This is my maternal grandmother's side of the family. Her name was Rachel Lugenia Elkins and she was one of 10 children (8 girls and 2 boys). There were actually 12 but 2 died at a very young age. Here is my great-grandparents with their 10 children. My grandmother is sitting on the left side of the sofa with the bow on her dress.
My grandparents with my uncle and my mom, who are almost 10 years apart.
This is another picture of my great grandmother with her 10 children. This picture is how I remember all 10 of them. This is closer to how they looked when I was born, although I wasn't born during this picture. I never met my great grandparents. My grandmother is in the front left with the super cute yellow print dress on.
This is at my christening in Hampton, VA in THIS church. My grandaddy officiated at my baptism and used water that he had brought back from Jerusalem, I believe... I'll have to ask my mom and correct myself if necessary on that one. In this picture is my grandparents and my aunt, uncle and 3 cousins. We are all roughly 2 years apart.
This shot is from a family reunion back in 1984. Can you spot me??
YES! That's me...the little boy in the front with the bowl haircut! I still give my mom grief about that one. Check out my cute sister with her chunky cheeks like Deuce sitting with my mom behind me. I'm sure people thought my parents had a boy and a girl...
This is a picture of my grandparents in their last house, which just so happens to be right down the street from where Ed and I currently live. When I think of the few memories I have of my grandparents, this is how I picture them. That couch still sits in my mothers house and has been recovered on multiple occasions. Below is a picture of a reunion we had in 2007 at my parents beach house. The group was not as large at this event but it was still fun and a beautiful day.
And here are some pictures from the 2011 reunion. Out of the 10 children in my grandmother's family, there is only 1 left. Aunt Jerry, who is 89. She & Deuce both learned how to fist bump at the reunion.
Nana just loooooves showing off her grand baby to all of her cousins. My uncle Wally had his first grandchild about 6 weeks before Deuce was born so they became grandparents at the same time. My Aunt Diana said that she thought Uncle Wally was going to lick Kate, he was so in love with her and my mom said well she would eat hers...