#CelebrateLu: Reprise

The sun is shining. The temp is in the 60’s and rising. What a fabulous weather report that takes me back to my farming roots! It’s spring and I’m thinking of home (after a writing workshop last Saturday)!

And yet . . .

Spring is a time to celebrate . . .

rebirth  as plants nudge their way through the ground cover

life as baby animals appear with their families

longer days of leaving home in the daylight and still having daylight on the return at the end of the day

end of the year activities . . . concerts, track events, music contests

And all those dreaded LASTS . . .

The last time the seniors . . .  before they graduate

The last time the juniors . . . before they move to the senior world

And so on . . .

But today I celebrate last Sunday’s reprise . . .

All seven of us who went to Rome . . .

Together . . . plus a few more!!!

“We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

Mom

Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).”   “SOL16:  Travel Trivia”

Other posts about Rome are here, here, here, here, and here with this one quick photo from O’Hare before our international departure.

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and here we were again . . .

But this time in Iowa

A band concert

Taking advantage of time together

Eight months later to gather for a celebratory meal (Leo & Shirley’s upcoming 9th anniversary)

And a high school band concert directed by a son / grandson / nephew/ husband / father   . . .

Central DeWitt:  Sunday, April 30, 2017

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band program

band zero

band one

band three

band four

And always, one of the fans in the seats!

concert

Home can be family.

Home may not be one specific physical place.

Where do you celebrate and call home?




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Check out for celebrations at the link with Ruth!

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9 responses

  1. Oh, Fran, this is lovely. Band concerts are one of those events that I miss now that my kids are grown. And remembering your trip to Rome – what fun to travel with so many family members. Home for me is any time we can be together with family (regardless of the physical location)! We have a quick evening with my son and his family as they stop off tonight after a few days in Utah.

    1. Thanks, Ramona!
      Love concerts in all sizes and shapes! It was fun to have everyone together plus a few extra. Always nice to spend time together! And I agree . . . home is whenever family is gathered so it moves from place to place! ❤

  2. Home . . . family together! Wonderful memories, Fran!

    1. Thanks, Alice! So much fun to celebrate the good times. Making the time is critical! ❤

  3. Such wonderful memories to look back upon, enjoy and cherish again, Fran. Family is home.

    1. Tara,
      YES!
      Family is home! ❤

  4. Such important times! Thank you for sharing them.

  5. Family is home and you certainly have a full house of love surrounding you, Fran. Thanks for sharing.

    1. So true, Carol.
      Must make time for the importance of family! ❤

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