Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Visit with Aunt Lettie

This is Aunt Lettie. She is Joe's great aunt. She's a wonderful and generous lady, who has been a widow for as long as I've known her. She could never have any children of her own, so I have adopted her to be one of my grandmothers.

We stopped by her house on Monday night to visit and give her a Mothers Day gift. She held Sawyer, who is almost as big as she is. She's a tiny little lady.

While I sat and chatted with her, Joe and the older children were outside. They were playing ball, running around her big backyard, and climbing trees. If you look very closely, you will see skin at the top of the tree. That's Taylor. (Yikes, I know! But remember, I was inside, oblivious to what was happening under Joe's supervision.)

And apparently there was sitting upon rooftops, unbeknownst to me (I just now saw this picture for the first time).

Aunt Lettie went into a back room and brought out a Raggedy Ann doll. She handed it to Spenser and told her she could keep it. Then she told us how she's had this doll since before she was married. She was married in 1941. It's handmade and in incredible shape. (I guess because Aunt Lettie never had children to mess it up.)

It's so nice to be able to visit our older family members. It's hard to leave ... not sure when we will visit with them again. Even when they live close by. Life gets busy. We really just need to take the time and do it more often. It's so wonderful when we do.

12 comments:

nikki said...

Sounds like a nice visit. I'm sure she loves seeing the children. Spenser looks like she's sliding down the roof. lol

Karyn said...

We all need an Aunt Lettie. Sounds like it was a fun time, especially for the kids when you weren't looking!!

Katie Jean said...

What a nice visit! Husbands always let the kids do scary things, now don't they!?!?

laeroport said...

We really need to go visit Tim's great aunt, who also never had children. Thanks for the reminder.

And Geez! Joe! What's with Spenser on the Roof! Eeek!

capello said...

spenser was on the roof!?

Heidijayhawk said...

sounds like such a fun day! and i rarely need to know what my hubby does with the kids while they are out of my sight. it normally scareds the tar out of me.

beki said...

How lucky you are to still have her in your lives! I'm sure your visit meant the world to her.

Cici said...

I love that Dad behavior is, apparently, universal. I also love that Aunt Lettie went into a back room to pull out Raggedy Ann. Have you read the stories? She came from a Grandmas attic.

christy said...

i love aunt lettie too! she is soo sweet. joe looks like her. my great aunt bessie made us dolls just like that when we were little. i don't know what happened to them. she died when i was in elementary school. she was almost 100.

lindiepindie said...

What a sweet story and a nice lady. I always tell hubby the reason God gave kids a mom and a dad is this. Moms keep the Dad's from letting the kids do dangerous stuff and Dad's keep the Moms from being over-protective. Nice balance, huh? :o)

amandajean said...

what a wonderful gift from your aunt...how sweet!

Randi said...

What a blessing to have such a sweetie in the family. The doll is a treasure and the roof picture is YIKES!