Because Rick and I dated a few *cough* (10-12) years before we actually married (13 years ago), forgive me when I tell you I can't remember the first Westra reunion I attended. But when Rick's sister Missy said to a relative that I've been around these reunions forever, I can see where she is coming from.
Plus, lucky for me, I've had all of those years to straighten out the names and faces of the 8 brothers and sisters in the Westra clan. 6 out of the 8 brothers and sisters were in attendance last weekend, although there were several cousin's families unable to attend.
Seated in the photo below my father-in-law, Jim is in the orange, his sister Grace, the birthday girl on this day is next, their brother John who worked with my mother at Concordia College for many years is next to her. In the front row (L to R) their sister Dorothy, who is sitting next to their sister Helen, who is sitting next to their sister Margie. A brother Jack, (who our Colton Jack is named after), has passed away, and a brother Jerry was ill and unable to attend.
To help identify each other, we color coded our shirts by families. I've abbreviated the names of the families a bit, but I also didn't want to leave anyone out... okay, crossed fingers I got them all right.
The family of Jack
The family of Margie
The family of Grace
The family of Dorothy
The family of Jim
The family of John
Here we ALL are... should I name them for you? Ha, I'm better at the names, but that may just be a stretch even for me.
The only downside to our day was how unbearably hot it was outside. We even skipped going to the zoo this time around, but who needs the zoo when you can have... minnow races :) Who knew a couple of gutters with some water and a bucket of minnows could be so much fun?
There were lots of laughs, stories told, and memories shared. Thanks to our cousin Brenda for her spectacular job of organizing everything and all of us too. Believe me when I tell you its no small feat to get all of us in one place at the same time.
I know this much is true, I have no doubt our kids know where they came from. Our family roots run deep on both sides of the family. And this summer? We've been so blessed to have spent so much time with all of our family. It doesn't get any better than that. Amen
PS, Donna, how did I do?