This year, we were blessed to once again gather at a beautiful retreat center that is within a few hours drive of the Waller Family Farm.
Together in the Northwoods
David’s brother, Adam is quite the calculated adventurer. He has always enjoyed doing things a little out of the norm.
Swimming in a lake is so much fun, especially when you are with family.
Paul has had an intense interest in balls for many months. He enjoys playing with many different types. It is amazing how quickly he picks up on what to do with them. He loves to try and get a volleyball over the net or a basketball in the hoop with one of us lifting him high enough to do so.
Paul really enjoyed playing with two of his cousins who came down from Canada for the family reunion.
A Swim Across the Lake
What would a family-get-together be like without a little adventure or challenge? It is not too logistically challenging to bike, run or walk, and eventually work up to a great distance, but swimming takes some forethought and planning.We enjoyed a family contest to see who would try the long distance swim across the lake which is 7/10ths of a mile. Here we are with only a little distance to go til shore. It was so encouraging having David’s Parents and little Paul cheering us on from the nearby pontoon boat.
Foil Dinners by the Campfire
This ranks as one of the top family favorites for cooking over an open fire. So filling and nice after a good long swim.
Listen as we explain what the dinner consists of and how much we enjoy it.
Nice Concluding Dinner
David’s sisters have all become quite excellent cooks. In fact, for our final meal in the Northwoods they served the whole family a multi-course lasagna dinner.Along with sparkling apple juice, the hors d’oeuvres were nothing less than crackers with some incredible red salmon and cream cheese spread. Derrick and John David Duggar had gone to Alaska to help a family with a move. They took turns driving over 3,000 miles from Alaska to California. The family was so grateful for the help and gave them the canned salmon.
A Visit to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
In David’s growing up years, one of the special memories he enjoyed was visiting a little town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Calumet. Back in the mining days, it was a booming and bustling town of over 4,000 people, many of which were newly immigrated to the United States. Today it is a little known town of around 700.
David’s great-grandmother lived in Calumet for much of her life in spite of the frigid winter weather and snow piled high drifting to the roof of many of the homes. David remembers waking up in the middle of the night and seeing this Godly women pouring over her Scriptures. Sometimes she would stay up late to greet the Waller family with a plate of hot cookies or freshly made pasties. David was told that she prayed for each of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by name everyday.
One of the main reasons to visit this time was a work project. With unusually large amounts of snow this past winter, the roof on the garage had caved in on a 1939 LaSalle that apparently was owned and used by David’s great-grandpa before he passed away.
We arrived with the hopes of uncovering the vehicle and finding a better home for it. One would think it would be easy to put an old car on an empty trailer, but we did not realize the challenge it would be.
Using a come-along, and several chains we slowly pulled the car onto the trailer.
I think of the Scripture verse that states, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Before returning, we stopped at the classic picnic spot to enjoy dinner down by Lake Superior
Before we left, we were able to snap a quick family picture.
Paul loves going to church. He is also quite proud of his little New Testament!
When we see Paul chewing on his New Testament (because everything still seems to find a way into his mouth) we often jokingly think of the verse, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).