This is Daniel’s middle sister, Rachel, and her husband, Ivan. They have seven children, six of whom are married and they have 20 grandchildren.
This is Daniel’s youngest sister, Ruth, and her husband, Andrew. (Ivan and Andrew are brothers) They have four children, and three are married and they have nine grandchildren.
And this is Daniel’s Oldest Sister, Lena, (on the right) talking to Aunt Betz. Lena lives in San Diego, CA, and she is business manager for a busy medical group there. She had the longest way to come, but we would probably never get anything done without her. She is a dynamo!!! Aunt Betz is married to Daniel’s Uncle Homer. (Homer is one of Ralph’s brothers, and I was dismayed to find that I didn’t have a single picture of him. He came on Saturday morning and made it possible for Ralph and Sue to attend the wedding of a grand-niece that was in the local community. That was an incredible blessing to us and to Ralph and Sue. Thanks, Uncle Homer and Aunt Betz!)
Daniel’s Father, Ralph, once an energetic and strong man, is now almost eighty-three, and deals daily with issues of health and aging.
His wife, Sue, a year older, is better able to deal with the daily things, but taking care of Daniel’s Dad is really too big a job for her, especially as she gets older.
LET THE WORK BEGIN!!!
The boys (Daniel and his two brothers in law) came for the primary purpose of making a ramp on the front of Ralph and Sue’s comfy little house that would enable Ralph some independence in getting in and out of the house with his scooter. The day was rainy and cold. Andrew and Ivan, the brothers in law, both had bad headaches. But in the morning, when the three of them were discussing the ramp with Ralph, he forcefully announced that they would never get that ramp done that weekend. There just was no way. That was enough to motivate the crew of three and they worked through rain and cold, stopping only for lunch and by evening, the ramp was done!
And a pretty ramp it was!!! Here it is with Ralph and Sue and the infamous scooter.
That evening, (Friday) we were surprised by the arrival of a grandson, Jeremy, with his wife, Doreen and the youngest of their three boys, Donovan
Jeremy’s were on their way to Wyoming. They were pulling a big camping trailer that Jeremy had sold to someone out there and they needed to deliver it. What a blessing their family was to all of us as we traversed the next two days. And Donovan kept us amused by just being his sweet self.
Sweet, sweet little boy.
During the day, we ladies did lots of things: One of the grandson’s in law had gotten a speaker phone to aid in communication. Ruth and Lena figured it out for them.
We cleaned, of course.
Ruth tried out that nifty scooter.
We had to go out and see what the men were doing in the shed.
That was also quite a job! But they kept at it and made great progress. Daniel and his brothers in law were able to separate out some tools, and Daniel was quite pleased with how everything went.
When things were pretty much finished up, Lena took us all to the Eskimo Queen there in town for ice cream. Her treat!
Donovan LOVES ice cream!
Happy, happy times!
And then it was church on Sunday, visits with good friends, and then catch-up on Monday morning, including a breakfast at Der Dutchman with the Beachy’s (Sue’s family) and finally, we got on the road about noon, and came trucking on home, safe and sound.
Thanks to all of you who prayed for us. We are very aware that the weekend’s success was because of God’s goodness to us. And we are most grateful.