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22 years of sisters

On Saturday, my whole family was at our house for a get together for my sister Joy’s 21st birthday.

We grilled, hung out in the back yard, played some washers, and ate plenty.  It was a really nice evening of weather, except for the mosquitos, and I think the consensus was that it was a good get together.  I was able to sit and relax a while, and that is so valuable, especially when hosting.  I got to catch up with Ryan, who I hadn’t seen in quite a long time since he’s working/touring for his college this summer in OK and surrounding parts.  At one point, Ryan, Joy, Julia, and I were on the deck, relaxing at the table for a bit while the rest were sitting out in the yard.  I hardly even get to chat with the “squeeks” as we’ve always called them, and almost NEVER all 3 at the same time.  I was out of the house already when the last 2 were born, and Joy was only 2 when I left, so it’s been different.  It was good to catch up with the three of them without the “older set” interrupting.  No offense to the older set, but it happens.

Here’s the whole gang…  the must-have family picture at every gathering when we’re all there. Not that frequent with college involved now.

L to R:—Ryan (18), Skye, with baby on the way, and Jody(33), Julia (14) in front of them.  Patrick and Rachel (soon to be 30!!!) holding KiKi.  M and me (36-not afraid of it!), Joy (21) with Braska. And Dad and Mom on the end. 

Before the last of the party attendees left, we snapped a shot of the four sisters.

Julia and I are 22 years apart, both of us getting ready to have birthdays in a few months.  Joy just turning 21 a couple weeks ago, and Rach to be the big 3-0 next month.  Hard to believe we can all be this grown up!  Or maybe I should say it’s hard to believe how old we are instead…because we’re not really that grown up. Trust me.

Happy 21, J!!!


  1. Nice family picture~It's always nice to catch up! My family lives within 40 min. of eachother but with busy schedules rarely get together at the same time.

  2. Nice family picture~It's always nice to catch up! My family lives within 40 min. of eachother but with busy schedules rarely get together at the same time.

  3. Beautiful pictures of a great family :) Happy birthday to Joy!

  4. Really enjoyed this post! Thanks again for hosting. I thought you might run the "silly" version of the family pic; some would say it's more "really us." But you weren't in that version.

  5. Enjoyed the pictures of your family so much. I had thought about Joy on her birthday,as always,and do remember that day well, very well! It was an honor to share in her birth. Love to all


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