Buxton Family Days

Some of you may recall that Jerry and I have four children, all grown now, of course, and you probably also have heard me tell of their excellence, their upright and godly ways, and that I am extremely proud of them. You may or may not, though, have heard me express how difficult it is to get them here to visit their mama and daddy all at the same time, and how that distresses me.  Now I know how busy each of them is, especially the three sons. (Our only daughter Rebecca lives alone and has more free time than anyone else in the family.) Steve, the eldest, pastors a thriving church of a few hundred persons in Chula Vista, CA. In addition to that, he is in charge of several churches in the Philippines, to which country he flies several times a year. He also makes other trips throughout the year–both in our country, and abroad. Our second son Michael is also incredibly busy. He is the founder of Buxton Drywall in Lake Havasu, and in addition he manages a construction retail store in Lake Havasu, and for awhile managed (maybe still does) one in Kingman, AZ. Andrew, my youngest, has five children, all still at home, works “9-5” in construction and sales, and is on the ministerial staff of The Anchor, a United Pentecostal Church, in San Diego.

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They’re busy. I get it. But we all have the same amount of time–24 hours each day, and we get to choose how we fill those hours. And I had decided I wanted them to be here with their parents for a fair chunk of hours, and all at the same time. So, this MAMA took things in hand, and around Memorial Day placed a call to each of them.

“Labor Day weekend. Check your calendars. Do you have anything planned?”

No one did, except Michael, and he sweetly said he would change those plans.

This past Friday and Saturday seventeen of our family converged on our home bearing food, smiles, and tremendous attitudes. Children, grandchildren, and great-grands made up the splendid group.

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DSC_8210DSC_8238We laughed, and ate, and ate, and washed dishes, and washed dishes, and washed dishes, and romped, and were funny, and had serious discussions, and took pictures, and collapsed, and ate . . .

I tell you that last Saturday was one of the happiest days of my life.

. . .and in this way the glorious Buxton Family Days of 2017 came to an end. How rich, how very rich, I am.

FullSizeRenderThis annual affair will convene next on Labor Day weekend 2018. All you Buxton and Forrest family members are welcome–actually your presence is coveted!

8 thoughts on “Buxton Family Days

  1. Anonymous

    So happy they were able to come and be with you. My children don’t live too far and it is still hard to get with them . So glad that we have been apart of the Buxton’s life.. Love each of you so much. You deserved that wonderful day .. 💞

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  2. Eva Chase

    Oh, how wonderful!!! I am so happy for you. Yes, it’s a feat and takes a lot of work on everyone’s part. You pulled it off…yay!!! A note on the dishes….use paper next time?! 🙂 Love you lady! Beautiful pictures too!

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  3. Jean Walter

    Awesomeness…Family…I so enjoyed our ROGERS family reunion in Peoria IL area this past July where 80+ of us got together. My only regret, with so many, it is hard to have one on one time with each person. It is special to be able to share the love, laughter, and just plain ol good time. I am so thankful that you were able to get the family all in one place at the same time…and may each of them know how much it meant to both you and Bro Buxton. FAMILY ~ love it.

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