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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Because I Want To Remember

Someday, I will sit on my front porch with my coffee and my knitting...ok...maybe not the knitting...stare out at the beautiful view, and think back to the summers when my children were young. I hope I will remember the beauty of these days that include laughter, jump rope, late morning walks, and after dinner ice cream cones. But just in case I don't...

Happy Happy Happy times...
Tucking them into my soul...

Because someday they will be sweet memories. : )


  1. What happy shoes on a happy girl.
    Yes, take photos, document these sweet times.
    In the future, you'll be so glad you did.

  2. Ohhhhh, way before you realize it... They will be memories. :-)

    So keep right on, noticing them now. And tucking photos of them away, here on your blog.

    And especially, keep noticing them. Enjoying them. In the present.

    The years keep flowing on. If we are lucky! :-) And so many things, are memories. And that's ok. Because we can relive them.

    But not too much of that, either. Because it seems best, to keep right on, paying attention to our NOW. And thus, do all we can, to keep our 'nows,' being enjoyable.

    Oh mercy! I do "run with" a topic, don't I?!?!?!?!

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  3. Hi Billie Jo~

    Oh my goodness, brought a few tears to this grandma's eyes. Times were so different when I was a young mother, we didn't have computers to capture those precious moments for . . . forever. My mother, who has dementia, can remember when I was a child, and that was a long time ago! Do you think that is God's gift to the elderly, that they can't remember what happened yesterday, but all those childhood memories, memories of their children are still intact? I think so.

    Loved all those sweet photos of Flynn, she is such a cutie! Thank you for sharing.


  4. What sweet pictures Billie Jo. I remember my girls playing with their skippets for hours!!

  5. Sadly we don't have a lot of photos our our girls when they were young. We are more than making up for it with the Grandchildren. Such beautiful photos of a beautiful girl.

  6. You have the most amazing place to sit and knit .....or just sit and not knit! haha....love the pics. Love the colorful tennis shoes!

  7. How funny you should talk about now/then/memories. I found a box of CD's that I had downloaded pictures onto from 10-12 years ago. I started looking at them last night and cried happy tears for hours. Keep those memories safe and you will get to do the same thing one of these days. There used to be, and may still be, I dont know, an old soap opera called, "Days of Our Lives".....well, we are living them my sweet friend.

  8. How precious. Your thoughts and photos are sweet. Made me want to get the old photos out and reminisce a bit. It's good for the soul. Yes, they will be sweet memories before you know it.

  9. Moments to treasure for sure. I hope you continue to find joy in the ordinary!

  10. Goodness! It does go so quickly. I hate that part. And I cannot imagine living away from children without the modern conveniences of FaceTime or cell phones let alone digital photography. Love her new and bright shoes!

  11. Thank goodness for memories tucked away.

  12. Billie Jo, those precious memories are forever treasures in our hearts. I revisit them from time to time and they are as vivid today as they were long ago. xo

  13. Priceless shots! Each one tells a story.

  14. So precious and sweet are these memories you're making!!

    As the saying goes "The days are long but the years are short", rings true time and time again, especially the years are short part! :(

    I always wanted to be a wife and mother and I'm so very thankful I've been given the opportunity to be one!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    P.S. Flynn has some serious Skip It skills!! Those Skip It's are too fun!! :)

  15. Such sweet memories! Tuck them in your heart AND on your blog. That way your whole family can share them!

  16. Sweet pictures. I'm trying to do the same. <3

  17. Lovely pictures. Now I have grandkids to make memories with me.

  18. Yes sweet sweet memories...
    Great pictures!

  19. Dear Billie Jo ... those years go by so very quickly. Enjoy each and every little moment. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

  20. You are wise to try and capture those precious moments while you can. It does go so quickly!

  21. Good morning Billie Jo, I love making memories with my camera, and if by chance I forget, all I have to do is look at a photo, I am immediately brought back to that very moment! Memories will carry us through the good times and the not so good times, thank you for sharing some of your memories, have a blessed day!

  22. Definitely some sweet memories there!

  23. Dear Billie Jo, This post tugged at my heart strings. What a blessing to know how blessed you are before those times are just memories. Hugs friend! Juli


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