July 25--lunch with the cousins in Hudsonville, Michigan. I blogged about this earlier.
July 27--supper at Chili's--our treat for a young family from our church--a great opportunity to get to know both the parents and the children better.
July 28--supper at the home of one of Jim's colleagues, also members of our church. Joining us were our pastor and her family. There were six little ones under the age of seven and we were still able to have a lovely dinner and good conversation.
July 30--a cookout at our house with our neighbors after a golf outing for the gentlemen. Jim cooked the burgers and we had a potato salad, green beans and a blueberry crisp dessert. It was easy, casual and fun.
July 31--breakfast at our house with a young friend from church who wanted a listener.
August 1--the church's women's group met at our house. Because it was rather a last minute plan, I made cookies with what I had in the house--butter, flour, sugar, and oatmeal. It was no fuss and they went over well. Five children played--mostly in the basement but sometimes in the midst of us!
August 3-- another cookout with almost the same menu with another family from church. They contributed a great custard pie for dessert which had to be finished in our oven because they lost power.
August 4--lunch with a young couple at their home in anticipation of their wedding which we can't attend because we will be on vacation. I brought beer bread and the leftover potato salad; they contributed a tomato salad and a spinach salad. It was a feast!
Our life is rarely so full of eating with others so this is unusual enough to blog about. I am thankful for friends--friends of all ages and mostly from our church. It's good to have others enter into our lives and bring their joys and struggles. Many of our closest friends have retired and moved away. So if others don't object to the age gap, we certainly don't!