Category Archives: The Cabin

The Prep – Part I

When we signed up to be up at the cabin for a couple of weeks before The Reunion we embraced the “Reunion Prep” with gusto. I envisioned mowing and trimming, maybe sprucing up the “gardens” with some annuals for a burst of color, and some deep cleaning of the interior to try and stay ahead of the spiders and other critters who call the cabin home for many more months than we do.
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When we were able to extend those ‘prep weeks’ by getting to the cabin even earlier, I figured we could just move at a more leisurely pace. More time with our Vermont family, more books read, more naps taken, more trips for ice cream. I guess I forgot to include Gary in my vision. When he realized we would have extra time before the reunion, his ‘prep list’ just got longer. And a bit more detailed. And a just a teensy bit more involved!
For example….
The Pond View
One of our favorite activities at the cabin is sitting on the front lawn
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with the pond in view.
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But as you can see, the view was gradually becoming smaller and smaller.
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Now this is not a problem when you’re just in it for the view, but when you want to actually see what is going on down there (like 30+ grandchildren)- well, something had to happen!
We’ve been hacking away at the wilderness over the years on either side of the walkway, but this year seemed to call for some drastic measures. Gary solicited some local help for the bulk of the clearing in the center section,
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but he hopped in (literally) to finish up the job!
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He (and even WE sometimes) pulled and whacked and whacked and pulled some more. He even used his ‘chainsaw on a stick’ (aka pole saw) to try and get some of those higher branches
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but still, there were just a couple of branches that were out of reach. While it was a great improvement, we still couldn’t see the whole dock.
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For the final view-clearing step, we had to wait until some of the young’uns arrived.
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Including a tree climber!
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Finally – just as the grandchildren were beginning to fall in love all over again with the pond, the view was restored!
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And not a moment too soon!

How do I even begin…

We returned to our RV two days ago (from our longest ever Cabin stay) and I’ve been staring at this computer screen off and on for the better part of those days, trying to figure out how to consolidate the amazing, wonderful, joy-filled family reunion into a blog post. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t. It’s an impossible task, and I don’t need to even try! What I will try to do over the next few posts is share some highlights. So many precious memories were made at the pond,
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or on the swings,
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or during a massive Bingo game!
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But whatever the activity, the magic ingredient was always this –
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So.Much.Love.

Wait. July?

When did that happen??? We’ve been at The Cabin for just about two weeks now, and we are totally losing track of the time. Gary asked me yesterday if it was Wednesday, and I had to really give it some thought before I could answer in the affirmative. (And even then I checked my phone…..). But our time here has been wonderful!

In just two short weeks a multitude of family members (like over 60) will be descending on The Cabin (though most are not staying right at The Cabin) for a Thursday-Tuesday Family Reunion.  About 90% of the family will be here, and we are all super stoked.  And super busy!

So as I count down to the Reunion, I’ll be sharing some random photos I’ve taken over the last for weeks. Some in the ‘getting ready’ category, some in the ” just because” column. Here’s one in the “hmmm…” department –
Gary picked up some hole saws he’d had sharpened at a hardware store here in Bradford. (He loves this service – says they come back sharper than when they are new).
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Apparently, hole saws are to Gary what quilting rulers are to me. Ya just can’t have too many!

Sweet dreams friends!
Steph

Sabbath Rest – Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Did you have a good LORD’s Day? Ours was a delight! We celebrated the birthday of one of us ‘seniors’, and trust me – we never take those for granted! (no pictures – we’re old and we forgot!)
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and were graced with an appearance of a Barred Owl in a tree near the pond. I’ve never seen an owl in the daytime here at the cabin, so it was very exciting! (Sorry for the less-than-great photo. My iPhone camera can only zoom in so far….)
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Can you spot him? He’s lookin’ right atcha! Whoo cooks for you…
But a very special part of the day was reflecting on the Wondrous Mystery of His ‘grace unmeasured, love untold”.

VERSE 1
Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin

See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory

See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

– Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013