Well, it's been over a week now. A week since they came and almost a week since they left. Yes, for five wonderful days and five fantastic nights we hosted the Silver family!
It was better then I could have ever anticipated! Meeting Bevy (and her family) from Treasured Up and Pondered.
You can read her post here about our mad capped, coffee filled adventures! And in the mean time you can stick around here for my version of events!
First off - I'm clarifying that on day two - the first morning they awoke here - the kids were not up at 6:00/6:30am but in fact were up before 5:30am!!! Just saying...someone was sleeping in....and it wasn't me!
So when they arrived and it was all I could do to keep from crying, for JOY! Bevy and I had talked so much about this moment and it had finally come! They were at my door for real!! And people, her kids; EVEN CUTER in person!!!!
I had somewhat planned out their time with us but still left room for spontaneity and so, on the Friday, we let the weather and a gut feeling take us to a local sugar bush. Time to take in real Canadian maple syrup!
After trompping through mud and woods and then more mud we got to go watch them boil the sap and venture through the self guided museum. OH and they even had a few free samples to fuel us along!
It was the perfect day to hit up the maple syrup farm and much fun was had by all!! And by the end of our outing, the kiddos were fast friends and you'd never have known that they had only known each other for about twenty-four hours!
All six of the kids got along so well and they all doted on the baby, so everyone was happy...most of the time! They played, watched movies, muddled in mud, read stories, giggled, told jokes and all around were one happy gang of kiddlets!
And it didn't take long for us adults to get comfy with each other and that feeling of "old friends coming together again" was just so evident! There were lots and lots and then more, pots of coffee! I believe Dave made about 60 cups of coffee in one day! And yes, SOME of that might have been poured out and not allowed to be re-heated in the microwave - (Sorry Scott...but not really sorry! hehehe!) We had grand chats! Talks of family, faith, struggles, dreams, past stories, puns and anything else good friends like to chat about. There were board games and goodies and new treats to try - like pretzels and ice cream!! Bevy how dare you hold that one out on me...and yet, how dare you share it with me...I'll never eat ice cream the same again! Hahah!
Scott and Bev got so homey in our home...err, their Canadian home, that they made us breakfast one morning!!
Our Besties came out a couple of times to join in the shenanigans and the fellowship and fun was just that much more! So on the Saturday, with eight kids under eight, us ladies got away and left the good men minding the gaggle of kids, while we took in some shopping and yes, more coffee!
Another glorious day and just a nice time to be out, take in the country side and some sweet shops. And speaking of sweet, after all the lovely and generous gifts Bevy and her family brought us we at least got to surprise them with a few Canadian only treats! Such as Kinder Eggs for the kids! Chocolate and a toy all in one - I can't believe you can't get these in the U.S.! But the kids sure enjoyed them!!
And one of the greatest things about the whole time was being able to spend Easter with them all!! And I hate to admit it, and I'll regret that I did but that morning we bathed six kids, had a big breakfast, took a few family photos, I even got a shower and we were still early for church! HAHAhaha! I'll never live it down when we are late again! ;)
But it was another lovely, be it cooler day and it was a pleasure to bring Bevy and her family to our little church! My three little ladies looked so sweet in their coordinating skirts that Bevy made herself! And that evening, with our Besties joining us again, we all celebrated our risen King with much fellowship, laughs, encouragement and hearts connecting!
Well, that certainly does not cover all the happenings of our wonderful time together but it is the highlights...in a nut shell! I still can't believe our sweet time together is over! That they are home again and life continues on...
I learned a word from Bevy a few years ago, and it's one that Dave and I use with our Besties but after this meeting with these new friends and with how God has blessed this time and this coming together, it was the perfect word to end our time with....
For how can two families come together, not ever meeting prior, one travelling to another country, one opening their home and thus their lives, and it all just mesh so beautifully?! It is friendship and it is family, His family! Fremily!
It was such a blessing to share that time with Bevy, I honestly cannot put it all into words. I feel that we are some of the dearest friends now...people have asked me, since the Silver's have left, if Bevy was all that I thought she would be...
...and my answer is always, "Yes, yes she was! Exactly who I knew she would be!" And in my heart it's because I know we are sisters, sister in Christ!