Monday, October 15, 2012

On the road again...


My mother in law and I took a little road trip up to Kansas last week to visit her sister and brother-in-law. It had a been awhile since Mom T had been there and I don't think I've ever been to Kansas. If you could have been a little mouse along for the ride, you'd have had to listen to a million family stories and stop at every place that looked remotely like it might have fall decorations for sale! We kept our eyes peeled for diners too, pie and coffee was on the to-do list! 

Mom and her sisters are peas in a pod; alike in looks, mannerisms and general outlooks on life. Model thin with a spring in their step, from a distance you'd never guess their true ages. 

Like children they delight in every new experience and adventure that life offers, never passing up a trip to someplace new or a shopping trip! 

But if you look a little closer and listen, you see that the roles have changed. No longer the older sister watching over the younger one, now an arm slips gently under my mother in law's to safeguard her steps.

Sisters, who have walked many steps together and apart. Years living in different states... even different countries, they are still bound by blood and heartstrings. They linger with each laugh and each memory, too delicious remembering that house in Rea Valley where they ran barefoot down to the creek!


"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."


19 comments:

  1. Now this is the strangest thing...I just wrote a post about my own sister....I so enjoyed this....great pictures Joy!

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    1. Our little trip to Topeka was so much fun! My mother in law is 88 and has the energy of a 20 year old! She and her sister don't see each other near as often as they'd like, that's the way it is with families scattered by miles. This hole in the wall was a hidden gem... so good!

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    1. So true, why we don't make the time for more trips like these I just don't know...

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  3. Sisters are the best. Everyone should have one.

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    1. I had a brother and just had to make do!!! He was worthless playing dolls with me!

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  4. How beautiful. At the beginning of the post I was thinking 'how lucky to have a trip with such a lovely MIL' and by the end I just knew you must be very blessed and, best of all, you know it!

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    1. It's a 6 hour drive to Topeka, we talked the whole way there and the whole way back!

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  5. I wish Blogger would put a like button on our blogs so we could LIKE the comments! You all get it, it's that special time that may never come again. Every day is a blessing and we need to take advantage of each and every moment!

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    1. well sorta.. you can reply to the comment on your blog, mine still doesn't work for some reason.

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    2. I love having a chance to reply to all the comments, but it makes me have to post multiple days so readers have a chance to see the replies. I load my posts up with so many pictures that it makes the blog run slow. What do you guys think... one post per day or multiple posts with comments?

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  6. Sweet treasures... you just wish we could never grow old and times from our youth always engage us in the present. My family is so estranged that it's been eons since I've last seen any of them.

    thanks for sharing this part of your life.

    warm hugs,

    cotton peony

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    1. I take for granted that we lean on each other, I'm sorry that your family is estranged, se have that too and I do understand. Some things can't be changed, no matter how much you want them to :|

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  7. What a great post. So glad that you made the trip with her.

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    1. It was fun, Aunt Nadine has lived in Topeka for 35+ years and worked at the Capitol and Washburn University, she's a wealth of information about the city. She even made the time to take me to HyVee grocery store, she knew I would love that since I'm a "foodie!"

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    1. Too cool! I should have let you know and we'd have picked you up on the way!

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  9. Such a sweet post and a much more beautiful way to visualize the beauty of fall. In some ways I'm already getting tired of looking at pumpkins on blogs! They are everywhere!!

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    1. The trees were just turning there, by the time we got back to the Ozarks ours were turning too! All this rain is really helping the colors along, of course it means the leaves won't last long :(

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