Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Family Reunion
My husband's family this time, and a wonderful time it always is!
There were people from Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Florida.  There was a LOT of wonderful food, many hugs and kisses, countless stories told, and much love shared. 
Cousins Rose and David arrived at our home on Thursday and set up camp in our side yard.  We always look forward to their visit!
Some of us gathered at Uncle Ervin and Aunt Bonnie's on Friday night for pizza and to wait for the Kansas branch of the Mullets to arrive. 
The family met, as always when the reunion is held in Indiana, in Goshen on Saturday for lunch, and then we were honored, as we have been for the last three years, with an after-party of sorts at our home for playing, and talking, and eating, and mosquito-slapping and s'mores, and wading in the creek on Saturday evening. 
On Sunday evening we had an abridged repeat of Saturday's fun with another, smaller gathering at our house to clean up some leftovers, wander the marsh behind us, chat and laugh, and singing along with Three Dog Night in the kitchen.  
Only one lawn chair was killed in this year's adventure, and all frogs caught were soon released.  As always, there were far too many pictures to upload and far too many of you are not shown here, but it was so fine to see every one of you. You are all loved! 
Thank you, Marti, for sharing your photos.

There were 1:





generations represented.

There was frog hunting:

and wading in the stream
and pizza

and a brand-new tattoo

  And Cousin Rita has found her signature pose.  


I am so lucky to have married into this family!
Time to Catch Up
August is nearly over, and I am behind.  I have enough blog posts to last a week, so will begin with a weekend with friends.

The Dan Barr Memorial Golf Outing
Ten years ago, our friend, Dan, convinced me that it was safe to ride a motorcycle. We had a couple of short rides with Dan & Peg, and one wonderful ten-day trip to the Outerbanks and back with them.  In July, 2003, Dan was killed on his bike when a driver made a left turn in front of him.
Every year since, in July, his family and friends hold a memorial golf outing, to commemorate a wonderful man and his life.  The proceeds raised provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in his town, first to the children of firefighters, policemen, EMTs and so on, and then to any young man or woman who graduates from Hubbard High School.  So far, there have been around SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of scholarships given away. 
Every year but one, when I was ill and my sister was in her final weeks, Rich and I have gone to the outing. He golfs, I help with the chili dog table at the turn. We've watched Peggy & Dan's family and legacy grow with the years, and hope to be able to be there for many more years.
The following, in no particular order and with apologies to all who are not shown here, are some of my favorite faces in the world:

And then, we returned home, and found two more beautiful faces that we love:

And many very beautiful days.