Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Bittersweet Summer Project

The first week that school was out, my sister (known here as Aunt) and I came together to clean out Dad’s house. We worked all day on Monday and the dumpster came on Tuesday. Wed. Hubby came and took apart the sheds and barn and helped us tremendously.

Aunt was the official photographer – it was our solution to not hanging on to everything. Looking back at the pictures I realized how terribly dirty everything was and I wish we had done it sooner. However, at the time keeping up with Dad was all we could manage. I’m very grateful to have the pictures. Really, what does one do with the Christmas tree they made over 25 years ago?

The temperature was already in the 90s for this project and we did it without air conditioning so beware, some of these pictures of us are just awful! Some highlights were finding my Bible from 1981, trying on Mom’s clothes from the 60s and 70s, having family stop by and hang out, looking at pictures and greeting cards together, finding family history, seeing all the evidences of a proud Grandpa, going to lunch in town with Hubby and Aunt and then another day with Aunt, and seeing things from childhood.

This is "awful" - putting on a long sleeve dress in a house that's over 90 degrees. Did save the dress though. I have a few outfits for a vintage party.

While these cards were mine, we also took pictures of cards that belonged to Mom and Dad. We found cards in every room of the house (except the bathroom!).
There was not a shortage of pictures of M & L in the house!

These curlers belonged to Aunt and the books were mine.

I thought that I’d write a really great blog post on doing this, but honestly after going back and looking at the pictures, it’s still kind of emotional and I’m not quite there. When everything was in the dumpster it was all still our stuff (most things weren’t in any kind of condition to keep). It was on Friday when I got to Dad’s house that was hard – the dumpster was gone. I am very happy to have this done though. There are some odds n ends left in the house, but it’s mainly cleaned out (but not clean!).


  1. Annette, You words and pictures are a beautiful testament to the love your parents had for you and Edwina. I'm so sorry for the loss and grief you feel. Please know that we feel it too because we love you and we loved your folks. Just wanted you to know we're thinking of you and holding you up in prayer. Love, Julane and Micheal

  2. great job writing and sharing! -casey and andrea


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