Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Labor Day Reunion and Autumn Blessings

Labor Day Weekend - September 2016

The Annual Eppert family reunion is held every year at this time. We started off by having a girls night out with my sisters, Michelle, Patty and Sandy.

We insisted Patty drive her convertible so we could feel young and sexy, ... or sporty... Okay, just young. We had a delicious dinner and then tried not to get arrested while attempting to get one good selfie of the 4 of us. 

Sunday morning "The Eppert Sisters" sang our mom and dad's favorite hymns at a music program at the Seelyville United Methodist Church where Michelle and Patty attend.

We were pleasantly surprised to see our dear friends, Mary, Mike and Jeff Egloff in the congregation. They are truly part of our family. 

We had a different but awesome family reunion this year. We met at the Indianapolis Zoo where my niece Erin Gantz works with the elephants.

We were able to tour the elephant barn where one of the handlers put Tombie through her exercises and tricks.

This facility was amazing, and I think we had close to 40 people in there.

After Tombie finished her routine we got to see her up close and pet her. FYI - the underside of her ears are so soft!

We then enjoyed a few hours looking around the zoo before going to Jessica and Matt Templeton's home .....

Where we enjoyed great food, games and an Epic Lip Sync competition. All the songs had be about animals in keeping with our zoo theme.

Patty and Chuck Wiley's family recreates "The Itsy, Bitsy Spider". It was so much fun!

On Monday morning Darryl and I went by Uncle Ronald's farm where he and Randy showed Darryl the miniature Donkey's.
What a wonderful Family Reunion weekend we had!
The autumn blessings came the second weekend in October when we drove out to Utah for Ezra's Baby Blessing.

Family and friends gathered for the blessing. Here Jake's sister is in the background and officer Shane Laycock and his children came to celebrate with us.

Cali came down with Gideon and Parker and it was so good to see them. 

It was hard to leave my family and grandchildren again, ...

But just to see how good J~ is doing makes it easier, and reminds me how our whole family is grateful for the miracles and blessings God has bestowed on us throughout this year.

Sunday afternoon we packed up and drove 22 hours back to St. Louis and back to our normal, everyday work lives.

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