Nov 6, 2007

A trip to me mum's

Gathering hickory nuts for Grammie

My mum has been building a new house- they just received there c.o. (certificate of occupancy), so really now it is their new HOME. Quite lovely, a little downsized from their last home, though I will miss that one, but from their new backyard view I can see the old farmhouse.

They divided their 150 acres and decided to build a new place on the front lot. They were blessed to have a Christian couple come buy their home and a wonderful mentoring friendship has begun. Curtis and Christine (the new owners) are graciously letting their horse, Asa , live in his old barn, as his new living quarters hasn't been built yet.

My mum has the energy of a 30 year old-her husband (my step dad, my dad passed away while I was pregnant with my oldest Pirate) David has the energy, determination and strength of 12 young men. Quite the couple!

Margie, me mum, is a master gardener, she is self taught and her knowledge is amazing. Only a trickle of that rolled down to me and it is still coming praise God! I am always amazed as she throws in a new garden area, adds a huge garden feature or just goes about keeping the weeds out of the acres and acres of gardens. Did I say the woman is amazing?

I was lucky to have my mum always at home, in my growing up years. She was quite the homemaker, organized, loving, homey, and 'out of the box.' I think this is why so many people who know me describe me as a, "free spirit." Not that I am a rule breaker, but I am definitely my own girl and not a follower of any- but God. Thanks mum!

They have the coolest toys too, back hoes, dump trucks, kabota, ATV's....always something fun and useful to borrow.
We had a beautiful day for our visit and can't wait for everything to be ready favorite part is the garrett (a cozy little attic above the kitchen, destined to have a bed for me to come sleepover!)
My mama is so sweet, a true inspiration and a wonderful grandma to boot!


randi---i have to say said...

Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady! So, how can I apply for membership in your family? You are all great!

I guess this also explains where you get all your energy from!

javamamma said...

Have a great time visiting! I love all the cool 'toys' you listed. Life in the 'country' is way cool for kids!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful house. I just love the way you say 'me mum' you sound just like someone from my home town here in England.

Kimmie said...


I have offered to adopt you...the offer still stands, Thanksgiving is at my home this year ;-) (though it is with my Knight's side of the family we will be celebrating with...)

Consider yourself family my dear talented, kind, generous friend!


Emily said...

cool house! And what a sweet tribute to you mom. I hope she reads this.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kimmie,
Your mom sounds great. You are probobly way more like her than you know. Love their home too! Just beautiful.
You take care and have a lovely day!

Quinne said...

What a blessing to read about your precious mom, Kimmie! Love, Q

jenni said...

Oh how wonderful to have a mum like that! And I have to say...again...that the pics of your kiddos just slay me! They are SO SWEET! I get a corneal cavity every time I look at them.

Nunnie's Attic said...

Kimmie - my mother's name is Margie as well!

She sounds like a pure delight. The apple must not fall from the tree. I love you honey!

Stop over to enter my giveaway!!


BittersweetPunkin said...

WOW-what a great new home! What a Blessing!! I am glad to see that you are well as is your family!

Patty said...

Sounds like a wonderful day and how wonderful to have such a great mum. It makes life so full when those you love ejoy life. That is a gift never to be taken for granted, the gift of loving life !

Bobbie-Jo said...

Wonderful to have such a "young" mum. It was such a treat to see pictures of your little girls. This trip must have been some time ago, no? Our weather now is definately not that nice!

blue thistle books said...

Hey friend!

Your mom's place is just a beautiful and homey as Sarah described! What beautiful pictures of warmer days, which incidentally, I am missing already.

I hope your week is going well and I wanted to warn you that Bella is sick. Unfortunately they all get so close!

BTW- We were praying for each one of you by name at bedtime and when we got to Bella, wee Bella kept saying "Yeah me," to which I replied, "No big Bella. You're little Bella." I guess her little mind cannot quite figure that one out yet!

Love you!

UKBob said...

I love your blog, it makes me feel like I just came home or something. The house looks great and I love that dog! It great, ITS ALL GREAT!!! Bob.

Sondra said...

The house looks beautiful already. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Your mom sounds like mine-go,go,go. My mom can run circles around me!

Kimmie said...

...yup, this was about the beginning of Oct. We were having a warm spell, but my mom enjoys yard work in her shorts ;-)

The outside of the house is done (no grass, that will have to wait until spring.)

The inside is having some details worked on by various contracters. However, they are living in the house-me mum is very flexible and laid back, so this is just another detail.

We went over last Friday and she blessed me with a present (just because) adoption book written by Steven Curtis Chapman, "Shaoey and Dot." She said she had to buy it, as while she was reading it in the store she was weeping. As the 6 kids ate lunch, I read it to them...of course weeping too.

Me mum's house is about a 30 minute drive for me now...well probably more like 40...sometimes I "fly" in Katrinka the tank. ;-)Certainly better than when she lived in Virginia...that was 10 hours away!


Tracy said...

The house looks beautiful...and your mom sounds wonderful! I always marvel at how young my parents seem...hope I can be that way someday when my grandkids come over to see the house I am building :)!

Lori said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Stop by anytime. I always like to meet new people.

What a beautiful home. I grew up in the country too and loved it.
Your family is beautiful.

Sharon said...

You are so blessed to have such an amazing mother! How neat that she was such a hard worker and taught you so much. She sounds like a Proverbs 31 woman to me......working in the fields, etc.! I LOVE her new house!

:0) Sharon

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful mother. I would love to see her garden; it sounds amazing.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Yours is terrific and I'll definitely be back.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful home~! And how blessed you are to have such a wonderful mother. I think you learned more than you think from her, as you seem to be a fabulous mother, too!

Mommy said...

What a pretty house! That would be an upgrade for us, wow! We do have a lovely home too. Built very well, clean, and bright and cherry. But it is only 1100 square feet.

I like it being small though. Doesn't take very long to clean!

What a nice blessing to have walnut trees in the yard. I am just thinking of all the wonderful things I could do with those!

Your children look like they had a great time visiting your mum. :)

Cindy said...

Sounds so wonderful. I'm happy for you, friend, to have some bright days!

Be Inspired Always said...

What a beautiful house.

I'm new to your blog and just wanted to say that your family is beautiful.


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