After recovering from our tire blow out in New Mexico (see post dated May 2nd), only 20 miles away from the border of Arizona, we were on our way again to visit Mel’s family in Chandler, AZ. We were fortunate enough to time our stay with them during a birthday party for Mel’s cousin, Emily, so we were able to see many of her extended family all in one place for the party. We even celebrated Mel’s birthday (April 23rd) while we were there with them. Included in the party guests were her Uncle Paul and Aunt Rhonda, cousin Emily and her husband Matt along with his mother, Mary, cousin Dusty and his wife Caitlin, and 6 second cousins. All in all a party of 19 people!!! It was a fun time had by all.
Of the festivities, playing at the pool was among the highest rated activity of the children.
And to all us Seattle folk, we were caught by surprise to find ripe grapefruit hanging from the trees in the back yard. It was the first time we have ever eaten grapefruit straight off the tree. The fruit was even still warm from the sunlight. Nothing like sun ripened fruit. YUM!!!
In the morning we attended the local Nazarene church service and went out to lunch with the family at Cafe Rio.
The two days we stayed with them was a blast though not nearly long enough. It was a special treat to see our families and young children together, playing with each other and seeing how much everyone has grown since we last saw one another.
Arizona Family, it is our prayer that God will continue to bless all of you and that your family will grow and flourish. We look forward to the next time we will be able to see you and the continued explosion of the young ones.