Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Family Reunion

 One week ago today, we flew across the country from Seattle to Boston, arriving in the early morning hours, to have a family reunion. 

We were accompanied by our Daughter Heather and Son in Law Eric. 

Hubby and I stayed with his Dear Mother. 

Isn't she a beauty? 

Heather and Eric stayed in this charming guest cottage (on right) at 'Aunt Donna and Uncle Ron's' who live on the shores of a lake in New Hampshire, just a few miles from where we were staying. 

We were blessed with beautiful weather the entire visit and signs of Spring were everywhere. 

Birds were singing, trees were flowering, and we were so happy to see our loved ones once again. 

Even the chipmunks were happy! 

Saturday, the big family reunion was held at Donna and Ron's lake house. There were 18 of us. Hubby's brother and family drove up from Massachusetts. 

My Dear Mother in Law cooked a big pot of her famous spaghetti sauce. 

Everyone had second helpings! 

Love and laughter was also served! 

And plenty of kisses for the newest member of the family! 

Who can resist those big brown eyes and chubby cheeks? 

After our wonderful meal we all move outside in the beautiful sunshine. 

With the lake in the distance, we enjoy the lovely day around the bonfire. 

In the summer this little farm stand is full of the lovely flowers, vegetables and crafts that Donna and Ron produce. 

A peek inside as pots and baskets await. 

Old boots contain plantings of succulents. 

The garden stone sign is hand made by them. 

Later we stroll down to the tranquil lake where painted turtles sun themselves on rocks. 

Where Ron's ice fishing shack lies fallow once again. 

And as the sun slowly sets behind the silent pines, 

We reflect on the beauty of the day, 

and the blessings of family together again. 



  1. sure is a gorgeous place to have a family reunion! and 18 sounds just big enough, too. lovely!

  2. Sounds like you made lot of family memories to enjoy later as well as lots of beautiful photographs to remind you of your trip....It looks like a very peaceful place for a family reunion.....

    I love that last shot of the gal from the back and her shadow..

  3. What a beautiful post! Really charming!


  4. Looks like you had such a nice time! Sounds like there was lots of food and plenty of relaxation - the perfect family reunion in my book! :) I'm glad you were all able to get together and catch up.

  5. What a great place to have a family get together and the younger member has the sweetest face, a real cutie.

  6. Wonderful! I'm happy you enjoyed your trip East and that Monther Nature was kind!

  7. Ooohhh - such beautiful countryside! And the most wonderful reason to travel - to reconnect with the people you love and miss. Glad the weather cooperated and as we say down here....y'all passed a good time!! <3

  8. Our trip went by so fast, didn't it. Your pictures captured it so well. I love being in the place where you and Dad grew up and to see Dad with his brother and sisters. I just wish we were all closer. I guess it gives us a great excuse to take a vacation! Baby Clayton is just yummy!
    XXOO ~H~

  9. Looks like a beautiful trip! Gorgeous pictures!

  10. So glad you were able to get together with your family in such a gorgeous place! That little guy with the big brown eyes and chubby cheeks is just the cutest!

  11. Karen this is awesome! To be surrounded by family in such a beautiful setting...there is nothing better! I can feel the calm and relaxation through your photos and that sweet bean is adorable!!!! Love those cheeks!!! Happy weekend to you friend!! Nicole

  12. It sounds like a wonderful time, I'm so glad you got to visit so much with family and enjoy the beautiful scenery. And I'm glad you are home too. :-)

  13. Wonderful day, a gorgeous place to have a family get together!!

  14. Wonderful post Karen, such an inviting table to share memories with your family, Gorgeous photos of a Beautiful place.. your newest member stole the show... He is Gorgeous... Hugs May x x x

  15. Oh Karen this is a wonderful post the whole family, nature and chubby cheeks has me smiling and wishing for a reunion soon myself. Beautiful post and photos. B

  16. Looks like you had a beautiful time Karen!! Wonderful pictures.

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love family reunions, especially with my in-laws. Have a great weekend.

  18. Karen, what a wonderful trip! SO happy that you had nice weather! Your mother in law was stunning! I don't think I have ever seen a chipmunk with their cheeks puffed out like that.

    I love the little cottage! How cozy. That little baby is so precious. I am sure you all had such a nice visit. :)

  19. I love family reunions and this looked like a very special one in a very special place!!

  20. Oh my those eye from the newest member -- melts my heart!!! Lovely area to enjoy a family reunion.. the guest cabin sweet and that garden shed stand totally in love with that too.. Glad you safely home...

  21. I love that last photo, Karen. Is that your daughter? Lovely perspective and light as she looks on ... :)

    1. Thank you, Loredana. That is my sweet Sister in Law. xx

  22. Dearest Karen,
    That was very special for getting together! It is kind of heart breaking when we have to travel that far at high costs for being with family.
    Glad you once again enjoyed quality family time.
    Hugs and happy weekend to you.

  23. Loved your photos of your trip to Boston. Looks peaceful and glad you enjoyed your stay.
    I'm back from my trip to Nicaragua. It was very hot there a few days. Didn't sleep real well but did have a good time and experienced good things with people there.
    Have a great week!


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