Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gilmore Reunion 2K15

Last week we attended the amazing Gilmore Reunion in Virginia Beach.  Sadly in January my grandmother passed away.  She and my grandfather had three children including my dad, Guy (aka Pops), Charlotte, and Gary.  

All the three siblings stayed together for the few days surrounding my grandmother's funeral.  We realized during that time that it was very sad that it took a funeral for all of us to get together and we decided back in January to have a Gilmore reunion this summer.  

Gary and his wife Garnet, offered their beautiful home in VA Beach for the reunion and so we all loaded up and headed to the beach for a few days.  Sadly Mike's schedule did not allow him to go.  

I will admit that I am a wee bit of a diva and detest driving. Once GG downsized her suitcase we all fit in their car and off we went to spend a few days with our Gilmore relatives. 
Dad and his baby brother, Gary.  Each of the Gilmore children are five years apart with my aunt Charlotte being the middle child.  My Dad looks unhappy in this picture but he was not:) 

Hope had a blast with Maizy and her sister Ava.  Garnet is truly the best hostess I have ever been around and she planned such an amazing reunion.  Each day there was a smoothie of the day which Hope enjoyed! 

Cornhole is very competive in this family.  The only sad thing about the reunion was knowing that Memaw was not there to share in our fun.  She would have loved to have sat around and watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren having a blast together.  
Because everyone lived so far apart from each other, this family has not been very close in the past.  We typically saw each other at Christmas and that was about it. One night we gathered for prayer before dinner and Pops prayed such a beautiful prayer over our family.  Memaw and Papaw were in all of our hearts during our time together and in his prayer, Pops thanked them for their sacrifices and because of Jesus we know that they are in heaven together.  
Gary and Garnet have a pool at their house and that pool was rocking with kids and adults having a great time.  Here is DAvid showing off his cannon ball skills! 

Garnet is an amazing hostess and one night she laid out a fondue table!  It was so yummy and gorgeous!  

She even planned fun activities for the kids including glow stick fun.  
One of the joys for the men and Kyle was to head out on Gary's boat to go deep sea fishing.  Kyle had never been so one night of the reunion the men headed to Gary's boat at bedtime and slept on the boat so they could leave at 5 a.m. to catch some fish.  They had a wonderful day and I think everyone caught a fish!  Here is Kyle with his dolphin fish that he caught.  We brought it home and have already sampled a filet-yummy!! 

The last night of the Reunion Gary and Garnet hosted us at their country club for supper.  We ate outside on the lawn next to the water.  It was kids night at the club and staff had games for them to play after they had eaten.  The food and setting were wonderful and we even got to snap a few pictures of our crew.  
All the Gilmore kids at the reunion!! 
Gary, Charlotte, and Guy Gilmore.  Thank you Gary and Garnet for hosting us all at your beautiful home. Thank you for providing us a place to connect and make beautful memories together.  Thank you Adam for letting us, the Robinsons, take over your room!  Thank you Memaw and Pawpaw for raising these three children and giving them steadfast love during their lives.  Lastly, thank you to Jesus for providing Memaw with her "bonus year" of life that God used to bring us all together and reminding us all of the importance of family.  

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