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Friday, January 26, 2018

F is for Family

In this day and age it seems I only see my cousins when we meet at a funeral.  My sister, Kristi, worked to get us all together last weekend. We met at Amazing Grace Baptist Church where several members of the family attend services.  Good Food and Great Fellowship was had by the grands of Cliff and Naomi Tankersley. Cousin Steve and his family could not make it. Cousin Dwayne and his family were on a mission trip to Haiti. We are already planning another gathering.

My cousins, Brenda and Charlotte,  me, Kristi and Leta.  We are missing three cousins who have gone on to heaven. Carolyn was the second oldest granddaughter. She died in her early 50s from complications of Lupus. Our cousin, Kathy, died suddenly quite a few years ago and Pam, Carolyn's sister died three years ago from cancer.  Charlotte lost both of her sisters and her mom. She is the Mama to all her nieces and nephews now and much loved.

This is a picture of me with Carolyn's daughter, Andrea.  Carolyn was very special to me. We were closest in age and I always thought she could do no wrong. Carolyn would be so proud of her daughter who is a strong woman of faith. I found a new prayer partner.

The girls with Kevin, our youngest guy cousin.  Brent managed to escape before the picture taking began.


Our branch of the family.

I am so grateful for my extended family. These are the people I grew up with. We laugh at common memories, miss the same loved ones and hold each other up in prayer. We are blessed.

9 comments:

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Sounds like a wonderful time when y'all get together. Have a wonderful weekend, Arlene.

Sandy said...

Even though you might not be around them often, you never forget the cousins. I grew up around all of mine. I just talked to one of mine two nights ago. Her daughter had breast cancer in 2014 and has a spot on the brain which they are radiating today. I didn't mention that to you yesterday, because I knew your friend was fresh on your mind. Mother lost a cousin this week and this his brother (these two grew up with her) lost his son to an aneurism. That family had two losses in one week. Life is short as you have been thinking too. Love on those cousins and your sisters during this season of the cabin in GA.

Mrs.T said...

So nice that you could all get together. I think it was you (or maybe Sandy) who said one time that our cousins are our first friends, and that is so true. I know that on the rare occasions when I get together with the cousins I grew up with, we pretty much can seamlessly carry on our friendship ... but sadly, these days we mostly meet at funerals. I have been thinking for some time that we really need to just plan some good times to meet.

Since a huge family reunion in 2016, I've reconnected with more distant cousins I hadn't seen in many years. My hubby and I have been able to meet up with them this past year and it's been good.

Robin in Virginia said...

You are intend blessed to have and to be close to extended family. What beautiful pictures!

Mary said...

How wonderful you got together to share old times and make new memories.

Terri D said...

I love when my cousins can get together. Great photos and even greater memories!

RJ said...

You are definitely blessed to have such a large extended family. It looks like everyone had a great time. I bet there was lots of laughing and sharing stories by all. RJ

Visits With Mary said...

It's so great that you had this family time together. I really enjoyed the pictures, it's always nice to see family photos.

Mari said...

I love that you got to see all these relatives! I think I should work on this with my cousins. Family is such a blessing!