A Wonderful Family Party

 A Wonderful Family Party,On Saturday night we visited Essex for my cousin George’s 18th Birthday Party. I wanted to share what a wonderful evening we had. My Dad is one of 6 and they all have children who many of us now have children ourselves. So you can imagine; our family is huge. 
My Aunty Joyce and uncle Graham had chosen to hold a garden party at home to celebrate George’s birthday, the house and garden was packed with family and friends. It was wonderful to spend time with family and have time to chat about where they were all up to in their lives. Yes there was also a bit of reminiscing about the old days when we were children.

It was fantastic to see all our children playing together like we used to when we were that age. It makes me happy that they will one day have fond memories of family parties, like all my many cousins and I do. It was a shame that my lovely brother and his wonderful family, and some cousins for one reason or another, were were not able to come. They were all really missed. But that is the problem with huge families. It is a logistical nightmare getting everyone in one room at the same time.
A defining moment on Saturday night for me was when I spent some time sat with my Nan, she has been a bit poorly lately and this at times has affected her memory.  
Yet as I sat with her asking her about when her and my lovely Granddad met, she remembered it in almost photographic detail, like it was all yesterday. She told me how her Mum, my Great Nan was a wonderful woman but became totally hardened by becoming a war widow, bringing up a family, and running a home, in such hard times. She had not initially liked my Granddad, and he had really had to fight and stand up to her to get her to accept him. 
It was lovely to see her face; it made her so happy to talk about Granddad, and how she met the love of her life. Sadly he is no longer with us. Then she went quiet; nodded her head and said and you know what I am the luckiest woman on earth. If I had not met my Tom none of you would be here today and waved her arm around the room at our huge family. It choked me up at the time and I am a bit tearful writing it now. But thank god my Nan and Granddad were both in that East-End pub at that de-mob party, on that night all those years ago.
I am usually constantly taking photos, but it was one of those evenings that I was so enjoying the moment, I totally forgot. However I did get a photo of Nan and me, as I knew that I wanted to share some of her memories. She was chuffed when I told her I was going to put her picture on my blog bless her. 
It was a wonderful evening; great to spend quality time with people I love. And one last thing I just want to say good morning my beautiful cousin Chloe who reads my blog on the train on the way to work. (I was over the moon when she told me that!) Have a great day at work Chloe xxxx


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  1. kateonthinice
    8th July 2014 / 2:51 pm

    This post made me cry too. The only point in life is memory-making. I worked this out when my Mum died. And I think this is part of what made me cry today remembering her saying she had done everything she wanted to and gone everywhere she wanted to visit. That thought still gives me great comfort nearly 5 years on.
    Lovely post and sounds like a very happy day/

  2. 8th July 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Thank you Kate and yes I agree, you are so right, live for today and make memories. I will treasure that little chat with Nan for the rest of my life x

  3. Tracy
    13th July 2014 / 8:28 am

    What a beautiful post with some lovely words. x

  4. Alexandra Mercer
    13th July 2014 / 9:44 am

    Love big families, that’s why I’m pregnant with my 7th! #MySundayPhoto

    • 13th July 2014 / 9:50 am

      Wow 7, good luck but yes you are right large families are great there is always someone there. x

  5. Claire Evans
    13th July 2014 / 9:53 am

    Aw, such a lovely post and lovely photo. Reminds you what life is all about. It is funny (in a good way) when you find out people you know who read your blog! 🙂 x

  6. 13th July 2014 / 6:00 pm

    A lovely read and a lovely photo, life is precious when you live in the now 🙂

  7. Coombe Mill
    13th July 2014 / 6:07 pm

    With 6 children myself I hope I have family parties like this in years to come

  8. OneDad3Girls
    13th July 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Beautiful photo and special words. Sounds like a good evening

    Thank you for linking up

  9. 13th July 2014 / 9:32 pm

    What a special time to have a huge family get-together especially to spend some quality time with your Nan.
    A beautiful photo and words.
    Thank you for sharing

    • 13th July 2014 / 9:41 pm

      Ah thank you so much, yes it was a special evening x

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