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Every Season…

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My father-in-law was a farmer.  He clearly understood this circle of life with seasons yielding plentiful harvests and others leaving you with drought – continually praying for rain so that something – anything – would shoot up from the parched soil.

watering gardenThrough seasons of plenty and seasons of loss, he loved farming.  It was in his blood – growing up with 8 siblings on the very farm that he continued to work with his wife and some of his own children throughout his adulthood.

eggplantThere were cattle and crops and vegetable gardens – gardens that seemed to grow even larger each year after he retired from farming.

watermelon plantsAnd he loved sharing the fruits of his labor with everyone.
Buckets full of fresh squash, okra, eggplant, watermelon, corn…

corn plants

tomatoes…

tomato plantsgreenbeans…

green beans

and more – any and everything that came out of that garden.

He would fill those buckets, load them in the back of his red truck, drive all over town or out in the nearby areas and leave them with friends and family members.  On one occasion, he could not track down the intended recipient of his gift of fresh produce, so he drove into another neighborhood and just gave it away to a random person on the sidewalk saying, “Here you go ma’am.  I have more than enough. I hope you like my vegetables.” 🙂  To say he was a generous man would be a huge understatement.  He shared, and shared, and shared…over and over again.

tomatoes

Not only did he love farming, but he also loved farmland. He would come over to our house just to sit in one of the wicker rocking chairs on the back porch and admire the beauty of the field next door.  He’d jokingly tell us that he was going to be our next door neighbor one day when he built a house over there. 🙂

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And when he and his wife would travel in the North Georgia mountains, it wasn’t the high mountain peaks that he wanted to see.  No sirree. It was the rolling valleys sometimes dotted with Black Angus cattle between those mountains that he loved.

North Georgia farm

 He loved farming, farmland, and he loved food  – not just the food that he grew.  Although he and I did frequently debate whether his Silver Queen or Ambrosia was the best variety of corn. (I still think Silver Queen is. 🙂 )

corn

His wife’s cooking is wonderful, so it was very easy for him to love food, and he had a major sweet tooth that never saw a chocolate dish he didn’t like. This became more than evident when we were preparing food for his 90th birthday party last January. 🙂

Chocolate cake, German Chocolate Cake, Oreos, Raisinets, Snickers…

party foods

And he was always my biggest fan whenever I baked an Orange Marmalade cake.

Orange Marmalade cakeIt goes without saying that some of his favorite places to go were restaurants…

Like Len Berg’s in Macon Georgia.
(We were both very sad when it closed. 🙁 )

Len BergsWhen his family would make their annual trip to Fernandina Beach, Florida, he would enjoy the seafood at the Sandbar restaurant – located by the inter-coastal waterway there in a building made from two old log cabins. The Sandbar is long gone, and sadly there has been nothing that has equaled its fried shrimp since then.

But that didn’t stop him from enjoying other foods.  Buckner’s, an all you-can-eat family style restaurant at I-75’s Exit 201 near Jackson, Georgia was at the top of his list for their fried chicken, roast beef, and peach cobbler.  Even when his health was taking him into this final season of life, he made the hour long trip up the road just so he could eat there…once with my husband and me, and another time or two with his daughter and her family.

Buckners in Jackson Georgai

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Buckners all you can eat

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Due to his health, my father-in-law was not able to make it to our daughter’s college graduation ceremony last May, but he did make it to her celebration dinner at Daphne Lodge that night.  Devouring their blackened catfish, (and everything else they served him!) he said it was the best meal he had ever eaten. So Daphne’s was also at the top of his restaurant list. 🙂

Daphne Lodge

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Oh, and let’s not forget Troy’s – the little hole-in-the-wall hamburger and chicken joint in the tiny town of Montezuma, Georgia where he would frequently eat a slaw dog or a couple of burgers with his buddies and grandchildren. (I like their fries and little burgers but not nearly as much as he did.  I think it must be a “guy thing.” LOL)

Troys Montezuma GA

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Besides farming and food, my father-in-law loved his friends.  His great athletic ability when he was in the spring of his life allowed him to be on teams with his best buddies, and then later in life he played a zillion rounds of golf with many of those same life long friends – and new ones he made along life’s journey.   There was Julian, and Lori, and Harvey, and Lewis, and Seabie, and Otis, and many others.  The number of people who showed up for his 90th birthday party was a testament to how many friends he was blessed with in this life.

birthday party

Years ago, he and his friends would meet up each morning for coffee and camaraderie at the local Coffee Cup, and when it went out of business they moved their group to Cracker Barrel (with maybe a time at Burger King in between – not sure about that.) I am sure the waitresses at those restaurants got an ear full!  You see, my father-in-law also loved fun.  It was visible in his joy for life, and he was notorious for singing little folk songs, and telling jokes and riddles.  In fact, the first time I met him, he started the conversation with a darn riddle that I could not solve! 🙂  He was still cutting up even at his 90th birthday party…

paula and papa

and at his granddaughter’s graduation party!

granddaughter

But more than his love for all of these, he loved his family – his wife who chased him for years before they married – even though he told her she was “too young,” 🙂 and he adored his four children.

family

They learned the value of generosity, hard work, honesty, and a sense of humor from him.  And then came a whole bunch of grandkids and great grandkids that loved and learned from their Papa (or their Pawpaw) as he was affectionately called.

Halloween boys

He taught them songs and rhymes that he had learned from his mother.Halloween

birthday photos

grandson

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My father-in-law was a big man in many ways, but I know he would not have been able to accomplish much of what he did in this life had it not been for his wife.  They say behind every great man is a great woman.  Well I say, beside every great man is a great woman, and in my father-in-law’s case this was so very true.  My mother-in-law was there every single step of the way with him from his young days when he was a “spring chicken” through all the days that preceded his passage into the next life – even to his last breath.  No one could have been more devoted with such a servant’s heart, and that little lady has set a mighty high bar for the rest of us.

at the hospital

And finally, over and above all of this, my father-in-law had a love for and a faith in God….something that surely a farmer must be grounded in to be able to endure the seasons of drought.  The seeds of faith he and his wife have nurtured are now seen in their children and grandchildren and even already in their great grandchildren.  What a powerful legacy to leave behind.

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For many many decades, Saturday night meant grilled steaks at my in-law’s house (one of the benefits of raising your own beef. 🙂 ) Grace would be said around that big oak table where family members and a number of friends would gather. There were times when they took in teenagers and foreign exchange students to live with them for weeks or even months, and they too would enjoy those steaks. Over the past two years, my father-in-law’s health began to fail, and those Saturday nights were all too frequently spent in a hospital room.  He went back into the hospital one last time on August 2nd.  After numerous tests, the doctors reported on August 11th there was nothing more they could do for him, and a decision was made that he would go home with Hospice care.  During the following days, he drifted into a peaceful and painless sleep, and visitors came in to say their final good-byes to him.

Last Saturday my husband, daughter, and I were on our way to lunch, and I asked my husband if he would call his mom and tell her we would grill some steaks and bring them over for her and John, the unbelievably devoted home health nurse who was staying with my father-in-law.  It just seemed the right thing to do on a Saturday night to me.  So my husband called her, and she spoke with John about steaks while standing in the back bedroom beside her sleeping husband.  They decided steaks would be good on that Saturday night and to bring them on over around 6:00.  They hung up.  Two minutes later, John texted for my husband to call his mom back.  His dad had just taken his last breath and peacefully slipped from this world into the next.  I can’t help but believe that somehow his dad was finally at peace knowing that life would go on, and his wife would be well cared for – complete with the Saturday night steak tradition he had started so many years ago. 🙂

Favorite Things 90th Birthday Party flowers and tractor

We didn’t get to do those steaks that night, but we will soon.  A chaplain, a Hospice nurse, our pastor, a funeral director, family members and others arrived, and everyone pitched in to do what needed to be done. Fried chicken arrived before we could start steaks.  More food than I have ever seen came in over those next few days, and there seemed to be a constant stream of visitors at my mother-in-law’s door – all examples of how well loved they are in this community.

favorite memory cards for Favorite Things Party

I am so thankful to have known my father-in-law as part of this family – a family I wanted to belong to long before I married my husband.  I am also thankful that we were all able to celebrate his life with him this past January on the occasion of his 90th birthday and let him know how much he has meant to everyone.  One of my husband’s brothers spoke at the funeral and read some of the sweet comments from the cards everyone wrote at the party.  It was very fitting.  I know he was surely listening up in Heaven – where there is no drought, and he is farming and tending God’s garden in every season. 🙂

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Shannan - August 28, 2016 - 12:37 pm

Thank you for sharing his wonderful life and legacy.
It was so beautifully done.
Peace and love to all of you.

Lisa Behrmann - August 28, 2016 - 12:24 am

You have written such a lovely tribute to your father-in-law. Your family will treasure it always. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com - August 27, 2016 - 9:51 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your father-in-law. I am truly sorry for your family’s loss. You are a gifted writer and I think your husband’s family is blessed to have you as a part of the family! Prayers being sent as you all grieve this loss.

Debbie - August 27, 2016 - 4:33 pm

I am truly sorry for your loss – your father in law really seemed like a very special man, and you were blessed to have him in your life. Hugs to you all. xo

Peggy - August 27, 2016 - 2:12 pm

What a lovely tribute! So sorry for your family’s loss. It sounds like his work was done and his legacy secure. God bless your family.

Dana - August 27, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Lovely tribute. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I just lost my sweet mom in June. I miss her so very much, but I am consoled to know that she was a woman of deep faith. It’s “funny” but I follow three blogs, including Susan Branch. She lost her dad recently and the other blogger I follow just lost his mom. I will include all of you in my prayers.

Sandy Webster - August 27, 2016 - 11:18 am

So very sorry for your loss. We have all missed you and now we know the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say. The farmer’s are minus one less great American who farmed the land along with them. The fields and orchards here in Michigan will be going to harvest soon and as I drive along the pastures and crops I will think of your post. For every thing…..

At Rivercrest Cottage - August 27, 2016 - 8:38 am

Kelly, such a life well lived. That’s the only blessing we can hope for.

Linda - August 27, 2016 - 8:36 am

Sweet, sweet tribute!!

Sandy - August 27, 2016 - 2:52 am

Dear Kelly, I have been away from Bloglovin the past week tending to grandchildren going back to school and all the activities that entered their lives. What an outstanding tribute this post is to your father-in-law. Extending my most deep sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Becky Smith - August 27, 2016 - 12:36 am

Kelly, we have missed you so. I, like so many others, was worried that your absence was due to your sweet father in laws illness. You and your family will be in my prayers. Precious memories, how they linger.
Becky from Tennessee

Catherine Taylor - August 27, 2016 - 12:02 am

What a lovely tribute to a lovely man, and a life well and lovingly lived…..

KAREN IN SOUTH CAROLINA - August 26, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Kelly, I’m so sorry for your family loss. Beautiful tribute, sounds like he was an awesome gentleman.My condolences. Karen

DiAnne - August 26, 2016 - 7:53 pm

This is a beautiful tribute. It brought a tear to my eyes mostly because there really isn’t anything more important than family, friends, faith, food, and fun rolled up in someone’s life and your post let us see all these things. It is a life well lived.
Take care,
DiAnne

Lynn - August 26, 2016 - 7:44 pm

Dear Kelly –
Like so many others, I feared something had happened to keep you from writing your delightful blog. What a beautiful testimony to a life well-lived and a man who was well loved! Thank you for blessing us by sharing a snippet of his wonderful life.

And now, I pray the God of all comfort will bless you and keep you in His precious peace and that you will know the incredible depth of His love for you.

Jenn - August 26, 2016 - 7:12 pm

That was so beautiful. He sounded like the kind of person I would enjoy getting to know. This tribute also sounds like a lesson in how we should attempt to live our lives. My thoughts are with you and your family. -Jenn

Pam Jenkins - August 26, 2016 - 6:59 pm

Such a precious tribute. My condolences to all of the Gray family .

Cindy - August 26, 2016 - 6:19 pm

Kelly, I missed you and felt something had happened but I didn’t want to intrude…what a remarkable tribute to your father n law. Such a blessing to you and his family to have had him with you so long. Now he is in the best “garden” there is.

Melanie McDonald - August 26, 2016 - 2:43 pm

What a Beautiful tribute to my Uncle Walt! The sweetest and most generous man I think I have ever known! He was like a second father to me and my sisters! Our families were so close growing up right next to his farm and sometimes getting to go for a ride on the tractor. He would even cut the corn stalks down late so we could make them into forts! He got a kick out of bringing joy to other people! You are right, he is definitely gardening in Heaven and smiling on the other side. He was and is the embodiment of a real life hero! Melanie

Becky in 'Bama - August 26, 2016 - 2:18 pm

What a sweet post – you are such a creative and thoughtful individual and I’m sure a special daughter-in-law. Sad days mixed with sweet memories – blessings on your mother-in-law as she adjusts to this ‘new normal.’ I did shed a few tears when I read this; as my own father died on March 29th – quietly – but after three weeks of intense suffering and misery. Like begins with a struggle to just be born and sometimes it ends with a struggle as we humans give it our best to keep on keeping on. Thanks for reminding us all how to live gracefully and gratefully.

Nancy - August 26, 2016 - 1:38 pm

I am so sorry for your family’s loss, Kelly. I will pray that God will comfort you all, especially your dear mother-in-law. With so many years together, I am sure she will miss him in big ways and so many little ways as will you all. Losing a husband and losing a parent is difficult.

Peggy - August 26, 2016 - 1:14 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-love. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Lisa - August 26, 2016 - 12:30 pm

This is such a beautiful post and loving tribute to a life well lived. Praying for your family.

Kathy - August 26, 2016 - 12:04 pm

Oh,Kelly! What a beautiful, special tribute to your father-in-law and a wonderful gift for your family. I knew you would have a perfect post. Love and prayers for your family.

Donnie - August 26, 2016 - 11:47 am

Oh Kelly, as I started reading I was anticipating your loss. From reading your blog over the last couple of years I feel like I know you and your family. I especially loved the 90th Birthday celebration and was so pleased he was well enough to attend and enjoy. My sympathies are with all of you. What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. Such a great example to his children, grandchildren and others around him. I know you have many wonderful memories – and hope those will comfort you and the rest of the family over the coming weeks. You were all blessed to have him in your lives.

Garden, Home and Party - August 26, 2016 - 11:38 am

Kelly,
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your loving tribute says so much about your father-in-laws character and life. He led a good life and hopefully the wonderful memories your family made with him will comfort you through this time of loss.
xo,
Karen

Ellen - August 26, 2016 - 11:36 am

Your tribute is beautifully articulated. My deepest condolences to your family for the loss of such a wonderful patriarch.

Mechelle - August 26, 2016 - 11:27 am

So beautifully said. I feel like I knew this kind gentleman. You were and still are a blessing to each other and the world. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you and all who knew your dear and faithful father in law.

Becky - August 26, 2016 - 11:27 am

Well, Kelly, tears are streaming down my face as I just finished reading the tribute to your father-in-law. So lovely. I just really knew in my heart, someone had passed in your family. My prayers are with you all. Much love, Becky in OK

julia walker - August 26, 2016 - 11:23 am

Dear Kelly, I had missed you lately & felt something was wrong. Your tribute to “papaw” was so beautiful & moved me to tears. I felt like I knew him after his 90th b’day party! Bless his soul and your dear heart. Lovingly, Julia

p.s.
Happy belated Birthday!

Cynthia - August 26, 2016 - 10:36 am

Kelly, that was a beautiful tribute to Mr. Gray. I loved reading and thinking about Mr. and Mrs. Gray and their devoted love for one another. I know Heaven is so blessed to have Mr. Walt tending and caring for the bountiful crops our Heavenly Father has prepared. I know that seeds Mr. Gray has planted here with friends and family will grow and lives will be touched forever by his love for others. Our prayers continue for the entire Gray family during the weeks and months ahead. Thanks for using your special talents to touch our lives, as we shared in those special memories of Mr. Walt today.

Blessings sweet friend,
Cynthia Hamsley

Margaret - August 26, 2016 - 10:36 am

I am sorry for your loss. Your tribute to your father-in-law
was so sweet and I know he will be greatly missed by many.
God bless you and your family.

Julie in Asheville - August 26, 2016 - 10:20 am

Such sweet and loving thoughts of your dear FIL. Thank you for sharing. May the Lord continue to bless and comfort you and your dear family at this time.

Terri - August 26, 2016 - 10:17 am

What an amazing and beautiful tribute to a Father In Law you loved … obviously a man of integrity and character !!!! Such a wonderful life story… what a legacy he leaves behind…. Your family is so blessed ………

Kathy - August 26, 2016 - 10:13 am

I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to a man so loved by so many. This will be a beautiful keepsake for all the children,grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They will all know your father-in-law thru your words.

Debbie - August 26, 2016 - 10:11 am

Oh Kelly and family… So very sorry for your loss of a dear man that you have so lovingly introduced us to. With tears, I thank you for sharing. You wrote something that reminded me of something I too share,marrying into a wonderful family. So glad to know “Walter” is with our Lord having a good ‘ole time. Blessings and comfort to you all…

Lori W - August 26, 2016 - 9:51 am

What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-law!! I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Lori

Kay - August 26, 2016 - 9:32 am

What a beautiful tribute to your father in law! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cheryl from WV - August 26, 2016 - 9:22 am

Dear Kelly,
Like so many others, I have had you on my mind this summer, sensing that your family was dealing with this illness. It’s because of your sincere postings over the years, we all feel so connected to you, as…… well, almost extended family. Your writing is such a gift of expression and always touches our hearts, but this tribute…..this tribute to your loving father in law is something very special and precious. This tender expression of love for him is not only a gift to his family, and all who knew him, but a blessing to all who read it. Thank you for sharing it with us. You truly captured the essence of a loving man’s life story. Your words must be such a comfort to your family and all who knew him. A legacy of love is truly the rare and priceless gift that he left for you all. And, it is such a statement of hope for the future. God has a purpose for each life and I would say that your father in law completed his task here on earth and is now enjoying the rich and plentiful harvest in heaven. I can just imagine his joy and delight at the scenery there! I pray that God bless and comfort you all through this time of mourning and give you peace. You are surrounded by prayer and love.

Lori - August 26, 2016 - 8:08 am

That brought me to tears….that was beautiful, Kelly. That was such a wonderful insight on a wonderful man. I am very sorry for you and your family and I will be praying for you all.

Peggy Bryant - August 26, 2016 - 7:35 am

Kelly,

Such a beautiful life your father in law had. Not even kings are fortunate to be blessed with so much. Hard work, working the earth, loving wife and a full family that loves. Thank you for sharing with us this wonder man and family. Your family is in my prayers. Peggy

Cheri - August 26, 2016 - 7:23 am

Kelly, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father in-law sounds like a truly wonderful man and your tribute was one of the best I have ever heard.

Rosemary - August 26, 2016 - 6:46 am

What a beautiful and loving tribute to your father in law, Kelly.He was obviously a wonderful man and I can just feel from your writing how much he was loved. My condolences to you and your family.
You’ve been in my thoughts lately as I guessed something may be wrong when you hadn’t posted for a while…Take care …
Rosemary

Caroline Mudd - August 26, 2016 - 6:14 am

Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. As I read your post, all I could think was , a life well lived! My family and I, too are a farm family with similar values and the legacy that your father in law left behind will be remembered for many years to come.Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time. Caroline Mudd

Le Ann - August 26, 2016 - 3:09 am

Such a wonderful tribute to a special man who left a legacy for his family.

Lara - August 26, 2016 - 2:47 am

What a heartwarming and touching tribute to your (grand)father(in law)… And what a warm, loving family to belong to. I am very sorry for your loss, and I wish you and your family, and your mother in law, all the love and support, lovely food and warmth to go back to life without this wonderful man.
With love from the Netherlands, Lara

Lisa K. - August 26, 2016 - 2:20 am

What a loving tribute to your father in law. So very sorry for your family’s loss. May God comfort and encourage you.

Rvicki - August 26, 2016 - 1:05 am

I am so sorry. What sweet memories.

Barb - August 26, 2016 - 12:31 am

“Well done good and faithful servant”. May he rest in peace and may all your memories bring you comfort.

Marianne in Mo. - August 26, 2016 - 12:20 am

I’ve already commented on you facebook feed, but I had not read this before I commented there. I can tell you are saddened, but also filled with joy at having him in your life. A beautiful tribute to him here. You seem to have the same kind of relationship with your in laws that I had with mine. They took me in so readily and lovingly, and became two of the people I valued most besides my husband and kids. My FIL was especially important to me, having lost my own father at the age of five. He sensed that I needed his wisdom, kindness and friendship and loved me like a daughter even before I became his DIL. When he passed, I felt I lost my father again, but this time it hurt more, because when I lost my own Dad I was so young and didn’t understand.
I’m glad you all had such a great person to hold in your hearts, and that you had so many years with him on earth. Rejoice in knowing you will all be reunited again someday. God Bless!

Dee McCollim - August 25, 2016 - 11:42 pm

So very sorry for your family’s loss. Your father in law touched many lives with his kindness and will be rewarded in heaven. Just know all of your readers are sending prayers your way and may your hearts be full of memories of such a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing.

Tricia - August 25, 2016 - 11:39 pm

Dear Kelly, I’m so very sorry. You have been on my mind recently and I was so afraid your absence on-line was beacause of your dear father-in-law.

How blessed you all were to have had such a man in your lives, a man whose legacy will continue to blossom for many generations. Such a gift.

Wishing you peace and strength as you move forward.

Kathy Thompson - August 25, 2016 - 11:24 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Nancy I - August 25, 2016 - 11:17 pm

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss, Kelly. Such a beautiful tribute to a much-loved man. You are lucky to be a part of this wonderful family. And they are just as lucky to have you in their lives. Loving and being loved in return- life as it should be.

Elizabeth - August 25, 2016 - 10:59 pm

May God continue to bless your family. You truly captured his and Ms Betty’s character and hospitality. I happily remember you “chasing” your husband-to-be. It is a great family!

Barbara Hinske - August 25, 2016 - 10:43 pm

Thank you for blessing us with this lovely tribute. You’ve warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. My deepest condolences to you and your lovely family.

JenniferfromVA - August 25, 2016 - 10:40 pm

Oh Kelly, you have me in tears. What a BEAUTIFUL tribute. Oh to see his face when he heard, ” well done, thy good and faithful servant!” And entered into eternity with Jesus. Hugs to you from VA.

Leslie Anne Tarabella - August 25, 2016 - 10:33 pm

“Fried chicken arrived . . . ” a sure sign that everyone is grieving and loves you dearly. So terribly sorry for your loss. Your father-in-law sounds so much like my Granddaddy. A farmer, well loved. Prayers for peace and comfort to you and yours.

Gina - August 25, 2016 - 10:32 pm

Oh Kelly, that’s what I was concerned with when you hadn’t blogged. I’m sorry for your loss, but what comfort to know he is with his Savior now. I couldn’t help but wipe away a tear myself reading your beautifully written tribute. It made me think of my 91 year old grandfather (my grandmother too who is actually the one in poor heath. 🙁 ) Your mother in law sounds like a gem herself and I love the memories of Saturday night steaks. His legacy will continue!! 🙂 Praying for your sweet family.

Kelly Shratter - August 25, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Hi Kelly, I’m so sorry for your loss. I remembered your post on your father in law’s 90th birthday and have been thinking about it a lot. My mother who turned 90 in July also just passed away last Sunday morning (Aug 21). She too was in the hospital and went home with hospice care. I miss her so much but have many happy memories. And now I know she is with so much of her family (our family) that has already gone to heaven. I have been wondering if God brings people up together since I have been hearing of other recent passings. I will pray for you and your family. Many Blessings,

Kelly

Anita - August 25, 2016 - 10:21 pm

Kelly, what a wonderful tribute to your father-in-law. You were blessed to have been a part of his family. My condolences to you, your husband and to the rest of his family. It says a lot about a man who was loved as much as he.

Janna Gray - August 25, 2016 - 10:17 pm

Thank you, Kelly, for expressing in words and pictures what each of us feel in our hearts! You captured our Papa’s nature and life, that we are blessed to have known, first hand. Now we have to continue living our lives as Papa would want and leave a strong legacy for our children as he did for us. So blessed to be a GRAY!

Bev - August 25, 2016 - 10:11 pm

What a lovely tribute. Condolences to you and your family. He sounds like a wonderful person who will be missed. Sweet memories.

Jill - August 25, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Kelly, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your father-in-law sounds like wonderful man who lived a great life. Honest truth….I was just thinking today that I hadn’t gotten any email notifications from you lately and so I clicked over to your blog to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. When I saw that you had not posted in a while I grew concerned about you and your dear father-in-law….although I was really hoping that you were just out enjoying your retirement. My prayers are with you and your family as you go through this loss.

Judy Newton - August 25, 2016 - 9:48 pm

What a lovely tribute to a life, well lived. Your father-in-law would be pleased, I’m sure.

susan - August 25, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Beautiful Kelly….so sorry for your loss…have peace in all your wonderful, wonderful memories…Blessings to all of you…

Linda Ishmael - August 25, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Such sweet words from your heart. He sounds like my kind of man. Someone like that doesn’t just die and become forgotten but rather they linger with us for many years not only in his offspring but in our memories of his goodness. May God wrap his dear family in his loving arms at this time as they learn to live life without this dear man. Thinking of you and your family.

Grand Pam - August 25, 2016 - 9:34 pm

You’re so very good at expressing your feelings with words as well as pictures. This was a lovely tribute to family and a great patriarch.What a blessing that this fine man belonged to you and yours. Please know I have prayed that your family would have courage and strength to face the days ahead. May all your days be blessed with only sweet memories. Please hug your mother in law every time you see her for she will miss his touch. Love to you and yours.

Laura Southard - August 25, 2016 - 9:32 pm

Praise the Lord for a life well and abundantly lived!

Donna - August 25, 2016 - 9:30 pm

What a lovely tribute to your father in law. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hugs,Donna

Renee Cook - August 25, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Oh, Kelly, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to your father in law was so beautiful. May the Lord comfort you all. And, may He give each of you grace to carry on until you see your loved one again. What a day of rejoicing that will be…

Linda - August 25, 2016 - 9:18 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-law. Thank you for sharing his love of family, friends, farming and, most importantly, his love of the Lord. You will have wonderful memories to cherish in the years ahead.

mari1017 - August 25, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Kelly – May I add my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father in law. What a beautiful and fitting tribut you wrote to honor his life and legacy.
The fil of one of my dearest friends passed on last night. I had an especially difficult day today with my mom who just turned 89, healthy but with her mind ravaged by dementia. Both your tender post and conversation with my friend remind me to cherish each day with her and thank the blessed Lord for enabling me to give her the gifts of love, care and joy each day. God bless you, Kelly, and your entire family with His love & peace.🌹❤

Jane Pekar - August 25, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Thank you for posting such a beautiful and loving tribute. What a blessing to have such a wonderful father-in-law. I feel as though I knew him.

Ellen Martin - August 25, 2016 - 9:06 pm

What a heartfelt and beautiful tribute to your father-in-law. You are blessed to be a part of such a loving family, and to share in the legacy he has passed on. God bless your family as you grieve and move forward. I know you’re thankful for the extra effort in planning the wonderful party for his 90th. Thank you for sharing your heart with your readers.

Cindy T - August 25, 2016 - 9:03 pm

What a beautiful tribute! The world could not survive without farmers and kind and gentle men! Prayers to your family..

Marlene - August 25, 2016 - 9:02 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-law. My father too was a farmer than an implement dealer. I so identified with your beautiful message. Having the peace in knowing his love of God and family, gives you strength at this time of your loss. Thank you for sharing his life with us.

Carol - August 25, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Your words were so beautiful and it is so clear how much you love your father-in-law. I’m so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

Mary Beth Bryan - August 25, 2016 - 8:57 pm

I’m sorry for your loss. Wonderful tribute! I could tell how much you loved him.

Nancy - August 25, 2016 - 8:56 pm

So well written….what a wonderful man…wonderful family…..such a great loss for your family. God bless you all and comfort you during the weeks and months ahead.
Nancy (NE Ga)

Debbie Robinson - August 25, 2016 - 8:52 pm

What a wonderful tribute to a great man. Your family was indeed blessed to have had your father-in-law for 90 years. My condolences.

Maureen - August 25, 2016 - 8:51 pm

A beautiful memorial. I just came home from a wake, so it is even more moving to me. Thank you, with a lump in my throat and tears on my face. RIP to your dear father-in-law.

“And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
-John Donne

Melissa Souther - August 25, 2016 - 8:51 pm

That was a beautiful tribute to a dear man. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I will be praying for your family. How blessed you all were! He sounds like a true Southern gentleman, like my Daddy was. Thank you for sharing your special memories with us.

Joanne - August 25, 2016 - 8:48 pm

With my deepest sympathy. What a loving tribute to your Father-in-law. May God’s peace be with you and your family.

Lorrie Stovall - August 25, 2016 - 8:46 pm

God bless you and your beloved family.

Donnamae - August 25, 2016 - 8:41 pm

You wrote such a moving tribute to your father-in-law…sounds like all were blessed who knew him. I am so sorry for your loss…blessings.

Judy - August 25, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Dearest Kelly, for some reason you have been on my mind this week…..what an amazing father in law you had! I could “feel” the love for him throughout your testament. I know it’s always said but he truly lived a full and wonderful life and was loved by many. He took his last breath knowing how much he was loved and with plans being made to continue his tradition of Saturday night steaks. I only hope that when my time comes I’ve lived a full and productive life knowing that I left this life doing all I wanted to do surrounded by my loved ones. What a way to go!

Please know you have my condolences and prayers as you grieve for your loved one.

As a side note, I hope you won’t think I’m insensitive when I tell you that you have a beautiful family and your daughter is a stunner!

Blessings to you!
Judy

Sherry Myers - August 25, 2016 - 8:36 pm

I just knew something was wrong. What a lovely tribute to an honorable man. My dad met him at the gatepost of God’s heavenly garden. It sounds like they would have had a lot in common had they known one another. We can only imagine the glorious peace and joy they are experiencing now. May God bless your family with the kind of comfort that only He can provide. May your father-in-law’s enduring legacy remain your heart’s priceless treasure. Tender condolences.

vickie white - August 25, 2016 - 8:29 pm

Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderful man who was loved by many. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara (WA) - August 25, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Thinking of you and your family during this time. Thankful with you for such a man being in your life. God’s comfort to you.

Louvina - August 25, 2016 - 8:26 pm

Have been waiting and just knowing—that something was happening in your family. I knew when the posting came through — it was a living tribute to your “fatherinlove”. What a special man he has been in your family and his community. Special prayers and love to everyone during this time. 💕🙏💐💕

JoAnne Hayon - August 25, 2016 - 8:26 pm

What a wonderful tribute. Tears are glistening in my eyes! Peace to your FIL and prayers to you and your family.

Gail - August 25, 2016 - 8:20 pm

What a wonderful tribute from a loving daughter-in-love to such a wonderful man. His life was an example of how we should all live in this life! A life of living to the fullest, giving, loving and caring for others as the Lord requires. Loving his God with all his heart and loving others as he would himself! What a blessing to you and your family to have been a part of such goodness in this lifetime! Thank you for sharing this moment in time with us! The message in song at the end moved me to tears! Love & Blessings to you all

Ren - August 25, 2016 - 8:18 pm

Such a beautiful tribute to your beloved father-in-law. May God comfort you and your family.

N from Va - August 25, 2016 - 8:15 pm

As others have said, what a lovely moving tribute. Thank you for sharing.

Debra Bartels - August 25, 2016 - 8:11 pm

So sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have had parents like your in laws. It will be awhile before your sadness passes but with time you and your family will share all the wonderful memories he left you all.

Keith Newberry - August 25, 2016 - 8:09 pm

What an excellent piece.. I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss.. My Dad always spoke so kindly of all your family members.. I remember your Father-In-Law telling my Mom and Dad to come over and pick as much corn as they needed.. What a great family that you belong to. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family..

martha wommack - August 25, 2016 - 8:08 pm

Lovely….I was crying halfway through…..I hope my sons’ wives will feel that way about me. I have been worried about you and have checked your site several times to make sure I hadn’t missed a post in my e-mail.I am sure your in-laws felt blessed to have you for a daughter-in-law. My deepest condolences.

Anne - August 25, 2016 - 8:04 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful father-in-law. I know he must have been a true Southern gentleman.

Cheryl Evans - August 25, 2016 - 8:04 pm

It is good to hear from you again. I had a feeling that something was happening in your life that kept you from writing. Family is a gift from God and you have been very blessed. I hope you can feel the peace and comfort that comes from your faith in Him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. I’m sure it helps to remember all of the wonderful memories you have. May God bless you and keep you!

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 25, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Sorry for your loss.

I was missing you!

Jackie - August 25, 2016 - 7:32 pm

What a beautiful loving tribute to your beloved father-in-law. Sadly we have something in common – I lost my twin sister the same day you lost your father-in-law. We were together before we were born and I was blessed to be by her side when she took her last breath. I, like you, am thankful for many things experienced with her, especially in her last days. It is a wonderful gift to be so well loved by so many people. Condolences to you and your family.

Katrina - August 25, 2016 - 7:09 pm

That is one of the most touching tributes I have ever read. Just beautiful! Your family is on my heart. Rest in Peace Kelly’s FIL.

Travel Talk: A Sunday in Seattle

Sitka and SpruceWell we have finally made it to the last day of our trip to the Pacific Northwest.  (If you have been following along on this adventure I thank you bunches! 🙂 ) One of our son’s favorite “experiences” is the Sunday brunch at a Seattle restaurant named Sitka and Spruce.  Because he wanted us to enjoy it as well, we drove back from the Columbia River Gorge on that Saturday night.  The next morning we drove over to Melrose Market where the restaurant is located.

Melrose Market in Seattle

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Melrose Market is a charming upscale place inside old automobile buildings that were constructed in the 1920’s.  There are only about 8 or 9 occupants in it and an event area that can be rented for weddings.  As you enter you see Rain Shadow Meats on the left with its varied selection of provisions.

Rainshadow Meats Seattle

Across from it is sandwich shop, Homegrown.
(I hope we can try out one of their sandwiches on our next trip to Seattle.)

Homegrown Seattl

Homegrown Seattle WAA few steps from Homegrown is The Calf and Kid, a small cheese shop, and above it – located in a tiny loft – is Butter Home, a gift and home accessories store.

Butter Home Seattle WA

 Small but cute!
(This is half of the shop.)

butter home SeattleWalking a little further into the market you see a bar and a flower shop.

Melrose Market Seattle

Maigold and Mint flower shop SeattleMarigold and Mint sells cookbooks and flowers that have been harvested from its farm located 30 miles outside of Seattle.

Marigold and Mint SeattleThe bar for Sitka and Spruce is right beside the flower shop.

Sitka and Spruce bar

Its gift shop area is right across from the bar.

Sitka and Spruce gifts SeattleInside Melrose Market you will find two other bars, a “shellfish deli,” and a shop that carries a selection of men’s and women’s clothing plus some furniture, but what we wanted on that Sunday morning was the brunch at Sitka and Spruce.

Sitka and Spruce interiorI was thrilled when they seated us at the counter right beside the kitchen. 🙂  We were able to watch all of the dishes being prepared right beside us.  Such fun!

Sitka and Spruce kitchen

This is not a restaurant where you and your friends/family each order your own plate of food.  Instead, you all decide on a dish (or 5, in our case!) that you want to try together.  They prepare it, bring you a few plates, and then you all share in that dish.  So it is a tasting menu.

Sitka and Spruce menu for brunchWe decided to start with the house-made croissant served with its lick-your-bowl-clean dark chocolate sauce. (Who needs butter when you have chocolate like that?!)

Sitka and Spruce croissant and chocolate sauceNext we ordered the herb frittata with a mesclum salad on top.  My son and I both loved it, but my husband was not as big a fan.

Sitka and Spruce herb frittata SeattleThat was followed by the duck leg confit with pickled seeds, and it was quite delicious.  (My husband’s favorite in fact.)

Sitka and Spruce duck leg confitOur son had tried their pain perdu on previous meals at Sitka and Spruce, and he did not have to twist my arm to order it. (Who would turn down French toast?!)  This was my favorite of the brunch.  Of course. 🙂

Sitka and Spruce pain perduAnd we managed to go for one last plate – the rhubarb tart with meringue.

Sitka and Spruce rhubarb tartWhen we finished, the chef told us that we had “made a good showing with all of our plates.”  Yes, 5 dishes for 3 people, probably was a “good showing!”

We left Melrose Market that morning (in the rain again) and walked a bit past acclaimed pizza restaurant, Serious Pie (another place on my list for “next time.”)

Serious Pie SeattleNext to it is the amazing coffee “palace” that Starbucks has built there.

Starbucks Reserve SeattleIt houses their roasting and tasting rooms, a coffee book library, several places to eat and of course a few coffee bars.  If you love coffee, then this Starbucks Reserve is your heaven.

Starbucks Reserve Seattle interiorsource

Ten minutes later in our walk we arrived at General Porpoise – a coffee and doughnut shop.
(Yes, I know we just finished a big meal.  It will make sense in a minute.)

General Porpoise SeattleBoth of our sons love General Porpoise, and they were adamant that we try a few of their doughnuts before leaving Seattle. When we walked in though, it wasn’t the doughnuts that caught my eye, but the…lettering on everything! I loved it!

General Porpoise doughnuts in Seattle

General Porpoise Seattle doughnutsThe heck with choosing a flavor, I just wanted to check out all the chalkboards! LOL

General Porpoise doughnut menu SeattleEven the refrigerator door was cute…

General Porpoise refrigerator Seattle

as was the set up for beverages.

General Porpoise beverage space SeattleOkay, it was time to order doughnuts.
Too hard to choose just one so we got one of each….

General Porpoise doughnuts Seattlefor Monday’s breakfast. 🙂
(Did you really think we were going to put away 5 doughnuts after that meal?)

General Porpoise doughnuts to goWe walked back to Melrose Market, hopped in the car, and then drove to the very touristy Seattle Center.

Seattle Center

This is the International Fountain, and in the distance you can see a choir that was performing there at the time.

Seattle Center International Fountain and performing choirThen it was time for these Seattle tourists to do the thing all Seattle tourists do…
The Space Needle. 🙂

Space Needle SeattleAfter paying for our admission, we walked inside and found a gift shop…

Space Needle gift shopcomplete with fudge. 🙂

Space Needle fudgeAll around the walls were boards with the history of the Space Needle’s construction for the 1962 World’s Fair.  Here are just a few:

Space Needle history 1

Space Needle history 2

Space Needle history 3

Space Needle history 4But what you go there for is the view, of course.
This is what you see after taking the elevator up to the observation deck.

Space Needle view 1Seattle from 520 feet up in the air.

Space Needle view 2And then back down the elevator and over to Chihuly Gardens and Glass.

Chihuly exhibitThe huge pieces of handblown glass were amazing and should be appreciated for their artistic merit, but for some reason, when I was looking at them, all I could think of was…Disney’s Little Mermaid movie. (Guess I am still a child at heart. 🙂 )

This one made me think of Ursula.

Chihuly exhibit SeattleThe music to Under the Sea kept going through my head as I looked at this one.

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 2And Kiss the Girl went with this scene in my imagination.
(The boat is life size folks, so those glass balls were quite large!)

Chihuly exhibit boat

Okay, enough with my juvenile art appreciation.  All of the “flowers” on the ceiling in the conservatory were glass.

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 3

Chihuly exhibit Seattle 4The garden outside also had huge glass displays.

Chihuly garden exhibit 2 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 1 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 3 Seattle

Chihuly garden exhibit 4 SeattleWe left Chihuly Gardens and went to a store that was my one shopping request for the city – Ted Kennedy’s big shop – Watson Kennedy. (Thank goodness there was a North Face store right across the street for the guys!)

Watson Kennedy storefront SeattleThey only allowed one – yes, just one! – photograph inside the shop. 🙁

Watson Kennedy interior Seattle(But I took several of their windows outside. 🙂 )

Watson Kennedy store window displayEverything in the shop is arranged by color – which I loved!
It made for great vignettes.

Watson Kennedy store front

Watson Kenney window displayAnd that brings us to the end of our trip in Seattle – well almost.  I have just one more little Seattle photo to share next time, and it goes with an entirely different kind of post.  Thank you again for reading all about our travels as we enjoyed our adventure on the other side of our beautiful country.  (And thank you to our son, Will for being such a great “tour guide” for us!) I hope you will be back for that post, and I hope you have a relaxing weekend (especially in this heat!)  Can you believe school started back here yesterday??? Crazy.

Until next time…

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Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - August 8, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Hi Kelly! How are you? Thank you so much for your travelling posts! It’s an amazing way for people like me who live so far away to discover all these hidden treasures and beautiful areas in the US!
I wish you a beautiful day!
Xoxo
Claire

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com - August 6, 2016 - 7:38 pm

You had an awesome trip, Kelly. Are you happy to be back at home now? I know you enjoyed being with your son, as well. We actually start back to school later than usual this year. Kids don’t come until August 29th! That hasn’t been the case for many, many years!

classic•casual•home - August 5, 2016 - 2:22 pm

MY MOUTH IS STILL WATERING!

CINDY hattersley - August 5, 2016 - 11:52 am

Loved the Seattle tour. LOVE Watson Kennedy. There are so many more wonderful shops and restaurants since our last trip. Now I want to go again!!

Kaye Ann - August 2, 2016 - 2:04 pm

I’ve so enjoyed your (our) trip!!! It was lovely.
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Thank you Kaye Ann. I am so glad you did! 🙂
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 2, 2016 - 12:34 pm

Kelly,
I loved this series of posts. I’ve been peppering my friend Linda with requests to visit some of the places you’ve shown us on my next visit. I can always rely on you to find some worthwhile stops in any city or state.
Have a great remaining summer, aren’t you happy you’re retired?!
xo,
Karen
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It was a looooong series, so thank you for following it, Karen! Linda lives in such a beautiful area. Thank you for getting her recommendations for us. Yes, I am super happy to be retired – especially since school started here last week!
Kelly

Anita - August 2, 2016 - 10:15 am

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Such wonderful shops! I just spent a few days in San Diego, what beautiful weather, not used to the heat! And…..I went to my very first baseball game in the U.S.A!!! Had such a blast, I want to go to another one!
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How fun! I am so glad you got to experience a ballgame here, Anita. 🙂 Nothing like it. Sorry about the heat…it seems to be in plentiful supply everywhere in our country this summer!
Kelly

Gina - August 1, 2016 - 4:18 pm

Never enough time to see everything or eat at all the great places! Haha, or enough money!! 😉 What a spectacular trip! I have enjoyed it. 🙂
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So very true Gina! (especially the money part! LOL) Thank you for reading and following us as we traveled to the Pacific Northwest.
Kelly

Kris - August 1, 2016 - 11:41 am

As a Seattle native glad you visited, Watson Kennedy is my favorite store there’s one in pike place market tucked away in a cute brick courtyard totally different vibe! Come back you caught the rain but normally it’s perfect this time of year
Kris in Seattle
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The rain was not heavy, but I know it would have been even more beautiful if the sun had been shining. Loved Watson Kennedy and could have stayed in there for hours on end. We visited the smaller shop as well, and it was cute! (But not nearly as much selection.) We will definitely plan another trip for a sunnier time. 🙂
Kelly

Tricia - August 1, 2016 - 8:49 am

Hi Kelly, such fun to read another trip report. The glass works would have been absolutely stunning to see in person. Such beauty.
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I can’t even begin to fathom what went into making all that glass in the museum! It was unbelievable. Thank you for following along through all the posts on the trip Tricia.
Kelly

Vicki - July 31, 2016 - 9:47 pm

Another great tour! I have never been to that part of the country and I found your post to be very entertaining! Sounds like you will be going back over time. My daughter lives in the Washington, DC area and we try to do something new each time we go. She has lived there now for 6 years and my husband worked in the area for years so it is getting harder to find something new. Lol! Sometimes a new restaurant fits the occasion. My husband loves restaurants and good food.

I like the picture above of Butter Home. Can you tell me what those little cones mounted on the boards are for?

Thanks for sharing your travels. We all feel like we have been somewhere special and it helps others make plans for themselves, as well.
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I think you have a great travel plan for touring Washington, Vicki. Sounds like a lot of fun! (I love new restaurants too.) I’m afraid I don’t know what the boards with the cones are for. I thought perhaps they were for flower arrangements – like the cones are vases, but I’m not sure.
Thanks for following our trip.
Kelly

Karen - July 31, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I have been to Seattle and enjoyed some of the same things you did and it brought back memories! The Space Needle, for example. I could not stay outside on top very long before turning a bit “green”.. Would love to see the glass place you saw! I enjoyed the flowers and the growing things there. Thank you so much for the sharing you have done–super enjoyed it all!!
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Yay! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the same fun places Karen, but I am sorry the Space Needle’s height got to you. NOT fun, I know.
You need to make another trip back to see the glass museum
Kelly

Cheri - July 31, 2016 - 8:57 am

Kelly, You definitely saw more of Seattle and the area than we did the two times we were there. I think I need to bring you with me when vacationing. Thanks for the tour.
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How funny! Just take the blog posts with you when you return on your next trip, and you’ll have “me” along with you. 🙂
Thank you for reading Cheri!
Kelly

At Rivercrest Cottage - July 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

You make me want to move back to the Seattle area, which we happily left 14 years ago. Looks like a lot has changed…for the better.
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It probably has grown tremendously in 14 years! You might not even recognize areas that you went to back then.
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - July 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Once more I drooled at the food pics, wowed at the stops along the way, and felt as though I walked along with you in the rain. You always let me in with your descriptions and photos, so I feel I am there.
We got the tour of Chihuly art when it came to our botanical garden quite a few years back. I took so many pictures of each piece, because I knew I would only have the one chance to experience it. ( One was the boat filled with glass orbs! ) The garden still has some orbs that float in the reflecting pond, and some spiky pieces. Love the detail. I can see you humming Disney themes as you walked along! 😉
Thanks for the tour and especially the food! 🙂
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Thank you for your very sweet comment Marianne. 🙂 I appreciate you for reading and taking the time to write here. How fun that you got to see the Chihuly art at your botanical gardens! I believe Chihuly is currently showing at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which my mom wants to tour very soon.)
Kelly

Gail - July 30, 2016 - 4:13 pm

You are the very best blogger ever! In the midst of this world we now find ourselves living in, you are indeed a breath of fresh air. Thank you for taking us on this fabulous journey to the Northwest. I may never get there in my lifetime but I feel I have had this awesome opportunity to go right along with you. The glass garden was gorgeous and it was almost like I could taste the food you photographed. Thank you again sweet traveler. You always make my life a bit brighter!
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Goodness what super nice compliments Gail! Thank you very much! I’m glad I could “take you along” with us as we traveled, and I hope that one day you get to experience it yourself. It is a wonderful area of our diversely beautiful country.
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - July 30, 2016 - 2:53 pm

Seattle is such a fabulous and fun city, great tour. Looks like you guys had a great time.
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We did have a very good time there Marty! And the city really is a lot of fun. 🙂
Kelly

DiAnne - July 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm

WOW! Another fantastic post about one of my favorite cities. How lucky you are to have your son show you all the places he loves! Then, how lucky are we that you share it all with us. The food looks yummy. I can almost smell the coffee. I love a beverage frig with a clear glass door. The chalkboards are beautiful.
Seattle would be a fun place to spend a month or two. I can’t wait to go back.
Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing this beautiful journey.
DiAnne
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Yes, we were very lucky to have our son show us around! (He was an awesome tour guide. 🙂 ) Wouldn’t it be great if we could put “scratch and sniff” on our computers?! Then you really could smell the coffee.
Thank you for reading all the posts from the trip DiAnne. 🙂
Kelly

mari1017 - July 30, 2016 - 2:14 pm

I enjoyed every stop and post of your trip to Washington, Kelly! I’ve never made it that far up the West coast, so it was wonderful to see this area of our great country, especially through your lens and words 🙂 Glad you had a good time, and isn’t it always wonderful when you know you will be returning for a second visit??? Love that! Enjoy your weekend!
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I’m so glad you did Mari. 🙂 You need to make a trip there so that you can enjoy all of that area. It IS wonderful that we will be visiting there again. I will have a list of places to visit ready for that trip!
Kelly

Donna - July 30, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Keep Seroius Pie on your list…add Dahlia Bakery for the coconut creme pie bites…in fact ANY of Tom Douglas’ restaurants…love Chihuly too…love me some Seattle…the underground tour is very good also!! thanks for letting me remember!!
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I had told my son on this trip that we should go to Dahlia specifically for that coconut creme pie. (My husband LOVES coconut creme pie.) We simply ran out of time to do everything. It is at the top of my list for next time! We will have to check out the underground tour then too. I did not even know they had one of those!
Kelly

Sandy - July 30, 2016 - 1:50 pm

Thank you for sharing pictures of your trip. I thoroughly enjoyed them, knowing I probably won’t ever have the pleasure of visiting these sites. It’s really getting ridiculous for schools across the country to start this early, the beginning of August. If I had my way, no school would begin until the day after Labor Day. This comment comes from a retired teacher with thirty-seven years of experience.
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You are quite welcome Sandy! Thank you for reading and enjoying the posts.
I am soooo with you on schools starting too early! August is pretty bad, but July is just plain ridiculous! I argued about that for years – to no avail. The savings the school boards could make in energy costs by not going to school at this very hot time of year would be major.
Kelly

Louvina - July 30, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Loved this post!! So interesting and full of everything we gals on here like!! The food, the stores, the chalk writings,the views and everything touristy!! Once again your post gave me an excuse to sit awhile and take a break from all the sprucing up we are doing here! Crown molding being ordered and new white doors coming soon! I also made reservations for the helicopter tour in Destin for our Sept trip. Seaside and Water Color here we come from the air to see a bird’s eye view !! So excited! Wish you could join us!! Can you believe $5 a minute!! Yep! Up up and away!!:)
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Glad you did Louvina! You needed a break from all your many projects, so I am happy to provide you a few minutes of entertainment. 🙂
I know your September trip to that area will be fabulous. I wish I could join you. Seaside is one of my happy places! (But my fear of heights would probably keep me out of that helicopter.) You go right ahead and enjoy it though!
Kelly

md white - July 30, 2016 - 1:41 pm

Shared on my fb page! Heading back to Seattle (actually Edmonds) for a quick visit. If we have time, I might just visit some of these great places! Thanks for the tour of the Great Northwest!
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Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing the post on your facebook page! I hope you do get to enjoy some of the places on your next trip.
Kelly

Karol - July 30, 2016 - 12:04 pm

OOPS! Watson Kennedy.
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No worries! I knew exactly what you meant. 🙂
Kelly

Karol Iberg - July 30, 2016 - 12:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Kennedy Watson. I envy your visit.
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It was such a beautiful store with soooo many different accessories that could fit in any and every style of home. It would be dangerous to my bank account if we lived in Seattle!
Kelly

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