Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about my busy life with my husband of 30 years and our four sons and daughter-in-law. We are now empty nesters and my blog is helping me through the journey. I love the Lord and I love my family. I also love to decorate and go to thrift stores!
It's that time again! Time for the annual Walton Family Reunion! It was held at my cousin Anna and her husband Wayne's house. It was actually out in this gorgeous barn-slash-community room that they built.
It was so great to see everyone! We had a good crowd!
Here's my cousin Doug talking with my Uncle George.
Here's my sweet Daddy. My Mother felt too ill to come, we missed her.
Here's my cousin Larry with his nephew Eric and his girlfriend.
Here I am with my second cousin once removed? hahaha, I'm not sure how you really say it, she's my cousin Anna's daughter Abbey. We are standing with her husband, Ryan, and their new adorable baby boy, Evan.
Me with my brother-in-law, Stacey.
Cousin Anna with her daughter, Amy and my cousin Larry.
My boys, Hayden and Mackenzie with Eric and my cousin Anna's husband Wayne.
Mackenzie with Brittany in front of their new horse barn. Let's go take a peek inside.
Hey, there's my Aunt Maudie with her daughter Pam and her husband Dave.
Brittany petting one of the horses.
What a beautiful barn!
My Aunt Jo had a neat idea. She suggested people bring some white elephant items that we can use in a silent auction to raise money to go towards the general reunion fund. Almost everything sold! Money was made for the reunion and many people purchased items they wanted that also double as reminders of the family reunion! This was a huge hit for everyone!
Here's Brittany and I "shopping"
My sister, Kathi, with her two girls Victoria and Jessica with Brittany.
Jessica found something she wants to bid on! The silent bidding went on all during the reunion and we ended it before the entertainment started. We had some serious bidding wars going on! lol
This is what I ended up buying for only $1.10! I love it! It's a vintage gold and pearl bumble bee lapel pin! Isn't it fabulous! It will always be a reminder to me of this fun family reunion and also of my Aunt Helen since she was the one who donated it!
It looks like it's just about time to eat! Aunt Jo and Brittany making sure everything is ready to go.
My Cousin Anna rang this big dinner bell to get everyone's attention!
This picture cracks me up. She just rang the bell and yelled, "It's dinner time, time to say grace" and her husband, Wayne, was plugging his ears!
Here everybody's laughing. Things settled down and Wayne said a beautiful blessing.
Time to eat!!! Kathi, Niki, Harrison, Dave and Grayson line up to fill up their plates!
There were so many delicious foods there!
Ernie found the desserts!
My husband Eric is finding lots to put on his plate!
My beautiful sister and I.
Folks enjoying their meal!
Amy and Gary and their cute little boy, Zachy.
Uncle Lester talking with my brother-in-law, Stacey.
My Daddy talking with my son, Mackenzie.
Cousin Karen with her son, Juan, and Cousin Anna.
Cousin Larry with Uncle Ernie.
Cousin Larry's wife, Bobbie with their daughter-in-law.
The kids hanging out on the patio. Hayden, Niki, Harrison and Grayson.
For entertainment we had this fine young lad play the violin. He did a great job! He's my cousin's grandson!
After that Aunt Helen read a neat devotional that she wrote about trusting God through the good times and bad. The Walton family were literally raised like the TV show The Walton's. They had a big family of nine kids and were dirt poor, lived in an old farm house in a small town and they had a praying Mama!
Here's the memory table.
I love it that the whole family really values their family history and they all take tons of pictures and share them.
These amazing baby photos have a neat and kind of sad story behind them. This was my father's oldest brother, Lawrence, who was the first of nine children.
They are darling pictures and he was a beautiful baby. The sad thing is that after having baby #2, and then quickly#3 and so on, Grandma Ethel realized she could not afford to have professional pictures taken of the rest of the children, so she hid these photos so that the other children would not feel bad. No one ever knew they existed until after Lawrence died. Isn't that so sweet of Grandma, but also sad too.
Here's an old picture of Aunt Josephine and Aunt Helen when they were young girls.
Here's a neat one of some of the family when they were young adults standing there with my Grandma Ethel. From left to right, My Daddy, Aunt Helen, Grandma, Aunt Josephine and Uncle George.
Here's a neat framed picture of my Grandpa Harry. This is how I remember him. His eyes are closed, but he has such a great smile on his face, I think that's why whoever framed this did frame it. He didn't smile in pictures too often.
Here's Grandpa Harry with some of his siblings.
Here's my sweet and lovely Grandma Ethel. This is how I remember her too. I loved my Grandma so much. She truly was a strong woman of God and she was a prayer warrior.
Here they are on their 50th wedding anniversary ready to head to the big huge party for them at my parents house.
This picture is sad. This is my cousin Anna with her brother Ronny. Sadly, Ron just passed away suddenly and unexpectedly about a month ago. We went to the funeral and it was very sweet to learn how loved he was and what a great Dad he was. He quit coming to our reunions many years ago, so I have not seen him in a very long time. I remember him fondly as a young boy. When we were little all of us cousins used to play together at these reunions and have so much fun together. He will be missed. This makes me value family and these reunions even more so.
What's everyone looking at?
It's this new book that my cousin Lori put together all about the Walton family's life growing up in the 1920s in Wendling, a little logging mill town in Oregon that no longer exists. It's a beautiful book full of pictures and stories from their childhood. She asked all of us to send in photos and write our memories of our grandparents, Harry and Ethel. She did such a beautiful job. It is so amazing to read all the different stories.
Hey, look who bought the first book! Me!!! She only charged the cost of the book, which was just $10.00 each! Lori could not make it to the reunion (she lives out of state) so Aunt Helen was in charge.
They were such a big hit with everyone!
Here's cousin Pam buying hers from Aunt Helen.
Six of the original nine, top row, George and Lester, bottom row, Helen, Ernie, Leonard and Josephine. Missing are Uncle Ellis and Uncle Wayne. Uncle Lawrence died previously in
Here's the whole gang! We had such a wonderful evening together. Family is so special. We share so much common history and wonderful memories together. I am truly grateful for my wonderful family!
"These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you." Deuteronomy 6:1-3