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Old 06-29-2022, 11:27 AM
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My MIL passed away last October, leaving no plans for any kind of celebration of life. DH decided that his mother would want a big ol' family reunion as her celebration of life. Well, she got it! Last weekend, we hosted 45+ family members at our cabin. The yard resembled an RV park. In fact, we saw RVs on their way to the recreation site farther to the west slow down and wonder if we were a campground. I wonder if the 25+ flamingos at the head of the driveway had them thinking otherwise.

Some cousins have been doing some serious genealogy and shared the findings of DH's great-great grandparents, their children and grandchildren (late 1800s-1950s). Pretty exciting stuff: gold mining, murder, incest, run over by a train, died in a reform school at 14... can you tell DH's family was not part of American aristocracy?!

DH is an only child, and we had so much STUFF after MIL passed. She was also prolific in knitting, quilting, oil painting, basket weaving and weaving on a floor loom. She was always one to save "stuff" with family stories attached to them. We went through with DD1 and DD2, picked what we wanted. The rest was set up on tables for people to take what they wanted. I called them "party favors" and no one was leaving empty-handed! That was so much fun...so many were story starters for family history.

MIL had created a family quilt in 1995, and we decided it was time to pass it on. So we had a raffle for it. The photo below shows those of us still alive with the quilt. We're all a little grayer! (Sorry the photo is sideways.)

I truly feel a grand time was had by all. Our generation reconnected, the younger ones got to know each other. There were about 10 kids from ages 3-10 who were like a swarm of bees, zooming from one end of the property to the other, playing in the small irrigation ditch, investigating the portapotty , swinging, and just exploring! And all within sight of adults.


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Old 06-29-2022, 11:33 AM
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What an AMAZING way to celebrate her life!
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:37 AM
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That is truly an amazing story and what a fun way to "let go" of a person and share memories. I hope that it isn't the last time it happens!
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What a great idea!
Old 06-29-2022, 11:41 AM
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Sounds like a blast! I think you, your DH and your family did your MIL proud!
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:44 AM
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What a great idea for a memorial! It sounds like a really nice time was had by all. I love the idea about passing things on to other relatives.


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Old 06-29-2022, 12:09 PM
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What fun! And truly meaningful.
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Old 06-29-2022, 12:50 PM
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Nice! It sounds like a wonderful rememberance/send-off. You did her proud!
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:07 PM
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That is wonderful! I love this idea. I am glad you all had a great time and Iím sure your mil was smiling down on all of you. Thank you for sharing!
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Great idea
Old 06-29-2022, 01:31 PM
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What an wonderful way to honor your MIL. You created great memories for the next generation.
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:38 PM
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Your family reunion sounds wonderful. What a lovely tribute to your MIL, and what a fun way to reconnect with other family members!


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Old 06-29-2022, 01:45 PM
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I canít think of a better way to honor your MILís life! What fabulous hosts you were! That quilt is awesome!
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Wow!
Old 06-29-2022, 01:55 PM
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What an amazing celebration! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love that you shared her treasures, and raffled off the quilt! Very clever, and so meaningful! Well done!
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Happy event!
Old 06-29-2022, 02:20 PM
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Your reunion sounds amazing! After reading I wanted to join your family🤣
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celebration of life
Old 06-29-2022, 02:22 PM
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This is such a beautiful celebration in every way. Love that your family got to spend time together, take away "party favors"-how smart!, and get a chance at a quilt raffle. What an amazing time!
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Thanks for sharing
Old 06-29-2022, 02:28 PM
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What a great way to celebrate!
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:29 PM
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Now THATíS how a reunion should go.
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Beautiful!
Old 06-29-2022, 04:08 PM
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I love the way you guys were able to celebrate her life!
The quilt looks very cute too!
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Old 06-30-2022, 04:43 PM
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What a great way to celebrate your MIL's life! I can imagine all the fun you had with family. Getting to look at the things your MIL made & taking something home was a great party favor.
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:23 PM
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What a great way to celebrate her life, to bring her family together. I think itís great cousins shared genealogy history, the good and the interesting.
She must have been quite a craftsperson with all of those skills. The quilt is so much fun!
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