Saturday, March 31, 2012
I don't have any particular memories of honeysuckle. This bush is not so impressive from a distance, but upclose you appreciate its delicate blooms and the heavenly smell from the branches. We have a hillside covered with honeysuckle and you can smell it from quite a distance away. Maddison was not so impressed with the smell of this spring experience, but maybe it will trigger a memory on a warm spring day 20 or so years from now. She may get a whiff of the sweet fragerance, close her eyes and remember a day, many, many years earlier and smile. She won't know quite why, but it will make her think of days spent wandering around Mimi and Papa's farm.
I don't have a lot of material possessions to leave to my family. I am not a collector of antiques or jewelry, I don't quilt or crochet or create beautiful crafts to pass down to anyone. Neither did my mother. I have very few of her "worldly possessions". But she gave me patience and caring. She shared her love of nature and life and oh so many memories of times spent together. My wish is that I can do the same thing for my children and grandchildren. Redbuds and honeysuckle. . . and the memories they bring.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
So, whatever the back story, the kids are loving this new tractor. We watched Papa brush hog the little bottom yesterday and it was some kind of exciting!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Amanda and Josh and Mason really believe in celebrating the Irish holiday in style! For some reason Maddison missed out on this picture. I come from Irish heritage, but I don't really do much to celebrate. My grandmother, I believe, was full "blooded" Irish. Her last name was McKeighan, and my Grandfather was a Sullivan. That could explain some red hair in the family!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Together, these three couples link my past to my present and future. They are always there for me when I need them, make me laugh when I don't think I can and provide the support and encouragment only a family can give. We get together about 3 or 4 times a year, with our children and their children (no small task, since we are a group of almost 30!). I know that my mom is in heaven smiling when we are all together. She would have wanted us to stay close and support each other. Thanks Mom for giving us such a strong and loving family!