This blog post may get a little long because I truly want to share how blessed I was yesterday by this beautiful family. I unfortunately was not dealt the type of family that has a long history of passed down stories with little and big things that have lasted generations and will continue to live on. I am not complaining, but I find myself absolutely in awe when I am surrounded by people with family history deep and long. I was asked to come “take a few ” family photos for Mr and Mrs Glass in honor of their 50th anniversary…and boy did this “job” turn into a blessing quickly!!!!
Some may find the stories of how he used to hang at her family’s store in a little corner of Alabama no big deal, or how they grew into relationship and married at the church across the street. How her sister still lives in the house she grew up in and the home they now share sits next to that church, and the very first house they ever built. By hand mind you with a LOT of Mr. Charles blood sweat and tears. People these days are so busy being involved in what they have, and don’t have, and what their “friends” are doing. I myself am guilty. Losing the simple joys of life like, yards filled with rambunctious boys that had go carts running like nascar, and a horse apple tree that still to this day bears fruit even though it leans a little…well ALOT, from all it’s years serving as third base. haha ( that was one of my favorite stories of the day)
Hearing these stories and photographing this couple who multiplied to 8 in the course of 50 years gave me such hope for my own marriage, family and traditions. Traditions that I take for granted. I was reminded that even though I may not have a long line of heirloom stories or places, I can be the creator of them, you have to start somewhere! As long as I hold fast to those memories that I sometimes find boring, or maybe “to old”, if I can only remind myself of the blessed time spent with Mrs. Elaine, and remember the pride in which she and Mr. Charles speak of the boys, and the families they have, the little town they love so much and helped along the way…I too can stay inspired, and one day if God sees fit, I too will have stories, love and family that is abundant!
Thank you so much for blessing me with your stories! I hope you find our little photo adventure a part of your family’s history for years to come!
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