Category Archives: Family History

A Supreme Year in the Early 60’s

I got my Girl Scout cookies yesterday!  My next-door neighbor’s granddaughter always comes over to take my order and then I am forced to wait a few weeks to eat them!
Author "flying up" from Brownie to Girl Scout

The Author "Flying Up" from Brownie to Girl Scout

A favorite memory of mine was back in the early 60’s when my sister and I and two friends (all of us about 8-10 yrs old) set up a small table just outside the door of Peachin’s IGA, a small grocery store in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas.  Much like it’s done today, we would hawk cookies to their customers as they came and went.  Usually a pretty dry activity, but this one year was a memory-maker!

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Mother’s Day in my Mind

MOTHER’S DAY: May 2003

It was my sister, Nancy’s, idea.  ” Let’s have a Mother’s Day party this year!”, she said.  “Ok”, I said, eyes rolling.  “And let’s make everybody wear a hat!”  Groan! She’s always coming up with these bright ideas.  So, as it seems I’ve done all my life, I try to please my older sibling.  I set out trying to decide on the “perfect” hat and then decided to make it myself by adding embellishments to a straw hat.  Aaaack!

Mother's Day 2003

Mother's Day 2003

True to form, Nancy decorated her house that would put Martha Stewart to shame. And on the “appointed day”, we all showed up in all our finery: Nancy’s mother-in-law, Elsie, my mom, Lucille, Nancy, Me and Natalee, my little sister.  We had a lot of fun comparing hats and telling stories!  Mother’s Day 2003 was declared a success!

A few weeks later in June of 2003, my mom passed away after a sudden stroke.  As God has done many times in my life, our family was blessed to have all gathered together just two days before that.  All the kids and grand kids were there and we’d had a great time.

And just the week before her stroke, I was able to give her a birthday cake I had decorated myself after having just taken a class.  I took a picture of her holding it.

Mom's BD Cake

Mom's BD Cake

And it was used as her obituary photo.

God saw to it I had one more memorable time with my mom–I was honored and privileged to be holding her hand when she took her last breath.  I whispered into her ear “Go on ahead, Mom, we’ll catch up.”

I’ll miss her again on Mother’s Day this year.

But I will always have her to wish a Happy Mother’s Day because she will always be in my memories and in my heart.

Are YOU a Memory Collector?

So, what’s a Memory Collector?

One day I was putting on a necklace that had belonged to my mom (she had given it to me after I kept borrowing it from her).  It’s a simple gold chain and small black onyx pendant with a diamond chip. 

Mom's Necklace

Mom's Necklace

 Nothing fancy and not expensive, but I loved wearing it.  I smiled when I remembered the day she finally gave it to me. She’s waiting for me in Heaven.

On another day, I was unpacking the cedar chest my mother-in-law gave to my husband.  Continue reading