Raise your hand if you’re excited for the weekend. I know I am. Not that we have anything fun planned, but it’s always nice to spend time together. Oh, and we all love when Ben makes us home-made waffles.
This summer has been busy for us, with many visitors. First, Handy Sammy’s family spent a night with us, then my sisters and their boyfriends stayed for a week. After that, Handy Sammy’s family spent another night with us before going home. Ben’s brother came back for a few weeks from Africa with his wife and her family. He also brought Ben and I fun African gifts. For Ben, J bought a set of hand carved Ebony monkeys.
Because each is hand carved, there are small differences, but the details are beautiful.
Three monkeys link together, hooking to the other’s tail.
The way the monkeys link reminds me of the Barrel of Monkeys.
For me, J chose two Ebony bowls, a wooden spoon, and a small lidded jar.
The larger of the two bowls has elephants carved around the edge. J said he watched the guy hand carve these. How amazing is that?!
And this lidded jar is adorable. I don’t know what I’m going to use it for, but I like looking at it on the shelf.
On the return trip, my mom rode in the car with me and the boys. She spent two nights at our house. The day she left, Ben’s aunt spent a night with us. Two days after that, my grandma and grandpa visited. She brought along a cute little set of bone china Lily of the Valley cream and sugar bowls.
Of course we love hosting guests, but the presents are pretty darn great, too. Thank you so much J and Grandma!