Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto

Each Friday, I love to participate in
Friday's Favorite Family Foto
hosted by the sweet Deborah,
Not all of the photos are vintage, but they are always alot of fun to see,
so if you like this kinda thang, go check it out...

This is my maternal grandparents.
Sitting in a cotton field behind their home.
They had been married for 1 year in this photo.

Lilly Jewel Kitchens Turk,
and Royal Hoke Turk.
They were married in 1936, when she was 16. I love to hear mygrandmother tell the story of how she was afraid to tell her father that Roy liked her. My grandfather told her that they would just get married, then she would belong to 'him'. She thought he was a mighty brave man, not to be scared of her father.
He took care of her.
Then alzheimer's got the best of him. She took care of him until he left us, several years ago.
My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 4 years old. And she taught me how to crochet. And I still love doing both today. My daughter watches me sometimes, as if in amazement, and asks..."How do you know how to do all of this?"
She thinks I am amazing.
I tell her that Granny taught me how. And she just smiles. One day Alyssa said "Mom, when I have a little girl, I hope she loves to sew." Then, I just smile.
My grandmother is still sewing, and still teaching me things.
Things I will treasure forever.


  1. I love the story of your grandparents. I blogged about my grandparents today, too. We are influenced and learn so much from them. The pic in front of the cotton field makes me homesick for SC.

    Happy New Year!

  2. What wonderful names - I love the "Jewel and Royal"...sounds as if they were made for one another.

    Grandparents are so important and can teach so much as is shown by your relationship with your grandmother. They are both very sweet looking.

    Thank you, Teresa.

  3. What a handsome couple! Many of my vintage family pics were taken in front of cotton fields too. Our cotton fields were in Texas...I assume yours were in Georgia. Right? Life was so different then. I have often wondered if I could have made it back then. Our grandmothers worked so hard and so long!

    Hope you pass your photos down to your daughter...also hope you pass down the skills you learned from your grandmother!


  4. Ok you also sew and crochet? Oh Teresa. I also wished I lived closer to you. I could learn along with your daughter. My mom did not sew, or create. She did a little mending and could bake a cake out the box but that's about it. Don't get me wrong, she was always there for us, but seemed that she loved cleaning more than I DO NOT take after her.
    Love the photo and their names. That darn aszheimer's I so dread that one. I have a couple of Aunts that are affected by it.
    Well gotta get hopping.
    Claudie from Canada

  5. Teresa, you have graced us with a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. Thank you.

  6. Hi Teresa,
    Nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment.

    Your grandparents were a good looking couple!



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