Oh-So-Blessed and Thankful
Gramaw's Christmas Joys

Fun with the Fam

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With my two youngest siblings Mark and Maria and their families back home in Indiana last week, we crammed in lots of memory-making and treasure-hunting all surrounded by plenty of laughter and love.

We always have to eat at Top Hat in New Castle, the original Pizza King restaurant of our childhood (and one of the few restaurants we even went to).  The evening before Thanksgiving, we had a rendezvous meal there.  To the tune of 6 orders of breadsticks and 3 large pizzas....I guess we were stretching out our stomachs for the next day.

 

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We took shifts treasure hunting/collecting at Mama's house.  I wasn't there when Maria went, but I tagged along with Mark and his family.

 


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A little unsettling seeing our family home up for sale after 63 years....

But it's a new season and our prayer is that our old homestead will provide the backdrop for wonderful childhood memories for another family.  It was a great place to grow up!  But as Mama says (I just love her attitude about all of this!), that house served its purpose and now it's time to move on.  


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Our cousin Jessica has spent MANY hours there at the farmhouse, sorting and organizing things to sell through her online auction site, which will go live very soon.  If you see anything you might want (or are just curious), check out her website and register to bid, then you'll be ready to go when the auction goes live.  https://www.livingtributessalebarn.com/Account/Register

 

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Many years ago, Mark made Mama's porch swing, so it is now getting a new home on his porch in Texas.


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Mark also has plans for Mama's antique industrial sewing machine.  Ethan helped him wrap everything in plastic for the 22-hour drive through nasty weather back to San Antonio.


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Ten-year-old Scout spied a few treasures of her own, including this handcrafted perpetual calendar that Mama always had hanging in her kitchen.

 


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Blaise, 13 years old, was limited in what she could do.  She was on crutches from an ankle injury suffered in a basketball game right before they left.

But she sure looks cute sitting in that child's rocking chair!

 


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Ethan, now 16, wanted Grandpa Bud's bowling ball as well as this fedora (where in the world did that come from...Dad was not the fedora type...?!).  Doesn't he look adorable (can I use that word to describe a 16-year-old boy?) in that fedora?  He's definitely got the House blue eyes!

 


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Channeling Michael Jackson...with a sister Blaise photo-bomb....

 

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My favorite Texas beauties....

 


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Mark and his Mama...one final meal at Top Hat (yes, we ate their twice in 3 days)...

 


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Blaise and Scout slept at Kaden and Karter's house and got in some short-but-sweet cousin bonding time....

 


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Locked and loaded, ready to re-home those treasures from our childhood.

What a wonderful week we had together!

Fun with the fam.

 

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