Skips and Shadows

November 26, 2013

Sunday night, my brother and his family arrived from Minnesota, diligently carting with them some of their cold northern air with which to replace our warm southern air.

But that’s okay. We let them stay anyway.

On Monday, we all bundled up to climb Jockey’s Ridge. Sarah and Steve started off sedately enough but I wasn’t too surprised to see what happened next.




It was the outbreak of . . .


the infamous. . . .


father/daughter . . .




After the skipping had finally subsided, Sarah plopped down on the ground with her cousin, Andrew, where they donned their Cool Photo Personas.


And it worked! They were actually cool!  


And then?

Then Andrew challenged his Uncle Steve to a race along the dune. It reminded me of another time and another young man. Oh, the memories.



When Andrew first mentioned the possibility of a race Steve replied, “Well, okay, but let me just stretch a little first.” 

And so Andrew stretched right along with him even though when you’re sixteen years old, your bones and muscles kind of do what they’re told without too much prior conditioning or convincing.


And then? They were off!


The Big Race!


Well, it was a Big Race that is, until Andrew thought he might be beating Uncle Steve by just a little too much. In order to even things up a bit, he thoughtfully turned around and started running (and skipping) backwards.


You can tell he’s enjoying himself just a little too much.


He is just as big a tease as Nathan ever was.


It was so much fun to see them laughing and running . . .



and enjoying the blue sea beyond them and the sea air around them.


You can see that Sarah was greatly amused by the show her cousin and dad were putting on.


She and I (well, actually ALL of us) kept discussing how much alike Andrew and Nathan are; in fact, they are actually much more like brothers than cousins. (Have I ever mentioned that Nathan’s middle name is Andrew?) I mean, really–I could sit here and list at least ten things that Andrew did and said that Nathan is prone to do and say and since they hardly ever see each other, it can’t be learned behavior. Heredity is amazing!

We passed this lovely tree on the way off the dune and then headed off to the main attraction . . .the ocean.


My Minnesotan family had to stop and pose for some pictures to mark the oceanic occasion since they live just a little teeny ways from their nearest ocean. 


(By the way,Tim is my oldest brother. There are two brothers after him, then there’s me, then two younger sisters.  Mom had six kids in ten years—she was amazing then and she is amazing now!)

I especially love this photo of Andrew because the shadows to his right are his parents, standing watch over him.


And this one is cool, too.


I’ll have more photos to share with you from our visit together but for now, I’d better get a move on. I’ll be spending the rest of my day like most of you . .  wrestling turkeys and hams and sweet potatoes to the ground.

Because tomorrow at 2 pm, this van filled with fifteen hungry guys . . .

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will pull up in front of our house bringing my total of people to feed to twenty.

Our menu will include turkey, ham, broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, strawberry/pretzel salad, collards, marinated carrots, relish tray, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, two kinds of bread, and four kinds of desserts. (Some wonderful ladies at our church made the desserts for me.)

Since I won’t be talking to you again till after Thanksgiving, I’d like to wish you and the people you love a day full of the joy of giving thanks. 

And I’d also like to say thank you for being part of the Smithellaneous family; I appreciate you more than you could ever know.

Happy, happy Thanksgiving!

14 responses to Skips and Shadows

  1. I am reading this at 3:00pm from Canada and I am praying for you while you host Thanksgiving for the Dare Challenge crew right now. May it be as successful as your past 2 years. Sending Prayers…and Happy Thanksgiving my American Neighbours!

  2. I am very THANKFUL for all of YOU! You enrich my life so. I am always telling my friends about Sarah and how special she is to me. Looking forward to hearing about your day today with all of your special guests. Love the pictures with the shadows. I love and enjoy all of your posts and thank you for being here. Love to all of you, blessings and hugs always. Best wishes to each of your guests as well. SO glad some of your family is there to share in this special holiday too! ENJOY!!!!

  3. Beautiful pictures! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  4. What beautiful photos! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your fellow Americans.

  5. Happy thanksgiving:) Looking forward to hear about it.
    Thanks for letting me being a part of your family for so many years, making me laugh, cry and smile.

    Becky: Remember to write the post about modest clothes.

  6. Love you Becky. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving from the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, where the pilgrims actually first landed (not Plymouth!) I hope you all have a wonderful day.

  8. Becky, you are certainly blessed. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

  9. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving. So thankful for our friendship and for you providing me a glimpse of the ocean on this day before Thanksgiving. Can not wait to hear the story of your dinner with all your guests – it is something very special every year. For me there will be a parade in downtown St. Louis tomorrow morning with my daughter and grandson and possibly an appearance at the infamous Turkey Day Football game between Webster and Kirkwood. My daughters will be with their dad tomorrow evening for dinner – our dinner will occur on Friday which is a good thing because my turkey is still very frozen! Enjoy all your family and friends, Becky. Andrew is so much akin to Nathan!

  10. I actually thought Nathan had popped in for a surprise visit when I saw the photo of Sarah and Andrew come up. I loved the photo of the shadows overlooking the son also. Hapy Thanksgiving

  11. Glad your brother and his family were able to escape the cold here. As I was reading and enjoying all the photos, I thought to myself how much like Nathan Andrew is, and then I read your words saying the same thing. I hope these two young men will get to spend time together at some point in their lives.
    Enjoy your amazing Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow – what a gathering!

  12. Love the Smith/Campbell combo pix! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving–thankful for you guys!

    love deb

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Smith Family!! 🙂

  14. happy Thanksgiving to you, too. I’m pretty sure your cornbread dressing won’t have unpopped corn in it!!!