Saturday, June 27, 2015

Family Ties

On the Fourth of July two years ago, we attended a family reunion of some of my husband's extended family.  I edited our pictures and wrote about the reunion that same August (2013) but I didn't get my post published because I got busy with something else.  I'm finally sharing it this year in preparation for the Fourth.

This was a gathering of the descendants of my husband's paternal grandmother's family.  It was held in the fellowship hall (as it was a scorching hot day) of the little Methodist Church in the country, where Granny's family members have attended church services for many years.

There were festive decorations for the Fourth,

 and family members of all ages.

There was good food in abundance,

and there were photos to bring back fond memories for all.  The man and woman in the standing photograph on the table are my husband's paternal great-grandparents, Blanche and Henry.  They had four children, two girls and two boys, including a set of twins.  Those children married and had children of their own.  Blanche and Henry had seven grandchildren, eight(?) great-grandchildren, and well, you get the idea.  :)

It was fun to gather together, as we had not seen some of my husband's cousins in several years.  I love that the women all dressed in patriotic colors...

...even the little ones.  :)  Don't you love that red hair?!

Everyone enjoyed looking at old pictures and re-connecting.

Father and son...

Do you love old family photos like I do?  Families are like chains with lots of links extending down through the years.  My husband and his brother were just little boys in the picture above.  :)

This is a picture of my husband's father (on the left) as a teenager with his parents (my husband's grandparents).  I love the dress Granny is wearing in this picture -- it looks like something Lucy would have worn in "I Love Lucy."  Those were such pretty, feminine dresses; I wish they would come back in fashion.

My husband and I have been married for 28 years, and I had never seen some of these pictures.  It was fun to see everyone as they looked when they were young.

As always, I enjoyed checking out the decorations -- cute "Uncle Sam" by Jim Shore!

--A darling quilted table runner.

We ate and we ate...

...and we talked and we talked.  :)  Family on the Fourth, coming together from their respective towns and states to celebrate common bonds.

I love our niece Maddy's pretty red, white and blue dress and hair bow!

That's my husband's grandmother on the right and her sister on the left.  Granny was really thrilled to see so many of her family members in attendance.

The circle of life continues...

I hope you're looking forward to a fun Fourth of July this year (and hopefully a day or two off from work).  Thank you so much for visiting "House at Forest Manor," and reading my blog.  I truly appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to stop by!  Wishing you all a good Sunday.



  1. Denise, looks like you all had a great time. It is so great when you can get together with family members that you don't see very often. We havent had a family reunion for quite a few years. I think I should get one together. We are melting here but Tami and I are going to San Francisco in a couple of weeks for the breast cancer walk, so will get cool for awhile..Happy Sunday..Judy

  2. That little checked dress is adorable! Looks like everyone had a great time:@)

  3. What a lovely, interesting post, Denise. What a belssing that your husband has all those old pictures, and elderly relatives still alive.
    p.s. I went to a Methodist school and church when I was younger and our ancestors were closely connected to the Methodist church in Jamaica and elsewhere.

  4. What a great idea to hold a reunion over the fourth and dress in patriotic colors! We've only had two family reunions; the second one had an added fourth generation so there were more there. Great photos! When will you have another?

  5. It looks like a fun time was had by all, Denise! I can't believe that the 4th is almost here already.

  6. Looks like a fun day, but an interesting one too. What a great idea - but I bet it takes some organising. I love delving into old family photographs.

  7. What a beautiful, clear blue sky!! Have a grand day!

  8. What a special time to gather family for these kind of events! Love those old photos! Hope you have a wonderful fourth of July weekend this year!



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