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Wednesday, October 07, 2009


So right now, people are really hurting. It's a hard time for Americans as they search for work, pay outrageous mortgages to stay in their homes and just feel slightly less hopeful. Well, this is my grandfather's homestead in Ekalaka, MT. Clearly, I did not inherit any of my grandfather's hard-living stock. My grandmother was a city girl from Bay City, MI -- but still, she was much heartier stock than me.

Still, I think this picture should provide us all some perspective on how God holds us in the palm of His Hand. That is my Great Grandfather to the right (the tall skinny man) and my Great Grandmother is the one in front of the doorway. She raised twelve kids in this house, and it's said that no one ever baked a better biscuit (she even baked them on the trail with the covered wagon!) Even my grandmother never had a harsh word against her MIL. Grandma said GG was the kindest woman she ever knew. Imagine being kind in that scenario!!! Dang, I have a long way to go.

I actually video-taped my complaint about my small office and you-tubed it. Ever done something you really regret after you've realized how wrong you've had it?

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Kristin  
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At 9:42 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

What a great post, Kristin. Love the picture! Such a reminder of how hard times were not all that very long ago. We are soft and comfy.

Thanks for the reminder. I'll try not to grumble today. :-)

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I'll try, but i don't know that it will happen. My grandfather is 93 and he remembers that homestead like it was yesterday.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

Wow, Kristin...that is such a powerful story from that picture. Thanks for sharing!

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Great picture and great reminder. I'll try to stop complaining about my lack of counter space in the kitchen. Try.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Can you imagine being known for being a cook if your kitchen was in that building? I cannot imagine it. My grandfather's brother said that during the winter, the grocer, who was rich, gave credit to everyone. Now, even if he was rich, he didn't have to do that. People were just better when they helped each other.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger quietspirit said...

Kristin:
You have given me something to think about. Some of my ancestors were share croppers in Georgia.My grandmother's sister and her husband.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing that, Kris. I needed to be reminded that they didn't have highspeed, either. LOL. And they didn't complain about it the way I am. Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to sit down and talk to them? See how they viewed the world vs how we do? I'm so totally spoiled.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think a week without a pedicure is suffering. No wonder I'm in for a world of hurt. LOL

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

That is amazing! I cannot even imagine raising 12 kids in such a tiny home. And I complain about my little worn-down house.

Puts things into perspective, doesn't it? Let alone baking homemade biscuits, my family would pass out from mere shock if that were to happen or break all of their teech if they bit one.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

What a great legacy, though, Kristin. It's funny how the more we have, the less grateful we are for it, huh? You're not alone in that.

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Wow, Kristin! I had no idea you had roots in Eastern Montana. I live near there (in Montana distances, anything under 100 miles is "near"), and our high school team plays Ekalaka every year. Please give my good wishes to your grandfather, from an Eastern Montana prairie girl near Jordan.

My grandma thinks that there's more to worry about now. The good old days were hard, physically, but there was more neighborliness and honesty, in her opinion. Perhaps every generation struggles, but with such different things.

(12 children? Mercy.)

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Farmer's Wife, I can't believe you know where Ekalaka is!!! That is so exciting. I can't wait to tell my Grandpa. You know, I showed him Ekalaka on Google Earth, isn't that fun? And his old house in Menlo Park. He's just amazed at all the changes, and that there aren't changes too.

I think your grandma is right. My new book has a 40's theme, but it's set in modern times. I think people just acted better. I mean, if you were extended credit back then, you felt an obligation to pay it back!

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

This was a great post. I grew up in a 100 year old farmhouse that was in pretty bad shape. But us kids loved it. Then, I lived in Wyoming and even today some of out-of-the way residences require from hardy people to live there.

I appreciate your perspective on our blessings to day.

I linked here from Denise Hunter's FB page. If you get a chance, please visit Family Fountain. wb

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

LOVE the picture. No "Amazing Race" playing in that house! My parents are 88/89. Can you imagine the changes they have seen in their lifetime? My mom hates antiques, though, she said she had them growing up!

I love technology because I can stay connected to new and old friends as well as family. However, as a grandmother, I do worry about them growing up in this fast world with morals going out the window. They are exposed through the media way too much. I thank God they have Christian parents who love them and guard against as much as they can.

Cheri

 

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