So we started the scavenger hunt at the school from which Poppy is retiring. He really didn't have any clue as to what was going to happen that day (sorry for the pun). I hope he had as much fun as we did during the scavenger hunt. We drove around Tyler, picking up the people with the clues, totaling to around 12 stops. Then Poppy, Grams, Aunt Jen, Johanna, Lexi, Bayle and I were all dropped off at Aunt Jen & Uncle Charles' house to change clothing. Poppy was still clueless, and just thought he was going to finally have a chance to have some rest! But he had something much more coming.
We all changed, and then drove over to Villa Montez, and very nice restaurant, and had a very delicious dinner. Everyone had either: a Shrimp dish, a Chicken dish or a Steak dish, which were all scrumptious, as reported (I had the chicken).
At this point, I think Poppy thought that that was 'the big thing' that all that afternoon had been leading up to. But again, he was clueless. As he exited the restaurant, a '57 Chevrolet car was waiting to transport him back over to the school. He was pleasantly surprised, and had a fun time riding in it.
As he entered the door of the school, leading toward the location of the reception, he saw one of his former employers (if I remember correctly), and immediately knew 'something was up'. Then he walked into the reception hall, and was greeted with the shout, "Happy Retirement!" He was once again surprised and stunned, and even speechless, which doesn't happen very often with Poppy. Now, he had finally reach 'the big thing' and had a good time visiting with old friends from time past.
After that, he was exhausted I'm sure... But that didn't keep him from staying up until past 1am visiting with his son, Uncle Jay. =)
Many thanks goes to Aunt Jen, Mom, Aunt Peggy, Aunt Kathrine and many others for making it all come together for a memorable day! I'm so glad to be able to call Ron Russell my 'Poppy'. He is such a good example of a godly man, and a hard-working one at that! Love you, Poppy!
|Joel relaxes after a hectic day on Friday.|
|Johanna holds our absolutely cute cousin, Emma-Grace =)|
|Abby enjoys Emma-Grace, as well|
|Our other absolutely-cute cousin, Zak. =)|
|The table of cousins|
|Grams visits with long-time friends|
|Mom had the chance to talk with some new acquaintances, Clint & Esther|
|Abby captured this lizard beautifully|
|Grams played Chinese-checkers with Jaden & Caleb|
|We had many good conversations with our Uncle Abe, a new Christian. He's such an encouragement to us.|
|Mom and Poppy had a good chance to visit with each other. I'm sure they had some good conversations, as well. =)|
|Zak is learning how to color. He's getting pretty good at it!|
|I had so much fun playing with our youngest cousin, Emma-Grace. She's such a sweetie-pie, as Mom would say.|
|Jaden draws with Zak.|
|This is one baby who actually likes me! I love it!|
|She looks so much like her brother. =)|
|Johanna gives Emma-Grace some love.|
|A very rare occasion, Emma-Grace allows Joel to hold her for a few seconds. Poor Joel.|
|"Hey. Look who I've got!"|
|Our dear Uncle Abe|
|Mom chats with Uncle Charles. He is such a interesting guy to talk with and listen to.|
|Grams, Aunt Jill, Abby & I so much fun singing while Caleb played the piano.|
|I just couldn't get away from playing the guitar...|
"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18