Sunday, August 26, 2012

Celebrating 90 years!

My dear Grandpa Bob turned 90 this month. Ninety. That's a lot of LIFE! To celebrate, we all gathered up at my grandparents place at Warm Beach. Here are some pictures from the party:

Memory Boards 
Uncle Dan manning the BBQ

The boys playing in the nook under the house. That place is FILLED
with bugs, but apparently when you're 7 that just doesn't matter...

Baby Avery just enjoying her stuffed bear!

Girl cousins with the birthday boy!

Whole group photo: Watsons, Bishops, Rileys,
Hansens, Olivers and Walters

Gramps giving his bride a smooth

90 Birthday Cupcakes

Very happy grandpa :)

Right after Tor said "hurry up - those candles aren't going
to blow themselves out!"

View of the beach cabin from the mudflats.  
Getting ready for some fun on the flats!

Kyle's first time on the mudflats. He quickly
 ditched the sandals...

View of the flats

Little Avery just having a blast!

Little mud tushy

Never too young to enjoy the mudflats :)

Kyle searching for baby luck

The imfamous King Titan 

Pic with King Titan

Boys playing in the mud

Boys sinking in the mud! 
Dad on the flats!

Bro pic on the flats

View of the beach cabin (on the beach, right),
big cabin  (up on top the hill, white), and
house (orange behind the white)

One last view of the flats and all our foot prints

Kyle loved the flats!

Gramps on his 90th birthday with his best friend :)

Giving it grace: When looking at the big group picture, I cannot help but think of Genesis 1:28: "And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." That command was originally for Adam and Eve, but has remained true as God's command for all Christians ever since. I look at that picture of all the families that have come onto this earth as a result of my Grandma Bob and Grandma Pat, and more so - all the lives they have touched and I'm just in awe of the legacy they have built.
Our current culture constantly warns us against aging, as evidenced by the thousands of products available to slow and reverse the effects of aging. I was curious what the Bible said about aging (because I was pretty sure that God designed aging, and thus probably wasn't against it), and here is the best verse I found to sum up God's stance on aging: "Gray hair is a crown of glory, it is gained in a righteous life" (Proverbs 16:31). My grandpa has aged well in God's eyes, to say the least. At 90 years old, he worked many years giving service to our country; has a house and a plot of land to show for it; a legacy of children, grand-children, and great-grand-children; and his bride of 65 years, still by his side. What a wonderful witness of God's grace upon His people! 

Love you grandpa!

1 comment:

  1. I guess you didn't know that there was a baby elephant living under the house. It has been there since Andy was a kid and he told HIS kids about it so that is what they were all looking for in the crawl space. It is a VERY SHY elephant. (Another family story for the book.)