Every year, we think the picnic is the best ever.  And it seemed that way again this year.  There were at least eighty in attendance, and the weather co-operated perfectly.  It was such a happy day!

Faces in the crowd:
A PICNIC 88      A PICNIC 89
Saloma                                                                                                Quentin

A PICNIC 91    A PICNIC 30 
                                  Bethany                                                     Betsy

A PICNIC 31   A PICNIC 95

   Johnni with her baby, Jason, Jr.                                    Victoria

A PICNIC 56   A PICNIC 69
              Hannah, hanging upside down                                                   Josh

A PICNIC 77   A PICNIC 78 
                    Sarah                                                                Maggie

The day was filled with so many things:
Soccer games:
A PICNIC 85    A PICNIC 15 

Sack races:
A PICNIC 28   A PICNIC 33 

And if you should fall down: . . .             Mommi and a friend can carry you through!

A PICNIC 34   A PICNIC 36 

There were Horseshoes:
A PICNIC 23    A PICNIC 22

A PICNIC 24  A PICNIC 21

Water Balloons and Relays with spectators:  
A PICNIC 65   A PICNIC 64 
A PICNIC 67      A PICNIC 14

  A PICNIC 62      A PICNIC 48

There were train rides on The Jones Express with Certain Man and  Mr. Jones himself::

A PICNIC 5  A PICNIC 86

There were times for visiting:
   A PICNIC 74    A PICNIC 72

A PICNIC 71   A PICNIC 43

A PICNIC 20   A PICNIC 57

For Playing Table Games:

A PICNIC 60  A PICNIC 18

A PICNIC 19   A PICNIC 2

For cooking hamburgers and digging in the candy basket and getting prizes:
     
   A PICNIC 42     A PICNIC 75
   A PICNIC 27

For being on the hammock:
A PICNIC 25   A PICNIC 41

Being with Grandma (or talking to Grandpa)
A PICNIC 39 A PICNIC 55  

For Holding Babies:
A PICNIC 54

Signing autographs
A PICNIC 50

Churning Ice Cream:

A PICNIC 52    A PICNIC 92

A PICNIC 82  

And then, at the end of the evening, when little legs were almost too tired to go any more,
it was great fun to get pulled in the wagon by Mommy or Poppi

A PICNIC 79  A PICNIC 97

       On another note, some people have wondered about our pavilion — why we built it, and if there is a story behind it.

. . .  Well, actually, there is.  You see, on July the 14th, Certain Man and I will be married 35 years.  We had discussed a big trip — like a train trip across Canada to see the Canadian Rockies and to just have some time away.  But then we decided to build the pavilion instead.  The wonderful thing was, we were in 100% agreement about it.  It seemed like something that would benefit us, our family, and our church in the years ahead, and it just felt “right” somehow.  So when I look at the pavilion, it is a symbol (in a strange sort of way) of what is important to us, and of our lives together.  Both of us feel like the pavilion and the memories made there are wonderful gifts to us in recognition of the 35 years we’ve spend together.  And we’ve been blessed so much already by the people who have enjoyed good times there, and we look forward to a whole lot more.

And if you or someone you know would like to use it for an occasion, feel free to call.  The more it is used, the better we like it! 


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  1. It looks like a wonderful time!
    35 years, congratulations.

  2. I enjoyed the pictures from your best ever picnic.

  3. It was fun!!  Thank you again!

  4. You guys just give and give.  It reminds me of SOMEONE else.  Blessings on the 35!!!

  5. Looks like everyone had a great time!  Hope you get a chance to take it easy the rest of the weekend!

  6. Happy 35 yrs!It was great, and thanks again!

  7. Looks like a lot of fun! That pavilion story is touching.

  8. Wow, Maryanne, you make me wish we lived in Delaware. What a wonderful place you have for your ministry of hospitality. I too am touched by your choice of a pavilion to celebrate your 35th. It really does speak volumes of what is important to you. I surely do love you guys even if we only met one time.

  9. What a glorious 4th of July picnic!

  10. It’d be a delight to share a picnic under your pavilion.  Sometimes it is sad to be half a continent’s width away from there.  Glad you all had such a good time.   mw

  11. What great pictures!  I felt like I was almost there!  Your pravilion will bring so much more pleasure than a brief trip. 

  12. Looks like a grand picnic! Loved seeing my girlie on the swing talking with Parla.

  13. I love this! What a neat way to celebrate committment and years of marriage! A milestone to your shared history as well as a place to make more memories! A pavilion is a shelter too, a safe, resting place. That too must reflect something that you gave to each other to have shared 35 years together! Congratulations!!!

  14. I enjoyed my time there!!! The pavilion stroy is so neat. GOd has given you a real hospitable spirit!! THank-you and God bless!!

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