Family weekend

This weekend was jammed packed with family fun. My mom's family is huge. Super huge. It's next to impossible to get the remaining 13 siblings (two of my mom's siblings are deceased), 38 grandchildren and over 50 great grandchildren (yes I said 50. And guess what, there are now 3 great-great grandchildren too!) all together at the same time. This weekend was no exception to that, but my aunt Becky made an attempt to gather as many as possible together for what's become an annual summer event. A Miller Family Reunion.

Because my grandmother is in a nursing home near where Becky lives in Austin, MN, it made the most sense for her to host the event. So, we piled into the car with my parents and tracked the two hours south of the city. It was nice to see everyone and we had great weather. 10 out the original 13 siblings were able to attend. It was cute, they had shirts made up with their number and then their name on the back. My cousins and I joked that the grandchildren should have gotten shirts that said things like 13.1 or 12.2. I think that would've been a bit too much work though! At any rate, we picnicked for awhile, visited, took some pictures and then made the trip back home.

The original Miller clan, my mom is in the middle behind my 95 year old grandmother

Some of the grandchildren, can you spot me?

The other part of our weekend was spent with our other family, the Praise Project group. We had the opportunity to lead music at two masses on Sunday at St. William's church. It went very well and we've been asked back for several dates throughout the year. I like the way that works, in a way it's nice to not be completely tied down to Wednesday rehearsals and two and three mass weekends every weekend anymore. We can sing at mass periodically and choose when we want to go to mass on the weekend the rest of the time! It's kind of nice! And I love all of these people so much. I'm very blessed to have them in my life as I have said before.

The Praise Project gang

So all in all it was a nice weekend, although much too short like weekends usually are! But getting to spend time with family makes it all worth it.


Gina said...

Sounds like you had a busy weekend! Love the family pictures. That's aweseome you were asked to sing back at St. William's multiple times throughout the year. What a great other little family.

simplicity said...

I had no idea your mom had so many siblings. WOW!