Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Memory of Mama #4

Hello! While I am up at the computer I wanted to post another memory of my mom. This particular memory pretty much includes my whole family, but I want to share it with you anyway.

It was the summer of 2003 or 2004, I can't really remember the exact date that we went to St. Marys, Georgia. Two of my dad's sisters live in St. Marys, and one of my dad's brothers lives on Amelia Island, FL which is not far from St. Marys. My dad being a carpenter by trade came to help my uncle Mark with a construction job. They were replacing an old shingle roof on a house with a brand new metal roof. With Florida weather being unpredictable, it rained a lot while we were there. Therefore, hindering my dad and Uncle from working. So the job took a lot longer than we thought, and we were in St. Marys for a month.

We stayed at my Aunt Rita's old house she used to have in St. Marys before she bought the one she lives in now. The house had an apartment in the garage, and that's where we stayed. My mom, dad, Mandy, Maria Rose, and James Greg stayed in the apartment while Carla, Jared and I stayed in the pop-up camper we brought along with us.

With us being home schooled we were able to do these type of things and still be in school. In the mornings my mom would help us with our school and after we were done she would find things for us to do. She always wanted us to be doing something, she didn't like idle hands. That month while we were there she was always looking for new adventures for her children.

Almost everyday while we were there we would go to Goodwill. I remember my mom saying it was the best one she had ever been to, and she loved finding great deals. Sometimes we wouldn't buy anything, and sometimes God would lead us to something we needed. She also took us to the library so we could check out some books. She always encouraged us to read, and since we didn't do a lot of things "normal" kids did, my sisters and I LOVED to read. We all still do to this day! Back then I was into mystery books, especially the "Hardy Boys" books. Oh, how I loved them! Every night in the camper before we turned the light off I would read my Hardy Boys books to Carla and Jared.

Since my aunt and uncle were gone a lot of the time we were there (they traveled for their business), the flower gardens were overgrown with weeds. My mom loved flowers and one day said that all of us were going to get the weeds out of those flower gardens. Boy, that was a job! It was hot, it wasn't really fun, but what I took away from that was the lesson that we should do kind things for people even if we don't have to. When my aunt came back she loved that we did that, and that made us feel really good inside that we were able to help.

When my aunt was there she took my mom and us kids to the local water park, and that was a lot of fun as well. We also went to the beach as a family several times while we were there, and we had a blast! Every day we would ride bicycles through the neighborhood on paved roads. That was so new to us since we lived in the country on dirt roads. :)

Overall, it was a very enjoyable time spent with my family, and I will never forget it. It may be such simple things, but those are the things we never forget.

This is a picture of me and my mom sitting on a bench at the St. Marys playground. We were watching all my siblings play on the playground after we rode our bikes there. This is a special picture to me because it's just me and my mom in it. It also reminds me of that trip and how special it was.

I will never forget how special Mama was and will always tell my children about her so that she will live on in my heart and theirs. I love you, Mama. Thank you for taking the time to teach us important lessons in life and always trying to make life enjoyable and fun.