Cousin Reunion at Cedar Cove Ranch

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Cedar Cove Ranch is a resort near Eustace in Henderson County Texas. I grew up and lived half of my life in Texas, and I never heard of Eustace, so you probably have not either. The best way to describe it is that it is south of Canton, which is between Dallas and Tyler. The Plano cousin arranged the booking and managed most of the details and logistics as they were only a bit over an hour away. Everyone except us and the cousin in Springfield, Missouri were fairly close, and we both had made the drive to Abilene many times, so going to Eustace was like cutting off half the trip–no complaints. The surviving matriarch of the family, Auntie, held court Saturday afternoon. After her, Rand is the eldest.

The weekend was filled with relaxing activities like putting together a giant puzzle, walking around the lake or the field holding the impalas and scimitar-horned oryx herd, fishing, and just lounging on the galleries. Everyone had opted for meal preps and though we each helped in different ways so the task of feeding and cleaning up after 13 people (14 on Saturday) was not cumbersome. What I especially loved is how 3 of the men did the major clean up after every meal!

I especially enjoyed seeing Rand’s niece and her husband. The final semester of finishing up my PhD, I stayed overnight with her each week, though we rarely saw each other. She would be at work when I got out of class and I would be asleep when she came in. She was still abed in the mornings when I left. On occasion, our paths would cross, but nonetheless, it was a pleasant memory that we shared. She was working her way through university at the time. She and Alex married after we moved to Mississippi, so this was the first time I had seen him since the wedding, and it was fun to get to know him. He is funny and fun, and we share a love of good wines and talking about our favorites. He even knew a great deal about some of my fave South African wines!

Saturday night brought another superb meal, this time smoked brisket prepared by the Missouri cousin and the best potato salad I have ever eaten. Another pleasant time around the fire pit, finishing the evening with Rand playing and singing, including the song he wrote about his father: The Hands of My Old Man, which had everyone a bit teary-eyed.

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15 Responses to Cousin Reunion at Cedar Cove Ranch

  1. janebye says:

    Sounds like a lovely time all around. I haven’t heard of the Ranch, was thinking of Cedar Creek Lake, which is where the McHans used to have reunions when my kids were growing up–same vicinity. Did the horses make you think of Rio? Hurray for menfolks who help with the cleanup! 🙂 And I would love to hear Randy’s song sometime–I’m sure it was emotional for everyone. I can’t believe he’s the next oldest after Auntie! So nice to have this time to reconnect–glad you were able to go!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks, Jane. Yes, of course I thought of Rio; you know me so well. I know about the men–I just kept saying “this is awesome!” One cousin even said when he first married and he would be cleaning up in the kitchen, the patriarch of the family would get mad at him, insisting it was “women’s work” and to get in the living room…he did not cave though. I also did not realize until this trip that Auntie is only 13 years older than I am!

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      • janebye says:

        This reminds me of many holidays at the McHans’ where the men sat and watched football while the women cleaned up (after cooking). Any time I said anything or suggested that maybe it was the men’s turn, I was given the stink eye and ignored. LOL

        I have fond memories of your Rio pix and stories. Glad you got to have a little horse fix. 🙂

        Can’t believe you are about to reach matriarch status if you don’t watch out. 🙂 So technically you are the next eldest, not R, even though it’s his family. 🙂

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  2. What a lovely spot! Glad you had such a beautiful time.

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  3. What a marvelous reunion! I enjoyed reading about it.

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  4. Betty says:

    Sounds like a great time! It’s a special time when a meal can be put out for 13 people, and it doesn’t seem like work. Your niece’s husband looks to be a member of the silly sock club. No surprise as you describe him as fun and funny. Cedar Cove Ranch looks like a perfect gathering space. It’s so nice to be able to be with family again.

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  5. Beth says:

    Beautiful in every way! We need times like these to ground us!

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