Elliott family reunion 2016

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!

Whole Family reunion 2016

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:

Sibs at reunion 2016

(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.


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7 Responses to Elliott family reunion 2016

  1. jeannekohn52 says:

    I loved seeing this!

  2. Margie Smith says:

    Loved seeing the photos of the family — maybe Karis is peeking down from Heaven and enjoying it all too!
    Margie Smith

  3. Judith Yadrick says:

    May God richly bless your family gathering! The older I get, the more i realize the good in remembering and honoring our family of origin. Karis is surely with you in spirit. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the picture of all the family except for Steve. I’m going to San Diego on this coming Tuesday for two weeks where I’ll be with Steve and Elaine and other members of my side of the family, including my sister’s and brother’s daughters for lunch one day. Family gatherings are the best!

  5. Pat says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Debbie! May God continue to use your family to bless the families of the world!

  6. Becky Stone says:

    So lovely to see you all…and pretty sure I named all your sibs accurately in the picture 😄. How awesome you keep up this tradition – thank you for sharing!

    Greetings to all, Becky McNichols Stone

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Mary and Bill Fawcett says:

    What a blessing! Enjoy thoroughly! This is a beautiful tradition.

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