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Throwback Thursday Surprise

14 Mar

I decided to jump on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon on Instagram. I wanted to do something for my Mom because she does so much for me. When my Grandma, her Mom, passed away almost two years ago we got a whole bunch of photos among other things. Some were just piles of photos and some were framed . Honestly we have not touched the framed photos since we got them. It was a really hard loss for my whole family. So today I was looking for some older photos of my Mom to put together a collage-like picture idea. My Grandma had 10 kids and there are 29(ish) grand-kids and 7 great grand-babies(as of now) plus spouses. So needless to say she had a bazillion pictures. But she had each of her original 10 kids senior pictures framed above her bed. So I went to take my Mom’s senior picture out of its frame to copy it and behind her picture I found all these others. It was an amazing surprise. My Grandma really is a guardian angel in my life and I believe in the lives of my whole family. And some days she makes it a point to remind me that she is watching over me. So I shed a few tears and snapped this quick picture. I love it. And I love my Mom and my Grandma very much. I miss my Grandma very much still but I can still feel her with me in my heart.  F.Y.I – My Mom’s senior picture is the center one in the bottom row.

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My absence and brighter days ahead

6 Feb

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So I have been quiet on the blogging front for a few days. We had a death in the family and had to go to the wake and funeral in Cincinnati. It got me thinking of all the things my elders have passed on to me. One thing people might not know about me is that I love to garden. Both my Mom and Grandma Kennedy started me gardening at a very young age and I really find it fulfilling. And now that I have taken up photography, I love to capture photos of it too. I have bunches from last spring and summer. But along with gardening knowledge our family does something kind of unique (as far as I know). My Grandma K passed down actually seeds and flowers from her house and my Great-Grandma Solliday’s farm. Lots of the flowers in our gardens at the house came from the farm my Grandma grew up on in Washington, IN. And some come from the big house where she raised her 10 kids. And some come from the lake house where so many of my cherished summers were spent with my huge crazy family. And some come from the last house she lived in and passed away in. I even got a bucket of her old gardening tools when she passed away. And someday if I am very lucky I will have kids of my own to pass on starts of all these plants to. I feel a special link between my Grandma and my Mom and I when it comes to getting soil under my fingernails and I will forever be grateful for that. The first picture is of a pink-purple bearded iris that came from the big house and the second picture is some of the gardening tools I inherited. Can’t you tell Spring is a coming!!

A very special lady

31 Jan

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The lovely lady with the dog in her lap is my Great-Aunt Jane. And sad to say she passed away earlier this week. My Mom (the other lovely lady in the photo) was devastated. But my Great-Aunt Jane led a long life in which she devoted herself to taking care of so many people. My first thought, after some tears, was that all those people, I am sure, were so excited to greet her in heaven. My Grandpa and Grandma and my Uncle Joe and Jack and Pat and probably most of all her husband. Great-Aunt Jane contributed all of the historical knowledge I have about the Kennedy side of the family. I will miss going to the Cincinnati art museum with her and I will miss having brunch at that fancy restaurant that is really a hotel, that always reminded me of a castle. She was an amazing lady.

Gallery 1 Jan

Cooking corned beef and cabbage for tonight! Good luck for all us good Irish Catholics. Wink, wink. #food #foodpic #foodpost #foodstagram #familytraditions #proudtobeirish. #irish. #ilovemyfamily

Gallery 25 Dec

A Merry Christmas morning is on the way to our house! Hope you all have one too!! Merry Christmas!! #xmas #christmastree #familyandfriends #christmas #christmasgifts #christmastime #ilovemyfamily #familytraditions

Gallery 25 Dec

I used fancy duct tape to cover my old phone case. Merry Christmas to myself! #xmas. #familytraditions #christmas #christmaspresenttomyself #reducereuserecycle #upcycle #phonecase

Gallery 23 Dec

Actually have everything bought AND WRAPPED and it isn’t even Christmas Eve yet!! #procrastinator #christmastree #christmas #christmassparkle #christmastime #christmasgifts #familyandfriends #familytraditions

Gallery 22 Dec

Watching Michael Buble (obsessed!)Christmas special on TV! He is singing White Christmas with computerized Bing Crosby. #christmas #whitechristmas #christmastime #familytraditions #MichaelBuble #BingCrosby

Gallery 15 Dec

First time we have put the tree up in a few years. Looks good! #christmastime #christmas #christmassparkle #family #familytraditions (at Home Sweet Home)

Gallery 2 Dec

OMG!!! #familytraditions #family #whiteelephantgift #whitmans #whitmanssampler (at Home Sweet Home)

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