My other lovely and loving sister was also at this wedding (it was just us Harding gals, since my dad and my two brothers were unable to make it). She flew down from NY to VA with my indomitable mom, who's been having trouble walking due to some issues stemming from her arthritis (and one of our nephews came along to help out as well). My mom, a great-grandmother of four now, didn't kick up her heels the way she used to when she was known far and wide as the "Energizer Bunny"; but she did plenty of dancing in place and had a wonderful time in general.
|The Harding women, left to right: the sister on the left is #4 of 5 in our family, I'm #2,|
and the sister on my right is the baby. (The photo-bomber is my oldest son!)
I normally refrain from posting pictures of my three granddaughters (the children of my firstborn son), out of deference to his and his wife's wish to protect their privacy; but this shot is rather blurry, so I thought it would be okay. I just wanted to show you our growing family. Once, we were seven. But between December 2009, when our oldest son got married, and November 2014, when we celebrated this latest wedding, we have more than doubled in size. In a mere five years, we've added four daughters-in-law and four grandchildren--so we've gone from seven Pearls to fifteen (sixteen, really, with another wee one in utero: a sibling for our little girls). Here's our ever-expanding gang, with my mother (who goes by the handle "Mimi").