Monday, October 17, 2011

~ Peace, Love, & Family ~

 The past few months weeks I have experienced the stress of work, the heartbreak over the loss of a dear friend/colleague, and, well, all the emotional ups and downs that go with life. Fortunately for me, I was able to spend this past weekend my family in Mississippi at our annual family reunion.

It is hard to explain/express what our annual family reunion means to me, as well as all of my family. Our annual reunions began about 40 years ago, or so, but for the past 35 years we have spent them at a state park in Mississippi. It is a beautiful area deep in the woods of Morton, MS. The first morning, I awoke to this beautiful view behind my cabin...

For some reason, this next shot is one of my favorites...perhaps because it has a fallen tree that has been there for as long as I can remember. Maybe it symbolizes to me the stability of my family, the long tradition of the reunions, or just that some things do remain the same...

Along with family and fellowship is lots and lots of good eating...

My dad's famous shrimp, served (of course) with his infamous Harper Sauce

My sister and I were given our great grandmother's quilting frame, which my dad estimates to be at least 100 years old. I loved hearing the stories my dad shared about how he would sit and watch his grandmother quilt by kerosene lamp when he was a young boy. It barely fit in my car, and made for quite an uncomfortable 9 hour drive, but well worth it. My sister was smart enough to take a picture of it, and I hope to post more as we figure out how to set it up (as we don't have a clue). As we will be sharing joint custody, I anticipate (with much pleasure) lots of quilting time with her!!

Have a great week!

~ Michelle ~


  1. AZEKA's grannyOctober 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    What a wonderful tradition. Your Granny Harper must have been smiling down from heaven when she saw all of her family gathered.

  2. Michelle, it was another awesome reunion! It was great seeing you and spending some time together. Now to get dieting after eating all that yummy southern food ;-) When you get a chance, email me the what is sure to be gorgeous photos taken of us!

  3. When I saw the shrimp I remembered how much I miss the gulf coast. What a neat story. All of my family is from Wiggins and around the gulf coast of Mississippi.

  4. That is so cool about the quilting frame. I read that on Rene's blog. I'm so sorry you had been experiencing such stress at work and losses. I know exactly how it feels. I have had the same kind of fall and year for that matter. I am right there with you in those feelings. My blogging has been spotty as a result. Big hugs to you, Michelle.