This year they all decided they wanted a destination closer to the Virginia contingents, and Amy and Andrew took the responsibility for finding a place. They did well.
The first night Andrew was the grillmaster, with Eli as apprentice. He looks pretty serious here, but has a winsome grin, and is not at all shy. He couldn't get enough of climbing stairs and looking down from the balcony into the living room.
We spent a great deal of time on the huge deck, eating our dinners, watching the lake, chatting, and playing Go Fish.
Sam, in kindergarten now, is beginning to sound out letters and words, and can even read a little bit. He was a helper when I played Scrabble on my computer.
She's a quiet little person, in contrast to her more loquacious brother, but has a vivid imagination, and likes to tell stories.
One evening it was her turn to say grace before dinner. Her little voice was so soft that most of use couldn't hear her. But that was okay because God could.
The twelve of us had a marvelous time for three days and nights, and look forward to doing it again next year. It will be even more wonderful, because Tom announced that there will be thirteen instead of twelve!