Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Family Reunion

As you know, we had a family reunion to go to on Sunday. It was an all day affair in Houston. Now these were cousins and kin from Mr. Precious' side of the family but they all seem to like me and told me I could come along. ;)

We all gathered in one location - The Forest Club - and then hopped on a bus to tour the sites where many of the ancestors homes had been, churches they attended and a little history to go along with it. Now you know me and my camera. If I get close to a mirror, I am going to snap snap snap! Here is Mr. Precious and me sitting right behind the driver of the bus and we were in the perfect spot for me to snap a photo of us in the rear view mirror. Am I clever or what? :)


Since this was Sunday, how perfect to snap the precious little church and it's bell tower. The tour guide allowed me to ring the bell! I told you people like me!~ :)


Just a pretty little spot...I'm sure in olden times there would have been a little band up inside the gazebo playing little olden tunes...


Our next stop after a three hour bus tour, was for a special ceremony in the historic Glenwood Cemetery.
A little close up of the base of the water fountain.

We were going to honor T. W. House, the patriarch of the family. He was the mayor of Houston around 1862. He had come to the U.S. as a stowaway on a ship, learned a trade as a baker in New Orleans, managed to move to Houston where he owned a mercantile store and sold the first ice cream in town. He later owned a large sugar plantation (you've heard of Sugarland, Texas?), had some banks, bought a ship, The Harriet Lane, and imported guns from England to help the Confederates during the Civil War. Anyway, this great man was Mr. Precious' great great grandfather.

The kin are gathering.

This is Mr. Precious' sister, my dear sister-in-law. She had put together a beautiful service to honor all the kin buried in this spot!

Mr. Precious was also a part of the ceremony and read scripture from the Bible. I love this man! Isn't he cute?
Kin with their responsive reading in hand.

Dear cousin-in-law placing a wreath on T. W.'s headstone.

How sad, after the hurricane 100 very old trees were uprooted. I took a picture so you could see the size of the beautiful old beauties.

Now we're back at The Forest Club for a very lovely dinner and program.

Mr. Precious was the Master of Ceremonies. He does this very well. Many special cousins were recognized. We had many travel to Texas from out of state. One special cousin traveled all the way from England! He had recently taken an Ancestry DNA test which connected him to this family! He spoke and it was very interesting.

One cute little cousin wrote a special song just for the reunion and accompanied herself on the uke!!The tables were beautifully dressed and each had a different floral arrangement.

Now if you know me, you know I'm easily amused! Well, I just fell in love with these little sweat sleeves for the water glasses. I'm sure this is not the name for them, but I think you get the picture.

This little sweat sleeve prevented the little water drops from falling all over your gorgeous clothes when you picked up the glass for a little sip of water. Can you love sweat sleeves? I surely can. I must get some of these little thingys.

Well, you know how it is after a long meal and drinking so many glasses of tea and water...it's Bathroom Time!! I had to take a Bathroom Snap. It wasn't hard to persuade dear sis-in-law to join me, but she just kept looking at the camera instead of looking into the mirror! I'm not going to tell her, but she may not be Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva material. Oh, no, I won't tell her.
I truly hope I haven't bored you to tears today! Family history is so very important. Mr. Precious is so blessed to have lots of information on his ancestors and I love getting into his papers just about as much as he does. I'm just so thankful the in-laws like me!! ;)
Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~
Song For Our Ancestors
Did you see the lights
As they fell all around you
Did you hear the music
Serenade from the stars
Wake up, wake up
Wake up and look around you
We're lost in space
And the time is our own
Whoa, whoa Iiiiiiiiii
Did you feel the wind
As it blew all around you
Did you feel the love
That was in the air
Wake up, wake up
Wake up and look around you
We're lost in space
And the time is our own
Whoa, whoa Iiiiiiiiii
The sun comes up
And it shines all around you
You're lost in space
And the earth is your own
Whoa, whoa Whoa
~ sung by The Steve Miller Band

35 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a great time and that the weather was beautiful. You and Mr. Precious are so cute together!!! *smile*

    I love the old church...and wow, those trees that fell...they're HUGE!!!

    Have a blessed day...stop by and take a peek at ROSE Wednesday!

    Jan

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  2. Good morning my little Texas sweetie... What great pictures this morning... I really enjoyed tour post today and LOVED the Bus Mirror and Bathroon Diva pictures... Good JOB!!! Have a wonderful day my friend...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  3. Good morning Shelia. What a special family time you had. Love to see you and Mr. Precious together! It sounds like he has a very special family. So glad you had a good time.

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  4. That's quite a reunion! I'm a Texan too and our reunions consist of bar-be-que, picture sharing, and lots of laughing. I think we need to fancy it up a little. :)

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  5. Good Grief Girl, First you made me laugh with you getting your pic in a mirror on a bus, you can't pass a mirror up, can you? THEN, your family reunion, Good Lord, I felt like I had been invited to some fancy tour, with nothing left out. Now let me tell you about my family reunions we used to have. In July, in Florida, under a picnic shelter, need I say more. LOL

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  6. Good morning Shelia~ You & Mr. Precious are adorable. :) It looks like you had a fantastic day and to have that many family members come in town for this reunion is wonderful. It looks like so much fun and the history is amazing. Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs~ J.

    P.S. I always look forward to your note songs. :)

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  7. Awww that sounds like a very touching and heartwarming reunion! YAY!

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  8. Shelia,

    You do live the most interesting life! Mr. Precious looks so handsome in a suit and tie. (Don't tell Johnny that I said that!)

    The sleeves are an excellent idea; perhaps some smart etsy (sp?) person can copy and sell these.

    Aw, go ahead and give that sweet Sister-in-law the BBSer award. After all, she likes you!

    Now, the best thing I ever heard about Mr. Precious' ancestor is that he sold the first ice cream in town. I love ice cream! What a man!

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  9. I love the picture of you and your DH on the bus. It's such a beautiful picture.

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  10. Shelia this was such a fun and interesting post! Thanks so much for sharing one of the best family reunions I've ever seen!

    O my goodness...where oh where can I find some of those "sweat sleeves"?

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  11. You can't get much better than being descended from the man who brought ice cream to town. No wonder he's so revered! Seriously though, it looks like a wonderful day for all the relatives. That Mr. Precious of yours is definitely one handsome guy.

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  12. Mr. Precious is a cutie AND a good sport to pose for that rear view mirror photo. What an interesting heritage he has as well.
    Hugs to you Sweetie, Bridget

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  13. Hi Shelia...now this is one family reunion I'd have loved to attend...y'all know how to do it up right. The ceremony honoring the deceased was an excellent idea. Oh, Im so glad you liked the EASY Cobbler recipe...it's my DH's fav..Many hugs, ;-) Bo

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  14. Well that looks like a great family reunion! I LOVE the picture of you two on the tour bus mirror...COOL! Neat to hear some of your families history.

    My dad works at a bank right now in Sugarland Texas....he will be retiring at the end of the year.

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  15. Lovely post Shelia, isnt it great when the in-laws like you? It makes for much nicer reunions!lol!! I'm fortunate in that respect too!

    Your hubby has interesing ancestory! I LOL that your SIL isnt bathroom diva material!

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  16. Oh, and yes your Mr Precious is handsome you both look fabulous together!

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  17. Of course, they love you - you must be the queen of in-law-ness! I bet you are charming!! Sally

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  18. Nice reunion...I love it...Are you from Houston?

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  19. It looks like a great time. Your hubs is a handsome man.
    My bro and I are trying to gather as much of our family history as we can. It's been interesting to say the least.

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  20. What a precious family you have :). I love the old church but have to snicker at your mirror pictures!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs,
    Kathi :)

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  21. How fun, I love family reunions! And don't ya'll look so pretty in that diva shot!

    Buffie :)

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  22. Wow, how fun was this!! You are blessed to have so many in your family to get together with. When it's all said and done. . . I mean. . . really. . . what is more important than family???!!!

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  23. Oh, you are a woman after my own heart, we love to study family history. I'm so glad that you had a good time. That is a wonderful Family Reunion. Ours are always just. Food, games and pictures. (Well, my hubbys are anyway, my side doesn't do them.)

    How could anyone not like you? Of course they all love you!!!

    I very much like the glass sleeves idea. I hate when the water drips on your clothes! Especially when it's Dry Clean Only. (Note to self, must get sleeves or rid of Dry Clean Only.)

    *hugs*

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  24. How could anyone not like a sweetie like you Shelia. Great photos and you look gorgeous in them and Mr Precious is sure cute. I love family history and family reunions. This one seems to be extremely well organised too!

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  25. Hi Sheila, Great diva pics girl . I like those sweat thingies too.Where can we get some ?
    If my dear dad was still living he would have loved the DNA relative coming from England to visit. I bet my dad would have been into the DNA stuff big time.He adored geneology.

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  26. Hi Sheila
    What a lovely family reunion and what a lovely celebration of family. The cemetary is lovely and those trees are huge....I love the base of the fountain too.

    It looks like a lovely day and you were able to sit outdoors. Mr. Precious does look cute and so do you...You had a lovely day planned and everyone looks like they were having a good time.

    I do like those glass thingys too....what a clever idea. Maybe you could ask the nice people at the restaurant where to buy those thingys..*s*..

    Thank you for sharing a lovely day with us.
    Hope yours today was lovely too.
    Judi

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  27. Hi Shelia,
    Family Reunions are the most fun...and the older I get the more important they become to me!

    You did a great job of photographing and commenting on yours!

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  28. Houston...How are you doing with clean up and such? :) Meme

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  29. What wonderful memories were made and shared at your family reunion, and it looks like such a lovely place to visit. I enjoyed the tour. laurie

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  30. Oh sweet Pickle..thanks so much for taking us along on your family reunion...loved all the pics..I know it must have been a very special and moving gathering..thanks for coming by girl...hope you have a great week!

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  31. Oh, gosh, Sheila...how could anyone NOT like you? You are the cutest thing and I love ya and don't even really know you!! 'sides all that...you take GREAT mirror photos !! hee hee hee..

    looks like ya'll had a fabulous time at such a nice reunion. Ours are always in a park or by a lake..everyone wearing shorts and flip flops..eating from paper plates and drinking from red solo cups...no little sweat sleeves around...*sigh...are we ...shudder... RED NECKS ???

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  32. What a great day! Those trees were huge and what a shame they were destoyed. The propery our cottage sits on was badly ddamaged by a tornado about 5 years ago. We lost a few big old virign trees like that. I was devastated! Surprisingly, in a short time the land has filled in beautifully. Of course we will not live to see 100 year old trees again but God has begun to heal the scar where they once were.
    Kathy
    Kathy

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  33. Oh wow, Shelia, what an amazing family history Mr. Precious has! And how wonderful of all the family to honor it like that, instead of just having a big ol' cookout like most people would have at a reunion. This was surely special!
    Oh, and Mr. Precious's tie? GORGEOUS! Noticed it right off the bat! And you looked beautiful that day, but you always do!

    Justiney :o )

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