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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend:

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 Rachel and Kinsey

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
 My Great-Great Grandparents' Headstone

Every Memorial Day weekend, my mom, aunties, daughters, sisters and cousins "do" the pioneer cemeteries in the Drain, Oregon area.  I try to go, but have missed on many occasions, especially since I moved to a different part of the state.  I am missing again this year too, and I feel guilty.  I did see most everybody who will be there last Sunday at the 50th wedding anniversary party, but it isn't the same as visiting, cleaning and decorating the graves of my pioneer relatives.  Cary had to work today, and I just don't feel up to all the driving by myself.

Here are some pictures of past trips.  It is such a neat traditional event that our female family members do.  The men try it once and then decide, that is enough!  The little boys attend with their moms until they get older and then decide it is a lot of riding around, and they would rather do something else.  But, the dedicated ladies never miss; unless you are me and my sister Julie.  We have missed the past few years.   Oh, well, it is hard to do everything, isn't it?

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Baby Nigel

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Cousins Ethan and Chris
 
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Me reading to Nigel and Alex, around 15 years ago.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Nanny, Aunt Mardy and Mom

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Sally, Amy, Aunt Mardy and Nanny


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Sally, Nanci and Amy


These are from last year:


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Kristin, Amy, Sally, Me and Kari


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Casey, Kinsey, Kari, Amy and Grandma Jody


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Rachel, Sally, Amy and Kinsey


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Jen, Angie's Friend, Angie and Sondy



 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Jody, Mardelle and Sondy


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Aunt Mardy, Rachel, Kinsey and Casey
at Baby Earnest's grave.  
He isn't related but we always stop by to visit.


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Jen, Kristin and Casey



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