Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An Evening With the Flemings

We heard our daughter Rosana's car drive up before we saw her. The car with the muffler problem is hard to miss. She arrived early enough to help set the table, adding ice cubes with slices of lemon frozen in them to the water, while I fussed that the food wasn't ready yet. "Don't worry, Mom. No one keeps time like you and Dad."

Our son, Samuel, and daughter-in-law, Laurie, arrived a little bit later, bearing a pan of freshly baked Sea Salt Peanut butter cookies that he had made after finding a recipe on his sister's Pinterest. 

We greeted each other with hugs and smiles all around as we hadn't been together since before our three week trip to Colombia. Samuel watched me take the pork out of the crockpot and proceed to shred it with a fork. "Are we having pulled pork?" he asked, his voice rising in surprise.

"Me? Fix anything barbeque??" I laughed. "No, we're having pork fajitas, because I had pork in the freezer."

Everyone carried little bowls of lettuce, sour cream, salsa (very little salsa, the jar was almost empty), sliced olives, black beans (for the vegetarian), and heated tortillas to the table. 

Before clasping hands to give thanks, my husband said, "It's so good to have you all here." Then he thanked the Lord for keeping us safe while we were apart and for providing all that we need. He ended by asking that my hands be blessed and tingle for making the food. That last part is a family joke. Whenever he hears someone ask God to "bless the hands that made this food" he always asks me if that makes them tingle.

Soon we were passing things every which way as each one had their own order for the ingredients in their fajitas. Once we had them assembled, the conversation turned to a recounting of the accident that happened to Samuel and Laurie on their way to work that morning. Thankfully no one was hurt, but we all know the horrible feeling of hearing that crunching of metal against metal. The car works and will be fixed, but the cute little Honda our daughter-in-law brought into the marriage will never be quite the same.

They had all been to our oldest son, Daniel, and his wife, Abby's home for Easter so we got lots of grandkid stories, too, which we are always happy to hear!

After two rounds of fajitas we cleared the dishes and turned the coffee pot on while we read a Psalm together and talked about being refined like silver. 

Then we brought out the famous peanut butter cookies and the chocolate chip cranberry biscotti I'd made. Samuel preferred milk with his dessert, but the rest of us enjoyed the decaf while we sat and talked, as many as three conversations going on at a time.

We took the tablecloth off the table while Samuel slipped home to get his Settlers of Catan game. I rolled the highest number so I had to choose where to place my settlement first. Several said they had their eye on a position, but no one would divulge where that was, so I picked a spot and the guys told me that wasn't a good choice and pointed out a better location to use. The game moved along trading resources and moaning when we rolled a seven forcing someone to give up half his cards. So nice that the childish bickering is past!

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Rosana left to watch a movie with a friend and after a few more minutes of talking, Samuel and Laurie left, too. 

As I fell asleep that night I thanked the Lord for many memories of meals with our kids over the last twenty-seven years, and that they still enjoy getting together with us and with each other around the table.

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  1. What a great blessing that memory - experience - is. I have many fond memories of my family simply being together for a meal - for time to be.


  2. Lovely picture. So many families do not have what you do.

  3. What a wonderful post. I'm glad no one was hurt in the accident and sorry about your d-i-l's car.

    I'm visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop. I'm already a follower. :)

    1. Thanks for following and enjoying our evening with us!

  4. Just a precious, precious time together. Nothing beats the fellowship of Christian families. The cranberry biscotti sounds yummy.

  5. That's amazing that you guys all still get together frequently. That is such a lost art in families these days.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  6. What a delightful evening! My son once recommended the Settlers of Catan game as a good family game, but have never played it. Love the flow of the warm, relaxing, family-filled evening.

  7. It really does feel wonderful to have children who WANT to spend time with us!

  8. Such a beautiful time together :) Yes, great memories.



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