I am so proud of my family for making the effort to come together for a reunion every two years since 2005. It is not only really fun, but very important for us to do this!! Leftwich Family Reunions were a regular part of life for my Grandparent’s and Dad’s generations. This lead into my early childhood years, but as my Granddaddy’s generation began to pass away, reunions began to slow and eventually stop.
My second cousin, Johnny, and I “friended” each other on Facebook. “Talking” to him on there, I began to realize that I am related to this person and I don’t even know him. We talked about getting our immediate families together sometime soon so I could meet his children and he meet mine. This all lead to planning a reunion like the ones Johnny and I remembered from years ago. This began the new generation reunions.
This past weekend we had our 4th new generation Leftwich family reunion. We all went to a large picnic area at The Peaks of Otter, near Bedford Virginia. Our reunion was coupled with an awesome corn hole tournament, complete with trophies and everything! 46 relatives, from 3 generations, came together for the festivities.
We could not have ordered a better day. The gorgeous day made my “planning” look good even though I never had a plan B—for bad weather. The day included tons of yummy, yummy food for our reunion lunch, a very well organized cornhole tournament, complete with trophies for the winning team! Congratulations to my brother, Paul and my 1st cousin, once removed (that is for you Martha and Linda), Brittany!! My cousin, Shawn, presented the trophies since he was the genius who thought to bring trophies for the winners. The day also created a wonderful opportunity for visiting. Everything was topped off with a baby shower for my cousin-in-law, Charity.
The event would not have been complete without our receiving a noise complaint around 9:00 pm (at the lodge where everyone was spending the night). Those Leftwich’s—we are a loud group!! J We so missed Bradley, Christine and Mike!! Hope they can make it in 2014!
I know our family members who have gone on before us were watching over our family and celebrating together in heaven. I hope they are proud of our staying true to our family!!