One of the things we firmly believe is in the blessings that come from having a multi-generational vision. It was a deliberate decision on our part when my parents moved to Pennsylvania to include them in our lives.
My husband works hard at work and at home. One of the things he does at home is to provide firewood for us to burn in our wood stove during the late fall and winter. He also decided a few years ago to make sure my parents had a full supply of firewood to burn as well. Yesterday was delivery day.
Here is the wood piled up in the back of my husband's truck. I know he had plans to move the leftover wood from last year into the wood rack in the utility room at my parent's home, and then load this wood into the racks in the garage. That way my parents don't have to go outside to get wood in the middle of the winter!
He took a posse with him - Lindsay stayed to help me with garden work here and to help with lunch. Emily and Rachel riding in the backseat of the truck - sharing the ipod! Can you tell the windows are open?
Kyle must have taken this photo...he wore that headband most of the day yesterday - he looked half ninja and half 80' workout dude! Made me laugh!
Part of the beautiful drive to my parents home...
After they did the wood, they took the time to help out with a few other projects...
The view from the roof of Grandpa in the backyard. Their maple trees are so big - look at all the leaves! Good thing he has a handy dandy gadget to collect all those and doesn't have to rake them by hand...
The posse on the roof - here at the back of the house the roof is only about 6ft off the ground, in the front it would be two stories! And from the back of the garage it is only 3 ft to the ground.
They cleaned out the gutters too, and Tim blew leaves down on my Mom's head...he loves to tease her!
Rachel's art - all these photos are hers. I really like this one...
Emily must have taken this one - Rachel relaxing on the roof.
The view of the Amish neighbors farm from the roof. It's wedding season here in Lancaster County. Our farrier's daughter is getting married today. The Amish are good with multi-generational living living, too. Caring for their parents and grandparents, all working together. This is a blessing to everyone, young and old. This however does not mean that there is never any problems or issues that could come up, after all we are all human. But, differences are not the end of the world.
One day my parents will come to live with us. They will add on a 'Dawdi Haus'. They will be a doorway away from us. If Kay and Kamryn are still living with us then, that would make four generations under one roof. This used to be more common, and I think it may become common again in the future, especially with the economy being so difficult. The kids say we will be like The Waltons. My dad's Amish friends say we're Amish. Either way, we are happy to work together and help my parents as needed.