graves, picnics, cats & berries

Enjoying our last few lazy summer days. I wish they would never end! 
Jeff and his brother got some much needed "brother time." They loaded up their musical instruments, their sons and set out on an adventure. First to Virginia (Gettysburg...Civil War enthusiasts) and then Pennsylvania (Martin Guitar yearly picnic...for members In the guitar world, this picnic is as nerdy as the yearly Comic-Con International. My sister-in-law and I decided to sit this adventure out. They did discover a really neat slice of their heritage. They found the grave marker of Benjamin Bennett, my son's namesake. He died fighting in the Civil war.
Sad to say, our beloved cat Stanley, died a few days ago. He was without a doubt, the best cat. Before we left for vacation, we noticed flyers hanging up on our dirt road. missing cat. That is not a good sign, especially in the country. So, when we returned home and Stanley was nowhere to be found, we were worried. 
{The neighbors missing cat flyers immediately allowed us to rule out suicide} 
A few days later Bennett found him. another animal attack. 
Is was a sad day.
Our newest pet is an unnamed hermit crab. During our beach vacation, Mary Claire kept picking up any creature that moved, "Can I keep them." Mommy says, No. Our last day, as we are loading our boat, daddy found this lovely creature and shouted, "Look what I found Mary Claire!" Immediately followed by, "Can I keep him" Daddy said yes. So now, unnamed crab, is still living in a Rubbermaid container feeding on cat food.
{And, if anyone knows me well, they know my Wilson Hall hermit crab horror story. Just mention the two words hermit crab and my blood boils. 
A sweet man from our church surprised our family with a heap of blueberries. Such a sweet, generous act of kindness. While looking at these, delicious berries, I saw a gift  that came from his heart and blessed our heart. His gift of  generosity and time.  Picking berries one by one, in the hot sun, for my family to enjoy. We took the opportunity to talk with our children about this blessing of kindness. We challenged them to preform at least one daily random act of kindness, without expecting anything in return. And share them at dinner. We shall see.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
 Thank you, Mr. Rabon.
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