*Sorry the pictures aren’t great… I don’t have many good pictures of my extended family…they are all on my parents computer!*
My maiden name, Hildebrandt, is German and the meaning actually does a pretty good job at describing my extended family. “Hild” means fight or battle, and “brandt” means fire or sword…pretty macho, eh? If you read my post about my immediate family you can relate the meaning of our last name to our personalities as a whole pretty well. Well now just imagine a family composed of my grandparents (Jay & Loren), their 6 kids (My uncles and aunts…Scott, My Dad, Chris, Darcy, Jodi, & Roman) with 24 grand-kids (ages ranging from 26 to a couple months old…let’s see if I can do this in order….Rhett, Jordan, Nick, Alexis, Yours Truly, Andrei, Markus, Madison, Jessica, Jasmyn, Rebeka, Thaddeus, Alex, Natalia, Stephanie, Lukas, Shea, Addison, Darius, Aisha, Jake, McKenzie, Kira, & Zakariah) and 1 great-grandchild…my baby boy Ames Anthony. All of my Dad’s siblings were athletic…and almost all of the grandchildren participated in sports at one time or another. And even outside of athletics, all of us have that ‘Hildebrandt’ fire & fight within us. So you can imagine things got pretty crazy when we all got together.
|My Grandmother Loren…my Grandpa was really sick for our wedding 🙁|
|both of my awesome families!|
My Grandpa & Grandma Dotter are unique, but also very cute. My they both have great senses of humor, something I have come to very much appreciate as I have grown older. My most recent visit to my Grandparents was when I was 8.5 months pregnant and when I first walked into their house my Grandpa said, “Well, you look like a knocked up teenager!” …Thanks? I guess. haha. My Grandma is more of your typical grandmotherly type. Whenever she came to visit she always brought us Dove chocolates and gave us each a whole dollar! A dollar when I was 3 was the coolest thing ever…when I was 17 it just became cute. She is a very, very sweet woman – she never complains and just tries her very best to be happy. Which is saying a lot since she snapper her ankle in half before I was even born and since then has been in pain and never fully recovered. She calls me from time to time just to check in and I love our chats 🙂 My Grandpa worked as a firefighter most of his life but he was very handy and ended up building a couple of their houses (in Lake Arrowhead, CA). My grandpa likes to change things up a lot…so even though he had the same job for years and years, their family moved like 7 times just for a change of scenery. He still likes to take long road trips and never likes to stay in one place too long. My Grandpa & Grandma Dotter have grown very dear to me as they have gotten older and I wish we lived closer to them!
As stated above, my Mom has 5 brothers…4 older and 1 younger. They all inherited my Grandpa’s sense of humor which makes family gatherings a hoot. They also all were ‘blessed’ with big ol bellies…which you think would bother them. But instead, they have had contests measuring whose stomach is the biggest! Haha. I’m not quite as close with my cousins (Althea, Angela, Jake, Josh, Dallas, James, John, Derrik, McKayla, Trent) on my Mom’s side – mainly because they were all older than us & lived further away. As we have gotten older though we have gotten to know them better and actually have quite a few first cousins once removed that are fun to be with. A couple years ago we had a big family reunion at the beach and it was really fun getting to know them all a lot better. I might have not been super close to my cousins, but I have grown close to a couple of my uncles and love visiting with them.
|Almost all of the Dotter side!|
I really am so blessed to have amazing families. I know that I always have someone there that I can talk to and rely on…which is something that I know not everyone has. I have a strong testimony that families are central to God’s plan and I hope to do all I can in order to live with my families forever!