Monday, July 18, 2011

If the walls could talk...tales of the kitchen

After 14 years in our house, it is past time to paint the kitchen. Every other room has been re done, or at least touched up, so the summer of rain is prompting us to home repairs. Do you know what a history our kitchen has? In our kitchen we built a family, we welcomed children and young women for a season, we laughed, we cried, our son in law asked us permission to marry our daughter, we held birthday parties for many, drank coffee while discussing life in Haiti and prepared a home that is inviting and comfortable. The greatest gift for us is our relationships and in our family. Many a time we invited youth for events and our house not only was filled with mud caked smiling teens, but helpful clean up the dishes teens. We had times when tears and memories were shared and dozens of pictures were brought out and spread around with echoes of "Do you remember this ...Those were my favourite pants...What a geek...and look how cute I was a baby, which usually met with rounds of ...I was cuter.
The kids growth have left us with memories too precious to put a price on, they have baked their first meals, studied for drivers tests, colored maps for school and sang snippets of songs they had in their heart. Their dad well his famous claim to fame in the kitchen was never cooking but once he made pancakes in boxers, t shirt and a hard hat...yep, got each of the kids off guard, but they loved Finnish pancakes so much they put up with corny get up. Me well I have rolled it, sealed it, and marked it with a b, with two generations, and with my best friends. From pies and cookies, to won ton and perogy making parties, to crazy cakes with plaid stripes for a theme party our kitchen has been the hub of our home. Not always clean and shiny, but a happy place to pop your elbows down and help yourself to the fridge. So as I come to the painting portion of the kitchen, I realize I will need to copy and repaint the Wall of Fame. Over the years so many have left their name and height and when I started to write it all down, it brought back so many memories. It truly was a blessing to see the physical growth of the kids, but to know the spiritual and maturity that had come from within these young people to now, was nothing short of a gift. Thank you Lord for allowing us to have a house that was a meeting place, a gathering place, a safe place, and a full home of love and laughter. I will paint but I will transfer the Wall of Fame, so that when the second generation of kids look up they can see how tall their mom or dad was when they were their age. That part I am looking forward too.....if knew how to make a smile I would put one here!

Adam, Jim C, Mark, Jake, Kato, Maverick,(tallest) Randy, Kristina, Meghan, Alison, Tor, Michelle, Kelsea, Kelsi, and Adele, from 2002 to 2006, forever etched on our walls.
Avalon, Astrid, Auntie Kat, Jason, Grandpa, Daniel, Alaina, Alexandra, Anika, Husdon, (PS Naomi I have lots of numbers for H if you need any) Mercedes and Emmerson, you too have a forever place on the Wall of Fame..
Josiah, just cause you are the smallest, and oh so too will grow and be measured on Nana and Papa Jussi's wall.
Rachel and Ryland Nana and Papa have celebrated so many birthdays, fun times, and are amazed at how fast you grow. What does your Mom feed you?
Rachel 2001 40 inches to 2011 58 inches.....Junior High oh ee vay
Ryland 2007 31 inches to 2011 46 inches...Kindergarten this year yahoo
Carly you have grown into a beautiful young woman from 2002  59 inches to 67 inches in 2011
Kelsey and for Nick when we moved into our new home, Kelsey you were ten years old, and Nick was thirteen. Crazy how time flies. You have shared our home with Carly, Victoria, Kelsea, Michelle, and little Corey, thank you for allowing us to share our home with so many others.
Kels you started out at 54 inches ad when you left home you were 66 inches. You grew an entire foot in 8 years. Do you remember you wanted your birthday party in the new house, so we moved in with only plywood floors, a microwave, a bathroom, toaster and some mattresses on the floor. We all lived up stairs and finished the house as we went along. We so miss the crazy girl sleepovers, and the laughter that echoed late into the night from your room. When the house was full of dresses and wedding stuff, it all seemed surreal, but you got married and we are thankful for Jason, but we really do miss having you at home. Your smile lights us our lives.
Nick you were always tall, you started out a little over five feet at 13 years old, 63 inches. Then by the time you left home, the last time, you were over six feet. I remember thinking are your feet every going to stop growing, but you eventually caught up and have always been tall. Surpassing Jussi in 2002 at eighteen. You left home for college and university after only five years in the house, but the ceilings have been graced with the amazing sound of your voice singing from the loft. We really do miss you and your sense of humor and we miss the singing from the rooftops!
Special little people Emily and Brynn who measured themselves for the six months as they rented our house, while we were in Haiti.
We are so thankful for all that has transpired around the kitchen table, and the fridge (in our family) and look forward to the future and filling it with more love and more laughter.

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