The last time we'd been together like this was 21 years ago and while some of us have seen each other off and on in those 21 years, this was a time of celebration instead of a time to mourn the loss of a family member or a quick few hours passing through town. It was beautiful. We spent time together at the aquarium, then the beach, the forest and church, around the dinner table and the front yard fire pit too!
Saying goodbye was so hard for all of us so we just decided to say "see you later" instead and you know what, we will see each other later no matter what and that just gives me such comfort! Regardless if it's going to be another 21 years or 21 days, our connection as cousins will never fade...we are forever friends and our childhoods have connected us for a lifetime. I think the most amazing thing for me was watching our children make that connection with their cousins! The last time we were all together like this we were children and childless but now we have flourishing families and have passed on that friendship of cousinhood to our children...it's priceless!
One of the best parts of the weekend was sharing memories from childhoods generations back. My mom brought over tons of photo albums of our lives from birth until yesterday. We laughed and we cried. We talked about our grandmother's love for us all. There's even a picture of me somewhere wearing her house shirt...I need more of the pictures taken folks!!! :) And while reminiscing about the past we worked hard on making new memories for the little lives we've brought into our family...someday they will come back here and see this and remember this great weekend together.
"A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."
There wasn't a moment more precious than this one above...hand in hand cousins will walk through life, from generation to generation. This is what family is all about!