#SOL19: Celebrate!

“Almost 90 cards. So close. Can we count the card sitting at your sister’s?” (The goal was 90.)

Of course, I agree.  Doesn’t every family have one member that keeps time in a different fashion?  Later arrivals?  Later mailing dates?

I’ve written about my family before.  One of my favorite posts is this one with a few of our Christmas traditions.

A family that celebrates:

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Our family

Descendants of Grandma Ruth

But as time has marched on, change has been happening.  We communicate by family Facebook, my immediate family and the Ruth family.  We hold tight to our Christmas celebration as we lose elders and gain littles.  And we have added “Cousins” meeting monthly.

Yesterday was special as the Ruth cousins celebrated Aunt Janie’s birthday.  Of course the 5 sibs were the first ones there . . .

BEFORE the scheduled time!

They may be the elders but EARLY is how they roll.

I don’t have a picture of the cake or the honoree.  But use your imagination!

A cousin’s breakfast at 7 in the morning complete with birthday cake.

Currently the eldest of the “Baby Ruths”;

With 5 siblings – two brothers, their wives, and a sister;

With all 5 children celebrating again with cousins;

(With the possibility of 50 first cousins . . . )

The second oldest cousin up from Danville;

Five Droll cousins;

A Jenn cousin;

A cousin from Frances and Emily’s family;

My sister and I . . .

And even a cousin of the honoree!

Eight families represented . . .

Twenty three was the count .  .  .

Celebrating a 90th birthday . . .

Celebrating the joy of a Mom, Sister, Aunt, Godmother, Cousin . . .

Stories, past and present;

Conversations;

Perusing pictures;

Connecting times and places.

So many reasons to celebrate family, fun, and food!

What family birthdays do you celebrate? 

What makes family time extra special? 

What are your favorite stories?




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10 responses

  1. I do miss living near family! How fun to read of your celebration (and all the family details)!

    1. Erika,
      After I hit publish, I thought Oh, I could have told of the one who had cake first (late arrival) and then when the waiter deliver her breakfast skillet, he said, “Here is your dessert!”

      It’s so interesting because so many of us are “private” and that’s also why you get the quirky details!!!

  2. 90 cards for 90 years! An amazing thing to celebrate!

    1. Margaret,
      I can still remember when those first “-0” birthdays seemed like a big deal. And yet aging is natural . . . unfortunately!

  3. OH so special that you carve out time and continue to celebrate and celebrate with family! Love it Fran.

    1. Time . . .
      Our most precious commodity. Also irreplaceable! Thanks, Lisa!

  4. Family is so important and any reason to get together is a reason to celebrate. A 90th birthday is special. Yes, families are constantly changing – losing some members and adding new ones. Every get together is a celebration of life.

    1. So important to celebrate life. And not waiting for the losses to get together. So true!

  5. Our family the extended family gather at our ancestral home four times a year when we offer prayers to our family deities together.

    1. That’s a nice tradition!

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