On June 18th we celebrated my mother’s 75th birthday with a party held in her honor at her home. After the party was over we gave her the one thing she requested: she wanted to climb a tree with her five children and have our picture taken. You see, my mom eloped when she was only 17. She never had a proper wedding or wedding shower or even a 50th wedding anniversary because my father abandoned all of us when we were between the ages of 2 and 10. My mother raised us all as a single mother and after putting herself through college she became a teacher. On this day all her family, friends, and some of her students came to honor her. It was quite a day, but the best part of all was climbing this tree together in the yard of the house we grew up in.
From left to right: Rick, Mary Grace, Stephen, Mom, Kathie, and Chris.
P. S. I still have more family stuff going on until the middle of July so it will be awhile before I can post more photos or visit any of you on your blogs. I know I will have a LOT of catching up to do. I hope you are all having a great summer!