Funny how life works out sometimes. Although I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, it has allowed me to meet some cousins I’d never met before, first on Facebook and then in person this last weekend for a family reunion.
I was introduced to Beverly Kehs and Judie Kehs Much on Facebook by my Uncle Clayt several years ago. After becoming friends with them on Facebook, another cousin contacted me thinking we must be related based on the “Sevilla” part of my name and also because we had mutual cousins in common on our friends lists.
This cousin, Brenda Clements Jones, is first cousins with Beverly and Judie. Their grandmother, Bertha Nase Long is my grandfather Clayton Nase Long’s sister. Brenda is is a certified master naturalist in the state of Virginia, and on the board of directors of the Virginia chapter of the The American Chestnut Foundation. And I’m so honored that she has also joined the team here at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
My grandfather was one of 10 children of Franklin Souder Long and Cevilla Cressman Nase. For most of my life I had only met my cousins by one of those siblings, Frank Nase Long.
But this year I was so thrilled to be able to attend the family reunion to meet more of my cousins in person. The reunion was held at the home of Judie Kehs Much and her husband Dave, and I was so honored to discover that Judie has been an avid follower of my writing at Ecosystem Gardening, and has also enrolled in my online course, Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife.
So, in addition to meeting my cousins for the first time, I got to explore Judie’s wildlife garden and discover some wonderful treasures. Total win-win for me!
Judie’s garden is overflowing with flowers, many of them native, and filled with swirling butterflies, and even some snake skins.
I had such a wonderful time that afternoon, and can’t wait until I get to visit again.
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