Behind on posts again and I don't think I'll ever get caught up with everything. We've had the best (and perhaps the busiest) summer ever and I've enjoyed every minute.
Jenny, my best friend from college, came and stayed for a few nights and we enjoyed watching and re-watching some Bachelor Pad episodes. Mary Ella was up at the Compound during her visit, so Chad did a lot of Sam-sitting while Jenny and I enjoyed some quality friend time at the pool, the thrift store and the hibachi grill up the street. Our favorite past times. I am sad she is back in Ohio for another year but maybe one day she'll realize that being so far away from sweet tea is not a good thing for anyone, and she'll return home and maybe even live with us for a while (for FREE, Jenny. Hello?!?) Anyway, the time was good.
When she left I went to the Compound to get Mary Ella and ended up overstaying my welcome by about 5 days. No one seemed to mind.
Here's a picture of the Compound, well half of it anyway, taken from my aunt Kristi's house. It's the house at the very back of Compound land. The house you see to the left is my parents' house, and the house to the right is where my aunt Amanda lives (with Annsley, Ann Marie, and Charlie.) If you look closely, you can also see the red barn in the middle, and straight through those trees behind the barn lies my grandparents' house, where all the eating takes place. We do a lot of eating on the Compound. That's why we love it there so much.
We also love that there is always, always, always someone to play with...
... or something new to experience. This time it was the tire swing. She loved it.
And the trampoline is always a winner.
As is my personal favorite activity. Laying around. Snuggling.
Please say a special prayer for Chad's family. His grandmother (we call her Granny) passed away this past Monday. We will always remember sweet Granny - she was one of a kind - sassy, spunky, stubborn in a good way - and she loved her family so much. She also loved Mary Ella and even in her last months, when her dementia might have prevented her from knowing Mary Ella's name, she knew that somehow, Mary Ella belonged to her, and she would light up when we'd visit at the assisted living home where she lived. I am so thankful that she was also able to meet Sam a few weeks ago; her eyes lit up when we brought him over to her. On the evening that she died, I was driving up a huge hill in our neighborhood and at the top, I looked in my rear view mirror and there was the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen. I couldn't help but think of Granny and how she was probably watching this same sunset, only with a much better view... sitting beside the King of Kings, who had welcomed her into her eternal home only a few hours earlier.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16 -