Happiness instigators Aunt Katie, right corner, and Aunt Sarah, left corner
My parents’ siblings, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law were an important aspect of my childhood. It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I realized that not all children grew up with the outflow of love that those aunts and uncles lavished upon me and my cousins.
I am thankful that our grandchildren have the kind of aunts and uncles I had, from both their dad’s and moms’ families. And any time the families of our two sons get together, daughters-in-law Sarah and Katie make it a celebration for our grandchildren.
For our July gathering in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Katie came equipped with art supplies that kept little ones’ excited and engaging each other and the adults about their creative endeavors.
Sarah brought a variety of card games that drew kids and adults together in mutual hilarity.
Charlie, ready to play cards
Note one dad (our youngest son Jeremy, hamming it up in the top photo. The dads brought their unique contribution to the fun. Uncles make an impact on young lives, too.