April (and May) showers

First of all, we are praying for the residents of Andover, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita on the east side. A huge tornado struck and stayed on the ground for awhile on Friday night and did a tremendous amount of damage. Fortunately, all the injuries reported were minor and there were no fatalities, but a lot of lives are upended for sure. All we had here was wind and just a bit of rain, but an awesome view of towering cumulus clouds.

To tag onto last week’s announcement about Sara Jane’s birth, I have a couple of pictures. The first captures the sweetness of the first meeting between Rachel and Sara on Wednesday when she and Jordan went home. I love this!

The second was yesterday, when Sara met her Granne for the first time! Needless to say, that was a great experience, too. The setting was Bailey’s shower in Goddard.

Bailey got lots of nice things, but I wanted to feature this one, a tool caddy made by my oldest sister Florence Marie Walter. It got lots of attention and was even scrutinized by several ladies to see how it was made. I used to have a similar one hanging in my kitchens over the years.

One thing for sure, we haven’t lacked for our share of sweets this weekend as both showers served up wonderful cookies. There were also finger foods so we wouldn’t OD on sugar!

This shower was put on by Brett’s family, but the bridesmaids added to the refreshments and the atmosphere. Four of those beauties are my granddaughters, with bookends of Brett’s sister Brooke and on the other end, two college friends of Bailey’s. After the shower, they had a “bachelorette evening” of food and fun.

This weekend, since all Bailey’s bridesmaids were in town for one shower, Northridge Friends decided to schedule a second, this one a couples shower where the men attend, too.

That shower was held this afternoon and lived up to the phenomenal reputation that Northridge showers have developed. This is a picture when we arrived and the crowd hadn’t begun to trickle in. Before Brett and Bailey started opening packages, this table was stacked and there was another table full as well as some on the floor. I can imagine how Brett may have felt. I remember as a bride-to-be when LeRoy’s church, Cherokee Friends, had a large shower for us. Since I didn’t know many of the people, their generosity was overwhelming. I kept and remembered the givers of many of those items for years.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who gave Brett and Bailey some essentials and some extras to begin their married life. We’ll be back for their wedding in just over a month, June 11.

The closing date on our house is currently set for May 13 and we’ll sign everything online from Colorado. Tomorrow is the inspection date, at 8:30 a.m. That’s early for us, since we’re more than half an hour away and we are expected to be fully clothed before we leave home! We have lots of ideas, both a NEED list and a WISH list. We’ll check out the details while we’re there.

About 2010liberty

Retirement agrees with us! After traveling in our 40' Silver Eagle bus conversion, whose name was Liberty, since 2010, it was time for a change. Now we spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and travel during the spring, summer and fall setting the Pace!
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