Friday, September 21, 2007

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

It all started in Oshawa, childhood home of Peter. On September 15th we gathered to celebrate the wedding of Stephen Moffat (youngest son of Peter’s late brother and sister-in-law) to Monica Donahue, his ‘best friend’ from ‘Best Buy’ (where they are both managers). It was a wonderful family reunion and gathering of friends from the lake and so many nostalgic times and places. Monica’s Mom and ‘Nanny’ grew up in Scotland. And, the ‘Moffats’ have an authentic Scottish lineage. How apropos to be piped across a Brigadoon type bridge and down into the picturesque knoll at “Trillium Trails”. Stephen and Monica chose their wedding date to coincide with his parents 45th wedding anniversary. It was a teary time of celebration and remembrance.

Andrew and Sarah stayed with us our first night in the BT Cruiser, which was parked at the Marriott Hotel. As you can see, Dick Moffat awakened us early the next morning to attend Sunday services at Simcoe Street United Church, where Grandpa Moffat was minister for 20 years and Dick and Peter grew up.

Then we were off on the #401 heading east, stopping to visit with Doreen Lander. She and David were our neighbouring ministers on our first pastoral charge in Manitoba. The backdrop of this picture is Rice Lake, where David and Doreen have built a beautiful retirement home on the heritage farm of Dave’s family.