And nothing brings family closer than Christmas. Here is our little, but growing, family...
and we're only a small part of the bigger picture.
(Too big to put here, that's for sure!)
(Front row, l-r) my granddaughter, Kelly; then her mother, my daughter, Cindy; then the Mrs., better known as Penny; then great-grandson, Gavin being held by his mother, Katy, my granddaughter; and last but not least is my daughter-in-law, Maria.
(Second row, all the guys) my grandson, Conner; my son, Donnie, or Donovan to be exact, the husband of Maria, and father of Conner; then of course, ME in the middle; and finally Paul, future husband of my granddaughter, Katy.
1. The "maddening crowd" of thousands crowd the little (almost deserted) town of Bostwick, GA for their annual festival.
2. Billed as one of the "largest tractor parades," we watched one after another of these restored, semi-restored, and original tractors that were still plowing fields, file by for 30 minutes... had to be over 150 of them in all shapes and sizes.
3. Susie Agnes Hotel, now serving as the city hall, and being restored by the historical society.
4. A long, old, brick shed with an ailing tin roof, and a long "pit" down the center for cooking BBQ... "everybody" uses it (organizations cooking to raise money).
5. One of the few remaining fully operational Cotton Gins being used in the state today. Up and running day of festival !
6. Oh the days when "cotton was king" in the south. Even now, there are places (like here) where fields go on for miles with row after row of cotton ready for picking. Every time I see one of them, it reminds me of that Bible verse from John 4:35, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."
I have FINALLY started writing a book about my Mom's family, Charlie & Mattie Morgan.
For now, here's the cover.....(subject to changes)
So far, I have finished the first section, and well into section two, with plans for sections three and four and five! Ambitious, I know. So on these days and days of rainy weather, and winter finally coming on, maybe I can focus more on this project.... sure would like to finish it before the spring planting!
to the season of Thanksgiving! And my mouth waters!
However, it is also a great time to reflect on what we are thankful for.... so I'm joining in with Betsy over at http://myfivemen.blogspot.com/ and listing in my sidebar, "30 Days of Thankfulness." (And please know my list of things is NOT a sequence of importance... but rather things that I am thankful to have in my life.) Please enjoy as we march along this month towards the big day of Thanksgiving and family.