Sunday, November 29, 2009

My New Family

Recently Sandy and I had the honour of meeting our new (extended) family. My brother Steve proposed to his girlfriend Bobbi while on a cruise this summer, and got a big fat 'yes'. So I'm now the proud owner of a shiny new future sister-in-law. Bobbi's awesome, and we've grown very close in a relatively short time.

As if this isn't enough to be happy about, Bobbi is Guyanese. Which means, coincidentally enough, so is the rest of her family. I have friends of many backgrounds and race isn't something that enters my mind very often. I see people's hearts not their skin. But if I can draw from experience, all people of Guyanese background I can ever remember meeting have been great and a lot of fun to be around. My new family is definitely no exception.

From the moment Sandy and I walked through the door we were made to feel like part of the family. There were about twenty of us between the two sides and everyone got along like we'd known each other for years. There was no drama, just laughter, hugs and relaxed conversation. Bobbi's father has done some work in the religious community and we had a great talk about Hinduism; reincarnation and karma. Sandy and I left feeling exhilarated about the whole evening.

I won't write much more, instead I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Steve and Bobbi

Mr. Pimpilicious with Bobbi and Sandy

  Rajah and Seeta (Bobbi's father and mother), my mom Lillian and stepfather Tom

In background: me, Sandy, Steve, Bobbi, Evan (Heather's bf)
    In foreground: Dharram (Bobbi's brother), Nicole and Mahendra
(Bobbi's brother), Heather (my sister), Peshani (Bobbi's sister)
and her husband Ted

Cailey (Peshani and Ted's daughter) and Hannah (Dharram's daughter)

In striped shirt: Andrew (Ted and Peshani's son) and Ethan (Dharram's son)

Caught mid-conversation

Yup, I like this guy!

Heather and Evan

Matthew and Ryan (Heather's boys) with Steve

Speech time, celebrating the joining of the two families.
I still can't believe how great this is!


  1. yay i just love to hear about two families coming together like this and finding such wonderful common bonds and instant friendship!!
    Congrats to everyone on the new family :) really makes me feel good!

  2. Nice pics of Steve and Heather! Haven't seen them in a long time. That's awesome!

  3. I love these images... two families joined together and really having fun were well-documented. Have a great Sunday Barry!

  4. Lovely photos! Im happy you spent a nice time with your new family! Congratulations to your brother!

  5. Oh this is just so lovely. Congratulations to your brother!! What's absolutely amazing about these photos that even if you were caught in mid-conversation your all smiling. Everyone. I like that. It shows love & just the sense of family. That's wonderful!!! =)

  6. When I first saw the title of your post, I thought perhaps you had been adopted. Hehe. ;)
    The reality is much better than what I had thought, however. What a sweet, beautiful post.
    I can always count on you to warm my heart and put a big smile on my face, even when I'm totally stresed out and have a major headache. I love that.
    A huge congratulations to your brother and his gorgeous new bride. Her family seems really sweet and I'm so happy you all get along. In fact, it seems like both your families were made for each other. :) All these photos are wonderful!!

    PS. Sorry I've been MIA lately. Finding internet time has been difficult. You will hear from me shortly though!

  7. Nice! Congrats to the brother!!!