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Meet My Family

I don’t think you have ever met my family, la familia de Madalynne, The Flanigan Family. It’s a large and certainly messed up one, myself included, but whose family isn’t?

First, there’s my immediate family. Paul is my dad and I call him Brain. He and I, Pinki, try to conquer the world every day. Although we fail to take over the world like the cartoon characters, we always try again the following day. Michelle is my stepmom and she married my dad almost two years ago and about four years after my mom died of breast cancer. I’m lucky to have had two mothers in my life. When Michelle and my dad married, I gained a brother and a sister, Nick and Kirsten. Although Nick and I have very little to talk about (his uniform is Bears t-shirts), Kirsten VERY much reminds me of myself at her age. She’s fourteen.

Then there is my brother Gerrit who only called me when he wants his pants hemmed (yes, he sends them to me in Philadelphia) and then there’s James.

James, good ole James. D boy is what I call him. He and I were cut from the same bolt of fabric yet not. We share so many similarities yet are so different. Our relationship is truly unique, one where our Skype dates involve playing the air drums and surfing classiccarliquidators.com.

My dad was the loner child who moved to Florida from Philadelphia to escape the cold, the grey, and the wet winters and he came from a family of six sisters, all of who have large families themselves.

This past Thanksgiving, The Flanigan bunch came together for the holiday – touring the city of Philadelphia, visiting where I work, and playing our annual kickball tournament. From Wednesday through Sunday, my dad, stepmom, brother, aunts, uncles, and cousins sucked the life out of my with lots and lots of fun. By Sunday I was pooped but wouldn’t have traded the trip or the time I spent with them, not even for a bolt of very expensive fabric, a vintage handbag, or a Kate Spade handbag.


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    What a beautiful big ole (Irish?) family. Hi family! I love your dad’s face. Sounds like you had a very rich holiday.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Oh yes! We are Irish!

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    how wonderful!! thank you for the introduction; your family sounds lovely 🙂 Glad you got to enjoy a visit with so much family at once.

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    Camelia Crinoline

    Cute family. It is awesome that you guys have an annual kickball tournament.

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    Bekuh Browning

    Thanks for introducing us to your family! They look like a great group of fun people. I love that you have a kickball tournament every year.

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    just lovely.

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    How fun to “meet” your family! That kickball tournament sounds pretty cool, we don’t do that. I think that’s probs because every single one of my uncles is in such bad shape they’re afraid to lose haha 🙂 x

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      Maddie Flanigan


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    Jackie Saffert

    I love all of these pictures. Did you take them? Because they’re super lovely. Thanks for introducing us to your family, Maddie. 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      yes, I took the photos and thanks for the compliments on their quality 🙂

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    How nice you got in such a lovely visit with your family! They seem pretty cool!

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    Miss Crayola Creepy

    I loved this glimpse into your life!

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    Sewing Princess

    You have a lovely family. It’s great you got together for thanksgiving

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    Maddie, what a great story! The descriptions match perfect;y with those family members that I know! So proud of you for including them! Keep up the good work!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      thank you Gaye!

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    What a fun family! Love this post!

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    What a fun gang! I laughed at Gerrit’s description because my younger brother is exactly the same. Only giving me the honor of his attention when he needs something from me. Like the time he wanted me to knit him a beanie and I did, of course – as the great and selfless sister that I am. Oh, brothers! ha
    You have a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing this glimpse with us.

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    What a great family! I come from a big messy family myself and I’m super close to them. Being so far away, especially this time of year is hard. It’s so nice that you got to have a nice big family Thanksgiving with all of them. Looking forward to catching up with all my siblings and nieces and nephews in PA this holiday!!

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    Meg the Grand

    These pictures are completely magnificent 🙂 Your family is a joy to observe!

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