Almost Heaven, West Virginia

  1. We just got home yesterday from our family reunion in W.Va. I have to tell you my heart was overcome with emotion as I entered the state I grew up in. It's overwhelming beauty and gigantic hills have not changed. It nearly made me cry. Our reunion was fantastic. I had the chance to see nieces and nephews I haven't seen for as long as 8 years and to meet their children. Our family is scattered as far away as Alaska and everyone was there. I loved watching the new generation of babies playing, remembering when it was our children that used to play. We all took turns sitting with my Mom, who has Alzheimers and she seemed to have a good day, no outbursts and did not become over whelmed. She sat quietly and smiled a lot and I know she didn't know who most of the people were but she carried it off with grace. That part was heart breaking for it used to be Mom that lead the water balloon fights and played cho-cho with the kids. But to every thing and end must come and I am just thankful that she did not become overwhelmed with all the people. DH hurt his leg pretty bad, I think he pulled a muscle because bearing weight on it hurts like the dickens but I'm doing all the right things and he says it's getting better. I was very proud to have my daughter and soon to be son-in-law with us, got to show him off. (Love that man!) When I got back there were over 400 new threads on this web site. WOW, took me a couple of hours to catch up on all the good stuff. Missed all of you, was happy to go but there's not place like home. Hope I didn't bore you with all the details, just wanted to let you know....I'M BACK and luv ya all!!!!
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  3. by   studentOH
    Just had mine in June--Blackwater Falls every year. Wouldn't miss it for the world.

  4. by   shygirl
    Gee, How nice it is to read a pleasant post. I'm glad you had fun. Life should be fun!
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    My reunion this sunday. After 32 years might be the last reunion as few cousins want to gather together just to yack and eat covered dish. I'ts sad to see as the founding members die off, the kids (40-'s and 50's) no longer want to get together (still live in area). Working FT and caring for parents leaves little time for socializing otherwise for me.
  6. by   slinkeecat
    I live in west virginia and it is lovely..... I love my mountain home and I would not move from here for ANY reason!!!!! Black Water falls is very pretty!!!!!
  7. by   micro
    reunions, I am not much for.......

    but now a good ole' John Denver tune'

    always can sing along with that..........
  8. by   srtrn
    I live in West Virginia and agree with you on it's beauty. Thank you for visiting us and we hope you come again soon!
  9. by   nakitamoon
    Born and raised in WV,,,,, lived in florida now 20 years,,,,,, Still have to go home for indian summer,,,,,, Never disappoints me,,,, Only thing I really miss,,,,, hits me like 'spring' fever,,,,,
    oh and one more thing snow on Christmas,,,,,,
    Come from large family,,,, reunions,,,,,, done twice year,,,, one on each side,,,,, and as all cousins grew up,,,, busy with life,,,, no one comes,,,,, and it isn't the same,,,,, like NRSkaren,,,,,, ~~Moon~~,,,,,,, Really glad you had great time!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. by   Mkue
    W.Virginia sounds lovely, have a BIL from there. I hear it's very laid back down there. Sounds like a nice place to visit and LIVE..

    Glad you had fun!

    Welcome back.

  11. by   biscuit_007
    I did a travel assignment in sw virginia and got to visit west virginia several times. I must say that it is a beautiful state even for this south louisiana boy
  12. by   duckie
    I lived in W.V. for the first 13 years of my life. My favorite time there was in the Fall when all the leaves were turning, such beauty ones heart never forgets. Okay, here's a challenging question for ya......ever heard of the wee tiny town on Pennsboro? Well that's where I spent the first years of my life. And even though I live in Indiana, I am still a W.V. gal, always will be. Our reunion was held in the Parkersburg area. And you would all die laughing at the last thing I did before we left town.....I raided the stores for Mister Bee's potato chips! YUMMY, the best chips ever. We brought back 15 bags, that should do for a week or so. Someone said they will ship them to you if you order over the Internet, gotta check that out. One of the gals I work with said I'd come home with one leg shorter than the other from walking those hills. I quickly set her straight, said, "Nope I'll do like I did as a kid, lay down and roll!" Boy I do miss my childhood days.
  13. by   mc40421
    West Virginia is just as beautiful as you said. We've traveled through there a few times and hope to see more of it. My husband's side of the family has their big reunion about every 3 years out in Iowa where he's from and we always have such a great time. He comes from a family of 11 kids and I only have one brother, so when we first got married almost 32 years ago it was a big adjustment for me and I was a little overwhelmed, but I wouldn't change it for anything. The only problem is that I still can't remember everyone's name and everytime we get together there seems to be more people so I know I'll never catch up. We really have a lot of fun together!