Tinker Verve

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A Celebration of Memories…

As a child, Memorial Day often involved visiting our local cemetery, taking an opportunity to remember.

Living back in the area where I grew up brings many blessings and that so often touch those warm, fuzzy places in my heart.  It seems that everything about spring does that.  The beauty that surrounds us right now is simply astounding.

Each day I find that I marvel at the sights and sounds that surround me.

Visiting that old, rustic, wonderfully~unkempt cemetery where my grandparents, great grandparents, great~great grandparents lie is just another one of those {overwhelming} blessings.  I’m so glad that I’m drawn to visit there at least once a year.

the grave stones pictured above and below are not from relations but they are so old and beautiful

My great, great grandparents…Amos & Betsy Alby ~ homesteaded in this valley in 1896 as they made their journey from Norway.

Visiting this grave still brings such fresh emotion…even looking at the picture now makes me cry again.  As I speak of blessings from this area where I live, my grandma would have to take the top of the list!  She was an amazing gal and she is in my thoughts often. 

Oh, to be just a little bit like her.  

blessed indeed!

these outhouses always make me smile

on my way down the hill I stopped and visited my cousin who lives on the same place that Amos & Betsy homesteaded in 1896 ~ I loved the sheep that were freely roaming around

May 30, 2011 - Posted by | family, my neck of the woods!


  1. Hi Elaine
    I liked your pics of the cemetary. I saw the pic of our Great Grandpa Amos’s grave. I was thinking of him today as well when I was at work doing boat patrol on Loon Lake. My Grandma Alby had told me that Amos had built boats on Loon Lake before moving to Summit Valley. I kinda wish I had more history about that but have never found much.
    The Cemetary looks great this time a year with all the green grass.


    Comment by Duane Johnson | May 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. Love this post;) I’ll be at Farm Chicks as well, would love to meet you!
    Deb @ Garden Party

    Comment by debi | May 31, 2011 | Reply

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