Friday, April 3, 2009

Flashback Friday ~ Andy's Mom & Dad

Grandma Thompson, Ken and Shirley! Andy said, this would have been around 1944 or '45, when dad was in the Airforce.

A beautiful Italian girl.....falls in love with an Irishman! (I don't know who the children are in this picture).

I absolutely love this picture of them?

Mom and Dad Roberts.......WE MISS YOU! There are so many things I miss, but I will just mention, one funny memory about mom, for today.
I miss those times when I would come home to find that somehow, mysteriously, a load of laundry had gotten washed, dried and put neatly away in all of our drawers. The dead giveaway was that, mom was the only one who had a key to my house and another clue was the fact that.........when I did the laundry........everything didn't come out pink! Could it be? Was there some little fairy running around with PINK FAIRY DUST, changing all of our clothes into a beautiful shade of pink? I THINK NOT!
Little did mom know, that I washed most of our clothes in cold water with Woolite (especially all of Kasey's hot pink outfits), so they wouldn't fade on all the other clothes. I was notoriously known, for getting stains out and let's just say, I was very meticulous about my laundry. Anyway, I found out that sometimes mom would get bored and wander across the field to find something to do.
Even though, I did ask Andy to please get my house key back (I'm cracking up just thinking about it right now) I couldn't get mad at her because she really thought she was doing me a favor, while keeping herself busy at the same time.
I guess she was just used to being busy, after raising 8 kids, milking all those cows twice a day, plus cooking and cleaning and taking care of her family. I don't think she knew what to do with idle time on her hands, plus I think the diabetes started getting out of control at that time and that might have had something to do with it also.
Seriously though, if I had the chance to have her back......I would give her a key to my house and let her sneak over and do a load of laundry, just to make her happy! I know pink isn't really in these days, but hey, maybe we could start a new fad! ~wink wink~
I miss her very much, but I'm so thankful for the memories, that I will always have! (Next time I will write something about dad)!


  1. To my insomniac friend (yes it's 1:31 a.m. and I am still awake too!) :) I loved this post, my favorite picture is the old fashioned color photo (3rd one down) those are my favorite types of photos. And I loved reading about Andy's Mom and her doing your laundry that is a really cute memory. I sure missed you tonight at music practice, I pray you get better soon, I don't like it when you are not around. Now i've got to get to bed! Love you friend. xoxo ;)

  2. Thank you Michelle, it was sad that I had to miss music practice....I don't like it when I'm not around either because I miss you and everyone! I miss singing too! It was nice to give it a try last Sunday, but it was a struggle for me to breathe and sing without coughing. Hopefully my lungs will heal quickly with this new regimen I'm on. I have to sing on Easter, so I will be praying hard!

    Love your Flashback Friday post....great pictures and what you wrote was very touching! I left a comment on your blog. Ok, your insomniac friend is going to bed now. Love you to friend! xoxo

  3. Such a sweet story and really neat pictures;-)

    Have a great weekend.


    Mary Anne

  4. cute photos and memories. thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Those are some special pictures and the story was priceless!

  6. Look at that Gut on Dad.
    Its your Future Debra, Look forward to it

  7. Oh no, Andy....that is not my are going to get healthy, so you can stop the tradition of dying young, in your family. No more meat and potatoes or lasagna for you, babe! It's all vegetables and salad from now on, so look forward to it! Oh, and no more sugar either! Love you :)

  8. Great post and what a wonderful story! I love all of the pictures. I can't get enough of old time photos. So simple but so meaningful. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  9. Christie RobertsApril 4, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    yeah no more sugar for Dick either, and just veggies and salad for him to! Let's stop this right now! I love the pictures DJ, could you send them to me? I don't have any. We never got the picture of mom and dad when they were young. my email is I would really appreciate it. :) I loved reading your story! I miss them to.

  10. Christie, I got these pictures from the CD that Maryanne gave to each of us, at the family reunion at Dave and Jane's. Were you not there that time? I will email all of them to you!

  11. Christie RobertsApril 4, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    thank you so much! You are a sweetie! I really appreciate it. Made me homesick for heaven!

  12. Debra-
    What sweet pictures of your husband's parents! I just lost both of my parents a few months ago--5 weeks apart. They were 90 and 91. I really love the pictures from the 1940's! Bless you--


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