Sunday, March 11, 2012

San Miguel: Family, Then and Now

    It was so special to revisit San Miguel. My Dad's side of the family has a long history of adventuring in Mexico, and we're blessed that several of them were also prolific writers, leaving wonderfully told tales to inspire the rest of us. Here are a few pictures that capture a bit of the family history, but they only go back as far as I do.

My first trip to Mexico,  January 1976. I was six months old!
With my parents, brother and sister, grandparents, and great grandparents. "Poppa
Tom" and Granny settled in San Miguel and built this home. I have wonderful memories
of visiting here as a child. After Poppa Tom and Granny died in the early 80's, my Uncle
Glen, Tia Ana, and their family lived in the home. It's still lived in by Ana and a couple of
my cousins with their families.
The cactus garden from the last picture has been turned into a swimming pool!
Sitting in the garden at Granny and Poppa's. We're so thankful the
 house has stayed in the family. We were welcomed by Tia Ana and
all of our cousins and had a great meal of tamales together one evening.
This is "Granny's Bench" and for years it sat in her garden. It's now been moved up
the hill to Su Casa, the home built by my grandparents as a gift to their family. 

Poppa Tom and Granny are buried on a hillside overlooking San Miguel, their home,
and the Pacific Ocean. As a child we would always walk up and visit their graves. It was
very special to walk up there with my own family and share it with them. It is said that
Tom, decades earlier, took several people to this rocky plot of land and told them that one day
 he and Granny would be buried there. Granny looked at him and said "Well, we'd better start
digging!" I wish I remembered them.
Geraniums at Granny's grave.
Looking through the gates into the cemetery.
This pink peppercorn tree grows above Granny's grave. I have pepper
from this tree in my cupboard.
My Uncle Glen is buried next to Granny and Poppa Tom,  and next to him is my
cousin Teresita. It was the first time I've been there since they have passed on, and
I was moved to tears seeing their graves. They both left us too soon.
On the beach with my Daddy at San Miguel.

Thirty-six years later, on the same beach.
With a whole pile of cousins. My Gramps was a tomato farmer, and someone made
us all these little tomato outfits. 
The new generation of cousins, in Granny and Poppa's house where they live now.
As kids, we played together, unhindered by the fact that we didn't speak the same
language. It was really special to watch our kids play together all these years later!


  1. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Great story and pictures... and I think I may have had a hand in those outfits. I was a sewing fool in those days and whipped out outfits like that till Matt needed zippers and flys and then I quit. It was fun making things like that for the kids. Terry made wonderful Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and mother made the oldest group or two quilts.. then there were just too many kids coming along. Brings back lots of good memories of those days and today we are experiencing lots of new ones. So glad you all could go to Su Casa!

  2. So I see that Pearl is the spitting image of you! What a wonderful time and memories!

  3. Anonymous10:41 AM

    Great pictures and so many memories... I'm so glad you could take your family to this most special place and share it with them. Don't forget the Pooh Bears that I made for the 1st gen of kids (and yes, it got to be too many to do for all)... I did make ONE more, nearly 29 years ago for my Kristen and we still have it :)... Love your pictures and stories and YOU Rebeca, Katy

  4. Anonymous11:12 AM

    Rebeca you did a beautiful job putting these groups of pictures together. So many resemble the generations, I guess you are all special, at least in our eyes you all are. Love to you all!!!!!!! Grams~

  5. Thanks for sharing your family photos and history! Of course, I love the first one with your young parents. So sweet! How wonderful for your children to spend time with their cousins in a place that has such a rich family history.

  6. Wonderful photos! I can tell how much your children look like you from seeing photos of you as a child. :)

  7. Just stopped by to see how you and your family are doing - and growing! Your children are just beautiful - how fun to see Pearl for the first time! God has greatly blessed you so much, I'm so glad! Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure with your family. Hope everything is going well and may God grant you safe travels. - Kate


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