We went to Colorado with Steve's parents for a few days to attend a family reunion. This was a gathering of the descendants of my father-in-law Jim's mother and her siblings.
I knew (and adored) her only in her later years, so it was fun to see pictures and hear stories about her younger life. To the extended family she is remembered as beloved Aunt Belle.
The family has long since left their home in the Oklahoma panhandle and are now scattered across the country. Every few years they get together for fellowship and remembrance. When Steve and I were first married we went to a reunion in South Carolina with his parents, Grandma Annabelle, a great aunt, and our teenage niece and nephew. Twelve years ago, the summer before Katherine came home, we made another 4 generation trip to Estes Park, Colorado. This year's reunion was in Colorado Springs.
All 80 family members stayed in an enormous hotel complex with a view of the mountains.
My girls had been a little apprehensive about spending time with a big group of total strangers, but by the end of the week they were wishing we could stay longer. There were other kids that they wanted to get to know and they enjoyed all the gentle teasing among grown cousins. When it was announced that the next reunion will be in Oklahoma in 2018 both girls immediately turned to me and asked, "Can we go?" Family reunions are a very good thing!