Thursday, August 28, 2008

Apple Memories

There are so many memories sitting at our/grandmother's kitchen table pealing apples. There was a golden delicious apple tree just outside the back door, just beyond the cistern. Grandmother dried many apples from that tree out the bed of her old pickup. She also helped many of us freeze apples from that tree.

She shared many bushels of apples from that tree. It was just her way to share what God had blessed her with. Many neighbors, friends, and family have enjoyed aples from that tree. Several years ago a storm got the best of that tree. After being cut down and used for firewood to heat the house, another tree was planted in its place. That tree too has gone, but through the kindness of a good friend I sat tonight looking out the window from that kitchen table where those trees had been thinking of grandmother. Remembering fried apples, apple pies and of course everyone's favorite, fried apple pies.

Grandmother not only shared her apples, she taught so much while "working" them as she would call it. She taught lessons on cooking, freezing, giving, sharing and loving. She was one of my best teachers every!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A New Beginning for us

In June of 2006 we purchased Philip's grandmother's house. It is something we had talked about in the past, but never thought we would be able to do. John and Lea were our convincing factor. They both thought it was the right thing to do. They were willing to make sacrifices for us to own a piece of our history. All four of us have fond memories of playing in this house as youngsters. This may seem odd, since I was not part of the family. I grew up only a mile away and remember playing here with the same old metal cars and trucks Philip and the other grandkids played with. We moved into the house the end of April 2007 and have never regretted a minute of it. We continue to make new memories here. Who knows what memories we will make with future generations.