When I say family, I mean family. The ones you know you can count on. Who care. Who call. Who love your children. Who smile at you in a way that makes you know they love you. Cousins who know your kids’ names, who ask them how school is, who squeeze their shoulders without the kids wrinkling their nose. Who know their personalities and make sure to acknowledge them. Who tease them about long eyelashes and ruffle blond heads, and smile at squeaky voices.

I am so thankful for my extended family. We were close as kids, doing the big family meals as a whole crew, getting together for holidays, laughing, reminiscing and planning. Cousins pretending and playing and running around causing trouble. We had a great childhood. Time moves on, and there are so many of us, we aren’t able to all get together like we used to. But no matter what, there’s always a special place in my heart for every single one of them.

I wish I had more words- the right words- to really thank this family. They are my aunt and uncle and cousins, yes. But it’s more than that, really. They love us. That much is certain. We love them back, and know they’ll always be there in a pinch. Because that’s what this family does.

Uncle Bud & Aunt Anne, Daniel, Brandon & Sara- ‘Thank you’ seems insufficient. But thank you just the same. We love you all.

December 7, 2011 - 9:50 pm

Uncle Bud - What a blessing it is to enjoy these photos and think we all have been given one another to guide us in different ways to our ultimate destination. You are as wonderfull as a daughter to me Betsy and I want to thankyou for helping fill the void that is a part of our lives without her. Your talent and love cannot be measured. Love Uncle Bud

December 7, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Kate - These are really really great.

December 7, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Anne Gerber - I smiled when I saw the pictures…they came out great! What talent. I cried when I read your words. I feel the same way. We rejoice when you rejoice, we have wept with you. Yes we love our extended family. Thank you so much.
Aunt Anne

December 7, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Minna - I love these pictures!! We did have such wonderful times when we were kids together and such special memories!

December 8, 2011 - 5:55 am

Cheryl - These pictures are great, but Anne, I especially like the one of you and Daniel!!

December 8, 2011 - 8:23 am

Ashley - Very special family to me. They took me in as if I was one of their own, and have held a special place in my heart ever since.
Wonderful photographs!!

December 8, 2011 - 10:11 am

Sarah - Betsy these pictures are so so so nice! I am thrilled with them and will cherish them forever. Thank you for being a special part of our lives too!

December 8, 2011 - 10:38 am

Elisabeth - When I say “I love ‘em all” I mean both the pictures and the family! Great job Betsy! Can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks Brandon & Sarah!!

December 8, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Colleen - What an awesome session! Just love the light and how wonderful they came out!

December 8, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Sherry - Ok, you all made me get tears in my eyes. The pictures are fantastic of everyone of you. Again, awesome job.
We love them too!
Your neighbors, The skinner’s

December 8, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Laura - These are BEAUTIFUL!

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