Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Family Photo Wall

 Mr. Handsome and me with his parents and grandparents

When I married Mr. Handsome, I was blessed to become part of a large, close-knit family. My brother and I only have five first cousins, all of whom are older and live far away. (I was honored that most of them made it to our wedding!)

Mr. Handsome, on the other hand, has six younger siblings, one of whom (Anne) is married with one daughter. On his dad's side, he has 11 first cousins and 16 "first-cousins-once-removed."

On his mom's side, my husband has seven first cousins. (Only one is married, and she does not yet have children.) We expect both sides of the family to grow exponentially in the coming years.

My grandparents are elderly and unable to travel, and my husband's paternal grandparents are deceased, so his maternal grandparents were the only ones to attend our wedding. We call them "Gram and PopPop," and they are just wonderful. They have treated me like one of their own since Mr. Handsome and I started dating.

Gram recently started a photo wall in her basement and has set aside space for five pictures of each grandchild's wedding and future family. (The wall is still in its early stages, as her youngest grandchild is only 10 years old.) Gram emailed these snapshots to me a few days ago:

Our section of the wall, featuring five wedding photos

Anne's section (right) contains wedding photos and a picture of her 17-month-old daughter

Love,
Ellie

23 comments:

  1. Mr Handsome Mom's dress is so pretty. I like the blue dress on her.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! She actually bought that dress a year ago at a consignment store. It fit and was a great price, and she had a feeling she would be needing a mother-of-the-groom dress in the near future. :)

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous1/06/2016

    Wow, your in-laws look so young! Your husband's mum could literally pass for his sister.
    Nice family!

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    1. I know, isn't it amazing how young they look? My mother-in-law is sometimes confused as one of the sisters. And at one point, someone came up to me and thought I was my mother-in-law (haha).

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous1/06/2016

    Ellie you are so nice! I really like your blog, thanks for posting so much! You are an example of a Christian to many

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I'm blessed to have you as a reader. :)

      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous1/07/2016

    I know a couple of families who have over 100 first cousins!

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    1. Wow! That would make for some pretty chaotic family reunions!

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous1/09/2016

      I know, right? In one of the families there are 14 siblings and the other family there are 18, because both the mom and dad were widowed and each had children from their first marriages. Then after they got married they had 2 of their own, one of whom is my godmother!

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    3. That reminds me of the movie "Yours, Mine, and Ours." Have you seen it? (The old version is much better than the new one.)

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous1/11/2016

      Yep, I've seen the old movie! My godmother always mentions it when she describes her family.

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  5. Anonymous1/08/2016

    wow, it looks like you had a lot of bridesmaids!

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    1. Hi there!

      I had eight bridesmaids (4 sisters-in-law, 1 future sister-in-law, and 3 friends). My husband had 7 groomsmen (2 brothers, 2 brothers-in-law, and 3 friends).

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous1/08/2016

    The picture wall is a great idea! I would definitely love to have a wall like that for my kids and grandkids some day!

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  7. Anonymous1/10/2016

    What do you mean by "first cousins once removed"?

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    1. Hi there,

      I've been told that "first cousin once removed" is the correct term for the child of one's first cousin. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous1/10/2016

      Ah, I see. It seems quite a mouthful though.

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    3. I agree. I do wish there was a simpler term for it. :)

      Ellie

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    4. godly-young-widow1/13/2016

      Yeah, I only use that term if that cousin-once-removed is closer to my age than to my cousin/their parents'. Otherwise it's cousin-niece/nephew. And then cousin-grand-niece/nephew if they're my cousin's grandkids? Got a few of those.
      Anyway, yes, you are blessed that you had grandparents at your wedding. Mine and late-hubby's grandparents were already all deceased when we got married.

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  8. Anonymous1/11/2016

    A loving Grand mother is a blessing!

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  9. Anonymous1/26/2016

    Were the Duggars and or Bates at your wedding?

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    1. We invited them, but they already had things going on that day.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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