It has been a busy weekend, filled with heat and humidity, but overflowing with love. Hubby's oldest brother's daughter, our niece and Godchild Tammy, has been busy for this whole year organizing a mini-reunion and huge benefit for cancer research, and this was the weekend that she successfully pulled it off! Wow, Tammy! It was awesome! We are proud of you and all your hard work. Love you dearly!
Tammy has been working all year, but things began for us on Friday evening when she and her parents hosted the reunion fun out at their farm. Hubby and his 6 brothers were all there.
Here are the brothers. Our host Arnold, James, Neil, hubby, David, Roy, and Gary. Do you think they look alike? This is the passing of the jug ceremony! They have a Redwing pottery jug for each decade, and as each brother has a birthday they pass this jug filled with words of wisdom? from one brother to the next. This is the decade of the 70's. James is passing the jug to Neil who will turn 70 at the end of this year. They continue on down the line, and once Gary turns 70, then Arnold will turn 80 and the whole thing begins again! Crazy, but they have fun!
We had a huge hole in our celebration, though. Gary's wife, my sweet sister in law Gail, is now living with Jesus in Heaven. This is the first family get together since her death, and we missed her terribly. In fact, the whole weekend was actually in her honor. The ride part of the cancer cure benefit is now named Cupcake's First Annual Ride for a Cure (Cupcake is Gary's pet name for Gail) and Tammy is a biker, and thus organized this whole thing in memory of Gail. In the extreme heat and humidity, with heat warnings crawling across TV screens and with cell phones receiving alert notifications, 85 riders took off on their 130 mile ride in great spirits, and returned several hours
Excitement hung heavy on the hot humid air as Gary pulled the winning ticket from the drum. Our son Chuck was planning on his ticket being the winning one, so we took his picture with the bike ahead of time to avoid the crowds after the drawing!
It was a fun weekend, full of family and love. I am excited to hear the final total that will be sent for breast cancer research in honor of our beloved Cupcake.
Congratulations to Tammy on a job very well done!