Monday, March 8, 2010

Trip to Bountiful

Earlier in the week we had decided to take my hubbies parents on a little day trip to where my mother-in-law had been born and raised. So this past Saturday, off we went. I called it taking a Trip to Bountiful. In case you are wondering why, Trip to Bountiful is a movie about an elderly lady who lives with her son and his wife. She wants to return to her home of Bountiful but he doesn't want to take her. So she decides to go herself. Here's a little snippet of the movie from when she arrives at her old homestead.


Of course, we had to visit a couple of cemeteries. This is a grave site for her brother who drowned when he was a baby.She lived in this house when she was a tiny baby. How neat that it is still standing.I know this doesn't look like much but it's a homestead where she spent much time at. I believe it was an uncle's home. Most of the home had fallen in but you can make out the chimney stack and part of a wall. Daffodils seem to be always a sign of an old homestead. She wished she had brought something along to dig up a few of these. We considered trying to pull up some but figured they would just tear off.The end of a beautiful day. I couldn't help but try to get a pic of the setting sun across the lake.

It was lots of fun hearing and seeing things that were important to her and I got to learn a few more things about my mother-in-law.

I've gotten to take a couple of trips to bountiful myself. One of my favorite places is my grandparents home where I spent many countless hours as a child.

I surely hope you get to take your "trip to bountiful" sometime. It's fun to go back and open doors in our minds to memories that are waiting there to be remembered again.

25 comments:

glendonia said...

Enjoyed very much! Thank you, G.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

It sounds like you had a great day. And I am so happy your MIL got to go back to her home place. Sadly my old home place, (the Farm) is gone, gone the way of progress. The spot where the old house was is where the Ford dealership is now. And the I-55 interstate runs through the back pasture. I get to visit it every day, but nothing remains the same except in my memories.
Nice post
Molly

Daisy said...

What an interesting trip that must have been for you, Susie. Very sweet of you to take your in-laws on this trip down memory lane. I'm sure it meant a lot to your mother-in-law to get to go. Lovely sunset picture!

Darla said...

Susie, Susie, Susie, what a precious post. I hope to build memories for my children so that they will want to take a trip back to bountiful.

Becky said...

Sister.....that is one of my favorite movies, ever!!! I've been back to bountiful several times. Alvin and I went to Neelyville several years ago to see Grandma Jane's old house. Gurdon, to Grandma and Poppa's old house and you are sooooo right, it really opens up your mind and heart!

Dorothy said...

Susie, I enjoyed this post very much! It hasn't been that long ago that we sold our old home place and it's less than 2 miles from where we live. Other people live there now and lots of things have changed. At first, I wanted to go back, but the more time passes the less desire I have to see it up close and personal. I just keep all those memories in my mind.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a neat experience for all of you! Just seeing pictures of your trip was really interesting. Pretty amazing that the home is still standing too. The house my grandparents built would be a place I'd love to see again, but unfortunately I think the land was all cleared for new houses.
I haven't seen this movie, but I think I'm going to have to look for it now.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Sounds like a very nice trip.

Jen said...

Great post Susie.
My sister and I did that a few years ago. We actually knocked on the door---they let us in to tour our childhood home. What a treat!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

What a wonderful day you had, and what a loving tribute to your mother-in-law. You are right, everyone needs to take that trip. I loved the picture of the old house where your mother was born. If the walls could only talk!

Mildred said...

I enjoyed this post so much Susie. What a sweet trip to take with your MIL. The clump of jonquils are so reminiscent of old homeplaces everywhere. Thanks for sharing with us

Di said...

What a wonderful trip you must have had Susie and as they reminisced, to to learn more about them would be most interesting for you. I'm sure your husband's folks were very appreciative that you did that for them.

Quite curious was a visit to my grandmother's home in which I grew up after many years of being away. When I was younger we called it a big ole house, and upon my return, it was so very small. ;)

Meadowview Thymes said...

OK--I'm all teary eyed right now. Trip to Bountiful is one of my all time favorite movies! I think there is something in all of us that wants to "go back home" at times. Recently, my Mother, sister and I did a similar trip. We had such a good time. Thanks for sharing this story! :)

Lanny said...

Funny that you would have this post for me to read today. It is my mom's birthday, she has been gone for fifteen years, the weekend and today my mind was filled with her. I can't seem to do many a "trip to Bountiful", to hard sometimes, life with my mother and father just went too quick.

Tipper said...

Looks like a fun trip down memory lane-those are my favorite kinds. I love the old headstone-and the house too.

Terri said...

Very nice! What a lovely trip. I love the daffodils - like you, I'd have wanted to dig some up!

Jacquie said...

SWEET post! I love old homesteads and reflecting on the lives they led so long ago, far from the technology of today. My little neighbor lady says she's lived two lifetimes... one with absolutely nothing and one with an abundance of technology and "things". It's a thought-provoking concept.

thewritegardener said...

How neat!

I posted about a trip to bountiful I made some time ago. Tucker Hollow down in Greensburg, Kentucky.

Rose said...

Your in-laws are very lucky to have such a thoughtful daughter-in-law. I think time spent with our parents or grandparents is so important, and I love learning about some of the family heritage and stories.

I remember seeing this movie and enjoying it--"Bountiful" isn't always exactly the way we remembered it.

Marydon Ford said...

G'eve, Susie ~ TY for sharing such a wonderful trip & memories.

We did this with my precious FIL & it was very moving moments with him.

Beautiful pics.

Sorry about missing you but the painting is done at home & still working on the other house ... a couple weeks of painting & decorating to go ... love it!
Hugs, Marydon

beckie said...

Susie,a sweet post. And very genorous of you to take the time for her. Trips like this are important in many ways. Learning history of family only one of them. I take trips back every so often. I have taken my daughter and some day hope to take my granddaughters.

Leedra said...

I wish you could have gotten her some of the daffodils, but the old ones are impossible to pull. I always wonder about who planted them, etc. There are lots in Cades Cove that the CCC planted while working there after WWII. I will miss visiting Cades Cove this spring, since it is closed right now.

Ginger said...

How sweet of you!

It looks so peaceful there.

George said...

Trips to Bountiful are always special and rewarding. It was nice of you to take your in-laws back to your mother-in-law's old stomping grounds. We took my parents to the town in which they met a couple of years ago and it was special to hear them talk about their memories.

kanak7 said...

What a moving post, Susie! I'm back after a break that took much longer than I thought it'd be. I'm catching up on all the posts I missed. I enjoyed the movie-clip too. And loved all the photos! That sunset shot is amazing!

Love the birds in your latest post and the blueberry muffins look delicious!

Have a lovely day!