insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy


when you live to be 95

yesterday we celebrated my great grandmother's 95 birthday
she was born April 6, 1919 in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia
she was one of 10 children, 6 sisters, 3 brothers
she worked in coal mines and married a coal miner
she taught me that you can grow anything on any kinda soil
and it doesn't matter if there is a hill
and there is no limit to things that can be canned 
she came to visit me right after we moved in to our house and I was so excited to show her my garden
matthew had built up a plot behind our house so it was level
she looked at it nodded and said "you too good to plant on the hill"
she's honest and gritty
she lived through the great depression and WWII
she lived when there wasn't a great depression but things were still hard
she works hard
but she still has a smile on her face and the most genuine laugh you have ever heard
on this past Saturday, the day before she turned 95, she was baptized

could be my favorite picture of all time
photo credit: nancy shupe

in the hills of Virginia
in the 20 degree creek water
she was washed clean
95 years old
and again she taught me
that it doesn't matter how old you are
it doesn't matter where you been or what you've done
Jesus will wash you clean
may I live to be half the woman she is
what will people say about you when live to be 95?
lovely linkys
Hear it on a Sunday


  1. I love this! What a wonderful life your great-grandmother lived. And what a gift--to be baptized when she was. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Ohhhhhhhh. I love this. I love the picture. I love how you sprinkle parts of you and NC and your family into every post. This is just purely awesome.

  3. How wonderful, what a blessing.


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