Family Through Time

Jane Paterson Basil invited me to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. Click on her name to read one of her short stories. Jane, I can’t believe five days are gone. I’ve enjoyed the challenge. Thanks for the invitation.

Day five


Here we are around the kitchen table. We always are comfortable in the kitchen where all the cooking and catching up happens. Going from left to right:  Gloria  and Michael Dixon are the newly weds, Meredith, Martha holding McKinley. She will soon be a year old. The family has gathered at Martha’s daughter’s and son-in-law’s home, Angela is McKinley’s mom. She’s the photographer in this picture, or Martha’s oldest daughter, Crissa, a newly wed as well. My sons are in California, and my brother’s son is in Atlanta.

Mike and Gloria are the most generous and hospitable folks. Mike, my brother has one rule, no Christmas presents. Martha and I always shop for something we know that they will love and use, and it’s never expensive. He loses his patience with Martha and me because we don’t listen. My retort is, don’t spoil my fun. Can’t an inexpensive remembrance not be considered a gift?

I wonder what I’m showing Mike? Martha has her hand out she wants to see it next. I love being with my family. I have a category called family through time where I keep all the blogs I’ve written about my family, people and dogs.

I’ve found our sibling relationship continues to grow stronger through the years. I count our families relationship with Jesus Christ as a factor in that intimacy. Whatever circumstances befalls us, our faith in God and being able to count on each other draws the circle tighter. I’m forever grateful to God and to my family.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Vivian, the Crone Chronicler. Her joy for writing is contagious! Visit her site by clicking on her name and read her terrific poems. Viv, I hope you join in the fun.

11 thoughts on “Family Through Time

  1. Great family photo, Meredith. And a wonderful family story full of warmth. I hope you and all your loved ones have a Happy Easter. It is the Thursday night before Good Friday here and it has been raining very heavily for two days – real tropical rain (which is wonderful!). Such a relief from the heat.

    I love a rainy night. 🙂

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  2. I love the picture of family and the introductions to your relatives. Meredith, thanks for choosing me to take part in Five Days Five Pictures. I’m touched that you want me to post pictures. I don’t have a camera. I carry pictures in my mind and feelings to accompany them. I count on re-membering my feelings and bringing forth words to create my posts. I’m really happy you like them.


  3. Lovely family and adorable baby! It’s so nice to see you and Martha so close and friends. I’ve a sister and we never talk, years and years without one word, since kids we were like this. I try to be nice to her, but she always find one way to get away from me.

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  4. This post is a beautiful tribute to your family and the source of your faith.
    A loving family makes so much difference. I don’t know where I would be without mine. They give me so much joy.
    I’m so pleased you have enjoyed this challenge. I did, and I wished it had lasted longer because I elected to post a series on my 6 months in the woods. There was so much more I wanted to say. Another time, perhaps.

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