We had another little walk down memory lane last weekend as I met my siblings at mom and dad’s for our second annual sibling weekend.
Rain and cold kept us from many of the outside projects that we had planned – but we braved the north wind for one last visit to grandpa’s barn – which is scheduled to come down this weekend.
It’s listing even more than last year – if that’s even possible.
We rescued barn doors and gates and wrestled off century old siding to be passed out among children and grandchildren and great grand children to be used in projects and flower gardens.
All the while sharing memories of our times at Grandpa’s farm. Laughing about the time grandpa paid us to paint the barn – and we painted the snouts of his curious pigs as they came sniffing around the side. Grandpa was not impressed. Or happy. And we were asked to not do it again!
The cold, rainy weather also gave us time to dig through some heritage boxes in the afternoon, meeting ancestors, hearing family legends and uncovering treasures.
Like my Grandma’s diary – giving a rare glimpse of her daily life as a farmer’s wife and mother. Seeing her through new eyes and appreciating her all the more.
And my great, great Grandma Foltge Jurgena’s passport. She emigrated from Ostfriesland, Germany in the 1800’s with her husband and children.
We held in our hands a piece of history. Our history. And I wondered why they came? Was it hard to leave? How did they say good-bye to family? Pay for the trip? Start over in a new country with a new language?
But I’m so glad they did. Or I wouldn’t be here. Thank you Albert and Foltge.
We spent the evening as we did many times growing up – gathered around in the living room eating popcorn and watching family slides.
Remembering family trips and birthdays.
Laughing hysterically at our younger selves in all our awkward cuteness.
Reliving the joy and craziness of everyday life with five siblings, vivid imaginations, and an old farmstead for a playground.
Precious snapshots of days long gone.
Glimpses of who were and how we lived.
And of those who went before us – parents, grandparents and great great grandparents – who made it possible.
We are truly blessed.