Oma Dessie gathered her family together to celebrate her mother, Ethel White Chesley's 116th birthday on September 21. This was a special time to honor her promise made to her "Daddy Joe" many years ago to write his story. Dessie chose to celebrate with her mother's favorite birthday dessert - lemon meringue and also chocolate pies. Everyone enjoyed a homemade lemon pie made by Amy and homemade chocolate pies made by Beth as well as a variety of other delicious pies. The family group attending included Oma's 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Amy & Mike led us all in singing "Love's Old Sweet Song", a favorite of Grandma and Grandpa Chesley. Oma shared some sweet thoughts about her parents and presented each of her children and grandchildren with a published copy of her memories of her parents. This special book contained some memories and poems written by her parents as well as many family photos taken through the years, beginning in the late 1800's.