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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Family Reunions

This past Saturday we had a family reunion.  It was my maternal grandma's side of the family that gets together every other year.  My grandmother passed away twenty years ago, but she has two living sisters and three living brothers who were able to attend the reunion, so that was neat.  She has another sister who is also deceased. (My grandpa on that side is also deceased.)

The reunion was held in Hollis, Oklahoma.  The last time I was in Hollis was a few months ago for a baseball game. watching my oldest son play ball.  I didn't have time to go by where my grandparents had lived then, but the time before when I was there - in December for a basketball scrimmage - I did have time to drive by the house where they lived.  As I headed down the street toward their house, I immediately started crying.  It was a flood of emotions just heading the car in that direction.  Even typing this makes my eyes get teary! But, even though it makes me a little sad, I am grateful for those special memories!

Even now, I miss my grandparents very, very much.  Both of them were my "rock" in many ways while growing up and even as a young adult.  I was very close to them and still talk about them often to my children.  I can tell stories about them because of the way they lived their life - as a great example of a Christian.  I'm so grateful that my children knew my grandpa - their great-grandpa.  I wish they could have met their great-grandma on that side. too; however, they were fortunate to know their great-grandparents on my dad's side.  I'm so grateful that they were! That's pretty neat that they knew three out of the four of their greats.  I know that's not very common in our day and time.

Family reunions give us time to reflect and remember. We visit with family that doesn't get together too often and try to catch up with what's been going on in their lives.  Memories of the past are special.  But you know what?  I'm looking forward to another reunion.  That reunion will be more special than any that are here on earth.  It's the reunion of all of God's children in Heaven!

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shopannies said...

I so enjoyed your post and oh one day when we have that glorious reunion what a day that will be

Lori said...

Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it will be a glorious day :)

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