Off Line and On Again

A week ago, we conspired with my mom to “kidnap” my dad for his birthday weekend. She put an address in the GPS and told him just to drive. The final destination was a large rental cabin in Ohio, where all of us were waiting for them, waving down from the porch. “All of us” being me and my three siblings, our spouses and offspring. Twenty four in all, with number 25, a nephew just about finished in the incubator.

edit: My mom says there are 23 of us, with number 24 in the incubator. She’s right! Sorry about the misinformation.


We have procreated quite well, if I do say so myself. The little cousins are getting old enough to play games and entertain themselves pretty well, with only minor squabbles now and then. My sister suggested that each family be in charge of an activity to occupy the little guys constructively. Here the girls are making flower hair clips and the boys are painting and assembling slightly-more-complicated-than-they-look aircraft.

IMG_0102 IMG_0098

On Saturday my brother in law, Leon, smoked and grilled a birthday pig for my dad’s sixtieth celebration. Our kids were fascinated and a bit appalled that that is where ham comes from. It was a bit less civilized than the packaged stuff from the deli.

IMG_0126 IMG_0117

My dad suddenly disappeared on an urgent run to Walmart “to buy milk”. We may have been off the grid in our cabin in the woods, but there was a Walmart just three miles away. 🙂 Always he keeps a supply of fun stuff for the little guys, but this time caught him unprepared. It certainly wasn’t just milk in the bags he hauled in after bedtime. There was enough sugary stuff in the bowl he is holding up to fuel the little guys for the entire weekend.

IMG_0142 IMG_0136

The song service looks quite calm, doesn’t it? I laughed when I watched my video clips. There were so many varieties of wiggling going on in the middle of some very hearty singing. The last photo is of some of us, just as we were preparing to leave after a wonderful weekend. If you don’t know my family, these are my parents, my brothers, with the little pregnant wife missing, my little sister and her hubby, and my Gabe.

IMG_0159 IMG_0095

This is the kind of camping for us… a pond nearby to catch frogs, a woods to explore, a long lane away from the public, no internet or schedules,  a nice, solid roof over our heads and a long, long table where everybody has a spot.

9 thoughts on “Off Line and On Again

  1. Enjoyed the pics! I looked at the first one and tried to figure who belongs with which set of parents. 🙂

    1. Ken’s three are diagonal, starting with the little boy with the stick in the top row. Nate’s are the three girls with braids, Rachel’s are the little girl in the top row and the baby boy. The rest are ours. 🙂

      1. Thanks 🙂 I had it right except I wasn’t sure which of the little girls belonged to Rachel and which 3 were yours.

  2. These pics are fascinating, to say the least! My mind was flooded with memories of bygone days on your farm in dutch corner as I looked at these sweet people. Sounds like a blast!

Leave a Reply to El Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s