Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Pink

I remember when I was a little girl. My grandmother's church she belonged to when she was a little girl would have a homecoming. People would come from all over, mostly the South, but a few Yankees might show up too. It was a small church in Jasper Alabama. On Sunday morning there was a church service with families recognized, and lots of singing. After church, there was a dinner outside next to the cemetery that was decorated with bunting and American Flags.

Tables were set up under the trees in long rows. People brought homemade food. All kinds. There was fried chicken, pork roast, country ham, barbecue ribs, green beans, carrots, butter beans, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, beef stew, corn pudding, corn on-the-cob, creamed corn, sweet potato casserole, baby red potatoes cooked with fresh green peas, mashed potatoes with so much butter they were yellow, white and brown gravies. potato salad, coleslaw, biscuits, cornbread,  apple pie, peach cobbler, chocolate cake, coconut cake, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, and someone turning a manual ice cream machine or two.

There was always a baseball game. It was an all day party. There was jars of sweet tea, and barrels of ice full of cokes in a bottle or RC Colas, maybe even Moon Pies. When the ballgame was over, we would all have watermelon or some of the  leftovers from lunch. Then we would gather back in the church and sing old hymns. There wasn't really a preaching, but there was always some people that came down and gave their life to Christ toward the end of the evening. It was a wonderful day of community.

This year we were in North Carolina. Family came over and we had Johnsonville Brats, potato salad, Salad, and Hawaiian Rolls. We had a lovely time with some immediate family members. It was mostly about relaxing and watching children's movies.

By the way, I want to show you my picture from when Joy Quilters took some quilts to the Children's Hospital of the Queen's Daughters. We took 15 quilts and 6 crocheted lap robes.
From left to right is: Judy Gatlin, Barbara Duke, Hettie Powers, nurse, Lena Self, and another nurse.  Just wanted you all to see what I really am doing on Thursday afternoons. It was such a feeling of blessing and joy to know that each child is going home with a quilt to help them through their cancer treatment.

Got to go, It is time to fix lunch for Benita and myself so we can go to quilting. I am going to put another post in tonight or tomorrow to show you all something really special. I hope you will see it by tomorrow sometime.