this past weekend evan and i drove up to the mountains of PA for a little pierce family gathering. evan's dad passed away about 8 months ago and the whole family was gathering at uncle bob's creek house for a memorial to lay jim's ashes to rest. this might sound like it would be a very somber weekend, and certainly at points it was, but those pierces know how to find uplifting moments even during the saddest of times. evan is the youngest of 8 children, most of whom now have children of their own. needless to say, with all these folks staying in one house (with only one shower might i add) we were definitely not at a loss for entertainment. each and every member of the pierce family has got personality to spare! the house itself was incredible, with a creek running through the backyard and all nestled in at the base of a mountain, my morning coffee outside never looked so good. we had many, many laughs and a few tears too, but i couldn't be happier about the family that i've married into. jim pierce is missed everyday by a whole slew of really wonderful people.