Family, Friends & Autumn

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What an unexpected, wonderful surprise to have Mom and Katelyn come visit us for a few days! They arrived Wednesday evening and stayed til Sunday afternoon. I was just as pleased as could be to have them here again, and couldn’t decide if we wanted to just sit and enjoy looking at each other and talking . . . :) or if we should do some fun activities instead. In the end we did a little of both, of course!

Thursday was the first day of Autumn . . . and to celebrate Fall with my mom, sister, and a few friends, we enjoyed lunch on the patio together. I wanted my mom to meet and re-meet a few of my friends again, because I’m not always sure if she knows who I’m talking about when I mention “so-and-so” in a conversation.

Ruth, Lindsy, Mary Jane, Marla, and a few littles were able to come, and we had a lovely time. I must just mention one thing that we ate: Butternut Squash Soup. Deeeelishious!

I made a soup by the same name last fall, but didn’t know if I would make it again. Then, two weeks ago, Marla served butternut squash soup to us at her house . . . and I just loved it and decided to try it again myself. I didn’t use her exact recipe, but added two of the ingredients I knew she had used to a recipe I found online.

So although I am the worst for following a recipe exactly, here are the basics of what I did. Maybe you’d like to try it?

(photo from Taste of Home)

Creamy Butternut Soup
Roast in covered pan at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours or til completely soft:
3 pounds unpeeled butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeded
2 large onions
4-6 large garlic cloves

3 to 3-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
A dash or two of cayenne pepper (I love the little ‘pop’ this adds!)
a pinch of thyme, crushed between fingers

Puree squash, onions, and garlic in blender til smooth, using chicken broth to thin it as needed. Transfer to a large sauce pan and add remaining broth and other ingredients. Heat thoroughly. You can add a little more milk or water to thin the soup to desired consistency. Serve with fresh bread if you please. I’ve had it that way twice now and it’s just s o o o o good.

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As I was saying, we had a wonderful time with Mom and Katelyn here. Plus, Ben & Zahra came from NYC to spend a day with us too.

From the first night she came, my mom was “teacher” to Dietrich who has been begging me constantly to do “school work.” He and I have been working on learning numbers and letter sounds with a couple of games/flashcards that we have, but Gramma brought a whole Learning-to-Read program with her (which we get to keep!), so that’s what he was begging to do almost immediately.

And then, on top of that, Friday morning we made a trip to Wal-Mart so that my mom could stock up on school supplies for Dietrich. Talk about making a little boy’s eyes g.l.o.w. . . . She bought scissors, glue, markers, construction paper, more paint brushes to compliment the set he already has, and activity book or two.

We brought it all home and they began working on cut & paste and ‘color it in’ projects right away. (I have pictures! But I’ll post them later when I’m able.) For the rest of their visit, every possible waking moment that we were at home, Dietrich was asking to do school work . . . and most times he got his wish. Of course Claudia wanted in on the action too, so she was usually at their side, sitting at the little white table, receiving her share of attention too. :)

Besides doing ‘school work’, we watched Psalms of David at Sight & Sound, watched a rodeo at the Lampeter Fair, went out for ice cream, shopped a few Amish stores, and even let (esp. the NYC people among us) stock up on items from the local ‘Scavanger’ (aka leftover market items for cheap).

Oh, and Mom & Katelyn accompanied me to my prenatal/ultrasound appointment~taking care of my kiddos and such. We are so grateful and pleased that the placenta previa that showed up on my 10 week ultrasound (apparently a common occurrence so early in the pregnancy) has been taken care of. I know some of you prayed about that with us, so thank you!

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It was a lovely week . . . and a lovely way to begin this beautiful season called Autumn! The Lord blesses us with so many good things: friends, family, beauty in changing seasons, and most of all, His love, wisdom for living, and eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.

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3 Responses to Family, Friends & Autumn

  1. smokers September 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow- Sounds like a fun time with your mom and sister. I'm learning what it's like to have family and friends come to visit and I thoroughly enjoy it everytime.
    I'd love to know how Dietrich's doing on his "school work"- and maybe you have some fun ideas for me!
    Sid said the guys are going to the cabin over the weekend. Does that mean you and the kids too? I wish we could be along- there's just something about a weekend at the cabin! We miss you guys!

  2. Barb October 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    what a blast to have such a fun surprise. you've got a special person for a mother! i love her!

  3. Anonymous October 2, 2010 at 1:14 am #

    now i wanna come visit, like bunches =)
    jeremy

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