Terry held me close and tried to comfort me. Then, he, once again, became my hero. He began making phone calls to nieces and nephews who lived close to us. He invited everyone who could, to come to the lake for a cookout on Saturday night. We were going to be staying from Saturday morning until Monday morning. He told them to invite any family we may have missed.
My family came to my rescue. It reminded me of the weekends that all 4 of us sisters, our spouses, and our children spent at the same lake with our parents. Donna and A.M. had a ski boat. Their daughter, Teresa, did as well. Everyone took turns learning and skiing.
The lake is now a 'no wake' lake, so the pattern changed to fishing for some of us. We did enjoy a slow trip around the lake in a fishing boat. That really was fun, but we sure did miss skiing.
Donna and A.M.'s family was represented by my niece & family, Brenda & Clifford
Great Nieces - LaJonna and hubby
great niece, Starla and children
Great, great nephews- Luke and Matthew
Great, great niece- Hope
From my late great niece, Tonya's, family:
great, great niece - Skylar
great, great niece- Madison and her boyfriend
great, great, great nephew- Jericho
From Geraldine and Bob's family:
From Wanda and Charlie's family:
Niece- Tina and Joe
Nephew - Justin and Pauline
From their family- great niece Taylor
great niece Macayla
Terry and I had
Granddaughter - Maci
Grandson - Eli
24 of us were together for our cookout on Saturday night. It was a hoot. We played campfire games and shared stories. Laughter really is the best medicine. We did miss all those who couldn't attend and those who have passed through death's waters, but thought of them with the joy of the opportunity to know them so well.
Sunday afternoon the children played baseball with a plastic ball and bat. After they were done, Terry decided it was time to play ball with his 'little nephews', Mark and Paul. Brenda and I watched the action from the big window of her camper. She filmed some of it. Brenda, Skylar, and I joined them. Oh man, it was so fun. It was good that the baseball diamond was so small, else, we'd never made it. We laughed so hard we could hardly play.
It was just what I needed. My heart is full. They came to my rescue.