A tale of 4 cousins

I had every intention of waxing poetic about my dad for Father’s Day, but the words aren’t flowing in a way that will allow me to do justice to the topic. Instead, I’ll resort to letting pictures do the talking for me. A picture is worth 1,000 words, right?

My brother and his kids arrived from New Jersey on Saturday for a long-overdue visit. My dad is in hog heaven with all 4 of his grandchildren together. My parents waited a long time for grandkids, then got 4 in 5 years. My brother and I both had a boy followed by a girl, just as my parents had. While these 4 kids have never lived in the same state, they enjoy each other’s company as if they have grown up next-door to each other.

In the beginning, there was Payton (far left), Andrew & Megan.

Then came Macy, and the cousins were complete.

They don’t often sit down for a meal together, but when they do, they have a ball.

This visit has been full of fun. Nothing makes my dad happier than being surrounded by his grandkids. It’s a mutual adoration society.

Splashing in the pool, riding amusement park rides, and hanging out — good times.

This was the day of my mom’s funeral. Words fail me when I see this photo. The looks on each kid’s face speaks volumes.

We miss you, YaYa, but promise to have fun and to love each other nonetheless.

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16 Comments on “A tale of 4 cousins”

  1. David Benbow says:

    I am struck by how much each of the cousins resemble their parents. Just be sure to have someone take a picture of you and your bro, ok?

  2. Amy H. says:

    I’m with David! Pic of you and your bro!! Glad everyone’s having fun!

  3. Jan Baird says:

    Wow, the pictures really do say a 1000 words. The image of the kids at their grandma’s funeral will stay with me for a long time. I’m so glad that your dad got to enjoy the day so much with his precious grandchildren. They are all so sweet looking. xx

    • Jan, that photo was hard for me to look at for a while after my mom died, but now it’s such a treasure. Each child’s personality is really reflected, and even though they were all so young, they were mourning their YaYa that day.

  4. I really enjoyed this post and the photographs. Thanks for the snap shots of family and love – basically a reminder we need to have as often as possible. :)

  5. Jody Hicks says:

    Sweet YaYa would want nothing less for her grandchildren.

  6. Christy says:

    Looks like a great visit. What a blessing!!

  7. mmr says:

    That photo of the kids at the funeral is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Glad that everyone looks so happy now, and that you have a dad who enjoys his family so much.

  8. Barb Fernald says:

    The photo from the funeral is both beautiful and heartbreaking. What an amazing shot. I love seeing the older generation in the mirror above the kids at the table. What a nice way to celebrate Father’s Day. You have a very special family!

    • Barb, that’s funny you mention the older generation in the mirror bc I almost cropped it out! I’m so glad now that I didn’t. None of the pics of the weekend were stellar, but I’m going with the theory that it’s bc we were all having too much fun to stop and pose properly.


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