Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrating Mother's day 2018 at Harper House and Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

Summer break is officially here! I have lots of catching up to do. Quite a few blog posts to come! :-)

 Hayley researched the area and planned out Mother's Day for me and it was to visit a lovely historic home called Harper House located in Hickory, NC. We had a bit of a drive to get there but it was worth it! We love touring historic homes! We also enjoyed a nice meal out and enjoyed spending the day together.


Harper House is an absolutely beautiful Queen Anne's style Victorian home, that was so beautiful to tour and learn about it's history. A lovely restoration job has been done on the home with a lot of original possessions from the family that once inhabited it.


    We sure don't see homes built like this anymore.... so beautiful and so much attention to details!



       An amazing wrap around porch perfect for entertaining and relaxing after a long day at work.


The interior was just as exquisite. I took many pictures, too many to share them all, lol... but I wanted to highlight some features of the home to give you an idea of how lovely it was inside.



It has always amazed me how much cooking was done in such tiny little kitchens back then! Not to mention no A/C and extreme temperatures here in the South! Like today for instance it is over 100 degrees with humidity! I can't imagine cooking in a small kitchen with not much ventilation back then. I don't do well with the heat as it is! ;-) But there was no fast food so if you wanted to eat, you had to get cooking! ;-)



Gorgeous ceilings, some of which had to be reproduced due to damage and neglect over the years.



Beautiful antiques all throughout the house. A time when families still took so much pride in what they had. Sadly today not everyone sees it that way.... Just so quick to get ahead but never taking the time to slow down and enjoy what is right in front of them.



These are original silhouettes of the previous homeowners that are all around the walls in the upstairs room. Beautiful stained glass windows through out the home as well.




Dining room was all set up and ready for the next meal. I love how much love and effort was put into family meals years ago. In our home we always have dinners together as a family and share about our day. I still enjoy entertaining with fine china and cloth napkins too. In fact we eat off china plates every day. Each day we are here is a blessing so we should live it to the fullest.





                                   This was part of the original chimney out on the porch.


 This last building is the carriage house/garage in the back but it hadn't been restored fully yet so we couldn't go in.

We also found out that underneath the porch at the back of the home there was a bomb shelter... unfortunately that area was closed off too but I would have loved to see it. From the outside you would never know it was there.


On the way back from our visit we saw a sign for Bunker Hill covered bridge. It is the only covered bridge that has not be moved from its original spot and is still standing. That was really neat to stop  and see too.


Sadly some very disrespectful people decided it was ok to spray paint graffiti on the sides of it and all through the inside walls. :-( Just breaks my heart to see history treated that way.....


Just imagine all the stories these walls hold.... can you hear the clip clop of the horses hooves as they tread along?





It was such a gorgeous day and I found myself wishing my mom could be there with us to experience it all...




Though beautiful... we got some eerie feelings being out and about in these woods and the surrounding area....






For a special gift for me, Hayley did one of her paintings of a favorite picture I had of my mom and I. It turned out so beautifully, I cried when she gave it to me. The reflections make it a little hard to see, but I tried to capture it as best as I could. :-) Thank you Hayley for such a precious, treasured gift.. I love it!



This is the original and it was taken a few years back on Mother's Day at a local park and lake we were visiting. Always fond memories with my mom.....


Both my girls made my day so very, very special. I love them more then I can ever put into words and I treasure every single day I have with them. Hope you all had an amazing Mother's Day too!!


                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                                Jill

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day 2018

This photo has always been one of my favorites of my mom and I. It was May, 2001 and I was due to have Hayley any day..... Doctors told me I'd never have children, yet through a lot of prayers God blessed me with 2 beautiful, amazing girls I couldn't be more proud of.

My mom was always by my side, every step of the way through all of life's good and bad moments. I miss her terribly every moment of every day. I also focus on the positives and I feel so very blessed to have had her in my life, as she was such a loving, caring, inspiring person and so much more. Her presence is deeply missed...


                                                             My beautiful Hayley.......


                                                           My beautiful Kathleen.........


                                                              My beautiful mom.......


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! I hope you all have an amazing day and cherish each and every moment!



                                                                      Many Blessings,
                                                                                Jill

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hayley's Art Gala

In the mean time of my life being upended again... I thought I'd take some time to post some of the good things that have been happening in our lives.

Hayley had her art gala, if you follow my page on Facebook you may have seen her picture that was entered and could be voted for. It was also placed in a local branch at Piedmont Bank for voting as well.


The sponsors did an amazing job of decorating it like the academy awards. She had her name in a Hollywood square, tables all decorated nicely, red carpet rolled out, delicious food, etc. Very nicely done.



These were a couple of her friends who went along, the girl also had a piece of her artwork submitted.


We were so excited and proud of her to find out her piece of artwork won people's choice for the bank hers was placed in!!!!


                                           It looked pretty cool up on the big screen too! :-)




Way to go Hayley!!! You're an amazing artist and make us so very proud! Nana is shining down from heaven smiling with her pride as well. Nana was an amazing and inspiring artist and you have definitely inherited that part of her.


Some more of her friends and fellow artists from the gala. They all did amazing pieces of artwork!!


I'm still seeming to have some glitches when trying to upload photos here.... it is frustrating when trying to get my posts caught up. Sometimes when I scroll to upload photos it will kick me back to the beginning of my pictures before I can select them.... anyone else have this issue? I may be considering a new platform to blog on.... I'll keep you all posted! Hope you are having a wonderful week!!

                                                                         Blessings,
                                                                               Jill