One thing in my life that I really, really, love is family night.

That’s when my children and grandchildren all come up to my house for a special time. Sometimes not everybody can come…maybe someone has to work, or if there are sick grand kids, they have to stay home with their mom or dad, but most of the family usually makes it to Granddad and Nana’s house on family night.

It’s a fun time. And it’s a noisy time, too! (There are almost 40 of us, now!)

We usually do this on Friday nights. Sometimes Friday doesn’t work because there’s a special program at church or some other thing that a lot of us want to go to, so we do family night on Saturday evening instead.

Everybody brings food and we have supper together. Then the adults sit around and talk and laugh while the children play.

Sometimes we get out the old hymn books and sing hymns. Many times, we have a birthday to celebrate all together.

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Singing hymns together

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Fun times around the dinner table

The grandchildren all love my dog, Mosby.

Mosby is a tracking dog.

The children like to hide out in our yard or in the woods across the road and wait for Mosby to track them down. Lately, I’ve been training Mosby to sniff out different items. The grandkids also enjoy it when I let them hide these different things-and then turn Mosby loose to find them. They hide them in the cabinets, under the dining room table, in the closets and up on top of the curtains, but Mosby finds them every time. What a fun game!  I love playing with my grandchildren and Mosby.
When I was a boy, nearly all of my uncles, aunts, and cousins lived far away.  I only saw most of them once a year, when we traveled to my Granddad’s house in another state.  I’m so thankful that all of my children and grandchildren live close to me now.  I see them often, and they are each other’s best friends.
God has been so good to your old Uncle Rick.
 Uncle Rick

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