Monday, July 20, 2009

Family ... from another mother

This cabin porch. . .

. . . in the Adirondack Mountains of New York
is a place of many memories for our family.

. . . and our dear friends, Larry & Gail know all about our memories of this cabin....because they live there.

A few years ago Gail & Larry sent us this beautiful print of a painting that their children had commissioned a local artist to do as a 50th Wedding Anniversary gift.

. . . last week I finally got the print framed, and I am still wondering why I didn't do it sooner.

because every time our family looks at this print, we are taken back in time to the days we spent lounging on that porch telling stories and laughing, swinging on the tree swing, swimming in the pond, parades, fireworks, sand castles, the "pine tree cafe" (an imaginary restaurant), play productions performed by children, picnics, campfires, and bike rides to town.

We are also taken back to the feelings of safety, love and friendship we experienced here.

We spent many summer weekends here with many families that were all each other. We weren't related to any of them....but you would never know it --- because they took us in and loved on us like we were there own.

And when you live 700 miles from your family --- you need people like that in your life!

Have you ever experienced "family" like this?
Share your stories!


  1. What a cool idea... and a beautiful print too... Love it!

  2. Can I have a copy someday!?!?! I love that painting... I love the cabinhaus and can't wait till we get to go back!!!!! And yuppers I have experienced that kind of family when i moved to Cincinnati the Baldwins took me in and loved me and made me feel like i had a home!!!!

  3. Gail and Larry/Gma and Gpa Cramer9:06 PM CDT

    Awwwwwwww...what can I say. Yes, you're family has been considered in our family for a long time. And yes Cara (Nate and Danae too) may have a copy of that painting. I just have to call the photographer and have him make more prints.

  4. It was always so easy to think of you as part of the family! It was like having an extra set of siblings and who cared if there were 3 more nieces and nephews when there were already so many around! I miss my extra family and remember all the great times we had together. It seems like yesterday and yet I realize that I haven't seen you since you moved away!!! Love you all!!! Sue

  5. I used to think they were Cara's real grandparents cuz she talked about them and called them grandpa and grandma :)


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