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Monday, September 26, 2011

Three Generations of Brothers and Sisters!

Today I am joining our sweet friend Donna at Brynwood Needleworks  for Memory Lane Mondays. On my way home last night from visiting with my three children, daughter-in-law and grandbabies I thought of how much I love my family.

Since it is almost a two hour drive to my home from theirs it gave me plenty of time for reflections of memories. I thought of how lucky I was to have grown up with four brothers. Yet I promise you it took me a very very long time to be grateful for having four brothers. I mean lets face it being the only girl in the family was not easy. I washed so many dishes and ironed so many blue jeans I still have night mares. lol
 Oh and the trips to see my grandparents in the back seat with these four trying to plant a knuckle sandwich in each other over me was quite the experience.

Even though we fought and squabbled over silly unimportant things growing up I have good memories like the time they posed with me in a stage coach while visiting New Mexico. Or the picture above where I am with two of my brothers Doy and Billy!

Or being there for me when my son Clint was married.

Or the birthdays we celebrate with our friends the Olivers!
Here you find me and my four brothers on the left and the Oliver girls with their brother Oscar on the right.  Our beautiful moms front and center and their dad Harvey!

Thinking of my brothers of course made me think of how close my children are to each other.
Here Chad,my mom, Christi, Clint, me and the idiot are all together for Clints graduation from college.
No my hair did not stick out like that the whole time the wind was blowing. lol

A couple of years later Clint married and his big brother Chad and sister Christi along with their mom showed up for the happy occasions.

They even go to other weddings with each other!

They show up to help their mom when she is suffering a loss and needs their presence!

Last but not least I thought of the two brothers and sisters who bring new joy to all of us!
Kaci and Bailey in a pumpkin patch!

They even hunt strawberries with their grandmayellowhair!

I hope my post today brings back happy family memories to you my friend!

Love to all



Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

It does, indeed! What a lovely post, Maggie, and thanks for sharing your experience of growing up with four brothers who remain close, with children who love and support each other and you, and with grandchildren who are a joy! You're truly blessed -- and inspiring!

Kim said...

That is so sweet. I always envied large families for all the reasons you just shared with us. You are truly a lucky lady Maggie.

Julia said...

Maggie, you have a lovely family. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures with us and for a glimpse of your childhood memories growing up with four brothers. Being grateful for having your brothers makes up for all the little scuffles that is since all gone and just dusty memories. Great photos.

I like the pumpkin patch and strawberry picking with the grandkids. You're a great grama, meaning wonderful... JB

Createology said...

Your post has such happy memories and I have enjoyed reading about them. Thank you for sharing...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

This was a nice post. I come from a large family, 6 kids including myself. We always had a good time. You have a lovely family.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I only have 1 sister and we are 10 years apart, so it was like I was an only child as I got older. I always wanted a big family like yours. I have 4 children and now I wonder what was I thinking!! j/k !
Have a great day!

shawkl said...

What a lovely walk down memory lane! As the oldest with 3 brothers and 3 sisters...I can certainly appreciate having others to grow up with! The good and the bad! Hugs!

Mumsy's Place said...

What a sweet post. I really enjoyed reading it. I grew up with one sister and have many wonderful memories. My brothers came along when I was a teenager. There is just nothing like family. Thank you for sharing some of your sweet family memories sweet Maggie. Hugs

yaya said...

Fun memories and photos..thanks for sharing them. I also have 4 brothers, but I have a sister to help handle the heat! We are all very close and my brothers are the best. You look wonderful in all the pics too!

Lisalulu said...

What a beautiful family story!

blueviolet said...

You're certainly blessed with a wonderful family!

Debby said...

What a sweet post. Families are so important. So many don't even speak to each other. How fun having four brothers.
Now more than when you were younger. So glad your kids are close as well.

Arkansas Patti said...

Brothers will drive you crazy but they always have your back and will protect their sis. I had 2, one passed, but I loved them so much.
Such a handsome group you have Maggie.

acorn hollow said...

We are a very diffrent family. I am the oldest with 3 younger my brother the baby and I are the closest. We are not close so lucky you to have that.

Darlene said...

Families are just the greatest, aren't they? I always feel so sorry for "older people" like me who have no real family. If you don't have siblings OR children of your own, you can be pretty lonely when you get to be my age. I always wanted to have six children and I feel fortunate indeed to have five as it wasn't easy for me to conceive. We adopted our first child, which was a true blessing after being "married without children" for six years. You can imagine how blessed I feel to have had four the hard way after that....

The pictures were all so great! Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

Great pictures and memories. It did bring back some good memories with my brother and sister.
Isn't it wonderful when you see your own children being such good friends?

Debbie said...

You are so dang cute!!!

I loved the family stories. I am 1 of 5 children. Only 1boy. He always hated having 4 sisters...LOL.. One of my sisters is gone now, and it makes you realize how fast time goes, and to enjoy each moment you have with them. She was 50.

Thanks for the stories.

God Bless~

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks so much for joining the MLM party, Mags! I love seeing all those photographs of your beautiful smiling face, and almost wet myself when I saw you'd written "the idiot"! You're such a hoot. You gave me my first giggle of the day.

Garden of Egan said...

That is a great post.
I only had one brother.
I always felt unlucky.

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful family.

Nezzy said...

What a memory land your story has created sweetie!!! I only have one sis and she's in Tx. ll45 miles away. But look out baby...when we get together... :o)

God bless ya and have a glorious fall day!!! :o)

Sue said...

I love family photos. And old family photos are even better!

Thanks for sharing these, Maggie.


Sybil said...

You sure were lucky to have such a happy childhood. Although I had two older sisters they were much older than I was and so I was mostly an "only" but had loads of "pals" so didn;t really miss having any brothers...indeed I can remember telling Mum she was not to have any more babies !!! not that she would have after me LOL
Now my tow sisters were lucky in that as they were growing up during the war yeras our house was shared with my Aunt (whose husband was away in the war) and the two boys so especially Sarah was a bit of a tomboy...
Oh Happy Families....
keep smiling, God Bless,
Love Sybil xxx

Shirley said...

Hi Maggie, I will try to leave you a comment. I am not having very good luck this evening for some reason. Your post has brought back a lot of wonderful memories. I have six brothers and three sisters. We still have a get together the first Sunday of August every year with our extended families. It is always makes you feel good knowing that you have family who will help you if needed. I have been reading just not having very good luck at leaving you comments. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Marydon said...

What a lovely share & fabulous photos. Golly, Miss M, you are even more gorgeous with age & in person! What a beauty in blue you are.

So enjoyed our hours of chattering way yesterday ... you are just the most fun ever! Love you sistah!

Have a beautiful eve ...
Hugs forever ~

Pat said...

What a beautiful thing you have shared in this post. Yes, family is everything. I have been blessed with having the most wonderful family. Seeing all your family photos reminds me I need to start scanning the "vintage" family photographs again. Boxes and boxes of them.

Julie Harward said...

Hi Maggie...I loved this post all about your family...that is what life is all about isn't it?! I am so thankful that God is so wise and sent us here as family. You have a beautiful one...have a great Fall together1 ;D

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Maggie,

Lovely to see all your family photos and what wonderful times you must all have. The photo of you and the kids in the pumpkin patch is sweet.
You have a beautiful big family.

Hope all is well with you and sending hugs

Draffin Bears said...

Sorry it was the strawberry patch, I meant to say.


Libbie said...

These were so fun to see! Love that you threw the idiot in there :)

Kacie & Bailey are so sweet in those pics! & that one of you ith your brithers! Loved it! Wow! What a wonderful life Mags :) Lots of arms around you & people lovin' ya! One more up here in Minnesota!

Love Lib