We last stopped off about the time we went to get the boys from Camp. We stayed a while so the boys could have a little more time with their camp buddies and to take a break from the car. You see, we had driven about 5 hours to get them. Then after we left camp in Elmhurst Twp, PA, we were driving straight through to Nashville, TN to get to an ordination the next day. Anyway, camp…
We finally got back in the car only to realize that the boys smelled horrible! In the past, they had gotten showers just before their parents picked them up. Not this time! What to do? I made a few phone calls and we stopped back at the place we stayed in at Front Royal so they could get showers. Then it was back on the road to Nashville. It was probably 10 or 10:30 pm by this time. While driving, I realized that I am not as young as I used to be!!! Oh my! John drove until 11:00 pm, which was his limit with his permit. I cat-napped. Then I stopped twice during the night for about an hour each. Then we stopped to get “breakfast” at a truck stop, but had to eat on the road as we were running out of time. John was able to take the controls at 6:00 am, which he did while I cat-napped some more. Then I took over again, and we made it to the Cathedral of the Incarnation about 9:45 am. The ordination was to begin at 10:00 am. Yeah, we made it. Fr. Justin Raines was ordained, along with our friend Fr. McGowan. It was beautiful!!!
Diocese of Nashville Priestly Ordinations 2013:
The next day was Fr. McGowan’s first Mass at old St. Mary’s in Nashville. We were privileged to be there as well. After the Mass there was a reception. MaryEllen sang Ave Maria for Fr. McGowan.
You can click here to see it on YouTube. Joe shot it with his phone. (I hope that works!)
After all that, it was time for Veronica’s 5th Birthday and the Giles County fair.
A back to school pie made by MaryEllen…
Charlotte’s scrap book took best of show…
James’s picture took 1st (and it later took 1st in the district fair)
Kevin’s painting took best of show
Kevin’s watermelon took largest.
MaryEllen took a first place with her skirt..
The end of August meant saying goodbye to the seminarian who was at our local church. Andy suggested that we could use these pictures for our Christmas cards to the seminarians that year. So, we did! I’ll just post them all here. (Remember that you can click on the pictures to make them larger.)
We also had a very cute baby in a sweet dress sent by Aunt Maureen and Uncle Armando:
Then before we knew it, Kevin’s birthday had arrived. 15!!!!
As was posted before on this blog, the boys (actually the whole family) got into reenacting. Here are a few shots from one of the gatherings before we had proper 1860s clothes.
My children love history, not only War of Northern Aggression history. Case in point, Kevin made himself a uniform from WWII:
On to part 3!