wonderful memory!