Our Perfect Weekend in New York City

Ellie, Jennifer, Hannah, Sharon, Rachael and Dale in Central Park

Dale was appalled when he saw my pile of stuff stacked high by the front door for our trip to NYC. A five gallon stock pot filled with all the trimmings to make chicken & dumplings, a large rice maker (rice included), a trifle dish (with all ingredients in separate bags ready for assembly), homemade coffee cake, batch of flourless peanut butter cookies, banana’s, farm fresh eggs , butter, milk. . . are you getting the picture?

He was appalled because he had just stuffed the largest suitcase we own with a queen size air mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow’s. . .Then the girl’s had their bags of clothes. . . two of them had homework to do over the weekend so they brought computers. . . Oh my. Dale said, “Sharon, you have to take something out of this pile!” I parted with the rice maker only.

Finally we were all loaded into the Toyota Echo, each with a boiled egg and homemade pumpkin doughnut in hand. Dale prayed for our trip and we were off for the big city.

We made it there in five hours and on one tank of gas, $31.50 plus $35 in tolls, pretty impressive.

Jennifer’s apt was amazing, we could have stayed there all day but she wanted us to take in the highlights of NYC. So, we ventured out onto the subway with our picnic trimmings (forgot to mention that in above list, pasta chicken saladhttp://sharonglasgow.com/2012/04/basil-chicken-pasta-salad/ and large jar of cucumber saladhttp://sharonglasgow.com/2012/05/best-cucumber-salad/) in hand headed straight for Central Park. It was glorious, the leaves were breath-taking and the fellowship together sweeter than anything. After our picnic we just walked and enjoyed conversation until we decided to visit the Metropolitan Art Museum.

It was late so we headed back to the subway for Jennifer’s place. After dinner we served her birthday desert, strawberry trifle!

It was late so we all turned in for the night. The next morning we were supposed to eat the coffee cake and scrambled eggs but plans changed. Her roommate works the third shift; she had only been in bed for two hours when I was ready to make breakfast. So, we changed our plans and decided to go out for breakfast.

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Spotted Pig in West Village, it was divine. We then spent a few hours shopping for Jennifer’s birthday presents. Shopping in NYC is fun. Then we went our separate ways for just a while-Rachael and I went to the largest wedding dress consignment shop in NYC. Jennifer, Hannah and Dale went back to the apt to pick up Ellie (who couldn’t be with us all day because she had so much homework!).

Then we all met back at five for Jennifer’s church service at Trinity Grace http://trinitygracechurch.com/. It was the most amazing church. If you’re ever in NYC and want to go to church, go there! The worship was over the top powerful, the sermon was right on, we had the Lord’s Supper, and three people were baptized (it was so POWERFUL) and the fellowship afterwards was rich.

After service we met a deaf homeless man on the street. He wasn’t just any homeless man, he really touched our hearts. We huddled all together and prayed for him (he read our lips), it was such a sweet time. He received our prayer and told us he had a home in two weeks and told us about his reading the Word.

After that it was time to say goodbye to Jennifer so with tears we hugged and left.

On our trip home Ellie still worked on her homework that needed to be turned in by midnight through an internet connection. So, we stopped at three places looking for connection. Just to let you know in case you ever need it, Red Roof Inn has free access outside their building, no code needed. Some of the Starbucks on the NJ Turnpike don’t have internet access. She made all of her deadlines!

Rachael had an animation due for a 9:00AM class Monday. So, she worked the whole trip home getting it done. Sandwiched between her sisters in the backseat she finished this https://vimeo.com/51930859 .

We drove into the driveway at 2:20AM. The trip home took longer than the trip there, still one tank of gas, a lot lighter, all the food gone. We were exhausted, our feet and legs hurt from all the walking but we were happy that the trip had been everything and much more than we ever anticipated.

It was a perfect weekend in New York City. Happy birthday Jennifer!

Picnic in Central Park with Gluten free pasta chicken salad and cucumber salad. Dale’s mouth is full:)

We walked and talked–It was wonderful

Trip to Metropolitan Art Museum (MET)

Metropolitan Art Museum

Dale likes to study large master pieces

Jennifer blowing birthday candles out on strawberry trifle

Breakfast at The Spotted Pig in West Village

The Spotted Pig

Going into Trinity Grace Church for Sunday night service

Saying goodbye to our baby

 

 

 

The Farm Wedding/Reception-Preparations Commenced this Past Weekend

 

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Our 4th lovely daughter Rachael has never asked for much. She’s always been a hard worker, had a job in high school to help buy the things she wanted and has held jobs in-between college semesters. So, when she came to me and asked this vast question I didn’t know how to respond.

“Mom, what’s the budget for my wedding?”

I wanted to be able to say, you’ve worked so hard and your dad and I love you so much, we’ve got $10,000 sitting in the bank just for your wedding. But truth be told, we don’t, and most weddings cost at least $20,000…

So, I humbly said, “Umm… Do you mean today? Well, today there is no budget. Meaning, we don’t have money for it today (we still have two in college). However, if we are frugal and wise with the little we acquire along the way, it will be the wedding of your dreams-I’m sure of that.”

Rachael didn’t seem to be concerned in the least. She’s discerning and wise in money matters and immediately set her mind to be creative with her resources and find a vintage wedding dress for the least amount of money.

It’s actually exciting and fun to be thrifty with your spending. God blesses our efforts and we never miss out on the pleasures of life—it seems as though they’re even more intensely pleasurable!

Back in the day many weddings took place on the family farm with all the family and friends decorating, picking flowers from your fields and cooking for the big day.

Our wedding preparations began this past weekend. The men worked in the fields preparing it for the reception festivities. The girls and I went vintage shopping for the wedding dress and bride’s maid dresses.

Oh the fun we had!

Sparky (our border collie) and Dale survey what needs to be done in the field.

I made pancakes, french toast, eggs and bacon to start the day off right

Jonathan and friends started working in field early Sat morning. Chopping trees and clearing brush for reception festivities

Guys clearing the area–chain saws, axes, tractor, hand tools and muscles were required

After breakfast Ellie, Rachael and I made sandwiches for the guys lunches, put them in the refrigerator, put dinner in the oven and then left for a day of shopping. This vintage wedding dress was in a shop just outside of Washington, DC. Rachael didn’t find her dress here, but had fun trying some on. We didn’t want to take a full view because we don’t want Jonathan seeing her in any wedding dress until the big day!

We drove through DC, past the Capitol building. Ellie took photo’s for me.

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Baked chicken fell off the bone and melted in our mouths after being in the oven all day. Green beans cooked in the pan with the chickens, so all I had to do was cook and then cream five pounds of potatoes when we got home. Served with the cucumber salad and finished the meal off with banana spilt cake(Ellie helped me make) and coffee. Wonderful fellowship continued into the night.

Early  Sunday morning on Glasgow Farm, started new day. Dale and the guys rested from labor. Hannah convinced Dad to come along for an antique’s shopping day.

Rachael found this china set, 42 pieces for $20!! It will be our bridal shower present for her. Thank You Lord!

Check out the price for yourself! Rachael had to go ask the shop owner if the price was correct. We thought the price could have been for one piece!

Felicity taking a nap on our way home. She was an angel for our adventure.

Last weekend to enjoy our freshly cut Zinnea’s from yard. Temperatures dropped Sunday night. Zinnea’s like heat not cold.

It was a wonderful weekend. The only thing missing was our daughter, Jennifer who was busy painting for a big art show she was debuting in yesterday in New York City. It was a huge hit. The Lord was glorified big time! The girls left Sunday night and Dale and I watched the 1966 movie A Man for All Seasons. It was very good!