Joy is in the Normalcy of life. Today as I listened to the background noise of my day I realized my contentment comes from the mundane, the normal, the routine, the everyday sounds of my everyday life. I could hear the distinct whirr of my washing machine, the buzzer on the dryer telling me my bathroom rugs were dry, the *beep beep* of the microwave telling me I had left the coffee I had reheated FOR THE 2ND TIME, the yelp of Copper my 4 yr. old beagle wanting inside to get warm, the Sanitation Truck's big THUNK as it returned the garbage can to my driveway, and the one of a kind sound of #1 Husband's Ford 150 pulling in the long driveway and the Whoosh of hundreds of birds flying away from the feeders as the truck approached the house. Nothing special, nothing earth shattering, nothing out of the ordinary, yet it is the ordinary that gives me comfort. I feel at home here on this farm with all it's ORDINARY sounds, ORDINARY places, ORDINARY people...but MY PEOPLE...MY FAMILY.
WARNING: This Post is Picture Heavy
I've been scrolling through my blog album pictures archived since I began this Blogging Journey. I'm amazed at how much my family has changed and grown....amazed at the changes in my life in a few short years. When I began blogging, my thought was to create a time capsule of sorts for my family. Stories are how we share when we get together as a family. Someone suggested I create a blog as a place to share the stories with not only family but with friends both near and far. Never did I dream of the direction I would go (quilting, quilting, quilting), the people I would meet, the growth of my quilting hobby, and even the growth of my Faith.
So...in 2013 I don't want to lessen my blogging like some are doing. Oh No, I love blogging and I love the discipline of writing down events and thoughts of my life...New Challenges in Quilting, New Blog Hops, New Friends, New Ideas, New Inspirations....Why on earth would I want to stop???
So...without further ado allow me to share some of the pictures of the people who give me joy and meaning in life. Some are current, some are only a few years ago, and others are from WAAAAY back. Truth be told, I'm writing more for myself today. A New Year makes me ponder and reminisce...come along if you like!
My Favorite picture of all
Scott, My Little Gunslinger!
Reminds me of my cousin David back in the 1950's!
My son Matthew and his 4 children...my Grandpeeps!
Sliding down a Super Slide at Church
Matthew chaperoning Summer Kids Camp
My 2 Daughters! Love them!!
Mary Ellen Anna Laura
Mary Ellen & James
James Fishing with PaPaw
Such precious picture to me
Ryan at Summer Camp
Love to watch little boys play!
Nerf Gun War
Quiet Clay on 7th Birthday
Clay is Super Super Smart!!
Camping with My Peeps
Anna Laura and Her Grandmother
Mama & Anna Laura
Josh, Mary Ellen, James
Matthew & Jenda
Mary Ellen's Wedding...a Hot but Wonderful Day
Father and Son...Friends for Life
Look at ME!!! 1976 Gmama Jane and Matthew 5 months
Grandpeeps at church
An Alabama Tornado Shelter...
and Last but Not Least...
The Two of Us
#1 Husband and Gmama and Hank (who died in 2012 and buried on the farm in his special place)