Friday, March 27, 2015

My Brother, My Mother, My Sister.....and a Journey...

I am loving the Timehop on Facebook!
This is my brother, Lonnie, and I from SIX years ago!!

I love my one and only brother and am so grateful for our relationship!
I am looking forward to seeing him tomorrow as well as two of my dear sisters!
We are in the midst of a major project - a timeline of our childhood.
I can NOT wait to hear HIS memories!!

I was late in picking Mother up at the hair salon!!!
Traffic was snarled before I even left Irving! She told me she waited 'long time' but then preened and smiled and that let me know she enjoyed sitting there watching all the people!
After being sick last week, she was grateful to look pretty again!
I know how much she loves IHOP so that's where we went this morning.

Apparently she wanted a different IHOP location but made do with the one I took her to!
She was excited at the maple syrup - the one ON THE TABLE - while I thought she wanted the warmed syrup they brought. So I had that!! We did order extra butter! Mother thought it would never arrive and refused to take a bite until it DID!


Mother was HAPPY!

I needed to stop at Trader Joe's and since she has been ill, she didn't feel like going in.

She did well sitting in the car! I think she made herself pretty comfortable!
Deanie has been telling her to keep her feet propped up to help with the swelling!


And so she DID!!

This is the earliest photo we have of Mother.

Here she is with her beloved brother, Truman.
She and her sister called him 'Brother!'
They called each other 'Sister.'

A family picture of Mother (the youngest) and her parents and siblings.

Mother at age 16.

Mother and her siblings and their husbands.
Not sure who the child in the center is.

Mother and her sister, Irene.
I am named for her.
Linda Irene!

I love looking at the old photos and wonder what life was like for my mother back then.

I know she did not have a happy life.

It is amazing how photographs can make it seem like it was a perfect moment in time.

When in reality - life was extremely difficult.
This photo is of Mother (in black and pregnant with my sister, Deanie) and Lloyd (her husband) along with her sister, Irene and her husband,  PR ( on the left ) and Aunt Alice and Uncle Truman (in the center).

I brought Mother home and she was ready for a nap.

The perk of Mother living with Deanie and Charlie is that I get to visit with my sister for a little while every week.
We had a middle of the day slumber party!!!

My siblings and I are on a journey.
A journey through our childhood.
Because of Mother's difficult life - we in turn had a difficult and traumatic childhood.
We are on a journey.
We are coming to terms with our past.

We are so grateful to God for his protective hand - not only on our lives, but our hearts and minds as well.
We are all now in a very blessed part of life!
God saved the BEST for LAST for us!
Still.....this journey is hard......some days are harder than others.
This was one of the hard ones for me - for whatever reasons.......