Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Once again Mary Russell Simms has hosted a visit from a far-flung relative, her nephew Randy Raasch of North Dakota and his daughter Jess, who just graduated from boot camp in South Carolina. Jess's boyfriend Dan was also out in South Carolina to see Jess graduate. Mary's son David and his wife, Faye, opened their home to the Raasch family and all enjoyed the opportunity to become acquainted.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Mary Russell Simms recently hosted a first-time get-together between her immediate family, the Simms, with a distant and newly discovered cousin Benjamin Gleason and his family. This August 2009 gathering took place at the home of David and Faye Simms in South Carolina. Mary told me that her new cousins are super nice, very friendly, really fine cousins.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Click on the cover (above) to go to the full calendar online.
The 2009 Smith Clan Calendar is now available online. It features photographs taken at the 2008 reunion in Oklahoma City and birthdays for most of our Smith relatives. If you want your name and birthday added please drop me a note and I'll gladly add you to the calendar.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
***Jen, Zak, Vivian, Lucas, Randy, Bob, Isabella, and Jess***
In mid-January of this year, just about five weeks ago, Bob got a heartfelt email from a seventeen-year-old girl telling him that she is his granddaughter, one of the children born to his son whom he's never known. She explained that her dad is Randy Raasch who was given up for adoption by his birth mother back in 1965 and who is now married with a family of his own, a family who wants to know Dad and Grandpa. Bob was thrilled to learn he has this family - a son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, and I was equally happy and excited to welcome these wonderful people into our hearts and home. Over Valentine's Day weekend they drove over five hundred miles to come visit us and what a fun time that was. Our other son, Patrick, and his wife and two children came up to meet and get to know their new family. We are now exchanging emails and phone calls as we learn the details of their lives and they learn about us. Our next gathering is planned for Easter weekend - how exciting!!