Saturday was a very busy day for us. It started at 7:30 am when the twins woke up and from then on everyone was working together to get ready for the big party. Patty had asked me to make the glaze for the ham and I had to laugh and tell her that I do not cook and have no idea how to make glaze, but to give me directions for something and I could follow it. So that is what she did and I still had Brian and Chad assist me in making the Éclair Cake.

Jim came in from the store and told us about a tree that had fallen down on his land and was going to have Brian help him saw it into wood for the fire place. “Good luck with that, Brian will cut off his arm,” I exclaimed. Patty said, “Good that means that you will just have to stay longer!” I was surprised to hear that she would actually want us to stay longer. At this point she has now seen firsthand my cooking abilities, or lack thereof, and still wanted us to stay. Patty said she would teach me to cook.

The first party guest arrived at 3pm and the party was to start at 5. So Brian and I rushed to change the children into their party clothes and Natalie would not have anything to do with it. She cried for at least 30 minutes while we tried our best to dress her. Julian was greeting all the new people while Natalie spent some alone time with Daddy. Soon Natalie gathered herself together and became the Princess of the party.

It was a pleasure to meet all the family and close friends of the Cassidy family. They just accepted us and made us feel welcome right away. I would have liked to spend more time with each person and get to know them all better. Over time I am sure I will have that opportunity. Julian and Natalie were excellent and made me very proud. Julian gave goodbye kisses and waived as people left. God has brought our two families together and has blessed us all in this process.


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