Sunday, August 16, 2009

Family is Important

When we're younger we don't always take the time to stay in touch with those we love, family members we've moved away from both physically and emotionally. Not because we don't love them, but as we go through life raising children, working at a career and/or marriage, life just gets in the way. Hopefully, life will run full circle, we'll reunite and re-energize those relationships--before it's too late.

In the 1950s John and Martha Riley had five granddaughters. Of course there were several boys, too, but it's the girls this post is about. We had a wonderful time playing around the farm, sharing games and toys, and in general, making memories as all children do.

About thirteen years ago, the four of us who live in Texas planned to take a trip to Pigeonhole, Tennessee where our grandmother grew up. The log cabin still stands, has been added on to multiple times and is still occupied. One of the cousins lives in Virginia so we'd hoped to rope her in while there. We had a family emergency and had to cancel.

Five years ago, two of us hit the road and drove to Baytown to visit one cousin. We had a great weekend. The following year, two came up to the Waco area where the other two Texans live. Since then we've gotten together every summer or whenever we can all meet. This year we drove to Baytown again and toured part of Galveston. Our goal for next year is to make it to Virginia and see our fifth cousin.

How about you guys? Do you to get together with cousins or have sister outings?

Here are four of us this past weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading and writing!



  1. Wonderful post, Linda!

    Last week my hubby and I traveled 800 miles to a family reunion on his grandmother's side. Years before I met my husband, one of his off shoot cousins and I were best friends (as young girls), and I attended this reunion with her way back then. It is always fun to reconnect.

  2. Thanks, Lauri. How wonderful that you connected with one of your husband's cousins before meeting him.

  3. That's wonderful that you got to see your cousins again. I don't think anything beats family gatherings. The ladies in my family like to have Girls' Night as we call it, where usually about a dozen of us--ranging from age seven to seventy--congregate at someone's house to eat, talk, movie-watch, and talk some more. The last time, we played dress up and did each others' hair, makeup, and fingernails. It was a great memory-making event.

  4. Wow, Linda. Seven to seventy. I bet ya'll have a blast and how neat that the little girls get to hear all those stories from the past. Thanks for sharing!

  5. It's hectic when we have family get-togethers. But always interesting. Thanks!