Monday, September 7, 2009

Her legend continues

Many years ago while spending time with my husband's family, I learned about my father in law's mother, Fern. She has such an incredible legacy that it is as if I knew her personally. I have spent many hours listening to stories about this woman, all from admiring children and grandchildren. She was a descendant of people from the Isle of Mann,which is a little island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland. My husband and I took an ancestral trip a few years back and we were blessed to visit there. We were able to see the actual place where the ancestor was martyred and we stood on the land that belonged to him. It was an amazing trip... but that is another story. My husband's grandmother loved to grow flowers and garden. She raised six kids, east of Windsor, Mo. In her young years, she was a one room school teacher. She was also a writer, and wrote for the magazine Kitchen Klatter. We have a few of those articles, but not many. Sunday a lady at my church came up to me and told me that she had several magazines that I could look at. I took them and found five articles written by Fern. What a treat! It is wonderful to sit and read to your children words written by their great grandmother about things she remembers from childhood. Tonight we read an article she wrote talking about an era that I only wish I could be experiencing. It was titled I Remember Grandma's Kitchen. In it she talks about when her grandmother would bake pies from the berries in season. She described what her grandmother's house looked like on the inside. She talks about family gatherings at the house... it was just a wonderful walk down a lane of family history for my children. How many people can say they can read about what their great -great grandmother did or how her kitchen looked? It was a time of hard work and a wonderful sense of accomplishment. There was one thing she did say that I found to be profound. She closed her article saying, " Yes, I remember Grandma's kitchen. It was important in my learning, for Grandma loved being a woman and making a home just as I do. When I read articles on women's liberation, I feel slightly ill. Perhaps women's place is in the home; otherwise, what is going to become of homes?" I want to raise my daughter with the same beliefs that her great grandmother had. As a strong woman who is very resourceful, yet gentle and motherly. I want her to see the importance of being a mother and wife. She needs to learn that she will have to go against the grain of society, because society will tell her that she has no credibility as a mother, and be a woman of virtue. I want her children to rise up and call her blessed. I pray the Lord will continue to show me how to do this. I have wonderful stories about my own grandmothers but I will write about them at a later date.

Until next time...

~Happy blogging.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog, Gayla! Grandma Miller would have loved you! I have some articles she has written as well. I'll send them to you when I get a chance! ~Marcus

21st Century Reformation said...

What an honor to Grandma Fern. She was a great lady and a great writer. Thank you for helping to share and carry on her legacy.

Lylah Ledner said...

Delightful read...thank you. I will link to this off my simple home living blog....it's too good....

can't wait to read part 2....keep it coming....

blessings...lylah

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage said...

What a treasure! I can only imagine....

I'd love to read one of Grandma Fern's articles.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage.

Laura

proverbs31heart said...

What a blessing, Gayla! And what a treasure! Thanks so much for sharing this! What an awesome legacy Grandma Fern has left for her family! It just warms your heart, doesn't it? What a treasure!