Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rural Roadtripping-My Love for Old Things

What do you like to do on a late Sunday afternoon?   Is it a time of rest and relaxation for you?  Is it a day to spend quality time with family and friends?  Or is it a day to spend road tripping?  I absolutely love to spend a late afternoon on a Sunday driving through the picturesque farms that I have been so fortunate and blessed to live among.  If ever I am reminded of a loving and compassionate God, it is in his artistic design of the beautiful fields and valleys at the time the sun is casting its golden glow. During my trips, I have often come across many homesteads that have been around for many generations.  Some are yet occupied while most of them are not. And even some have become historical landmarks.  Their weathered and aged exterior speak of years of untold stories and experiences.

Did you ever come upon an old abandoned farmhouse while road tripping and wonder just what kind of memorable family gatherings went on inside? 

What sort of activities went on inside?  How different were the activities of days gone by to those of today?

If it was a farm, what did they grow?  What animals did they raise?

How many generations of family members attended to the farm?

What turmoil or troubles might the family have faced that caused them to make a heavy heartfelt decision to abandon the farm and its nurturing way of life?  

Many things to wonder about.  So, take a moment each day to appreciate the beauty around you and be thankful for all of your blessings.  Before long, it could become a memory in a old photo.  Enjoy the adventure. Enjoy more road trips.

Many blessings,



  1. Thank you Valerie. I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

  2. The country churches are great objects of beauty to me. Their simplicity and modesty speaks to me of the congregations that gathered there to worship and to mark the occasions of marriage, birth, and death in their families. I have always wondered about the families that may have lived in these beautiful old homes and farms, your pictures have captured the quiet and unpretentious dignity of these once loved but now forgotten homesteads.

  3. Hi Candy,
    Thank you for the lovely comment. The old homesteads melt my heart. I, too, think about the love and close friendships that went on among families and neighbors. I am sure they all depended on each other and seen each other through some difficult times. I would love to save some of the abandoned buildings and restore them as close to the original structure for everyone to enjoy in years to come. These abandoned homesteads are built on some of the most peaceful and tranquil areas that truly is heaven on earth. Our ancestors knew how to pick the most gorgeous land to live on.

  4. Thank you, Marlene. Wouldn't you just love to restore one into a liveable home?

  5. Especially the old school house.


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