Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Family reunion. A time for family to come together and enjoy each others' company. This is my favorite photo. Brother-in-law Tim snuggles with his grandson Simeon. The reunion had many Grandfathers in attendance, and all were seen at one time or another snuggling, tickling, and playing with their and each others' grandchildren. The family reunion began the night before, our sons ( youngest on the left, oldest on the right of me ) made the 5 hour drive to join with family. I hug them both, I love them both so much! ( we missed you Breezy) The family begins arriving, and mingle and greet each other on the sidewalk. I make them face the camera . left to right, Hubby's mother,his cousin Phyllis, niece-in-law Daniella, sister Joanne, behind her, sister Judy, sister Jean, brother-in-law and neighbor, Joannes' husband, Thom, and then Jeff, son of Jean, husband to Daniella. Whew!
And visit...after all, that is the purpose of a family reunion!There were 50-60 family members here this day. That's a lot of visiting and catching up to do.
The men all supervise the barbecue King, our precious son-in-law, Tom ( aka Birdy Balaku).
Is this a big barbecue or not? The menu was Sliders ( see Noble Pig ) , hot dogs, barbecue chicken, and lots of salads and desserts the many relatives brought. YUM!
I made some of the little cousins stop and pose for me. They were having soooooooo much fun together and watching the children play together made me so happy.
My husband said no organized games were necessary and he was right. The children ( and there were many ) ran, played, bounced balls, watched my animals, ate, played some more.....rode bikes, played dress-up,ran some more....snuggled and cuddled relatives they love....picked and ate berries..ran some more............who played the guitar around the campfire at the end of the day. He played many hymns , we all sang together, enjoyed each other, and before everyone went home, gathered around our oldest son to pray for him and God's protection for his daughters....the most wonderful time ever around a camp fire and to realize we had so many in this family who know and love God , to encourage each other, lift each other up in prayer and encouragement, WOW! The many blessings and rewards for my husband , his siblings and cousins and their siblings....because they have and had Godly parents who raised them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and trust Him when all seems bleak and hopeless. What a privilege it is to see their lives rewarded in their old age with Godly children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. What a precious heritage, and eternal heritage. Thank-you Lord!