I know this post is not what a lot of people are expecting - but what papa wants to say, papa thinks is important. So please bear with papa.
The picture in this post is MY family. Maybe not bio speaking but heart speaking.
They arrived at papa & mama's house on Friday at 3 pm and just left a couple of hours ago.
I am having difficulty explaining how these two kids, yes the kids (Derek & Trina) impacted our lives. They are part of a Christ-oriented family. These two children were vibrant, polite, happy, respectful and lots of fun. Papa admittedly was nervous that these two "strangers" would be bored and not want to be here - papa was mistaken! They put life into our old bodies (mama & I)! But they will admit that mama was tough to keep up with and that she can keep you on your toes - watch mama very closely playing table games - she is a fun vibrant tough competitor. But back to the kids ---
I am not sure how they did it, but Scott and Darla have developed these two kids into two very special young people. I never heard one word of disrespect - either way, I heard parents giving instruction, and instruction taken and obeyed - with enthusiasm! the kids wanted to be a part of the activities - they did not sit in corners huddled up with iPods stuck in their ears. Papa has not hugged or talked with young people like this in awhile. They were eager to listen and hugged back.
You can get another glance at this family at gchyayles blog as GCH and her hub stopped by papa's house on Saturday to be a part of this family. She has posted some awesome pictures of this special weekend.
For mom's and dad's that read this post, I think there are key words that help explain this family; love, respect, communication, Christ-centered, and hard work. Congratulations Scott & Darla - you have a wonderful family - mama and I love you all! We miss you!!