Holiday Weekend in Review

Hello my blog friends.  I trust that you had an eventful weekend.  It's been a while since I remember going away for the 4th of July, but this time Mom and I decided to visit some family.  (When my parents came to this area after college it meant that we would grow up without the presence of our extended family.  So, to see them means we always have to travel a minimum of 2 hours to see an aunt or uncle and about 4 hours to see a grandparent.)  So, we always traveled.

Early on the 4th, we drove to the capital city to pick up an aunt and then we traveled to Virginia for a fish fry.  It was a small gathering but it was nice to enjoy the company of family.  I enjoyed getting sewing tips from my aunt's sister.  That conversation could have gone on for days and I would have enjoyed every minute of it.

On the way back, Mom and I stopped to my grandma's house (the only living grandparent I have now).  I always enjoy looking in her old photo albums.  But this time, it was extra special because my grandma who doesn't talk too much of her past, sat beside me and went through all the albums with me.

For the first time, she let me take home a vintage picture of her kids from out of her album (gasp!) so that I can scan it and restore it.  I'll definitely take care of that gem.

As we traveled from grandma's to home, Mom and I stopped by a few thrift shops where we managed to get our finds in the car, around the suitcases, cooler of food, and other things.  We made it work!

The purple mirror was $3.75 and the gold one was $5.

Going to make a rain barrel thanks to this post by Daniela.   :-)
This barrel was $20.

I had a lovely time despite the fact that Dad wasn't there and despite the overflow of news of other family members and their illnesses or life struggles.  We are definitely living in trying times, but it's still a blessing to be here to experience them.  So, I leave you with The Serenity Prayer.  I honestly didn't know it was all of this.  I've only heard the first part.  Enjoy!

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  1. Oh Libby, how special to be able to sit with your Grandmother while she went through the albums with you :) And it looks like you found some great treasures at the thrifty store.

    Have a beautiful week, sweet friend.

    Hugs to you!

  2. What a wonderful time spent with family. Love those pictures your grandmother gave you. You look so much like your mother and your father didn't change much through the years. What a treasure to get all those stories with the pictures. This trip was surely worth the time for that alone.


  3. sounds like a lovely time with your family!

  4. Hi Libby!! (Waves) I'm SO glad you got enjoy time with your family and that you're happy! I miss my grandparents, especially on my mom's side. I lost them when I was in college and a lot older. It's awesome that your family kept photos. My family has very few left. Hard to piece your history together. So thankful that I have a heritage in Christ though. Thanks for posting that prayer. I never knew it was that long either! I hope the rest of your summer is just as happy as it looks in these photos! :)

  5. What great family photos. So glad you had a nice visit.

    In the rain barrel picture, you look about 16 years old! That trip must have made you younger!

  6. Hey,

    I'm glad that you had the opportunity to spend some time with your family. Having just returned from visiting my family a few weeks ago, I know how important it is to cherish the time together. Awesome thrift store finds and awesome prayer! Thanks for sharing.

    Ich wünsche dir ein schöner Tag!


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