Thursday’s Thirteen


Favorite Childhood MemoriesThere are far more than 13, but this should give you an idea!

Playing outdoors.

We spent endless hours playing outside in our big yard (and in the woods behind) this is such a rare thing these days for kids. I’m thankful I had it!

Imaginary Play.

With no TV in our lives most of what we did was make-believe. In this pic Sarah and I are giving our stuffed animals a tea party–um, I guess that’s what’s up with the tea cups being stuck on their snouts!

New babies.

We had a new family member just about every eighteen months. We were always over joys to have a new beautiful brother or sister. I even remember the birth of the brother who is right in line after my twin and I–he was born during naptime! Or perhaps I’ve just heard the story so many times that I think I remember.


We always had lots of animals, and although sometimes the feeding automatically became my mom’s job all of us children participated in the loving. A dog, cats, chickens, goats, rabbits, gerbils (at one point I had 99), fish, birds, hermit crabs, etc.

My brother Philip.

We were best pals as kids and continued to be close thru the teen years, and in college. I think I was always proud of him for how good he was at things and figured that the more I hung out with him the more I’d be like him, and he let me. If that was my plan, it didn’t really work! He turned out to be a super smart computer programmer person, and I just turned out to be a person. haha. Oh well! Thanks for always being such a good friend to me, Phip!

Those last years.

The few years before I got married and moved away; I got to see everyone growing up into young adults, embrassing their talents and interests and growing in their faith in God. Pictured are my twin and I at age 20 (Sarah in pink and the really goofy looking gal is me).

Family Vacations to Grampa and Gramma Tarons.

Every other summer my family would drive up to Inverness California and stay for a week with the paternal grandparents. My grampa restores old boats as a hobby and would always take us out sailing.

Story Time.

My mom would lay down on the floor and we children would gather around her in the fashion shown above. That’s me next to her holding the doll (JamButter), little Debra is seen bringing another story. As I recall, there wasn’t any rule about how many books were read…we children would just bring the books and my mom would read them out loud. We frequented the county library, checking out huge piles on each visit.

My dad playing the guitar and singing for us.

It’s one of those memories that I’ll treasure always. It’s hard really even to tell you why this was so special to all of us, it just was. My dad worked long hours as a carpenter during our growing up years and we loved when he could be home. His singing and playing were very comforting and loads of fun. I can’t do either, the best I can do is appriciate.

Folding Laundry

Can you believe I’m listing that? Really though, it was fun! Since almost as far back as I can remember it was the job of us girls to sort the clothing and fold it. We’d dump all the boy clothes in a basket and fold the other stuff. :P

Riding Bikes

I never was any good at biking beyond the riding a kid does, in fact I haven’t been on one in years.

Motorhome adventures!

We never went really really far, but it was loads of fun!

Being a favorite!

This is me at 11 with my brother Seth. As tale has it, Seth had a special love for me; I could comfort him when he was feeling teary as a baby and almost always was put in charge of supervising him. People who didn’t know us would ask if he was “mine.” While that was pretty insane, considering I was only 11, I felt pretty special. In my 20th year happy birthday card signed by my whole family Seth wrote, “I still love you, Lars.” That made me cry. So cute! Fond memories…

PS: I have to add that I love each and everyone of my siblings—that would have to be a whole separate post.

Back row: Philip, Sarah, Michael, Dad, Mom, Kayla, and me holding Deeder. Front row: Rebecca, Lydia, Seth, and Debra.

(early photo credits go to my mom for remembering where they all were, and to my dad for taking them)

10 Responses to “Thursday’s Thirteen”

  1. Lauren says:

    99 gerbils? at once? are you serious??
    I think I had 2 or 3 at once and that was waaaay more than enough (well we had a guinea pig, mice, and some hamsters at the same time!) :P

  2. Marylin says:

    aww what a gorgeous TT, so full of love :)

    Thanks for sharing hun!

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  4. Gramma Momma says:

    Hi, Sweetie,
    That brought back so many good memories.
    It’s too bad that we weren’t able to do more trips in the motor home. That was such a fun way to travel, because we didn’t have to find motel rooms, and we brought our kitchen with us so we could have nice family meals together without spending a fortune. Some of the places we “camped” were so beautiful, too.
    You are so FUNNY about comparing yourself to Philip. He will probably reprove you for denigrating yourself. :P
    Yep. Good memories. <3

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  5. Wendy says:

    Very sweet! I loved reading about all your special memories!

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  6. Kathie says:

    What a lovely post and glimpse into what can make growing up in a large family so much fun!

  7. lil ole me says:

    How sweet! Looks like you have a very close family! :)

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  8. Laura says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

  9. Dor says:

    You’re not just a person, Laura. You’re a mother and good one. That job deserves higher accolades than the vast majority of other careers however lowly it may feel! Don’t forget! :) “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” Matthew 25:40

  10. Gramma Momma says:

    Thanks for relinking to this blog post, Sweetie. It is fun to reminisce. <3

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