New Memories Start Somewhere…

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This photo caught my eye when going through old blog material in my computer a few minutes ago. Every so often I like to go back to those times in my mind and remember just what we were up to when the photos were taken.

This particular one was taken at the Kider World’s Fair Gardens when we were on our journey west and spent a few days with Emily Blough and her mother, Michele, in Goshen, Indiana. Such a good time for us both…it was one of the things on his bucket list for this trip.

I remember asking him that evening in our hotel room if he could tell me what he was thinking when I took it…he said he wasn’t looking ahead…just going day by day and taking in as much as he could.

I tried to do the same but knowing what was most likely ahead for him I couldn’t. He really didn’t want to live life more than one day at a time at that point… Making the most of each one was his goal and eventually mine.

I do not write this looking for sympathy or pity…I do so because we made memories that will last me the rest of my time here. Writing seems to be a form of therapy for me.

Ed’s strong will to do his best…his kind heart and soul… his mission to prepare his family and not worry about himself created more and more memories to be passed on.

As I picture our little tribe of 20 at this time, my Farmer and I + 4 kids + 10 grand kids, he has left a legacy worth more than anything I could ask for. We all know that he loved and cared for us more than life itself. Good times and not so good…the one constant was love.

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I have taken a job with my daughter’s consulting  business…I now have another title associated with my name…Carolyn Gulley…farm wife and now, consultant!!

Okay…so I do a lot of computer work and filing at the moment…Maggie’s the brain and I am her minion? (I think that word fits)!! Love it.

We often talk about her Dad; mostly things he said to us after his diagnosis. He was a wise man in so many ways…and he could read people. More often than not his impressions of folk were spot on. Perhaps not always what we wanted to hear but looking back he was our leader.

And his words of guidance for me, kids and grandchildren alike are guiding us daily. Not a day goes by that his name…Farmer, Dad or Grampy…is not mentioned for one reason or another. With respect and much love.

Needless to say, our tribe has those memories of a lifetime with him. And now we move forward and continue making memories of our own that all started because we  had him.

Memories…They all start somewhere! I love you Farmer!!

‘Til next time….

PS…I am thinking about writing some sort of book including all of the blog photos and others with short stories of our life here at Bejosh… A good friend of mine mentioned it a few months back and the more I think about it the more I think it would be do-able with the right help.

Any opinions or suggestions out there? Take care.

19 Comments

  1. How wonderful to see entries on your blog! You MUST write your book! You have a flair for writing—it reads smoothly and covers a lifestyle so interesting that it needs to be shared. Congratulations, too, on your consultant endeavor! You’re growing and learning, always a good thing, and I know Ed would be very proud of you!!! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  2. Lovely to hear from you again and catch up with all you’re doing. My my a consultant now, that sounds grand. A book sounds a wonderful idea but maybe have a word with Jon Katz first. Maybe the publishing is something that has changed a lot over the past 10 years or so and he may be able to advise you on the right path to go. Much love from England xx

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  3. I love hearing about you coming into your own. You are also wise and a big part of why your family is so loving. A book would be wonderful and fun to read. thanks for the update

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  4. Your blog entry today is very touching, Carol. It is good to remember, isn’t it. Your Farmer was a good and wise man. I really encourage you to write that book! I would look forward to it. Sharing your stories and the legacy of your Farmer would be a lasting tribute to the amazing life you built together and goes on today. Thank you for your courage! It has lifted me up in spirit!

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  5. Carol. Write it. I know it will be a beautiful tribute to your family and all of us who continue to love all of you. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Beautiful thoughts & memories, Carolyn!

    I encourage your book project — & continuing blog/journal.

    With best wishes & XOXOXO!

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  7. Absolutely write the book – it would be very helpful for you and anyone who reads it.
    Love the photo and the sentiments.

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  8. What a nice read today’s blog was!…the memories we make are worth the world…was just going over some old pictures with my Jane and telling her stories from the days before she was born..sharing the memories and passing them on…writing that book should be easy..maybe select pictures and tell the story of how it came to be…I want an autographed copy! love ….

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  9. Carol It was nice hearing from you again. I love that picture of Ed that you put on today’s blog. I also think if you have the time and energy to write the book it would be great. I know I would love to read it and see any pictures you put in it. Take Care and write again soon. Love hearing from you.

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