Friday, September 28, 2007

Flashback Friday!


This is one of my favorite pictures in the world. From left to right: My oldest sister Amy, me, my older brother Joel, my older sister Amber. We are in the bed of the wooden trailer, "the flat," attached to my grandpa's tractor. My sisters and I are wearing hats crocheted for us by our aunt (look closely, Amber and Joel have scarves on, too!).

My grandpa's tractor was once his father's. My dad has memories of riding on that tractor; I have memories of riding on it. Now my children enjoy going for tractor rides on their great-great grandfather's tractor.

My grandmother loves tractor rides through the snow. Each year at the first snow fall, my dad still goes out to his parent's house to hitch up the old wooden trailer to pull his mother through the snow-covered fields and woods. This tradition is enjoyed by generations of my family.

One of my most idyllic memories on this tractor happened almost five years ago. It was Christmas Eve and while we were all congregated at my grandparents' house, it started to snow. Someone suggested a tractor ride and soon we were all borrowing extra coats, hats, gloves and scarves from Grandma and Grandpa to gear up for a ride.

It was dark outside but the moon shone brightly as we watched the snowflakes float from the sky above down onto the fields. My dad's family is full of pleasant voices and soon someone began to sing. Our impromptu harmonized caroling echoed in the hills that dark night as a we rejoiced in our family and the birth of our Savior. The Spirit stayed with us even after our weight (I guess we're too big to all pile on the old tractor now) temporarily broke the trailer. I still felt the love and peace of the night as we lightly crunched through the snow on our way back to the house where my grandparents raised their four children.

So, when I look at this picture I see a symbol of my happy childhood. I see a legacy left to my children by their great-great grandparents of being hard workers and loving God. I see the love of an extended family--from my aunt who made our winter wear to my dad who now delights in taking my children for tractor rides. I see the little girl Mendy who was surrounded by love...and who has never had a prayer of having thin cheeks!

10 comments:

Tracy said...

What a sweet picture! But honestly, it looks like four cute girls. I can't tell who Joel is. Great memories and traditions you're passing to your children.

Jenni said...

That is a great picture!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories - sounds like your family has awesome get-togethers!!

Cami said...

Oh, I love it. I remember that tractor from the My Antonia discussion. It sounds great.

Anonymous said...

You look just like Mason in that picture because of the hat. Your family has so many wonderful traditions.

Esther

Kellie said...

What a sweet memory, beautifully brought to life. Thanks for sharing.

Christie said...

What a great picture and a wonderful memory. You painted it beautifully! I could almost see you all in the snow.

Jann said...

I love memories like this. How great that you have them and share them with your dad and now your kids.

Deb said...

great flashback! i love the picture. it's nice to look back and see the good things you've inherited from your parents and grandparents - including great memories.

Brenda said...

That was such a cute post! The picture is darling too! I think your bro. looks soooo much like your kids. How funny. That was a sweet memory (:

becca g said...

That is such a great picture Mendy!! Oh I love great pictures like that, it's timeless and wonderful. I think this is the best post I've ever read! !! Thanks for sharing!

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