Sunday, July 06, 2008

Family Reunion Time

Yesterday was my dad's family's annual reunion. He comes from a family of 18 brothers and sisters. Yes, that's 18! I can barely manage two, so I can't imagine dealing with that many.

Not everyone made it this year and we've lost several uncles, but it was still fun to catch up with my aunts and uncles I rarely see and get to meet all the new cousins. My kids really don't know them at all, so it was all new to them.

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18 siblings - that is quite something. the effort that people make to get together is even more amazing. i wish my own family were bigger

3:02 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Wow! That would be a very big household indeed with that many kids. Growing up I always wanted to come from a large family like that, but as an adult, and a Mom I too cannot imagine it :)

Sounds like a great time :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger the teach said...

Gretchen, it's great for the kids to meet all their family! They come to appreciate family more... :)

3:34 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Wonderful there is so much family and that you can get together. BTW, 18 is traditionally a very auspicious number because in Hebrew the letter chet = 10 and yod = 8, and chet yod spell chai. Chai means LIFE.
To life, to life, lechaim!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow, 18 is a big family, I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Holy Moly...18 siblings? I just don't think I could handle it. Oh wait, I KNOW I can't handle it! LOL

5:28 PM  
Blogger david mcmahon said...

I come from a very close family. Reunions are always a big thing in my life.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

I can't even begin to imagine 18!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

It is interesting to come from a big clan. My family is a small group.

My son married into a very large extended French Canadian family. They had a reunion and over 700 of the closest relative signed the guest book. They seemed to be married into every other large French Canadian family in this area. The other side of his wife's family is also very large. I learned long ago not to discuss them or family members in any of the little towns around here , invariably you would be speaking to a relative.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

WOW~ 18 kids! I really couldn't imagine what that would do to my body! OR~ to manage that many!

I love family gatherings! Hope you had a super day!

12:50 AM  

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