Faces in the crowd:
Johnni with her baby, Jason, Jr. Victoria
Hannah, hanging upside down Josh
The day was filled with so many things:
And if you should fall down: . . . Mommi and a friend can carry you through!
Water Balloons and Relays with spectators:
There were train rides on The Jones Express with Certain Man and Mr. Jones himself::
There were times for visiting:
For Playing Table Games:
For cooking hamburgers and digging in the candy basket and getting prizes:
Being with Grandma (or talking to Grandpa)
Churning Ice Cream:
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
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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It looks like a wonderful time!
35 years, congratulations.
I enjoyed the pictures from your best ever picnic.
It was fun!! Thank you again!
You guys just give and give. It reminds me of SOMEONE else. Blessings on the 35!!!
Looks like everyone had a great time! Hope you get a chance to take it easy the rest of the weekend!
Happy 35 yrs!It was great, and thanks again!
Looks like a lot of fun! That pavilion story is touching.
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.
What a glorious 4th of July picnic!
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
What great pictures! I felt like I was almost there! Your pravilion will bring so much more pleasure than a brief trip.
Looks like a grand picnic! Loved seeing my girlie on the swing talking with Parla.
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!!!
I enjoyed my time there!!! The pavilion stroy is so neat. GOd has given you a real hospitable spirit!! THank-you and God bless!!