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Today I want to share with you about our family traditions – specifically the ones at the cabin we’ve rented for 23 years from a wonderful Christian family. We first went there when our son Eric was three months old, now he’s 23.
We joke that we have so many cabin traditions that we can no longer do them in one trip so we have to pick and choose.
This year a lot of things had changed and we weren’t quite sure how it was going to be. We’ve always done a lot of visiting friends and relatives in the area, but most of them have died or moved so we really didn’t have anyone to visit or invite over.
The guys have always done a lot of golfing and fishing. The boat wasn’t working this year so they fished a couple of times off the dock and golfed a couple of times, but not much.
Due to our late spring and lots of rain the water was too cold for swimming so there was none of that.
There were very few ticks! This was certainly not disappointing, but very unusual.
It seemed that everything familiar and traditional was gone and for a while, I wondered if we would end up bored and wanting to go home early.
But the Lord was faithful and once again we had great family time and probably established some new traditions. You see for Sather’s if we do something twice it becomes a tradition.
One thing that didn’t change was Emily’s reading. For many years now she disconnects from all electronic devices, including her laptop, and just reads. This year it was 23 books in 9 days. We’re talking big books on a wide variety of things. Are you as impressed as I am? Not only does she read them but when we get home she writes reviews on them.No cabin trip is complete without our annual trip to Bargain Bills in Rice Lake.
For the first time, we took our bikes along. Eric biked 410 miles, Dan 380, Rebekah 150, and Emily 40. They got to know the area whole new perspective – mostly which roads had the biggest hills. I don’t have a bike so I stayed with the dog.
I usually spend as much time as possible scrapbooking. This is the only time all year that I really take time to do this. My laptop had a virus and Eric didn’t have anything along to fix it so it was working at a snail’s pace. It’s old and still runs Vista so it never was very fast. Now it was too slow to load the photo program and files I usually use. I did manage to do one page, which was really disappointing for me, but I did some writing, reading, and relaxed.
We also talked for hours and prayed together often – not just morning and evening, but after discussions. It was certainly wonderful. We shared so much together. I often feel like Mary, pondering these things in her heart, knowing that the days are numbered that our entire family will be together before someone gets married and begins a new chapter in our lives.
I had a plan of attack for mosquitoes this year. We joke that I am mosquito bait and no one else will get bit as long as I’m around. This year I sprayed myself with repellent right after my shower and only suffered 4 bites.
I had read about how to take the sting out by holding a warm spoon to the bite for a minute or so. In my desire to heat a spoon quickly I warmed the water in the microwave, put the spoon in it while I walked to a chair, and put it on two bites that were close together. To my surprise, it was so hot that I burned myself. That did take my mind off the itch of the bites, but I’m not sure that was how it was supposed to work. I’m going to have to try it again but with a cooler spoon.
Thanks for letting me share about our time together. I’m hoping your family will take time to make some memories this summer too. Please share some ways you’ve made memories in the comments.
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