Monday, November 24, 2008

Giving Thanks

Our Thanksgiving Celebration has begun! The Plymouth Pilgrims feasted and celebrated for three whole days, and we agree that one-day holidays are simply insufficient. So our feasting and celebrating has already begun. Yesterday our church celebrated a feast of Thanksgiving together. As I was busy with other things I didn't get very many pictures, but I had to get one of our church's Thanksgiving Tree. It looks considerably smaller in this photo than if you were actually standing there. It was an impressive (and rather eclectic) collection of leaves each of which contained something that we were grateful for. Some were very specific and personal, and others very general. Some you knew instantly who wrote them, and others were items that most any of us could have written. Some were deep and thought provoking, and others were more humorous. We will definitely do this again in the future!

As Dad is our resident engineer, we asked him to design and sketch the tree, which he did - and impressed us all in his method of operation. :-)

A few pilgrim gentlemen showed up for our feast, as did a few Indians... We had some small pilgrim girls running around too, and I so wish I had a picture of them, as well.

We had a delightful time together, and the afternoon program was a lot of fun. Many thanks to all who participated in presentations! And, of course, a big thanks to all who helped cook and clean-up our feast! :-)


The church celebration wasn't the only event of the weekend, though. On Saturday Josiah had a cello recital in Rockford College's Maddox Theater. For those keeping track of his progress, he performed Sicilienne from Suzuki Book 7, and did a wonderful job.

And one final photo. The view from an upstairs window this morning:

Ahhh, isn't it lovely?

Thursday, November 20, 2008


One advantage of growing families by marriage, is that we not only get wonderful new people added to our little family social circle, but we also get to enjoy their traditions! Sara brought us a fall tradition that we have quickly chose to adopt: Cider-Glazed-Pumpkin Doughnuts. So each November (for the last few years) we've gotten together to make (and eat) these yummy morsels.

Okay, I will admit, we didn't eat ALL of them ourselves - and we didn't eat ALL of them that day. We wrapped some up for neighbors, and shared them amongst the branches of the family.

Busy hands...

...of course, this sort of work brings a smile to everyone's face!

Girls Cook - Guys Eat. It's just part of life!


Of course, it was such a wonderful fall day that even with wonderful sights, smells and tastes in the kitchen we just couldn't stay in side all day...

Click here to watch a cute video Jonathan took of a Corrine & Winston playing in the leaves. C&W also spent the night at "Poppy and Grandma's house", and we woke up the next morning to this fellow walking around our house!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


When one has as many trees as we have, one naturally accumulates very large leaf piles. Leaf piles, are, of course, good for only one thing - jumping in!

In anticipation of a cold winter to come, all hands have been at work out doors, and Joseph has been busy chopping wood for our stove. Thanks much, Joseph!

Ah, and then there was election night. A somewhat dreary night, overall, but a good one on which to play a round of a US trivia game... and roast s'mores over the wood stove!

There really was more than just ash in there... :-) In other pictures one sees flame, or at least a nice warm glow from within the stove.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Five years later...

Erber Family, July 2003

Five years can change a lot. In this case, it exactly doubled the size of our family!

Extended Erber Family, November 2008

Wonder what we'll look like in 2013... :-)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Happy Birthday, Joshua!

Happy Birthday, Josh! What a year this last one has been for you! And what fun it has been for the rest of us to watch you walk through it. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family greatly in this coming year!