Friday, June 20, 2008

Back Where I Come From

Being a military family, "home" is a very transient word for us. Typically when I think of home, I think of wherever my husband is, wherever the Lord and the military have landed us. Because of the fact that we know we are never anywhere for a long period of time, and we prepare months in advance for a move, it doesn't take us long to settle in wherever we go. It takes only a matter of days for me to change my mental picture of "home" when we move. Of course new friends are never replaceable and never forgotten.


Having said all this, there is always one place that is permanently and was first "home" to me, the place where I grew up, and where my family remains, on the farm in central Illinois. It is where I have my fondest memories of childhood, where my grandparents still remain, where my family is and still farms. I just returned from spending a couple of weeks up there while Carl was in school, and I again found comfort in the land I am so familiar with and love so much (along with those who reside there). : )


To those of you who are not from Illinois or other lands like it in central USA, these pictures may be somewhat of a shock...especially to my dear, dear friends who live and grew up in Washington. Yes, Illinois is one of those places that allows you to understand why we once thought the world was flat. : ) I love it. I did not put any pictures of the houses, as I feel better not doing that for safety reasons. I apologize for the poor quality of some of the images and size.




The buildings I circled here are a grain elevator and it's distance from my parents house, as we are looking at it here is approximately 3 miles. As you can imagine, it is much clearer looking at it through your own eyes. Just to give you an idea of how flat the land is, and how far you can see with the naked eye.


As it is planting season, the farmers are out in full force. Here's one of the tractors my grandpa and dad use.






We did have to retreat to the basement once when I was home, as summer storms are not uncommon there, and this year seems to be especially stormy. Here was the sky one night as the rain was moving in. Isn't God beautiful? I love to see how He displays His glory through nature, especially the sky, and there is no sky like in Illinois, my home. : )








8 comments:

Jenny S. said...

Wow, Jenny, "shock" barely describes it!! Those pictures are incredible to me!! I never pictured your family's farm looking like that... that is so awesome! Ya know, when some people say "farm" they mean a "hobby farm"... but yours is an actual FARM! Totally amazing. That barn is huge! What a wonderful way to grow up. I can't believe that flat land! I have never seen that in real life yet...I have visited other states, just not that flat ones. :) So, do you know how to drive a tractor?? Did you play in the barn growing up? LOVE your post! MISS you so much... :( WISH you could see baby MalaCRY... LOL...my little nickname for him. He's totally easy, I just call him that when he cries. :):) Love ya!!

One Happy Family said...

Your post is beautiful. The pictures remind me an awful lot of the eastern part of Washington - where I grew up. I remember the flatness there. The orchards, the farms the tumbleweed. All of it . . . beautiful. The dryness even. Mmmmmm - thanks for the memories in relating "home" to me.

Tom & Ape said...

Great blog Jenny. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful pictures. There is nothing quite like farmland! I love it. I love seeing that first picture with the sky 20 different shades and the bright full moon. It is gorgeous. We miss you guys a lot. Thanks for letting us use your grill...........I am gald you got time with your family. It is definately a blessing!

Anonymous said...

The pictures are beautiful. More beautiful when you are in them. Love and Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Just so you don't think you are being stalked...the anonymous blogger is your Mother! LOL!!!

Josh and Cindee said...

I grew up in Missouri so your pictures hit "home" for me. Thanks for sharing them. I haven't been home in 6 years! I'm missing it so much but still don't miss the tornadoes and retreats to the basement.

Joy said...

WOW! NICE pictures! I love them! Your stormy skies look like here. We are gettting lots of storms too. More than last time we were here. I put the kids in my closet one day. :) I sure miss you guys. Maybe since we don't live SOO far away we might could visit each other. :)

Mrs. Pizo said...

Jenny,
Fabulous pictures! They remind me of where I grew up in Southern IL. Farm land as far as the eyes can see. We did not grow up on a farm but had feilds infront of us and in back of us. It made for great play time after the harvest. We would dig in the dirt and pretend we were looking for arrow heads. I am glad to hear that you all are doing well.