Visiting Extended Family in Michigan

Visiting Extended Family in Michigan

Visiting extended family in Michigan

It has taken a while to get these photos edited. In July, my father’s side of the family gathered in Michigan to bury the ashes of our last aunt and uncle in the same lovely church garden that my grandparents and parents are in. My father was the oldest of four children that were all five years apart, and we were burying his youngest sister (who was born when my dad was 20!) together with her husband, who has recently passed on.

It was great to see everyone again, especially since this is a crowd we don’t see that often, and it was lovely to rekindle these ties. (There were more photos than these, but in consideration of the children not being on the internet, I’ve included only adults in this post.) Also nice because of this event was to get all three of us sisters together (one from Ohio, one from North Carolina, and me from Connecticut– see the photo of me in pink and them in green). And worthy of note, my cousin Janet (of the pink hair) and my oldest sister are fellow blog readers of yours.

At the lovely luncheon that followed, there were picture albums, and I photographed a couple photos I liked of my dad with his mother, and another of him with my mother that you can see below.

And before we left Ann Arbor, I got to see a dear friend from college, who more than any other, gets credit for me becoming a Christian. In the days since, we both became homeschooling moms (all the way through high school) so we had that in common as well. Our friendship is enduring proof that a Christian Science Practitioner and a medical doctor can be fast friends. My respect for her knows no bounds. You can see her in the last photo below; she frequents this blog too.

All in all, this was a fast trip (I drove the 12 hours each way in my spunky little red car with only one day there) but it was worthwhile and heartening.


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  1. Deborah 6 years ago

    What a great family you guys have between you…. I am the last of my immediate family!

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      Polly Castor 6 years ago

      Well, then, I officially adopt you!

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