church picnic

Each year in May, we host a spring picnic for our church family. Yesterday the weather was great, the yard was at it’s iris peak and everyone had a great time. The irises are 10-14 days later this year than usual, so the timing was perfect. I don’t think we’ve ever had the picnic right at the peak of bloom. The yard smells wonderful!

driveway with irises

flower beds

Dinner began at 1:00, which gave everyone time to run home after church to change clothes and gather up their food. We had to set up an extra table to hold it all.

pot providence

Tables were set up indoors and out for our guests’ dining pleasure.

opting to eat indoors

outdoor dining


Most of the afternoon was slightly overcast which was nice. But the trees did come in handy for those times the sun was out in full force.

finding shade

The kids played soccer after dinner.


Others enjoyed the company and time to sit and chat.

church picnic

The babies were enjoyed by all.

sweet baby!

The play set got a good workout.

play time

Running through the woods, exploring the paths is always exciting, too!

under the mulberry

Even the littlest ones found something to explore.

so cute

baby boy

Later, Pastor Bob gave a devotion from Luke 12:27. “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

time for devotions

It’s the stuff family memories are made of.

dad plus two

After checking the guest book, and adding in those who didn’t sign it, we counted 77 picnic guests. I think they all had a wonderful time. 🙂

The last of the company left about 4:30. Shortly after 5:00, it began to rain, with hail! Not a well focused picture, but you get the idea. It began hailing here about 5:20 pm. We were planning to attend a Nathan Clark George concert and left here about 5:30. We had to pull over for ten minutes to get under an overhang, and arrived at the concert ten minutes late, at 6:10. It hailed all but the last five minutes of our drive to the concert. Got to the church and found everyone in the basement due to a tornado warning!

hail storm

But once the all clear was given and the concert got underway, the evening proceeded as planned. The concert was great. We enjoyed having Nathan give a house concert in our home last Christmas and plan to do it again this year, if we can find a date that works with his schedule.

Nathan Clark George

We thank God for all the blessings of the day…worship, His creation and provision, our church family, Nathan’s ministry…it was a wonderful day.


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