One thing that is sure to bring many fun memories is a good family work project. All of the Waller Brothers were able to be together for the week of work. Two of David’s sisters were also able join in the fun. Priscilla took care of the children and did the majority of the cooking for the week.
David’s brother Derrick bought a investment home that was needing an internal makeover. After a chimney fire, and a few other issues developing, the house needed some work. The house layout was not the best with several additions to the late 1800’s log home, so a major internal overhaul was in order.
Many of you are probably bored with all of the details of the whole project, but it was one of those memory building times.
The ministry David works for also needed some drivers to bring a group of young men up to the Northwoods Conference Center near Watersmeet, MI. That is only 200 miles from where we needed to be to do some remodel work.David’s Great Grandmother lived in the upper peninsula of Michigan for many years. Every year when he went up there to visit her, she would have some hot cookies or some fresh pasties to pull out of the oven. For memories sake, since we were up in the UP we stopped at a cafe known for their pasties. Still not nearly as good as great Grandma’s pasties.
We also had the opportunity to spend a little time at the retreat center to rest up on Sunday before returning on Monday. At first Paul was very hesistant about the idea of going in a canoe, but once he tried it he really enjoyed it
With Priscilla working with the children, David found it easier to paddle with a kayak paddle. What an enjoyable Sunday before returning to Chicago.
Almost the whole Wilkes family was able to drive from Virginia to be present for the special celebration.
David’s sister who lives in Canada was also able to drive down, so Paul enjoyed being with some more cousins of his.
David had played with the church team last year, but this year calendar was too full and he would have had to miss more than half of the games so he was not going to play, but they were short a couple guys so he was able to fill in. What a treat for him!
First thing on the morning of Father’s day, Paul came running in to give David a father’s day present. Truly, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:16). Praise God, we are blessed with a Heavenly father who is a father to the fatherless! We have so much to be thankful for!