Monday, August 17, 2009

Family wedding

My dad comes from a family of 6 kids and my mom came from a family of 7 needless to say, we have a BIG family!! So I have 13 aunts/uncles, each married, almost all of them with 3 or 4 kids. The cousins are now beginning to have families of their own. I absolutely LOVE having such a big family! Family gatherings are some of my sweetest memories. There is a bond with family like no other. Although we have a big family, we continue to get bigger! A couple of weekends ago, my uncle got married to Janice. Janice has the sweetest personality, so friendly and kind. She has such a tender heart for people. Congratulations Mac and Janice!!!

This was before the ceremony...from the left, my cousin Luke, his girlfriend Becca, my cousin Chelsey, Uncle Mac and my cousin Jeremy
My cousin, Chelsey and I have formed such a special bond. We have always been cousins, but our bond and friendship gained roots so deep after her mom passed away, from cancer, almost two years ago. Blake and my old house was about 1 minute away from Chelsey's college and she had a 2 hour lunch break in between classes, so every Tuesday and Thursday Chelsey would come hang out at our house. I praise the Lord for giving us those lunches to help us find a friendship that was so close to home. A friendship we each are so thankful for today. She brings tears to my eyes just thinking about how proud I am of her and how thankful I am for her and her friendship in my life. I love you girlie!
Here is a picture of my dad's side of the family. Three of the kids from my dad's family moved to Fresno YEARS ago from CANADA!! Yeah Canada! Yes, almost all of us are Canadians! We are missing a few of the Fresno crew, but here is a pretty good group shot of the Penner clan and how we continue to grow.
Our cousin table at the reception
I can't get enough of this girl!