My side of our family has a reunion every 3 years. This time 48 1/2 of us gathered in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee from across the US and Mexico (the “1/2” will be born in a few weeks!). I have 7 siblings, and we are now enjoying the third generation, from baby Soren a few weeks old to my eldest sister Linda, whose 70th birthday we celebrated with a piñata homemade in Mexico. How Karis would have loved this happy chaos!
Karis would have stood behind my son Dan in the blue shirt toward the left–see the space beside Valerie that says “We miss you”?
At our last reunion, in 2013, Karis made a point of saying goodbye personally to each of her cousins, aunts, and uncles. She knew she might not see many of them again. But I couldn’t help feeling she was “with” us in some special way.
Here are the Elliott siblings, with space left for our brother Steve, who wasn’t able to come from Guatemala:
(I’m in blue in the middle.)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a privilege to be related to all of these marvelous people!
Thanks to Daniel Hooker for the great photos.