Friday, November 09, 2012

Papa and Gaga come to town!

A consecration service, hurricane, Halloween festivities, two day trips, and lots of relaxing. I'd say that pretty much sums up the past two weeks in our house.

Andy's parents came to town for Andy's consecration service.  Just a little bit of background. . . when Andy was ordained as a pastor, he was ordained as a deacon.  A deacon is the first order of ministry of Word and Sacrament with the privilege of officiating at all rites and sacraments except the ordination of deacons and the consecration of presbyters or bishops.  (I got the definition from a Moravian website).  About a week ago, he took the next step in ministry and became a presbyter.  A presbyter is the second order of ministry of Word and Sacrament. Consecration as a Presbyter is an act of spiritual encouragement and affirmation by the Church commissioned by the PEC, normally after 3-5 years of service as a Deacon. Only Presbyters are candidates for election as Bishop.   Andy's service was on October 28th and here is a photo of all of us just after the service.  A delicious dinner followed in the fellowship hall.  

When the service was done, our attention quickly turned to hurricane preparations.  News reports warned us of Hurricane Sandy and we had about a day to get our house ready.  Andy got all of the furniture and fall decorations off of our front porch and we bought lots of water, food, and batteries.  On Monday evening, we slept in the downstairs hallway as there is a large tree in our side yard that we wanted to avoid and the hallway was the best place to do it.  Fortunately, we made it through the storm without evening losing power.  There was lots of rain and strong winds, but our only damage was some shingles getting blown off the garage.

The storm did bring with it some really cold temperatures.  This was one of my favorite ways of warming up.

Bella was out of school for three days because of the hurricane.  Halloween parades, class parties, and trick-or-treating were all postponed.  Later in the week, we did get to attend the town's evening parade which was followed up by a little Halloween party at a friend's house. 

Though the weather was chilly, we made a day trip to Peddler's Village and enjoyed some fun shopping.  This area is very quaint and cute.  I bought some homemade soap!

On November 5th, Bella's school was finally able to celebrate Halloween.  We came in the afternoon for the parade.  Another chilly day.

I accidentally forgot to pack her black undershirt for the costume.  Thankfully the shirt she wore to school that day kind of coordinated.

And that evening our kiddos finally got to trick-or-treat!   Just five days late.  Unfortunately, since trick-or-treating got postponed until after Halloween and after Daylight Savings ended, it was already dark before we even left the house!  That's a bummer for a mama who isn't a fan of using a camera flash.  But oh well. . . here are my dressed up kids:  Blue, Friendly Witch, and Superman! 

Didn't get the greatest pic of all three of them - but you just can't be too picky sometimes. 

We headed to another friend's house for some dinner and then we were off!

Good times!

The next day, Andy, his parents, and Bella headed out to Lancaster, PA for another day trip.  I stayed at home with the boys (sometimes that's just easier).  On the way back home, Bella yelled out 'I lost my tooth!'  She surprised me with her toothless grin when she came home.  Such a cute stage!


mary said...

Curtis in his costume is adorable. Cant wait to see you all at xmas.

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