A few days ago I went on a photo shoot to capture some of my most beloved childhood memories. Here in my hometown is a house that no matter what year it is, or how trendy the world gets, this home stands frozen in time. It belongs to my Mom's cousin, Inez, although she is more like an aunt to all of us.
This old home was built in 1889 and has provided our entire family with a sort of haven if you will. There was never a time we couldn't walk through the doors, (often times unannounced), that we didn't feel as if we were in our own home. The warmth and love that lives w/in these walls is enough to warm the heart of anyone on the coldest of days.
Upon taking a walk around to capture my memories, I was reminded of just how many Summer nights this old porch was graced with family and friends. All enjoying each others company, having cups of coffee and making memories that would stand the test of time.
As I stood here, getting the camera just right, the past came back to me. I could see "Uncle" JT (who has since passed on to glory) sitting in one of these very rocking chairs, with a cup of coffee in hand, enjoying a crisp Fall evening. I stood there for a moment, smelling the brewed beans, and watched him, in his flannel shirt as he took a sip from his steaming cup. I was somewhere back in time as I heard an approaching car, a honking horn and looked on as he threw up his hand to wave as he always did.
Let's head on around back...Come on, take a walk with me=)
Can you hear the dinner bell ringing? She used to come out and ring the bell to call JT in from the garden for their supper. I can smell the fried okra even now.
Some folks may wonder..."What is this a picture of?" My answer is, nothing special really. It's simply the outside of the shed but the shabbiness of it screams "Character" to me. I appreciate how these items seem to, like I mentioned earlier, stand frozen in time.
I even had a companion join me for part of my walk down memory lane.
I often wonder if animals appreciate the beauty around them? This sweet kitty seems to know where her bread is buttered=) She seems to be saying to me "Don't ya just love it here?" I do kitty cat, I do=)
Come on in with me, I promise your more than welcome in this home.
Home is where the heart is. That is very much true, but also in this particular home, the kitchen is where the heart is. On any given day there was a hot meal, hot coffee, ALWAYS a dessert which more often than not, consisted of homemade cakes and pies. And she always had a treat for us little ones. =)
I just love the way that some of her cooking and baking pieces are hung on the wall on the back porch. This is how it was done back in the day, by everyone I'm sure. But isn't it funny how so many of us shabby and primitive decor lovers aspire so hard to achieve this look? And here it's just natural=)
I love the hats by the back door. It somehow brings life to this area. And the little dress, oh how I love this little dress. I think this used to hold clothes pins when Inez would hang out the laundry. Just adorable, it somehow reminds me of a simpler time.
Walking into this home never fails to lift my spirits. Can you hear the creak of the door? I can, it sounds the same as it did 30 years ago. Another memory that some may never have thought about.
And here she is, the lady of the house. She is truly one of the kindest spirits that God ever placed on this earth. She made her house a home, opened it's doors and called us in. Anyone who has been privileged enough to have her in their life has been truly blessed.
Each time I walk into Inez's home, I'm transported back in time, and the day I took these photos was no different. I'm reminded of my childhood, of all the times that God brought us together as a family. I'm reminded of our family members that are no longer with us...JT, Big Sister, Bigma and Granddaddy, Uncle Earl, Little Sally, and Uncle Buddy. I'll treasure this particular day for years to come as well.
Make your memories folks. Take the time to stop and appreciate the little things in life. Look around you....what do you appreciate? Let you're memories take you for a walk back in time...what do you treasure from those days?
Take the time....and remember=)
Thanks for joining me on the tour today=)