May 30, 2018

Memorial Day

Our first Memorial Day in our new home was different from past years. Different, but good. I am a creature of habit. I thrive on tradition. Memorial Day has always meant matching red, white, and blue shirts from Old Navy, colored paper bags for candy, and watching our small town's parade beneath the shade of the same old tree. It always included a trip to the store for flowers, then planting them in the hot sun. This year was different. But you know what? It was just as great. Really.




My heart is full of those sweet memories.
This year we made new ones!

No parade?
No problem!
We went out to breakfast instead!

And this little lady got the biggest, most delicious strawberry milkshake ever made.

 If you look closely, you will see the spot our puppies sit while they wait for us to return.

Still waiting!

My dear sister Margie sent me this picture while she was visiting my Dad.
She and her husband go up every Memorial Day to clean his stone after the long winter.
Because we know he would want it that way. : )

The rest of our day included sitting on our deck, taking afternoon naps, and cooking hot dogs over the fire pit. We finished the night with the most delicious strawberry shortcake made by Peyton.

I hope your Memorial Day was filled with memories of your own.
Both old and new. 

Thanks for visiting!


  1. What a lovely Memorial Day you had this year and all those special memories from years gone by. Loved seeing all the pics.

  2. Memories from days gone by are sweet, but new memories are being made and will be just as sweet in days to come. Thanks for sharing your day/days with us.

  3. Always good to reflect on the past, but new memories are sweet too. Love the little photo bombers!!

  4. Looks like you had a lovely, relaxing day! Wonderful photos.

  5. I have come to realize that change can be a good thing, smiles. We are the upper keepers of the family Graves. My mom's name is the same as yours. Hope you have a good day, friend.

  6. I hear your words, and I know how you feel because I struggle with change too. Especially now since I've moved and things are different. Not bad, just different. It's all ok as long as we have our memories and we can look forward to making new ones! Your day looks lovely!!! I love the puppies and also can we talk about that milkshake! Way to go Flynn!!! ♥

  7. You've got my mouth watering with the strawberry shortcake! Your day looks just lovely; a new tradition.

  8. I sure looks like you had a wonderful holiday, even if it was a little different from years past. Memories made are memories made and that's all the matters!

  9. Lovely times at your new home, Billie Jo. Such cute photos of your children through the years. And the photo of Flynn and Peyton with the doggie in the window is darling. I love the stone on your new house--reminds me of England. ♥

  10. Okay... so is Flynn going to be your tallest child after she is all grown or is it just the way the picture looks?

    Love you * new * memorial day!

  11. The "spot"! So freaking cute!

  12. So glad you were able to enjoy your day even if it was a little different than past Memorial Days.

  13. How fun to see the years past of the Memorial pictures of your beautiful children. I love looking back at old photos. Looks like new traditions are in the making and that milk shake is has me drooling!! yum yum

  14. What a lovely celebration! That strawberry shortcake looks so yummy!!

  15. Looks like a pretty wonderful Memorial Day to me! And memories are treasures not matter where you are - as long as you're sharing them together. ;)
    Have a blessed weekend ahead! xoxo

  16. I'm with you, I like tradition and routine. But sometimes it's fun to mix it up a little! I'm glad you had a good day, even if it was different.

  17. So nice to look back on all our Memorial Day memories, but I think I might like the breakfast tradition better! ;) I LOVE the pillows and flowers you've put on the front porch. A little touch of our old home. <3

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s


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