Magical Moments with Aunt Wilma


As I mentioned on Monday, we spent the weekend in Indiana visiting with my husband’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Besides the awesome yard sales that we hit up, the most memorable time (for me) was visiting with Ridley’s amazing great-great-great Aunt Wilma.

At 85 years old, Aunt Wilma has spunk, energy, a fabulous garden, the cutest house and amazing stories of writing letters to many GIs during World War II.

This post is picture heavy…and for that I don’t apologize.  These are memories that I want to have forever. 🙂  I hope you will enjoy this peek into the life of one of the “Greatest Generation.”


Aunt Wilma – Isn’t she adorable?

She totally reminds me of my sweet Granny who went to heaven a few years ago.


Aunt Wilma’s house – She and my mother-in-law are chatting about flowers.


Cuteness abounds.  I **love** the blue ceiling!


Yes, I’m weird, but I think her utility room floor is so fun!


Don’t you just want to sit in this cozy room with a cup of tea or coffee? I adore the molding around the windows and door.


Yummy Roma and grape tomatoes from Aunt Wilma’s garden.  She sent some home with us and they are just delicious!


The ginormous pumpkin that Aunt Wilma is growing.   It’s currently about 24″ in diameter!


I loved this wonderful lantern on Aunt Wilma’s porch.


The flowers around her house were beautiful. Aunt Wilma grows wax begonias, geraniums, impatiens and many other varieties.  I need to work on cultivating a green thumb! Ahem.


This beautiful lady inspired me beyond words. She shared her world class pie crust recipe with me. I can’t wait to try it!  Her secret: lard. Ha!

I could sit and talk with her for hours. I love hearing stories and gleaning wisdom.  Older members in our families are our connection with the past.

I’m so thankful that we took the time to make that connection.  Truly we experienced many magical moments with Aunt Wilma!

Do you have an older family member that you like to visit with and learn from?

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  1. Thanks for sharing this memory with us! I wish more people realized the treasures we have in that generation – and how much it means to them to be remembered and visited and loved by those of us who are younger.
    P.S. I love the utility room floor too!! I’m a little crazy about interesting floors 🙂
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  2. What a lovely post! Aunt Wilma is a treasure and I’m glad you met her. She does look like Granny! And her house reminds me of Grandma McCoy/Aunt Kay’s! It’s so cool that she is a successful gardener–like Granny was! Love you!

  3. My Granny had that same floor.
    I used to sit at her knee and just soak up the stories.
    I miss her. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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