11.16.2011

StoltzfusFamilyReunion2011

These pictures are just a few from the Stoltzfus (mom's side) family reunion we attended in PA the second week of June this summer. 
Thanks to all the other granddaughter photographers for contributing your photos!
We've said it before, so we wouldn't have to say it again, but.....we love our cousins, aunts, uncles, & grandparents. They are our best friends, and the memories we make with them every time we're together are priceless.
To the fourteen cousins/uncles/aunts who weren't able to make it-ya'll were missed!

 The original Stotlzfus siblings sharing memories from their growing up years
Delicious meals planned by two of my dear aunts. They are such amazing cooks-we ate really well, as you can see by the caramel cheesecake pictured above. =)
kitchen cleanup crew

charming little Bryson getting a bath
You can only imagine the party with these eight little ladies! left to right: Courtney, Sarah, Elizabeth, Bekah, Breanna, Elise, Victoria, & Rebecca
As of eight years ago, the Stoltzfus grandsons outnumbered the grand-daughters....most of my uncles & aunts have more sons than daughters. So we were all so surpirsed and thrilled when the four youngest Stoltzfus daughters (mom and three of her sisters) got pregnant within 1/2 a year of each other and all had girls! They named them...Rebekah Elise, Elise Raquele, Elizabeth Caress, & Sarah Elizabeth. (see how they share names? sisters think alike =))

Love these women....what wild times we have when we're together! Talking til the wee hours, laughing our heads off at nothing in particular, and trashing the guy cousins' "dorm".... among other things. =)
Sunday morning service
Hudson & Marissa share a snuggle...

Everyone shared a blessing/prayer for grandpa & grandma


Brad & Jason catching up on sleep
treasure hunt for the younger ones
Aunt Barb holding with her precious little grand-daughter, Elianna Mercy.
Uncle John & cousin Lester grilling for supper
 The retreat where we stayed was in the middle of the woods and had lots of beautiful hiking 

Grandpa & grandma gave out pens to everyone. 
Some of the boys were a little desperate to try them out right away. =)
smiles from the food line
proud new daddy. =)


Grandpa & Grandma with seven of their nine children and their children's spouses
In order of age....
 The dearly loved ones who started it all....
 Grandpa & Grandma with the grandchildren
after ???? minutes of standing patiently, everyone was getting a little hyper.
Even so, when I gave them the go-ahead to do whatever they felt inclined to do, I wasn't quite expecting this!
I realize more and more, the older I get, what a blessing it is to have such a godly heritage. I'm so thankful for grandparents who had a vision for their children and for the future....for aunts and uncles who believe in God's Word and follow it....and for cousins who love Jesus and desire to live for Him. Truly, there's nothing more precious than that. 
And I love these people. =)

posted by chels

3 comments:

  1. No Kidding!! such great memories!

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  2. What a wonderful time! That caramel cheesecake looks absolutely AMAZING. And how funny... a Rebekah Elise. Rebekah is my favorite name, and when I grow up, I hope to have a large family with my oldest daughter being named Rebekah Elise!

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  3. what a wonderful post, thank you for sharing! Jodi Jepson

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