Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Family Gathering

Tonight, a dozen of us gathered to celebrate Phil's sister's 70th birthday. All close family. The first picture is Phil and his sister, the fourth picture is Phil with his siblings. We met in an old Train Station that was renovated and turned into a restaurant and gift shop. Many stories were told and laughs were had! I am in the last picture, but in the back so my face is hidden. A lady diner kindly volunteered to take pictures of all of us. Though it was a cold and rainy night, I left feeling all warm and fuzzy. Family can do that to you. Happy birthday, Lois!


"The accumulated sorrows of your exile will dissipate. I, your God, will get rid of them for you. You've carried those burdens long enough. At the same time, I'll get rid of all those who've made your life miserable. I'll heal the maimed; I'll bring home the homeless. In the very countries where they were hated they will be venerated. On Judgment Day I'll bring you back home—a great family gathering! You'll be famous and honored all over the world. You'll see it with your own eyes— all those painful partings turned into reunions!" God's Promise.
Zephaniah 3:18

24 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Birthday to Phil's sister.
From all the smiles it looks like everyone had a great time at the party. The old Train Station looks like a perfect place for a get together. Glad you all had fun Ginny!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday and family.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I absolutely get the 'warm and fuzzy' in spite of the cold, rainy night!! Great evening. blessings ~ tanna

Bobbi said...

It looks like a great time was had by all. Happy birthday to Lois!
I love the pictures... and especially the one of the little girls. So precious!
The no-spill bowls are ones you can get for toddlers that-no matter how you turn them, the bowl part never turns over. They're a pretty neat invention actually in spite of Gracie's attempts to prove them to be anything less.. lol

reanaclaire said...

Yeah, couldnt see you in the last picture, Ginny! But looking at their warm smiles, the gathering must be really wonderful.. a nice family bonding..

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Happy birthday to Lois!!!

Sandra said...

what a super place to get together, a place i would love since I am a big fan of trains. so glad you got your family time and hope Lois enjoyed it as much as you did. the girls are adorable and beautiful. I did not know Phil had 3 siblings, i can see the family resemblance. I only have one brother and always wished i had a big family. it would be nice to live closer to my brother, he is 10 hours away, so we see each other about every 3 or 4 years.

Fred Alton said...

And won't that be a great day when the children of God are all called together for that grand re-union!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, I missed our son who still lives in California on Christmas. Of course he called. We did have a nice get-together in September when my husband and I took our big driving camping trip out West. So glad you had a nice family time! Have a fantastic day today! I sure liked the Scripture you chose for today's post.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I love family celebrations and that looks like a great place to have one! Happy Birthday to your SIL!

Stephanie V said...

When family gets together it doesn't matter what the weather's like at all! Looks like you all had a lovely time.

SweetMarie said...

Sounds like a great time! Happy birthday to Phil's sister!

Nature Rambles said...

Belated birthday wishes to Lois! How nice to have a family gathering. Can feel the warmth through your images. Always glad to see Anne Marie's photos!

Ann said...

who is Anne marie with, you think they are twins? Have you heard this Chinese saying, an adopted child grows up to look like the family?

Ann said...

Such a wonderful time, big family parties are great.

Nezzy said...

Happy Birthday Miss Lois! It looks like everyone had a grand time and a whole lotta fun.

The wonderful pictures tell the story along with those smilin' faces!

God bless ya sweetie and have a fantastic New Year!!! :o)

Annie said...

I see that sweet Annie has an American Girl doll. They're the best.

Ann said...

Well happy birthday to Phil's sister. Looks like you all had a great time.

Joanne said...

What love there must have been in that room! Happy Birthday Lois ! You had quite a week there Ginny. I loved reading about it! You have a great family! God Bless them all!
Blessings, Joanne

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Lovely family...70th!!!

S. Etole said...

I've always liked that verse from Zephaniah.

Those little girls are so cute!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy 70th birthday Lois! How nice to have family around. Looks like everyone had a great time - I don't see you at all in the last picture.

love, sandie

Karin said...

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lois! God bless! Family togetherness is special! Love that Scripture!

Shug said...

Happy Birthday to your sister-in-law.
What a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends..The train station looks a great place to go!
Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your family..
shug