So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
My mother on their family farm. She is the tallest with the dark brown hair. The blond driving the wagon and holding the baby is her younger sister, Joyce. Joyce is holding their nephew, David, who belongs to their oldest sister-not pictured. The two youngest in the back are their brother Danny and sister Adria. Danny died at age 18 of leukemia. And Adria died recently at the age of 76.
My Mom in the back, Aunt Adria in the pigtails on the left, Aunt
Joyce far right. I think my Aunt Nita is in the middle holding the baby girl. The baby girl is Joy Jean, and Joy Jean's brother David is the little boy in the front. David and Joy Jean (my cousins) are the children of my Mom's oldest sister, Marion.
My brother at Danny's grave. While I was growing up, it was almost like Danny was alive because the entire family talked about him so often. He was the baby out of ten kids (one died at birth).
My Mom's brother Danny. This is his senior picture, probably taken the same year he died. The baby who died was named Keith, so Danny was named after him--Danny Keith.
Grandma and Grandpa with their two youngest, Aunt Adria and Uncle Danny. I wonder if they knew he had leukemia here?
My Mom in the middle with all her sisters. Their house in the background.
The house my Grandpa built after his first house burned to the ground. No other houses in sight. My Mom was a teenager when my Grandpa built this house. After their house burned, they had to live in a tent while he was building their new house. A storm blew the tent down, and they moved into a shed on the property. A photo of the shed is several pictures below. The house above is the one I grew up visiting. At night, if a car pulled in you could hear it coming down the gravel road forever and ever. I loved this house and we visited usually about once a month--sometimes more and sometimes less. I always slept in the right front bedroom.
Side view. My best memories of childhood were in that house, and it didn't bother me a bit that it had flies everywhere and wasps upstairs! The back add-on room was always called the annex.
The house while it was being built. Look at the clothes on the line!
Aunt Joyce 4th from the left. The rest are her schoolmates.
Aunt Adria with her baby, Deanna.
Aunt Joyce with her husband. Growing up I spent many a night at her house. She also gave me all her daughter's hand-me-downs, and they were super nice! : - )
This is David, the baby in the wagon. He is with his wife Hedie (yes that is spelled right--pronounced like "Headie" not Heidi). They are on my Grandpa's farm. David grew up in California, but he came back to visit his Mom's family quite often.
David again with his sister Joy Jean-- the baby in the 2nd picture from the top. My Mom in the back and her sister, Marion, on the far right, the kids' mother.
My Grandpa and my back, on the farm! This is the shed I was talking about above.
Grandma and Grandpa. They were both such good Christians.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
Your's truly... enjoying life then and now.