This past Saturday, a couple of our good friends, Lee & Theresa Watson (that’s Theresa above), hosted a barn party and silent auction to help raise funds for us, and it really brought home just how blessed we are to have so many people who care about us.
The weather was fiercely cold. The driving conditions weren’t as bad as the day before, but still were dicey. Yet did that stop the 60 or so people from coming? Oh no it did not!
Everyone bundled up, the Watsons fired up their wood stove and their propane heaters, and everyone stayed comfortable. Plus, my heart was so warmed, I’m sure that helped thaw at least one person!
Bob & Terry Riley went to town cooking fajitas for everyone. Delicious! These two have catered so many events over the years for us. It was an honor that they would be willing to feed us again.
The silent auction was filled with so many great items, donated by soooo many generous people and companies. The auction was spear-headed by Beth Yount, who was assisted by Sarah Carney. They opened the auction on Facebook the week before the event to allow for folks that couldn’t make the event, then put those bids on the sheets to start the bidding at the party.
Beth was also the bar tender, serving wines donated by several Missouri wineries (and a few beers too). I’ve added a list of all the auction/party donors to the end of the post if you’d like to check that out.
And there was live music all afternoon provided by a variety of musicians from near and far – many of whom have played here at the winery. We were so flattered that they all came and performed at no charge for all the auction attendees. Bill Poss & friend came all the way from Effingham Illinois to entertain along with locals The Idea Men plus our house band this year – Karl Eggars & Lukas Simpson.
By the way, Lukas’s wife makes the best coconut cream pie ever! Angie couldn’t make it but sent along four pies to eat and auction. YUM!
Julie, Mike and our grandson Micah came down to deliver baskets and keep us wrapped up in love (plus laughing at goofy faces)! These two loaned me their camera that night, so all but one of these photos in this post were made by me playing around with their gear. Thanks guys!
Clyde’s mom, Maxine even made the festivities for a couple of hours. She and I had to leave early, but she got all the great-grandson love she could during the first part of the evening!
If you’ve ever shown up at Peaceful Bend on a Sunday, you might recognize this crew. Amanda & Steve are our Sunday regulars along with their friends Aaron, Tarynn and Dan. They enjoyed a few games of Farkle in the barn loft in between checking on the silent auction bids. I have to apologize to these guys for not bringing our doggies along too – hopefully they enjoyed the Watson’s dogs that night.
This goofy moment was captured by our friend Jean Brandenburg. Our hosts generously gave Clyde a new tool belt to replace the one he lost. Of course, he had to put it on so all the ladies could check out his, ahem, tool. belt. 😀
Clyde and I have really missed seeing people, so Saturday ended up being a true comfort. We are so honored by all the generosity and support that everyone has given us these last few weeks. The gofundme campaign exceeded it’s goal, and we have so many to thank for that as well.
Plus all the notes, emails, and social media outreach has lifted our spirits during one of the darkest moments of our lives. Thank you all so very much. Every time we sit and process everything, we are in tears. I truly hope that you are surrounded by as much love and caring this holiday season as we’ve been experiencing. Thank you again.
Here is a list of all the donors I could come up with for the silent auction and barn party. If I’ve missed you or left someone you know of out, please let me know and I’ll add them here!
Lee & Theresa Watson, hosts
My Vintage Varia (Paula & Ray Harvey)
Julie Brand, potter
Susan & John Zornak-Stevens
Mary & Steve Wade
Diane Engelsdorfer, massage therapist
Sarah Carney & John Sunderland
Ronica Clark and Jennifer Hutchinson
Karen Laboube, painter
Bill & Marilyn Startz
Willy & Rob Bowness, potters
Nancy Quinn and Kathy Shoemaker, quilters
Elliott Ranney, musician
Bill Passalacqua, musician
Jessica Stroh, beautician & stylist
Painted Sky Pottery, Kate Sachs
Joey & Erika Crider, artist
Crystal & Gerald Earhart
Sophia Ulmer, artist
Ozark Ed (Smith), fishing lures
Environmental Energy Consultants/Solis Farm, Dan and Deborah Payne
A Grace Day
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann
St. Paul’s UCC, Gerald, MO
John & Virgina Watson
Mary & Rusty Young
In the Niche, Mary & Nobby Ota
Tim and Veronica Schuppan