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Summers on Grandma’s Farm

A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.
A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.


When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.

My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.
My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.


North Alabama is further from the Gulf of Mexico than my home town, thereby being a lot less humid, which was nice!

I’m sure the first day back from camp was spent resting up, we would attend church on Sunday, and then the rest of the week was full of wide-open possibilities!

Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.
Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.


Grandma always took us into town, which is Russellville, Alabama, a much bigger town than what we were used to.

She would buy us each a toy at TWL, and we would go to a big grocery store.

Since my parents owned a general store in Jachin, we weren’t used to going grocery shopping, which was great fun! We loved to help pick snacks and sugary cereals that we would consume during the week.

Then we would head back to our grandparents’ farm, and eventually end up playing in their great big gray barn, which was stocked with hay, spider webs, and so much dust.

Our parents would come and get us at the end of the week.  We were always so glad to see them and missed them so much!

We would go back home to our own piece of Alabama, which had an entirely different culture and it’s own rendition of an Alabama farm.

Our south Alabama farm.
Our south Alabama farm.

Duck Dynasty Arrives at the Robertson House

According to our camp director, every year they selects a theme for the week of camp. This year was Duck Dynasty, the popular reality TV show that everyone seems to be talking about. The acronym “DUCK” stood for “Devoted Unashamedly (to our) Commander (and) King. We had a Duck Dynasty fashion show, where the “models”… Continue Reading

Just Bear-ly Made it at Camp

When growing up in rural south Alabama, I attended Maywood Christian Camp every summer from the time I was ten until I was 16. So when an op came about for me to work as a counselor in central Florida, I gave it some serious consideration. And then leaped… Leaving Lefty (my sweet left-handed, left-brained)… Continue Reading

The World’s Longest Yard Sale

On Friday, I loaded up Lefty’s black Nissan truck and headed to Gadsden, Alabama to sell my wares at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Beginning (or ending, depending on who you ask) in Gadsden, the yard sale stretches 690 miles. All the way to Addison, Michigan. I have been to the sell a long time… Continue Reading

Still Resting Up from Camp!

Hi Readers, I’m still on blog hiatus, resting up from being a counselor at a camp in central Florida. Oh, but it was so much fun! I had the sweetest group of girls in my cabin. I also took Princess Buttercup, and it was a wonderful experience for her…better than I had hoped for. I… Continue Reading

Crazy Times at Camp Maywood

Every year about this time, Mom and Dad would load up Ben and me and drive us to Hamilton, Alabama so that we could attend Maywood Christian Camp. It was one of the best parts of every summer from the time that I was ten until I was 16. A close friend who went to… Continue Reading

Creep at the Creek

I’ve got another creek story for you guys. This one is scary, though, especially from the point-of-view of my grown-up, mom eyes. When I was growing up in rural south Alabama, our pasture was about a mile from the Gihon Springs community. We would ride our bikes from our house, a little way down Papa… Continue Reading

Still Hyped Up from VBS

We just got finished with VBS last night. The entire church building was decorated like the interior of a medieval castle, in keeping with the theme: The Keys to the Kingdom (of God). There were skits, arts and crafts, snacks, and Bible lessons for the kids. I remember VBS when I was growing up. I… Continue Reading

A Ride in a Glass Bottom Boat

Do the pictures in this post bring back memories to any of you? If so, then you’ve taken a ride in a glass bottom boat at Silver Springs, Florida. I found this old picture in one of Gramma Findley’s albums. It was taken around 1973. When Gramma and Papa Findley retired from the store, they… Continue Reading