Who else can say they stood underneath the LARGEST washboard? :) It was pretty fun and interesting. And noisy. Did you know washboards are for making music, too? There's an annual washboard festival with washboard musicians!
Later that day, the family (minus Tristan who napped for 3 hours!) went on a hike.
Patrick said they explored a lot of cool caves.
As a close for the evening and for the trip, the parents were surprised with an Anniversary cake and gifts. The family really enjoyed spending time looking at the quilt with 50 years of memories and a huge photo album filled with each child contributing stories and captions of their memories.
One of the neatest things I thought was at the end of the night...each grandchild and all the children and their spouses got to say a little something to the parents. It was truly a testament to see this couple who clearly love each other STILL after 50 years and to the ministry they are to the world around them, representing Christ (the husband) and the Church (the bride). Truly, Patrick and I have something to aspire to!
and as a thank you,we lifted up our gratitude to the heavens.....
We lit up the night sky with these. Great job to Patrick and his sisters who orchestrated a fun week filled with activities and themes. The parents truly felt loved and celebrated.