We have spent the last couple of weeks making memories; some planned, some not so planned. We welcomed our son and his precious family home for the first time in 4 1/2 years. My daughters, their husbands, and their children saw their brother’s sons (3 yrs and 1 yr) up close and personal for the first time in those 4 1/2 years. Tears, laughter, hugs, and quiet moments of catching up accented every moment they spent together. My 3 year old grandson and his cousins jumped right into the play as if they had always been together (there is a grand total of 10 now; an 11 year old girl, an 11 year old boy, a 10 year old girl, a 9 year old boy, an 8 year old girl, 2 seven year old girls, and a 4 year old girl).

bobby & the gang

bobby cooking the pig

 

     We celebrated by my son, along with 2 of his brothers in law, and 2 family friends, (with a brief participation by my grandson) cooking a pig  in a pit in my backyard. The five of them stayed up all night tending to the cooking process.(and listen folks, with my son’s coaching-they did the slaughtering themselves)

     The next day a large group of family and friends gathered at the church my family attends to welcome my son and his family home and to enjoy the tasty bar b q, along with the traditional pot luck dishes they brought.

     For many years my father bar b q’d pigs for the church’s yearly homecoming. He had created a recipe for the sauce that he had passed along to my son a few years ago. Everywhere my son has traveled, he has prepared Papaw’s special sauce, so it has taken on international fame! Who knew!!

 

pulling the bar  q

I’ve seen my dad wearing that red apron as he pulled the bar  q on homecoming day at our church. I know my dad would have been proud to see his grandson carrying on a tradition he began so many years ago.

     My son’s welcome home get together was a huge success. Lots and lots of family and friends dropped by to enjoy the bar b q/potluck (carrying on a tradition that has taken place for years at my home church) and to greet my son, daughter in law, and grandsons. Can’t thank the ladies enough who helped me put this big ole party together. I was exhausted by the time it was over but my heart was light. My son and his family were home and oh how good that was!