A little over three years ago, I told you that my mom’s side of the family gets together only when someone dies. You can read it here.
I hated it then, and I hate more that it’s still true today. But at least those of us who are left get a chance to see each other. I mentioned my sweet Aunt Sally had died, so three of us Spess Girls and G-Man went to Colorado for the funeral and to be with fam.
On our way to Colorado, #4 texted me.
“Tell Bob-the-Plumber I said hello. I’m sorry I can’t be there.”
So as soon as we got there, I told Uncle Robert, “#4 says hello, Bob-the-Plumber. She’s sorry she couldn’t come.”
Uncle R laughed. “Did she tell you that story?”
“No. You tell me.” I love stories. Did I mention my family is full of storytellers? 🙂 I was in heaven!
“Well, she was at Lake City with her husband and boys, so I took them out to eat one night. We went to a steak house, and while we were there, someone waved and me and said, ‘Hello, Bob the Plumber.’
“#4 popped up and said, ‘That’s not Bob the Plumber. That’s my Uncle Robert!”
I thought I’d share some pictures with y’all. (Uncle Robert was back to saying y’all before we left.)
Mom’s last remaining siblings, Carol and Robert.
Being with Aunt Carol is like spending time with Mama. She’s a fashion bug, for sure! If she weren’t so tiny, I’d go to her house and shop in her closet.
Uncle Robert is Mama’s baby brother. He grew to be the tallest of all the kids.
The smallest boy and girl in this picture are Robert and Carol. Mom is on the far right.
Liz is Mom’s oldest sister’s only daughter and youngest child. She was just enough older than Deb, Cousin LaDonna and me for us to idolize. If we played pretend, even when Liz was still a kid, we all wanted to be her!
She’s a woman I still look up to. Today she leads a BSF (a women’s Bible Study) in Houston. She’s even more beautiful now than she was as a kid.
These are the Reeves Women. I can see a little bit of Grandma in each one in this picture.
This picture is almost like the one before, but I wanted you to see LaDonna, standing on the far left. Donna is hard working and full of vinegar! LOL.
She lives near Gunnison on a ranch with her husband, and they have three children who all live close by. Her son works with them on the ranch. Her DIL sells real estate, so I’m to contact her if I decide to buy a cabin up there. (I’d LOVE to spend summers near Gunnison.)
My two sisters, Debbie and Cindy are next to LaDonna, and Julie Ann is on the far right.
This is Donna’s husband in the cowboy hat. He’s a great guy and fun to be around.
This is Julie Ann. When she talks, if I close my eyes, I can see her mama, Sally. Julie doesn’t have that Texas Twang that Sally had, but she matches her in tone and quality! She has two sons, and is a very busy mama.
Oh, and she got her husband to do most of the cooking while we were there.
Julie Ann’s husband, Bob. This was the first time I’d met him.
The first thing Bob told me was that he’s a coffee snob. Just my kind of guy! He buys special beans. So do I! He grinds his own beans. So do I! We had a great time together.
He’s interesting as well as interested in everything going on.
Uncle Robert has a time with his name. His father-in-law was Bob. He’s Bob (at least when #4 isn’t around.) His son-in-law is Bob. And the man who preached his wife’s funeral was Bob.
We’ll miss Sally so much. I loved the way she used to talk to me, even though I was part of a gaggle of kids. I was eleven when she and Robert married, so she’s been our aunt for a long time. I’ll miss her a lot.
Aunt Sally left a wonderful legacy, though, through her daughter, Julie Ann. Julie has two sons, Rowland and Walker. Rowland is a young teen, so I don’t have any pictures of him. Walker is still in grade school and is as rambunctious as my own boys were.
And there’s not a shy bone in his make up.