My husband Errol and I both come from large families. He is one of 7 children, and I am one of 8. Each year, during the summer, our families each have a family reunion. My family has theirs in July, and Errol’s has theirs in August.
The Dufort reunion was held at my nephew Mike and his wife Jen’s house this year. He and his sisters combined it with his parents 50th wedding anniversary.
There was a downpour just as the reunion was to begin, but that didn’t stop there from being 50+ people from my immediate family, and 25+ relatives and friends of my sister Penny and her husband Mike.
Everyone brings a dish or two, so we enjoy a wide range of snacks, salads, and desserts, along with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. My brother Michael, (Mike is a popular name in my family,) and his wife Tammy always bring a lobster stew, which is a huge treat for those who love the crustacean. My mom, the 92 year old matriarch of our family, comes from Florida each year to join us. It’s always great to see everyone, see how grown up the kids are getting, and to catch up on what’s new. My mom, sisters and brothers, always take a family picture at the reunion. Sadly, we lost my brother Bob this year, so the picture is a sad reminder that we are short one.
The Ducharme reunion main event was held at my brother-in-law Eric’s home. This years reunion was extended to aunts, uncles and their families, and was for the whole weekend, not just a day. Friday night we had a campfire at my sister-in-law Julie’s house with smores and snacks around the campfire, and chalk drawings on the driveway.
On Saturday we had the barbeque at Eric’s. Despite the less than ideal weather of rain off and on, we all still had a very enjoyable time. The rain would come, and everyone would rush under the tents. It would stop and everyone would fan back out onto the lawn.
It really didn’t seem to faze anyone, and certainly didn’t put a damper on the festivities. After getting much to eat from the assortment of dishes that everyone brought to share, it was time for some games. A “Did You Know” guess who game, family bingo, and adult and kids saran ball games, made it great fun for all.
65+ people attended Saturday’s barbeque, including the matriarch to the Ducharme clan, Mrs. Shirley Ducharme, as well as the youngest, Eli Schultz, who had just turned one.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, and the brave ones who chose to marry or partner up into this family were well represented!
On Sunday, there was a family church service led by Eric at the Alfred Baptist Church. Many members of the family participated in the service. Some read scriptures, and Maggie lit the candles. Several led us in prayer, and we all sang the hymns that Eric had chosen.
It was a beautiful service. The Schultz family was to receive the offering we took. They had just recently lost their “lion-hearted” 5 year old Ari Francis Schultz.
Errol and I may not agree on everything, but the importance of family is one thing we do agree on!