Visiting in Ohio - Our Families|
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We do like this little RV park
Cherokee RV Park & Campground
While it does not have 50 amp, it does have the most hard-working, friendly, caring owners we've met in a long time. The neighbors all seem to be folks who spend most of their summers here, some of whom keep their rigs right at their sites. (Can't imagine what they do to protect those rigs in the winter!)
One thing we found out yesterday, our visitors (who do not spend the night) are welcome to come and spend the day (free). We have been in other parks where our visitors (even those spending an hour or less) are required to pay an "entrance fee" of about $2.00 per person. No such policy here!
While here we are gone most of the time visiting relatives. We'll be here 2 weeks, and we hope in that amount of time to see and visit with all our relatives and some special friends......
The other day we got together with Paul's brother Ed and his wife, Jan. The four of us dropped by the home of another cousin, Janise - with whom Paul shared many of his early days.
While we were visiting with Janise, two other cousins (John David and Billie) dropped by and what a lovely time we had playing "catch-up!" We decided to find a nice spot for dinner, and Ed, mindful of Paul's liking for Italian food, led us to a nice Italian restaurant.
The rains began as we left Janise's home, and the rain came down fairly hard during our trip to the restaurant. We've been away from Akron for a long time, and new freeways, unfamiliar areas and the rain made us wonder where in the world we were going!
Rizzi's Ristorante and Pizzeria was a great choice. It was another one of those times that Kathleen left her camera back at the motor home, so unfortunately, we have no pictures to document our visit with these special relatives.
Before we left Janise's place, her granddaughter, who lives in the other apartment, brought over her two young children (twins) who totally enchanted us!
Another day we enjoyed lunch at Bob Evan's Restaurant with Kathleen's cousin, Betty.
Kathleen and Betty grew up together when they were quite young, and have a special relationship with one another, so it was a truly special visit. Betty loves this particular restaurant, and we were happy to see her enjoy her meal. (Betty was a kid whose usual meal consisted of raisin/carrot salad and tomato soup!) How nice to see her food tastes have grown over the years!
After lunch we visited Betty's husband, Dom, who is in a nursing home.
It was good to see and visit with Dom before heading back to Akron. We were so impressed with the artistic talent of Betty and Dom's daughter, Ann Marie, who created a bright and cheery wall in Dom's room!
The bulletin board at the Nursing Home had an attractive and patriotic bulletin board honoring veterans.
On the way back to Betty's house, we stopped to visit with our godson, who is Betty and Dom's son --- Joe and his family. We were lucky when Joe came home from work a bit early, and we were able to spend some time with Joe, his wife Misha and their son, Joe Jr.
We do not see them very often, though Kathleen keeps in touch with godson Joe via face book! Sometime ago son Joe dug out a spot for this pond, and the son and father created this lovely pond (can you see some of the fish in there?)
A pleasant visit with special people!
One evening we stopped at Paul's cousin, Linda's home. We arrived early and were able to have an especially nice visit with Linda before the other relatives arrived.
Soon Aunt Pauline (last living sibling of Paul's mother), arrived.
Ann Marie (Linda's sister, and Aunt Pauline's daughter) and her three grown offspring, also came along!
Rachael brought her soon-to-be-husband Dustin for us to meet. Dustin is a firefighter here in northern Ohio, and since our son-in-law in California is also a firefighter, we had no trouble in finding things to discuss!
The twins, Greg and Katie who are siblings of Rachel were happily welcomed, too!
What a great time we enjoyed - recalling the many memories being an Abraham provided over the years!
That's Dustin, Greg, Paul, Linda, Ann, Aunt Pauline and Katie and Rachel.
It's difficult to put into words how important connecting with these relatives has been to us.
The following Friday we enjoyed the company of Aunt Pauline when we enjoyed lunch together and had an opportunity to visit one-on-one with this special aunt. We found a local restaurant where we spent a long time during and after our meal, chatting and enjoying one another.
After the extended lunch, we returned to Aunt Pauline's home. Once we arrived there, Aunt Pauline called another of her sons, John, and in no time John and his wife Laura joined us in the rear yard/patio.
We chatted, shared family stories but "all of a sudden" we realized it was 6:00 pm! Time sure flies when one is having fun! We love visiting with Aunt Pauline, and with John and Laura as well. How lucky we are to have such a loving family!