Thursday, September 10, 2015

90 years ~ Nothing To Sneeze At

This is a modified version of what was submitted for the local paper on this past weekend festivities I thought I'd share:
September 5th and 6th brought the Wayne and Elizabeth extended family together to celebrate Elizabeth and Wayne’s 90th birthdays.  A milestone in itself, was celebrated with family time using the new Community Building location as more than 30 descendants of Wayne & Elizabeth gathered for quality family time in honor of their birthdays. An inflatable bounce house, mini golf, volleyball, water balloons and numerous other games made for enjoyable family time.  Besides the home state of Kansas, family traveled from Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
90 years is a good long time – back in 1925 bread cost 9 cents a loaf, butter was 55 cents a pound and coffee was 50 cents a pound as well.  Sears Roebuck opened their first retail store in Chicago IL, Mt Rushmore was dedicated, the first hotel was opened in California and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.  There wasn’t an internet, cell phones or answering machines. They have seen many changes over their lives so far.
Elizabeth (my wonderful cancer fighting Mother-In-Law and awesome Grandma to my kiddos!) is an avid quilter – over the years she has made many quilts and blankets for family and through the church for MCC missions.  A photo album was presented to her by the family, documenting the many quilts and blankets she’s given them over the years.  Every grandchild received a twin sized quilt at age 2 or 3 years old, then a full sized one upon graduation.  Tied car blankets to beautifully cross stitched quilts abound in the family and are cherished.  Wayne (Awesome Father-in-Law and Grandpa to my kiddos!) has set up the quilt rack and visited many fabric stores in support as well.
Their daughter Jayne of Odessa Texas said it best that these quilts and blankets are made of many memories with the pieces, put together to make something larger and carry a meaning that is beyond each single piece. They contain memories of those who have used the quilts on cold nights or when someone was sick.  They represent where we come from, a bit of history to carry with us wherever we go.
Saturday evening the family hosted a cake reception with friends and family from 7 – 9 p.m. Sunday the family joined in morning worship at their Church followed by a family potluck.

Leviticus 19:32 ~ Stand up in the presence of the aged, 
show respect for the elderly and revere your God.  
I am the Lord.

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