I had five of my six kids there (with one kid engaged I now have a bonus son!), my sisters, and my foster sister. She flew in from NY City, and I don't think we could have laughed and cried and hugged any more. What a blessing!
The party was a typical family party for us: a thousand (give or take) kids running around, my nephews making me laugh, food, laughter, drink, laughter.
My wonderful cousin Kathy (who is the family historian) brought a huge bag full of photos and documents and family memorabilia - my mom enjoyed that so much! What a treasure, and my cousin is so wonderful to keep such great care of family history.
We had the foresight to hire a photographer, and even though family snapped a lot of pics, it is great knowing we will have professional photos to remember the day. Our photographer was fantastic, patient, good-spirited and wonderful to work with.
God is good. We treasure every day we have with Mom, and the party yesterday will yield memories for many years.