My weekly theme (during February) at Create a Connection's Photo Thursday is Family.
I thought of this theme for several reasons. One - we just passed Valentine's Day... a day to honor the ones you love. And two - my mom just lost her younger brother. She is flying in to Colorado today for his funeral. It made me aware of my family with her loss.
I am the youngest of 8 siblings. All 7 of them are married, with children, and a lot of their children now have children! All total, with my parents and siblings, and children, there are 43 of us if we all get together (which is rare). I am an aunt times 13, and a great-aunt times 6 (soon to be 7). I am not very close to most of my family. I am MUCH younger than my siblings. They were out of the house by the time I was old enough to know and some of them had kids right after I came along. (My nephew is only 6 days younger than me.) This photo on the right includes seven of the eight of us. Vicki wasn't there to be in the photo. (From the top - Connie, Rhonda, Mary, Joe, me, John, and Tom)
My parents live in Desert Hot Springs during the winter and they come back to Colorado for about 2 months in the summer. Because my siblings are so much older, so are my folks. They are 72 and 73. They are busy and active though! All of my grandparents have passed away. Grandmother and Grandaddy, the ones I was close to passed away in 2001 within just 12 weeks of one another - they almost made it to 70 years of marriage. Mom and Daddy are in the photo on the left. Daddy is a singer - played country music for a long time and now sings gospel. (He named me for Tammy Wynette and Dale Evans.)
One other person I consider my "family" is my friend Andrea (and her daughter!) We've been friends since about 1992 and she would do anything for me, and vice versa! She's the best friend I could ever have asked for!! (Today is her birthday too! She caught up to me again!) Here we are dressed up for an 80's party! :)
I hope some of you play along - I'd love to see your families! :)