Sunday, June 29, 2008

Remembering - Part II

Good Afternoon, Dear Readers...

This is one of my favorite pictures of my sister and myself. It was taken soon after we moved from Knoxville to New Market. I was about 16 and she was 24. Our life out there was filled with a lot of work on the farm, we had no electricity, had to do washing by hand on the scrub board, no inside toilets, lived in a very old house that was not much more than a shack, no inside water (we pumped it from a cistern that was near the house). Do we look unhappy? No way!

Our two brothers who were still at home also had a lot of work to do, and of course, my younger brother, John, and I had school during the school year. My mom worked in Knoxville at her job in a knitting mill and came home to New Market on the weekends. It was my sister, Margaret, who took care of the household, and we younger children. We had a lot of fun together, and because we had no car, we spent a lot of Sunday afternoons playing games together. (Dot to dot, crossword puzzles, American checkers, chinese checkers, battleship,tic- tac - toe, etc.)

Margaret once said that she played American checkers with John so much that she dreamed about it and saw moves on the checkerboard when she closed her eyes at night. She was quick to laugh, and a lot of fun to be around. She was very patient, and my two daughters have often said how she would let them comb her hair and play with it. She loved children, but never had any of her own.


My husband, Dub, and I started reading the Bible through last night, at his request. His eyes have gotten so bad that he has difficulty reading, so we share the reading aloud of the scriptures. After we read the several chapters, we have prayer. It certainly is rewarding in a peaceful atmosphere.

We heard a really great sermon this morning from Romans 1: 16 thru the following verses to the end of the chapter. He preached on how when people do not live by faith, but turn to unrighteousness, then the wrath of God can be turned upon them.

We have had a good bit of rain over the last 24 hours and it looks like there may be more this evening.

More about my sister tomorrow. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Thank you to all of those who have made comments. I really enjoy reading them, also reading the new blogs of those who comment. Bye for now.

2 comments: TN said...

I love to read about your sister. I have three sisters and did have three brothers, but my oldest brother passed away in 2001. We have always been a close knit family and reading about your family reminds me of mine.
How nice it is to have someone to read the Bible with you. I hope someday I know what that feels like. I keep praying!
We got some good rain here today also. I love to hear it rain . I lay down while it was raining, but sleep wouldn't come. Anyway, I rested. Maybe tonight will be better.
Write me e-mail sometime. My e-mail address is:

Judy said...

You and your sister sure look like best buddies! We played a lot of games when I was young, too. That is about all we had to do as well.
I enjoy reading about your sister and family.