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TAG : Memories

Sharing the Tradition

Have you ever asked someone for a recipe when your taste buds have exploded with joy after that first bite? And then their sly-smiled response is: "It's a family secret!"Wow, what a letdown! I mean, would it be reasonable to expect an invitation to every meal with this person and then ask them ...

A Final Hour on the Farm Where I Was Raised

Dear friends, Do you still get to visit your childhood home? I’m 73 and the youngest in my family. My parents have been gone for several years, and the farm where I was raised was sold long ago. We just passed it on the way to visit relatives a few days ago, taking in all that has stayed the ...

Farmhouse Christmas

Today it is snowing … it rained for Christmas and that was a huge disappointment. When my daughters arrived, I had to find umbrellas to keep their perfectly wrapped packages dry. I had my trombone ready and bugled them in. My eldest daughter cringed and smiled at the same time.So what does a ...

The Memory Jar

Scottish novelist James M. Barrie wrote, “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” And as the temperature plummets and snow blankets the ground, how often do you find yourself closing your eyes and thinking of a warm August afternoon? If you are like me, you call to ...

Apples: The Jewels of Fall

Fall is in full swing, and a late-autumn snow storm reminds me of what a fleeting season autumn really is … it only lasts a short time here in the crisp, Ontario country air. Before you know it, the brilliant trees are bare and the leaves make a glowing carpet of red, gold and orange on the ...

A Glider Comes Home

I have fond memories of my husband’s grandparents. They lived on a farm in southeast Kansas. That farm was set back from the main road almost a quarter of a mile and, because it was located on a hill, the front porch was a high tower vantage point. From the front porch you could see any ...

It’s Just Mom

The box was carved oak wood that looked old even when it was new. It had a kind of Currier and Ives landscape scene decoupaged to the top that was tattered and peeling at the edges. Maybe it had been passed down to her from her mother or grandmother. Maybe it caught her eye at a rummage sale or ...

Homemade Mincefruit Stirs Childhood Christmas Memories

When I was a child more than the lights and sounds at Christmas time, the aromas were the most wonderful. The delicious scents coming from our kitchen meant it was Christmas time and those scents seem to be the frame that held all the other wonderful traditions in our home together.One of ...

Memories of the Outhouse

Here is a gift most practical, it's true; The pages are soft, we sometimes use two. We know you'll find it most useful indeed, Not only for softness, but interesting to read.As the pages are torn in the backward direction,You'll find by fall, it is the harness section. That little house, ...

More Unusual Holidays

Quiet Christmas Spent Remembering Real Reason for CelebrationThe turkey was stuffed and in the refrigerator, the salads were mixed, the vegetables were prepared for the relish tray, and the table was set. Everything was ready for tomorrow’s gathering of the family for a traditional Christmas ...

Unusual Holidays

Snow Storm Almost Ruined Christmas CelebrationOne year, several months before Christmas, my husband and I made plans with some friends to have Christmas dinner at a wonderful restaurant famous for its delicious food and enjoyable Christmas music. We made the reservations in advance, and we were ...

Scrapbook Your Memories

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. As with most things, when you have a plan, things tend to go much smoother – and a whole lot quicker.So, I always try to have a plan when I know I’m going to be scrapbooking in the near future. That plan is to build a "kit" a ...

Open Session: January/Februay 2010

Cherished Paper DollsI read the paper doll article in CAPPER'S (Looking Back, "Gift Opened New Worlds," September/October 2009) and thought giving Betsy McCall paper dolls as a Halloween treat was a great idea.I was born in 1928, so the paper dolls I collected came from the funny paper and ...

Together with God: Far from Home for the Holidays

When I’m at home with my family for Christmas, the cookies taste better, the lights glow brighter, and the fire is warmer. That’s the way memories are. They are stronger when pulled by a longing to be somewhere we’re not. Christmas is bleak and gray when we’re away from our families, ...

Influential Teachers, Classmates

For the Heart of the Home section for the September/October issue, we asked readers to share their memories of inspirational teachers and/or classmates. Siblings Inspired Each OtherThough we were not twins, my brother, Charles, was my classmate for 15 years. He began school in 1928 in ...

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