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My family and I took our annual trek to Monroe, Louisiana where I grew up.  So many things never change in Monroe and yet so many things do.  While still a small, close knit community there are new shops, an ever expanding University and the popularity that has come it’s way from the Duck Dynasty Show.  Which, by the way, I love!  It’s all about family and Monroe reminds me of our BIG family.  We just got together again and 3 of my four siblings made it. There are five of us.  My sister, Linda, my older brother Mark (who lives in Beijing, China) did not make it, myself as the middle child, Mike and Brian my two younger brothers.  We always laugh and cut up and horrify our kids with stories of days gone by.

The annual gathering included my mom, 84 and her dog. My sister, her husband and son and three grandkids and their dog. My older brothers family couldn’t make it as they live in other parts of the country, my hubby was there and three of our four children.  Our two grand kids were there but our son-in-law had to work so he missed all the craziness!  Mike made it with most of his family and Brian beat us all by bringing all of his family!  We were minus one sibling, 6 children, 1 grandchild.

This visit is always crazy. Football dominates the TV and laughter, noisy kids and food dominate the house. There’s always someone running underfoot. Sleeping bags are everywhere on the floor and cousins and second cousins are rediscovering each other. My nephew Michel had grown so much, my daughter (he’s her cousin) introduced herself because she didn’t recognize him! After non stop days, about midnight, the last little one collapses as you can see in the pictures my grandson sleeping on his Aunt Becca and Aunt Laura’s laps!!

You should have seen the look on the restaurants face when we all walked in for lunch! It was a fast a furious 48 hours. We are all so different and have our quirks and issues but like the Duck Dynasty family, none of that matters. You see we love each other and accept each other unconditionally.

I hope you and your family find as much joy in each other as we do and find God’s richest blessings in 2014.

Happy New Year,


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9 Responses to Blog: Family

  1. Kaye Rhodes says:

    What fun! You are truly blessed and if that’s your mother in the light blue turtle neck, she looks GREAT! How wonderful!

  2. Tameka says:

    I love that the dogs are considered part of the family and that you made sure to include them.

  3. Bridget says:

    What an amazing family, you are so blessed!!

  4. Valma Callahan says:

    Beautiful page and the story that goes with it. Thanks for sharing, Mary. Could you please share where the scalloped printed border underneath the photos came from? It is just what I have been looking for to complete one of my own pages.

    • Mary says:

      Its from KaiserCraft Turtle Dove Kit and you can find it at Just click on our link to go to the Panstoria Store. Then look for digital content>KaiserCraft.

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  6. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Family is everything, as I have recently found out via my new “cousins” in Germany. We are still learning about each other, but are excited that the internet has brought us together.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, Mary! By the way, do they say “Munroe” or “Monroe”? LOL!

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