what? I’m related to you?

We had a family reunion, what a gorgeous day! I loved every single minute of it. It was the family on my dad’s side, my grandma’s side of the family.

There were some great moment, moments of understanding, moments of ‘I’m related to you?’ , like wow, had no idea, and then some just lots of hugs and kisses, memories being told, and lots of new ones made.

Sisters Jenay and Tawnya with our cousin….or is it uncle? No matter we love him so stinkin’ much!

Brothers and sister, my dad, uncles, and aunts. One thing I know, I genuinely love these people. My parents did well in giving us girls a chance to know who they were as we were growing up and today I love them. Everyone of them, it brings me pleasure to tell them how much I love them. Wish Uncle Dan was in this picture, that would have made it complete.

We are allllllll so scattered about, rarely do we get to see one another, one from California, Arizona, Oregon, we really are so far apart physically but we get back together and that love and support is still right there.

Auntie,cousin, sisters and Mom, ok, yip, I love them.

This is the matriarch of the family. She is in her 80’s and one of the most beautiful women I know. This is my great aunt. I had not actually seen her since I was just little. Then, we got reacquainted on facebook. Yes, she facebooks and I look for her comments, I need her (smile) I remember as I was growing up she always had a ‘movie star’ presence about her. She was my Mom’s hero, she just loved her and as I have grown up now I understand why. To see her face to face today makes me sniff as I hold the tears back.

Auntie Grace may I look just like you please?

This here? Is sister getting a hug from Auntie Grace’s son, so our cousin. I kept telling him how hot he was and that I was so glad we were related. You can tell with this smile that Jenay has it’s like a “neener neener I got a hug and you didn’t kind of smile” (brat)

Great man and his wife is gorgeous too. Neat, neat people can’t wait to have more of them in our life.

Brother and sister…..aunt and uncle to me…..I love these two. Uncle Jim, he always makes me feel good. He just has that soft spoken presence and then he can laugh out loud like I can. He took the time to have breakfast with Jim, me and the kids the next morning, that was special.

Here we are being told a story, lots of them that day…..loved it!

Another gorgeous cousin……sweet girl, sweet, I want to be her friend

Why did I put this in here? I don’t know, I thought it was just so funny….do we look confused?

Does my mom look like she is being scolded by sister?

Does Jill look like she can’t believe it?

Does Auntie look like she is just happy no matter?

Does Jenay look like she just saw something that no one else should see?

And do I look like I just got away with something?

Oh how I love these cousins (and sis) Can’t get enough huggin’ from them when I am near them.

When these cousins are together you better know that life is good….I pray some day when they all come together when they have their own little lives to lead that they will love each other as much as they do now . For they are all good for each other!

Great day! Just a few highlights, just a few!

Thank you Jesus for blessing me with family, with family who loves you, with family who loves one another, even when we don’t know one another there is a genuine caring that instantly comes to the heart.


July 15, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Jenay - Loved this post. Love the family. I am cracking up over the “confused” picture. Haha. It did tell a story….probably pretty accurate too. And yes…I got the picture with the hottie!!!

July 15, 2013 - 5:28 pm

marlece - Isn’t that funny? I knew you’d like that!

July 15, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Optimistic Existentialist - Looks like you have a wonderful family and a family of so many smiling faces! I love meeting relatives that I never knew I had 🙂

July 16, 2013 - 12:26 am

Jody Lee Collins - Marlece, what precious, priceless memories. Yes,you are blessed. thanks for sharing your family with us.

July 16, 2013 - 2:21 am

Brandee Shafer - What a blessed time! Love you!

July 16, 2013 - 4:26 am

Anonymous - No Marlece, in the confused funny picture, you look like a model on a runway!!!! Great pictures and family!!!


July 23, 2013 - 2:19 am

Janet Schroeder Robertson - What a great picture and write up of our Schroeder reunion! I love it!

August 5, 2013 - 4:07 am

Shauna - Justin geting to this! Great post! Wish I was there but glad you wrote about it!

August 5, 2013 - 4:07 am

Shauna - Not Justin *Just* lol

August 5, 2013 - 4:08 am

Shauna - And not geting *getting* – [sigh]

February 20, 2014 - 8:01 am

Alecia - What a beautiful family!! It makes me wish my own would have a family reunion, but then I’m afraid the planning would fall to me, and I’m not that organized 🙂

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