Brother Hank, who is still teaching, caught a bug, no doubt from a kid, and so he and his wife couldn't come.
My two sisters and I and our cousin Kathleen gathered at sister Laurie's home for lunch and talk and family history stories.
These are Ilene's photos, which I have cropped down. Thanks, Ilene.
We retired to the living room and shared old family photos and my photos of our trip to the homelands in Norway and Sweden and stories we could remember about our Norquist parents and grandparents. Several times we wished that we had asked more questions when we still had these people in our lives.
We came back to the table for dessert and more sharing. The lemon meringue pie was a big hit, and the pie plates were "licked" clean. The apple dessert was OK, but didn't pass my muster, so that recipe will be tossed.
Left to right: Laurie, Tom, Linda, Arnold, who is Laurie's husband, Kathleen and her partner Mike. Ilene is behind the camera.
Tom and Arnold are both big into genealogy, so we have to keep them from getting into the weeds on some of this stuff, but they are very handy for supplying dates and locations. The rest of us just like the stories.
One can't help but think of the hardships endured by past generations, raising 13 children on a small farm in Montana or South Dakota or the hills of Oregon.
We are blessed with abundance, and blessed to have each other.