Aunt Mary, Grandma, Aunt Karen, and Aunt Wanda.
Grandma and her little boys-grown up.
The siblings and their spouses with Grandma.
The “originals”- my dad and his seven siblings. Today the clan has grown to include 39 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Maybe they never quite grew up??!!
Our cousin, Will, and his beautiful bride, Katie.
We loved all hanging out at Grandma’s house- relaxing outside, playing games, taking walks, and eating yummy food.
There was just one piece of Grandma’s chocolate pie left, and there may or may not have been a mad scramble and some good natured sharing of the last crumbs by certain people.:)
One afternoon Grandma did an “interview” for us all. It was so special to hear her share about memories of her childhood, fun experiences in life, and hard times she has been through.
Sharing about her childhood doll.
gathered around listening to Grandma’s stories and wisdom
One afternoon some of us girl cousins went to the coffee shop.
We played a trivia game that involved everyone writing down random things about themselves and then guessing which things went with which people. It was rather hilarious.
The score sheets.
Sunday morning we all went with Grandma to the church she attends. In afternoon, we had an open house party for her.
With everyone working together, set-up went very quickly.
Chels and Victoria
all ready to receive the guests
My grandmother is a blessing. She faithfully prays for her children and grandchildren, and her doors are always open when we want to stop by to talk, borrow something, or grab a bite to eat (she always has things like home-made bread and pie on hand!)
This is the dress my Grandmother wore on her wedding day!!! It was really special to try it on.
Football is a favorite with the guys.
Such a wonderful legacy she has started for your family.
And that quilt on the table is absolutely beautiful! What do the State names represent?
That's such a blessing to be able to spend time with your grandma and that almost your whole family got to be there with her on her 80th birthday! I'm sure she truly enjoyed that! Congradualtions to your cousin and his bride to be. When's the wedding or have they not decided on a date? Seems like you all had a fun time with your grandma! Who took the pictures?
This is precious.
I've been looking forward to this post! Good peek into our weekend!:)
What a wonderful event! What a heritage! I always marvel at the food you all make. If you are ever looking for a way to raise money for church or a mini side-business for yourselves we would definitely benefit from a cooking workshop! We would love to be able to learn some skills to be able to extend hospitality like this ourselves! So – just an idea:) You all always have so many wonderful things going on, but just a thought to add to the mix – I bet there would be so many interested if you offered one!
Very interesting and fun post. It encourages me when u said your dad lived in rebellion….look at him now. Ten kids and a christian life etc…. was he young when that all happened?
Yes, he was young during that time. He got saved when he was 19 years old.
Aw, how neat! Looks and sounds like you all had a great time. 🙂
Alli, I was especially touched that you were able to try on your Grandma's wedding dress — how special!
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