David is an only child, but you would never know that when you see him amid the sea of Mourer cousins who were his brothers and sisters as they grew up in the small town of Chicora, Pennsylvania. Two of those cousins own homes side by side on the Allegheny River and we have been going there for a week every summer for a very long time. Our children have grown up with their children, and it has been, and continues to be, a total blast. Every moment at the river, the beauty of nature and family surrounds you, and so there are many moments that make me thankful.
Here are some pictures of those moments, pictures of unfettered joy and celebration.
|Paul and Anna got to enjoy some brother-sister time before the cousins joined us at the river.|
|Some of that time together was spent in Paul convincing Anna that floating this beached 500 pound tree would be a good idea.|
|She did not necessarily agree with the importance of this project and here is pleading for someone end the madness. (The log could not be moved, in spite of a back-breaking effort.)|
|Since they were very small children Anna (middle) and cousins Lori and Nicole have ridden a tube together. This tradition continues, and I suspect when they are 50 years old, they will still be jamming themselves onto one tube.|
|They have added a few stunts to their tubing excursions.|
|They've learned how to relax a bit now, which was not the case for many years, when they had to be in motion for every second of every day at the river.|
|Kevin on the Rope Swing.|
|Anna is not to be outdone by the boys.|
|And, last, but not least, Kevin, Lori and Nicole's little brother "Little Paul." He gets braver and braver every summer, following in his siblings' and cousins' footsteps. Perhaps not a great idea, but lots of fun.|
I could not ask for more.