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John’s cousins live in Minnesota. They love Christ. They have 5 children (all of them sweet and good looking and talented) and run a dairy farm of a mere 460 acres. (Support them-buy more milk!). Every few years the 7 of them climb into a small minivan (makes me claustrophobic to merely imagine it) and then they drive for daysanddaysanddays to visit their parents in Washington. This year they took the long way around to swing down here and bless us with a visit, too!

Playing the Wii was a big hit. Their five children are 19, 17, 15, 13 and almost 4. It was such a fun glimpse of that mysterious world of teenage parenting which John and I are hurtling towards. Seeing a family enjoying each other at this stage, really helps you ignore thedire predictions of hormone induced catastrophe. Perhaps even look forward to the adults-in-process you see emerging?!

The visit was short-just the last half of Tues and most of Wed. But it was so great to hang out, share stories, laugh and just get to know each other a little better. I absolutely love it when every pillow and blanket, every towel and fork in the house is being used…it means we are in the midst of being blessed.
This is their youngest daughter, enjoying the famous box of “girly toys” I keep in the garage for visiting girls. She took a little bit to warm up to all these strangers grinning at her but was quickly giggling and having fun!

Since we live right by the ocean (well, compared to Minnesota, yes, we do.) we waited for the proud grandparents to come over from Yakima, and then headed west to the coast. We spent the afternoon sandboarding on the dunes and then said our good-byes.
Thanks for coming Nelsons! You are welcome back anytime!

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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