Monday, July 28

Family Reunion Time!

Life has been a little busy lately. I know I keep saying that. And I keep thinking it will slow down a bit but it never does. Just days before our Linn Family Reunion, my husband had to go to the emergency room and ended up in the hospital for a bleeding ulcer. On the way to the emergency room with Steve, one of his worries was...."I sure hope this doesn't keep you from going to your family reunion". And my answer was that we just needed to get to the hospital and worry about that later. He told his doctors about the reunion and how he needed to get out so I could go......now do you suppose he was using that as his way to get out sooner? Well, if it was, it didn't work.  His doctors thought they might release him on Saturday but decided they needed to monitor him through Sunday afternoon. So, that meant that I might not get to the reunion. But our son, Devlin was planning to come out and visit his dad, so he said he'd pick up him up from the hospital and that's what worked. I was so thankful that Devlin had the day off and that it worked out this way. I spent most of the day at the hospital on Saturday, then returned home to grab my reunion stuff and pack a bag. Took off Saturday night and met daughter Collette and grandson Jacob in Fort Dodge. We all made it to the reunion on Sunday and I am so glad it worked out. We had 63 family members present and five family members that came from northern Minnesota for the first time. It was awesome to meet them and share family stories and photos! Here are a few photos from another great reunion......the 85th annual Linn Family Reunion. First one was held Labor Day weekend in 1929. Three family members present at this reunion were also at that 1929 reunion. They were all just tiny babies but they were there! 
Lots of visiting before we ate dinner...........

Good food is in abundance at every reunion............

That's my grandson, Jacob, on the left and my daughter, Collette, next to him. So much good food to choose from................

 And visiting goes on even when we're in the food line...........

That guy in the red hat, Bill Linn is one of the three family members present at the first reunion in 1929. He was just a few months old at that reunion. The other members present in 1929 were Bette Linn Wickwire and Shirley Linn Vanguilder. 

That's my cousin Patty chatting with one of our new-found cousins, Marion Linn, from Minnesota. It was awesome to connect with new cousins!


 Sharing photographs and family history......

 My helper and friend, daughter Collette. We had such a good time!

When all the clean-up was finished, I locked the door to the Golden Memories Club and took down the sign. 

We all enjoyed another fantastic Linn Family Reunion and we are all looking forward to next year! I am thinking we might go back to Dolliver Park, the site of that first reunion. 

I'll be back soon with a peek at a great quilt shop that I found on my way home from the reunion. You won't want to miss this one!
Sandi

7 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I'm sure glad that your husband came through that ordeal okay. My mom had one in June that they had to cauterize. Poor guy and to have to worry about the reunion as well.

The reunion looks like it was a fabulous time. I'll bet there were some good stories told.

Debbie said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing this, Sandi! I'm especially impressed with the part about the 3 babies who were at the first reunion. Cool! How's you husband doing?

Jacquelynne Steves said...

I'm so glad you made it to your reunion! Looks like you had a lot of fun, and created wonderful memories :)

Marie said...

Holy smokes --- that's a party!!!

Beth said...

It looks like such a good time. We used to do a reunion from my Grandma's side, the Olsons, every year. Somehow it got changed to every 2 or 3 years and promptly fell apart.
Glad you were able to get there.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Hope your hubby is better now. When I was young, we used to have family reunions in my grandparents back yard (the size of 2 football fields) with up to 500 people in attendance (can you say double cousins?) I miss those reunions.

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad that you were able to get to the reunion - how fun! Hope hubby is feeling better by now.

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