Saturday, June 27, 2009

I love the reddish coloring . . . and a lot more!

I loved my first husband.

Because my children have his name,
some of his qualities,
some of his looks,

I want to embrace Dale’s past and everyone that includes.

Six of the seven living siblings from his father's generation came together for a summer reunion. Lots of their children and grandchildren and even greats were gathered as well.

Cousin Tim and Dale looked like brothers when they were young. I wonder, "Would Dale still resemble Tim?"

I identify with the other “outlaws” like me . . . Lucy on my left and Kathy above with her hubby cousin Tim.

On the right of me is another red head, cousin Karen, from Virginia.

Below is Aunt Marge and Cousin Jeri up from Texas.

I like seeing how Dale's uncles and aunts have graciously aged — the oldest daughter, Ina, to the youngest son, Wayne.

Family characteristics and coloring follow into the third generation.

I can imagine Dale in these settings, so proud of his mom, laughing at a story and contributing his own.

This family brings me smiles,
points me to God,
causes me to give praise,
rejoices in my second husband,
makes me proud,
reminds me
of the blessing of a good heritage.
Thank you, dear in-law family,
for staying in touch,
for staying in love.


Donna's Book Nook said...

Looks like you had a wonderful reunion with Dale's family. I don't have many family members living in John's family, but Lynn's in-laws from his first marriage have been a great second family for me. Good post! Donna

Diana said...

Your first husband must have been a wonderful man Brenda, for you to keep in contact with them. It is a blessing that you clearly enjoy!

Wanda said...

Once family always family...I loved the warmth that comes from your posts are a lovely person.

Bernie said...

Brenda what a beautiful post, and what a wonderful in law family you have. For them to embrace your second husband and still keep you close in their life like they do is so comforting husband was an only child and his parents brought him to Canada from England when he was 6 months old so I know of no relatives on his side, this makes me sad but I am truly happy for you and I have 5 siblings of my own so we both have many blessings. Great post my friend...
...:-) Hugs