Detour Down Memory Lane

I was looking for photos for Henry’s album the other night and came across a bag of some old family photos. My organization is in distress when it comes to my photos. It usually stresses me out, but on this night it was right on time! I loved the unexpected smiles and laughter it provoked. 
This is our daddy with his father on the left and our UD on the right. Grandpas with our daddy. This was taken at Julie’s high school graduation party in 1988. Julie is Old!  Daddy’s blue pants were kicking!! I love this photo. Jules and I have had great examples of love and Jesus in these three. 

This man was the salt of the earth. When I saw this photo it was angled in a way he was looking over me. It made me smile. He died a few days after my 5th birthday. I hate I didn’t know him more. I know he was greatly loved and he loved fiercely in return. He was a deacon in his church and took care of everyone.  He was our pawpaw, our mamas’s daddy. Joe was a hard  working WWII veteran, who was also a POW. He never talked about it. I love this generation because they overcame. Overcame the worst. We are raising a bunch of boys who can’t overcome much of anything, much less the worst. That’s a soapbox for another time 😉 I loved “happening”upon this photo.

If you are in our family reading this, this one surely makes your heart smile! UD doing his thumb trick to little Abby Jo at Mawmaw and Pawpaw’s house on Spradling. That’s my beautiful mama on the organ bench. Love! And yes, we grew up with organs and pianos and we sisters can’t even play chopsticks…a true Shame! I’m thinking of taking lessons. 

If I don’t ever feel like I’m woman enough, these two can whip me into shape. This was also from 1988 They were whipping my 9 year old self into shape back then just as they are today. I cannot imagine not having my nuclear family in my daily life.  I’m so glad God saw fit to give me this captain and co captain for my cheer squad! (My Daddy is my linebacker 😉 )
Be still my aunt heart! This was when this sweet child admitted he adored me. I think he still does but he is 16 and a boy…bless his heart!! Henry reminds me of him sometimes. Such sweetness. And look at those tight curls on aunt Abby’s head. Pregnancy sure did relax my curl! 
And I may have wet my pants a bit discovering this memory book my mom put in a bag of stuff for me. If you know Melissa and me, you have to laugh because you can picture our simple youth. I had forgotten some of the memories on these pages. It made me cry from laughing so hard! What a blessed youth I had. My favorite take away from this book that night was the question “what will your teachers remember most about you” my answer: ” they always say ‘there’s the girl who always has a smile'”. I didn’t realize the truth of that then, nor the gift of that smile. Funny I thought. 
So, how was that detour for you?! Fun, wasn’t it?! 😉

Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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