Smoke Rings

Square or Rectangular tubing

| September/October 1976

Greetings to all our G.E.M. Family and I do hope you are having a wonderful time as you make the stops at all the shows you can possibly attend. I hope your travels will give you inspiration for stories for our magazine - write and tell us about them, even the little tiny incidents you think may not be worthwhile -this is what all our lives are made of -and we are interested!

This has been quite a year for us as there are many changes across the board in our lives - our 22 year old Donny has set-up housekeeping in an apartment of his own which is much closer to his work and he is only about four miles away from us -funny how much you miss them though, but we're happy for him and he is quite responsible for taking care of himself.

Then July 10th, our 19 year old Keli Anne became the wife of Michael Gaffney in a beautiful ceremony in the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her sister, Dana, was her matron of honor and she had two bridesmaids in the bridal party. Of course, there was a best man, and two ushers - her brother Donny was one of the ushers and our young Tommy handed out the rice bags which made him quite proud to be a part of the wedding activities.

You don't know our Keli, but she is a beautiful girl with long blonde hair down to her waist, 6 feet tall and elegant posture. She loves daisies and her gown was white with daisies imprinted on the material; the other girls gowns were the same material of daisies with yellow background. They all wore the floppy hats and carried, you guessed it, daisies; a wedding of beauty and simplicity. The groom wore a black and white tuxedo and the other male members of the wedding party wore tuxedos of yellow and black, which was quite striking in effect.

The NEW Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gaffney were radiant as they came down the aisle, out the doors and into their future together - did I cry? No, I don't cry at weddings, if I did it would be for JOY. Sure - we have growing pains as they leave and we must go on to more maturity in our lives - it isn't easy for parents when a child leaves home, but I wouldn't want it any other way. We're very happy for them and we always like to think we're receiving another member into our family, not losing one.

A reception was held at a nearby restaurant with a beautiful and delicious luncheon. And the traditional ceremony was held of throwing the garter, and the bouquet, midst the oohs and aahs of friends and relatives. And dancing -they had lots of music and dancing - it was wonderful - and as our oldest son and family came down from Stroudsburg, our family was together for a time of festivity and happiness. It's pretty hard to have the whole Branyan Bunch together anymore and to me this was happiness abounding.


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