Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cousin Blessings

Cousin to cousin we’ll always be,
Special friends from the same family tree.

As a child, I always had cousins to help celebrate every event and holiday. After a family gathering when I was a young girl, I told my mother that I hoped I could have ten kids. I wanted to have as many kids as Grandpa and Grandpa Rupp so my kids could have lots of cousins. I could not understand when Mother laughed.

Count your many cousins, name them one by one,
Count your cousins, see what God hath done!
Count your cousins, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Below is a picture that I created of my first cousins in 1955. I am not sure why most of the boys wore bow ties? Seven more cousins joined this group—the youngest was born in 1969.

I am on the left side of the photo with bangs and a missing tooth. Above me is my sister, Lou and beside me is my sister, Donna—also a blogger. Below me in this photo is the baby of our immediate family, my brother Lowell.

In honor of our Grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, our mothers diligently lined us up on the platform at Grandpa and Grandma's church in 1958 and directed us to sing Count Your Blessings.

The photo above must be from around 1962. It has become a favorite family tradition to sing at least a verse or two of Count Your Blessings at family reunions.

In Nashville in 2006 at a girl cousin gathering we even got to sing the hymn in Minnie Pearl’s home.

And Saturday we joyfully, passionately, with great gusto sang again . . .

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

. . . because we are aware that we are so incredibly blessed!

For more on this, read what sweet cousin Lynn posted on her blog and my sister Donna's blog.


Donna's Book Nook said...

I can't believe you always come up with these old pics to fit the occassion! I won't even have to write a blog--I'll just put a little note with a link to yours and Lynn's. Donna

Rebecca said...

I like seeing the Rupp cousins through different eyes. It's fun to see many familiar faces and celebrate from afar the heritage of godly families.

Diana said...

Brenda you truly are blessed! What great fun and many laughs you all must have. Beautiful post!

Susan said...

How wonderful!!! Because I am from an older generation, and we lived in NM and the "cousins" were in MO and we didn't travel much when I was a child I did not have the joy of close cousins. Some of my friends did, and I realized at a early age how blessed they were. You certain have been blessed in this area.

Wanda said...

Brenda...I can imagine the fun times you had growing up with that many cousins...You certainly look like a very happy group now...My g/g/parents had 12 my mother experienced the same...

Thanks for your nice comments Brenda...there are now a total of 5baby deer flowers may never be the same!

Take care!

Bernie said...

Brenda, your cousins are a blessing to you and knowing that you are aware of it makes it even more special. I, too grew up with many cousins in fact their were 9 of us born the same year. We were close growing up and in school but since I've moved West I don't see them very much, just keep in touch at Christmas and the occasional e-mail but I will see most of them in a few weeks when I go back East.
Loved your post tonight...:-) Hugs

Gina said...

What a great family blessing, having all those cousins still around! Thanks for sharing about your family.