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Jennifer Jo Weiss

Winding Things Down

Well, I finally made peace with Dad’s computer. Although it has been hair raising to get some of my “business” done, I nonetheless accomplished what I needed to. So, I have to say that for the most part… Dad’s computer is OK. I have to laugh because 1,) Dad amused me by frequently changing the screen saver… right now it has a “duck” - if you know my Dad you’re saying that’s “all about” Dad! 2.) when this silly thing turns off it sounds like the kids laughing! One thing I have enjoyed about Dad’s computer is all the songs it has on it. I wish I could have his boat load of kids/other songs on a CD! They’re terrific!

Monday was an eventful day. We had two of our kids overnight Sunday night into Monday at cousin’s houses- which they loved. We picked Moses up after he spent the night with cousin Jordan. No- they did NOT end up in Stacie’s pool again. Of course… Zeke (who spent the night with Jacob) thinks that Lisa and Ivah are scary! I just had to chuckle at that one because that is so far from the truth. I think they are about two of most un-scary people you could ever meet! In fact, Zeke spent all day with Ivah and little Jacob jotting around town, etc. She even took them to Taco Bell for lunch and out for an ice cream in the afternoon! What more could you ask for??? I thought the stories Lisa had to tell (about the boys) were hilarious. She wrote several things in Jacob’s memory journal. I think it’s great that we have kids who are making memories just like we did when we were kids! We pass down our love for one another to the next generation!

I was able to get over to Aunt Joyce and Uncle Bob‘s yesterday. I had missed them at church on Sunday, but it turned out better than I thought because two of their (grown) girls were there; my cousins Jean and Debbie. They are just as neat as they always were. Debbie still has her wonderful smile and Jean is down to earth and caring. Two of the grandkids were there: Dan and Megan. I can’t believe how their kids have grown. Debbie’s daughter, Kelly is grown and married now! I find that to be absolutely amazing. I enjoyed seeing Megan and how she is growing up. Her story is an amazing one and I count her life as a miracle. It was such a blessing to see how she is developing into a young lady. She’s a cutie pie and looks just like her Mom (Jean). She brought her doggy, Morgan… who I was told has one brown eye and one blue eye. It reminded me of the song “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. He was a nice little guy. Megan let me hold him and he sat on my lap for quite awhile until he decided to go lie on the vent behind Jean. Megan is also home schooled so Jean, Megan and I had something to talk about. I also heard about their “letter boxes”, which is kind of like geocaching, but without the GPS! (My geocaching sister, Sharon, would appreciate that!) Uncle Bob… just as silly as he always is. It was a fun time. I like going to their house because they are one of the few Aunts that still live in the house I remember them living in as a kid! It looks different, but some things about the house have never changed… and the memories are still alive!

In the afternoon, we took another walk in the woods. Later in the evening we went back out to John and Ivah’s to pick up Zeke. Some of the kids went swimming and we made s’mores . John’s got a cool outdoor chimney and he toasted the marshmallows and kept ‘em coming. While out there, the kids realized that we left some balls, bats, and baseball gloves out at Jan’s. Yeah, likely story. I know they just wanted an excuse to go back out there today! Then when we got home from John and Ivah’s we realized that Zeke forgot his pillow! Ahem. I guess our forgetfulness is contagious. It seems to be growing and growing.

I’m not sure what today holds, but I hear that we may have a pic nic in store as well as now having to go retrieve all of our belongings at various cousin’s houses. I had a certain pastor I wanted to see, but that may or may not happen. We also have packing to do as well as some laundry if we can squeeze it in.

Ah, the details. Don’t you love them????

So, I am signing off today and happy to say our trip to Ohio has been absolutely wonderful in so many ways. We have a long road trip ahead of us and I will catch up with you all in a day or so when we get home.

Meanwhile, I will leave you with this verse (something that is my prayer for all of you who mean so very much to us- and thank you all who may be reading this and welcomed us into your homes)…..

“I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right to me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:3-11 (NIV)

Blessings and Love!

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