Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tennessee and Texas - July 2013


We were SO blessed last summer to visit with our treasured friends from both Tennessee and Texas! It is always a treat to fellowship with them!

After worship services, we enjoyed a great meal, and then
with lots of sweet help, the after-lunch clean up was a snap!

Catching up comes right after cleaning!

Mamas....

and men folk. :)


Anne Hope and Rachel....
Fellow 2013 high school graduates!

Daughters dear!

Back at home we feasted on fresh Tennessee tomatoes,

 laughed with our friends,

encouraged one another in physical fitness,


and read about one of our favorite subjects - flight!



Thoughtful graduation gifts for Rachel were even tucked in
the perfect "boot" bag!

Rachel and Zadok
( A special friend who happens to have 
 his seventh birthday tomorrow!! Happy birthday!!)

Obed decided that further independent research was necessary


while Aliyah shared a lovely song at the piano.

Benaiah with buddies and bears :)

Aunt Kimberly kisses






Jeremy, Jennifer and precious family....sweet Kimberly....
It was wonderful to spend time together!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Rachel's High School Graduation (June 2013)


The anticipation for Rachel's 2013 high school graduation started with the arrival of a sweet (in more ways than one!) box from California containing...
kumquats!! 
She particularly enjoyed receiving this thoughtful, first-time-ever treat,
 and serving them at her celebration.

And then, there was....
frozen goodness gathered for family and friends...
but, as you can tell, we're not too fond of it ourselves. ;)

Cake, candles atop Grandma Hulslander's hand-tatted doilies,

                                      
                                                                       Cowboy Cookies,

 cowgirl boots,

                                                                        sister-crafted banner,

                     
a camera angle or two....

and we're ready to share a special time of celebration 
signaling the beginning of a new season of learning
for Rachel.



                                     
Precious family time with Grandma Etta and Mr. Ken
                                     


Gathering and greeting...and then time for eating!! :)

We were so grateful for help with last minute salad-making,

and cheerful serving!







 "America, the Beautiful"


Great job!!!


Her dad's wonderful slideshow presentation giving thanks to the Lord
for Rachel's life was a labor of love!!

RACHEL 2013 blog from Hulslander on Vimeo.

Presentation of Rachel's diploma
 How thankful we are for her diligence to faithfully master all that was required of her.

                                  
                                 
 
Congratulations!!
Pictures with the graduate followed....
how dear of each family to rejoice with Rachel!


                                    
 
                                   


We're all so happy for you, Rachel!!



Time for dessert and fellowship!!

Enjoying pictures of a precious grandblessing!


2013 grads!
Don't we need a little ice cream to go with that cake?

We know just the guys for the job!!




Happiness









Rachel was blessed by the gracious cards, letters, and gifts,




and by the loving candor and laughter!























Grandma Etta and her grand-gals!

You know you are blessed with wonderful friends when
they help you clean your kitchen!!

Football and fresh air!

Strategies






We moms enjoyed from a safe distance!










Timmy did an excellent job hiking the ball to Matt!

                                                      







                                      
    There were needed water breaks and game reports.

 
As I watched the teams play and have a great time together,
I was reminded that we've all benefited from the sacrifice and hard work of others.


 To our loved ones and friends who've invested in Rachel's life,
we thank the Lord for you!
Precious Rachel, we pray that God will continue to guide and bless your life!!