23 June 2012

To Belong...

For family members unable to attend, and for those
that were...here are some snapshots marking
another Pine Mountain family reunion.
I thought this photo of Lucy standing on a table
during "Church" was the perfect introduction
to the usual chaos we have come to expect at Pine Mt.

Rachael and Tyler's little Abigail

Mother Dear,
I stood behind you and wondered
what you were thinking.

Chase and Spencer

Karin and Ben

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental
needs of human beings.
~Miles Franklins~

Home to me is laughter...
Kisses on my cheek when they're least expected;
Glances filled with gladness...

...The happiness in knowing
I'm a portion of
My family's fulfillment.
Home to me...is love!

~June Brown Harris

Here we learned about the joys of being newlyweds.
From shingles on the honeymoon to the dilemma of whether
to keep the butter dish in the refrigerator or on the counter...
we basically were reminded just how plain adorable these two are together.

Grandpa Creed with Chad and Christy's
newest little guy, Blake.

Every once in awhile when I'm feeling gloomy,
I think about the arrivals or the departure gates at
airports I have been to. Usually, the scenes played
out there aren't the ones making the evening news.
Nor are they particularly dignified or refined...

...But "its" always there. Mothers and daughters, boyfriends
and girlfriends, husbands and wives--fathers and sons. Remember
the days following 9-11? Probably like you, I was almost
hypnotically unable to pull myself away from the television...

...For me, some of the most haunting news coverage was hearing
the telephone calls made from people on board those doomed
airplanes. Or, those trapped in those burning buildings.
I do not recall one of those messages that were left on a
telephone machine somewhere--only to be heard by a
heartbroken loved one later being a message of hate
or revenge...

...They were all messages of love.

There's nothing that makes you more insane than
family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated.
Or more...secure.
~Jim Butcher~

What a beautiful noise.
~Neil Diamond~

Trying to get the Oreo from the forehead
to the mouth with no hands.

For some reason, this photo just cracks me up.

Yay, Thomas!
The man is the brace and ceiling of his house
He is the straight walls rising from the earth.
The woman is the golden glow of lamps,
The firelight on a hearth...

A man to the home is a sheltering roof.
A wind break, refuge from storm and rain.
A woman is the warm, bright scarlet flower
Beyond the window pane...

...The children are the sun and the rays that sweep
Through open doors--a blessed thing so good.
Trinity on earth that makes a "home"
Where once a mere
house stood.

~Emery Petho~

Call, Chase, Ty and a beautiful sunset
the first night we were there.

Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it.
Cast sweets into its cup whene'er you can.
No heart so hard but love at last may win it,...
Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
There is no thing which Love may not achieve.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~

Sometimes we give up our dream to accept
a larger role in someone else's dream.
~Robert Brault~

Rachael and Tyler's, Lucy.

Families are like fudge--mostly
sweet with a few nuts.


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  2. Can't help but comment on this entry. Love to see how much fun you have at your reunions! And must say the quote at the end of entry was absolutely priceless a great way to end such a fun post!

  3. Sweet family reunion. Happy day

  4. Love this post. lots of photos and just groupings and faces. I've had enough of missing pine mt. Next year i HAVE to get there some how.
    thanks for being the one to document it all with photos~
    I love our family <3

  5. Thanks for the photos....what great memories. It looks like it's rolling on as fun as it ever was.

  6. Another great reunion, lucky you! You don't have to be thinking anything when you are sitting in front of a beautiful body of water, just taking it in. So excited to read Anne Marie's blog. We are moving (into their stake) but must have them out before we leave.