"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Of missed wunkin carving

Dear Newel,

We want you to know how much we appreciate you and all that you do.  You work so hard for us and sometimes that work takes you away and makes you miss things that we know you love.  

Last night around the table, Celia and Christian laughed all over again about their big kids date with us to the haunted house on Saturday night.  How you ducked under each spot where you were certain some ghostly actor would reach out and grab you. How you pushed them out in front of you. How you ran for the exit once you heard the chainsaw and kept on running, leaping over the barricade in the parking lot, not stopping until you reached the car.

The little kids marveled that you still love to gather us to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."  The big ones made the other's jealous that they got to stay up late and watch "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" with you.

I love that you are such a big kid inside and that you make such experiences fun for them.

I enjoyed hanging on the phone with you last night as the kids carved — as Eliza says, "Wunkins" -- for family home evening.  I know it's one of your favorite activities and talking with you while working with them, was almost like doing it together.

And since you couldn't actually see the action, I photographed it for you so you could feel a part of us.  I know that all of this magic happens because you are off working hard for our family. We are so grateful for that.

We love you and miss you.  Without you, the fun just isn't the same.

All my love,

P.S All are volleying for one of us to declare a first place above the others.  Beware ... it's a trap :)


  1. Well, I know this post isn't for me....because I am not Newel. But, what fun! THey did great and it made me realize that I didn't take pictures of ours lit...so that is on my to do list for tonight. Eliza is looking so old...purple paint in her hair and everything!

  2. You're still carving pumpkins with carving knives? You seriously have to get the carving kits with the little saws in them. Sadly they're not made strong enough anymore to last more than one season, but they are still worth it. But them on Nov 1st at Walmart or even the grocery store for really cheap and store them till next year. You will totally thank me. ;)

  3. You are precious...love how you documented it for him!! So tough to keep things under control when hubby is away! hugs, cathy