Progress in the Neighborhood
I went back to work--4 ten hour days, a few weekends and a day off in the middle. Jakob went to the best "grandma" type in home babysitter ever and everything seemed to work out. Late in my pregnancy with Joshua, a cyst was discovered on my ovary that continued to grow, so at approximately 28 weeks, it was surgically removed via a C-section type incision and I returned home on modified bed rest for 6 weeks. During that time at home and the couple of months to follow when I returned to work, I prayed fervently about what to do, because I knew I wanted to stay at home when baby #2 arrived. Driving home I would always listen to Focus on the Family, and for a whole week, the topic was "women leaving the workplace". After continued prayer and conversation, we decided to list our "in-between-two-towns" home and move closer to Tim's job. Our house sold in two days--we had two offers for the asking price.
We scrambled to find another house to call ours and after looking at many, bought a house in St. Teresa's parish. That wasn't on purpose by us, but in hind sight, all of the houses we looked at were in St. Teresa's, so it was someone's plan!! I think I've written about this before...how from there, every decision that we made always showed us later that God was taking care of us. Fast-forward 15 years, and after weekly drives through the neighborhood in which we now live, fantasizing about living in it someday, and after my crushed dreams of owning the delapidated "Hamilton House", and the long sale-process of our acreage and the constant and compulsive planning for a potential addition onto our J Street house, here we are, in a house that we weren't looking for, in a neighborhood that we've long admired, still in St. Teresa's parish...hmmm...God is still taking care of us!!
With that very long introduction, I get to the title of this post: "progress in the neighborhood". In January, four families whom are all friends, organized a progressive dinner. The plan is that it is the first of many! We began at one home for the first course of cheese and wines.
|The kids' first course|
Off to the next house for the second course of soup and salad...
|A masterful assembly line for prepping the bread bowls and serving the soup.|
|Maybe bigger trouble! This was the big boys table...I'm not sure which of the three had more fun!!|
(Disclaimer: alcoholic drinks were only offered and consumed by those 21 years of age and older--even though they were seated at the "bar"!!) :)
Each course and each home as beautiful as the last one...
|Photo bomb...his place setting was at a different table!|
|Perhaps one of the best parts of the evening...two teenagers who thought the evening would be a drag because there was no one their age. They don't look bored do they???|
|We even had entertainment!|
The evening ended as every good meal should...with all things sweet!
It was truly a marvelous way to ring in the new year, and you can bet that this was the first of MANY!
|I don't think we successfully rounded up everyone for this picture. It will be such fun to watch this photo progress through the years!!|