I’m taking time out of showing you what all my projects have been this summer to tell you about our family reunion. I apologize right up front if you are reading this and your picture is not on here. I just could not post all of them. I’m so thankful to everybody who came that day. You made our reunion such a special memory and I appreciate you taking time out of your day for us.
First of all, I have one brother who is ten years older than me. To all who know him, except his “back home” family he is known as Edd. To me he has and will always be Eddie. Because he married when I was nine years old I was alone most of my childhood. I always wanted a house full of children and I guess he did too because we both ended up having four children each. I think my parents were always bumfuzzled that they only had two children but ended up with eight grandchildren:)
My father went to be with the Lord, January 2001. We have not been able to get all of Eddie’s children and all of my children together at one time since Daddy’s funeral. They live in another state and with everybody’s jobs it has just not worked out.
This year it worked! We got all his children and grandchildren, all my children and grandchildren and we had almost a whole weekend with everybody. It was great! Mother just loved it. We opened it up on Saturday night to the extended family and I fixed pinto beans and cornbread. Yes, they came anyway! You would have to understand what a great meal we southerners think of this two foods. It is enough for us. Do you hear me? Just pinto beans and cornbread is an entire meal. What is funny is that this is what Mother grew up on and she never tires of it after 87 years. I did add coleslaw and sliced onions and had two desserts, banana pudding and peach cobbler. This was strictly a down home dixie meal!
Here are some pictures of the fun. We sat Mother in a chair and began to take family pictures of her and she just loved it! She cut up and joked with everybody and just really enjoyed herself. I am so thankful to everybody who came. I know it’s an effort to get out and go sometimes and we live kind of away from so many but it meant so much to all of us.
There was lots of hugging!
Cousins, cousins and more cousins!
Gettin’ ready. See the huge white roaster on the counter? That’s FULL of pinto beans. I put them in it the night before, covered them with water and the next morning it was overflowing. I did not “figure” right. ANYway, they freeze so we are set for quite awhile on our Tuesday bean nights:) The red pot is half full of slaw. This dishpan is full of cornbread.
This was one EASY meal to prepare! I loved it and so did they:)
Here’s my brother with our uncle who we love. He is one of the kindest men you will ever meet…(in fact they both are:)
Todd loves Charles but he had him a little scared at this point:)
I love these next two pictures. As a little girl I did not know how everybody was kin because my parents loved their in-laws so much. Here is Mother with my daddy’s sister and brother.
And here she is with two of her brothers. Mother has lost an older sister and an older brother this year. This is very hard when you are 87 and you lose those you have always had.
We fixed sack lunches for the children and they ate on a blanket in the yard. You can see folks sitting around in this picture - there were more than you can see. We had folks inside, outside, front yard and back yard! It was wonderful!
Jennifer drove six hours to get to this reunion and she was not disappointed. Mother was in rare form!
Now this was a shot with Mother and her great grandchildren. As you can see, Benjamin was not cooperating at all. His mama finally got him to stand there and we got as many shots as we could. This was where the best quote of the day came from ~ Benjamin said “Y’all, there’s something wrong with me!” He will never live that down! He will be reminded of this at every family reunion from now till he’s 40 years old!
Here’s my brother’s family. He has three sons, three daughter-in-laws, one daughter, two granddaughters, and one grandson and another grandbaby on the way:)
They were very color coordinated thanks to my sister-in-law who thought ahead.
Here’s our crew except for Bekah’s hubby. I don’t know where he was when we did these but I’m sorry he’s not here and that I didn’t realize it at that time. I was a little distracted that day:)
Now she will have a fit but this is my cousin Pam kneeling beside Mother. She captured the entire day photographically. It was wonderful! She took 374 pictures! Tell me she wasn’t busy that day! This is her mother, daddy and aunt behind her.
Here’s Mother with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and all the in-laws:) God is so good. We are so thankful:)
Talk to ya later:)