It looks as if it takes a party for me to post here at the Window, right?
This time it was a big event, the 80th birthday of RH!
Family and friends gathered above but missing eight people who weren't there in time for the big picture (two grandsons, with their wives and our four great-grandchildren).
The party was given by all our children and their spouses but hosted by Zack and Court who bought our old Valley View.
RH's brother was there, posing here with him in front of the tree that sold RH on buying Valley View back in 1990, the oldest elm tree in Middle Tennessee. The old smokehouse is to the right.
Two of my three sisters, with their husbands, were able to be there--we sure did miss our other one.
And our four wonderful children with their spouses, missing one daughter-in-law. The most complete family picture we've managed to pull off in years!
Our daughter-in-law Court organized the whole thing and it was perfect down to the last detail! (How great to have a daughter-in-law who wanted to keep the old picnic shelter that RH built out of an old chicken shed! It was the site for so many family parties in the old days and is still continuing the tradition.)
There were tables scattered around the old picnic shelter that gave our scattered family time to catch up with each other.
I always love being at our old home and knowing it's still in the family and seeing the latest project Court and Zack have added to the 1920 home. And RH and I both love visiting with our four grand-dogs there, Lug shown below wanting to give a great-granddaughter a kiss!
Here is RH escorting this wobbly old lady along the beautiful new path Court designed, and you can see part of the darling fried chicken food truck across the creek in front of the old barn.
It was the best homemade fried chicken dinner I've ever tasted!
It was a perfect evening with lots of good conversation!
I don't think RH minded turning 80 so much after this wonderful celebration. I heard that the party went on to all hours of the night after the old folks went to bed.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and to our children for making it possible, and especially to Court and Zack for hosting it so graciously.
And thanks so much to our son Daniel for taking all the pictures and spending hours and hours making the wonderful video of his father's life that played continuously in the house the whole evening, bringing so much laughter and tears as we watched.
Happy Birthday to the patriarch of our big family!
And many, many more!