Even though we're now spread from coast to coast, we're still a very close family. We
visit each other frequently, but it's hard to
get all five separate family units together at the same time. We've managed
it only four times in the last fifteen years, always on special occasions.
1994 - Darrell's Retirement
Here we are at our house in Springfield, Virginia, in April 1994. We
just got back from Darrell's retirement ceremony in the Office of the
Secretary of the Army in the Pentagon. The Secretary (The Honorable Togo
West) said he thought we set some kind of record for descendants
attending a retirement ceremony.
2000 - Darrell's 70th Birthday
In December 2000, all of our sons, their wives and our six grandchildren joined us
at our house in Massanutten, Virginia, to celebrate my 70th birthday (a month early).
2003 - Our 50th
The whole family gathered
at our house again in August 2003 to help us celebrate our
50th Wedding Anniversary
. This is the first picture
of us with ALL of our current descendants. We're pretty sure there
won't be any more descendants until the next generation starts.
2006 - Visit by
Uncle Tom & Aunt Kyoko
Although this was not a complete family gathering, most of our descendants'
families came to our home (though not all at the same time) in the summer of
2006 when Jane's brother, Tom, and his wife, Kyoko, who live in Japan, paid us
a rare visit. We also celebrated Andy's birthday
during the gathering. Tom and Kyoko also visited the homes of our
three East Coast sons while in the U.S.
2008 - Christmas
(& Our 55th Anniversary)
Our four sons and their families joined us over the Christmas holidays for
the first time since 2000. We had a full house and all enjoyed a great
reunion. As our grandchildren enter and graduate from college, these reunions
are getting more difficult to arrange. We hope this won't be the last one. In
addition to celebrating the holidays, this was also the year of our 55th
2011 - Thanksgiving
The Master Chef
When Dennis notified us that he and
his family would come "home" for Thanksgiving, we took the opportunity to gather our entire extended family for the occasion.
With Andy's wife Liz and Caren's fiance Seth, we reached a record high
number of 19. They stayed for varying periods of time, and it was a great
(& Our 60th Anniversary)
family gathered at our house again in August 2003 to help us celebrate
our 60th Wedding Anniversary. Again there were 19 of us. For details
of the gathering and more pictures, click