After Seven Years….

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“We’re going to be taking a family vacation soon…guess where we’re planning on going? VA!!”

Such were the words I read on my e-mail one night while checking it with Daddy. I about flipped.

The Miners are a family we’ve known since I was about 6 to 7 years old. Having only two children in their family, one of which being only two years younger then me, Caroline and I kinda grew up together, doing everything from giving birth to baby dolls, to making Jordon play so that we could get us up a wedding. Yep, those were the good ol’ days.

Then their family moved. Talk about heartbreak!!! IMG_6446

Of course like any good friends we promised to write each other, to keep in touch over the years, to not lose contact….

Somehow that didn’t happen. I never got her address, she never got mine.

Our paths branched off for awhile.

Then we got a Christmas card. Good old Caroline texted around looking for our new address, and persisted until she got it. The result was a renewed contact, and a lot of rushing around trying to find out if we had any left over Christmas cards to send back. Included in the envelope was a card to; ‘My dear friend Caroline..’

And suddenly we got connected again.

E-mail became our way of correspondence and in late April I read the words above in an e-mail from Caroline. I sat there in shock for a couple of seconds and then, barely contained myself to get down the stairs. You know, anything to put some distance between my Daddy and my supressed excitement, but not outside to where my family couldn’t hear the good news.

THE MINER’S IN VA AGAIN???? AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!IMG_6439

I spun around one of my sisters that night. We both ended up dizzy.

What happened next still remains a blur to me, but as you can see from the pictures included, we all got together again. After seven years….

I think that there was a little bit of awkwardness at first between Caroline and I since there had been such a huge break between contact, and I knew her better through her e-mails now then I did back when we were little girls. Some things just kinda change between two friends when they haven’t seen each other for a couple of years..you tend to kind of grow up…forget about what the other liked and you don’t know what interests them now, and wonder what you might say that would be dumb or just come out lame.

But we got over it!! Winking smile We even renewed the old time favorite game of ours….LIFE!!

Since Jordon and I were the only ones really old enough to remember the times with the Miner children when our family used to babysit and homeschool right alongside of them for a few years, I guess I expected my younger siblings to kinda recede into the shadows of shy’ness and leave me to get seven lost years of talking into a few short hours…

Well, that didn’t happen. (I must confess I was a little annoyed about that too, and had to apologize later.)

All in all it was a wonderful time!! Let’s do it again soon Miners!!! (Hint…Hint..) Open-mouthed smile

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White Oak Hiking!

 

Another recent excursion.

 

One of the other things that we did recently is we heard abouIMG_1240t a place in ShenandIMG_1252oah which has a really nice hiking trail that takes you right by a waterfall. We decided for DaIMG_1186d’s birthday, we would go to White Oak and check it out! We spent the greaterIMG_1089 part of the morning hiking there and back, the view from the top is great! I don’t know exactly if you are allowed to climb the rock to the very tip of theIMG_1131 waterfall but I did! (A good videographer does anything for a shot!)

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We’re still here….

Wow, sorry about that! Last post was a family picture for last year! Lot going on lately.

 

To bring you up to date, we have recently hosted a Labor Day activity for our church family (More on a post later), had a fresh batch of our Pyrenees Puppies, we have turkeys that we are raising to be ready for thanksgiving and just finished a job where we were traveling all the way to WV and back each day (Two hour drive one way!). That is the short version of what we have been up to all within a months period approximately.

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Other than that for personal family activities, we have also found out about and visited a place in Richmond, Va. This place is a historic house and grounds formerly owned by a James and Sallie Dooley. After their passing, they wanted to have the house and grounds opened to the public, (Free of chargeIMG_9040, they operate by donation.) so that people could coma and get a glimpse of history through the house and grounds. Over 100 acres of grounds, they have a farm, zoo, several flower gardens, waterfall, aquIMG_9030arium and more. Plus, they give live tours of the hous which is completely untouched. It’s a sight to see! We spent a day there walking around and checking out the place and we had a wonderful time together as a family. We went through the aquarium first, (Couldn’t miss that!) then we walked around the grounds and zoo area, skipped the farm tour simply because one, it was closed for renovations, and two because we live on one already! If you ever have a chance check out Maymont as a entertainment spot if your in the area, it’s so worth it!