R.E. Reunion Report from Beth
I wrote this April 12, 2009:
Yesterday and Friday we had the R E. Whitney reunion, which is the first one we’ve had in a long time. When I originally set the date and place, I had a few concerns about it, and so did others. It was over part of the Easter weekend, and it was out at Whitney pockets in Nevada. I finally addressed the concern with the Lord and asked him point blank, “Lord, is this the right time to have this reunion?” I received a resounding “Yes.” Then I asked again, “Lord, is Whitney pockets the right place?” Again, a resound yes, the “tingly” kind, came to me in the same manner. From that point on we never looked back.
Friday morning Kim & Vicki went out to the pockets and looked around for a place to stake a claim for the rest of the group. The actual pockets campground was jammed full, and so was our alternate choice just past there. They turned around and came back to an outcropping of rock just north of the pockets and one side was packed but the other side was totally empty. They pulled in there, and realized it was perfect for our group. A couple of R.V.’s pulled in behind them and Kim went and talked to the drivers and told them there was going to be a group of about 30 or so coming for a family reunion. The were very nice and said, “Okay,” and just turned around and left. I felt like angels were just guarding the campground and saving it for us.
It was so great to see our group start to gather and one car after another started pulling in with people and gear. The sky was cloudy but it wasn’t cold, just cool. We cooked dinner and set up camp. After dinner we chatted around the campfire and sang songs and shared stories. As the evening progressed, we could see stars! That night in the nighttime there was a rainstorm that started up and then “Boom! Crack!” A huge thunderstorm began that lasted for about 45 minutes. It was powerful and magnificent. It reminded me that it was Good Friday, and how it must have been when Christ was crucified. The next morning Joy shared with us that she felt it was a huge reminder of God’s power and that he was in charge.
Early the next morning we got up and started cooking breakfast, noticing a rainbow in the east starting out from behind the mountain. It was so pretty. It kept sprinkling rain all morning long, and we kind of waited for it to stop, but it didn’t. We had a group prayer, and Clark was our voice. Something he mentioned was the recognition of how valuable rain is to the desert, and asking for the Lord’s will to be done, which we all agreed on. The rain continued, but it wasn’t hard, just a steady sprinkle, so we went ahead with our activities. We had the older kids hide the eggs and Susie (Clark’s wife) jollied everyone up with her cute pink bunny costume. When we got the signal, the younger kids hunted. The eggs were hidden in the large jutting red rock area by our camp, which provided many nooks and crannies to tuck eggs. Naturally memories of days gone by filled our minds as we watched the little hikers/hunters scramble over the red rocks, exclaiming over the prizes they found. Joy and Jill set up a “museum” in Kim’s RV, and there were many “patrons” who went in and were able to examine and handle (with white gloves) some of the artifacts of our ancestors. We had our potluck lunch–Mark Hansen showed up with perfect timing and set up a rain shelter, which kept the tables nice and dry with their lovely spread of food. Because of the steady wetness, most of the chairs were unusable, so we stood around and ate and visited standing up. Clark pulled his long RV trailer up alongside the firepit and tables, and some went inside there to eat. After the lunch we had a family meeting in the trailer to organize our extended family and plan a reunion for next year. As the meeting came to an end, the rain subsided long enough to pack up camp and head out. Some may conclude that it was too bad it kept raining all morning, but my observation is that we really wanted to meet together pretty bad if we were willing to stand around and get wet just so we could visit and catch up a little with each other.
The detailed information about who attended the reunion and the plans for next year will be posted soon.
Thanks everyone for coming and making it a dream come true!