Summer Photo Fun: Family Reunion Vacation!

Family photo by Aaron

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I always love sharing Summer Photo Fun posts from our vacations, but an extra measure of joy accompanies my first vacation post this year. You see, vacation wasn’t simply vacation. It was a family reunion as well. Yay!!!

My parents, sisters, and all of our families met in Gatlinburg, TN for some overdue family fun together. We hadn’t all been together since Kelli and Jake’s wedding weekend in July 2010 so we were all super excited to be reunited this July.

The Gatlinburg/Great Smoky Mountains National Park area provided a beautiful setting for our time together—and I’ll share more of that beauty in another post—but today I’m sharing the beauty and fun of family. Hope you enjoy!

The original Hoy family by Aaron

The original Hoy family – my parents, sisters, and me.

Great Grandma and Benjamin by Aaron

My mom getting reacquainted with her great-grandson Benjamin, son of Aaron and Monica.


Our whole clan preparing to invade the mini-golf place in Pigeon Forge.


My wannabe banjo-playing daughters Kristin and Kelli. They’re so much fun!

Lyndsey and Monica by Aaron

Two other very special girls – Lyndsey and Monica, my nieces by marriage.

Claire by Aaron

What a little doll. My great-niece Claire, daughter of Adam and Lyndsey.

Doing my Preschool SS thing - by Aaron

Doing my preschool-Sunday School-teacher thing during our Sun. morning family worship.

Silly family photo by Aaron

And here we all are showing our true silly colors :)

Hope you enjoyed a peek into our family reunion. Why not plan one of your own?!

“. . . out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.” 1 Thessalonians 2:17b

*Where did you enjoy your last family reunion?

*Photos by my nephew Aaron Henry, except #4 and #5  are by me (counting from the big family photo at the top).

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  1. Kathleen Flanagan says

    We just had a family reunion of our own. Great fun. And what a blessing to galvanize bonds that are unique to DNA. Looks like a huge laughter quotient was involved, too.

  2. Our family reunion is happening in Ireland at the moment. My kids are so happy to meet all their aunts, uncles and cousins. You have a beautiful family, Cheryl. I’m so happy you got to enjoy such wonderful times together, and to create new and lasting memories.

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