When I was a boy, we saw my father’s family several times every year. We lived down the road from his parents, so when my aunt or my uncle (or both!) took their families to visit grandma, we’d traipse down for a visit. Some of my best memories from childhood involved playing with my cousins.

As adults, however, we all sort of drifted apart. For at least a decade, we didn’t see much of each other.

But over the past ten years, there’s been a renewed interest in spending time together. We have a private online family discussion forum. And about once a year (sometimes twice!), we get together to chat. And to eat. (Our family sure knows how to eat!)

Last weekend, we all gathered at my cousin Scott’s house in Shedd. It was good to see my Uncle Stan (who has had health problems) and my cousin Mart:

Stan and Mart

I’ve forgotten how many cousins I have. It’s a lot. A dozen? And most of them have children. In fact, many of them have six or eight or ten children. I cannot keep track. Here’s one of my cousin’s daughters, enjoying the salvaged swingset:


There was no roast pig this year, but we did not want for food. We had chicken and burgers and beans and fresh-roasted corn on the cob:

Corn on the Cob

We had far, far too many desserts:

Too Many Pies

As we enjoyed ourselves, the grass farmers worked their fields.

Combine at Work

One side effect of the heat and the dust and the tractors were several dust devils. One of the dust devils was notable for its size (hundreds of feet into the air) and its duration (ten minutes?):

Dust Spout

Also for its intensity:

Dust Spout

I enjoy these family reunions a great deal. I’m thinking it’s about time for me to host one next year. I wonder if Rosings Park can handle a swarm of Mennonites!

2 Replies to “2009 Noah Roth Family Reunion”

  1. Kris says:

    One of my favorite parts this year was talking to a cousin-in-law about his dairy farm. Due to a story on public radio, I was able to converse at-least-somewhat intelligently about the current troubles with low milk prices versus high feed prices and small dairies versus dairy agribusiness. Yeay for NPR!

  2. Karawynn says:

    Wowza that’s a lot of pies!

    Big NPR fan here too. 🙂

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