Sweet Adelheid

I really enjoy estate sales.

I have found so many treasures at these sales.

But, it's always bitter sweet to me.

I imagine there were a lot of hard-working days on this small Texas farm.

I imagine a lot of hearty meals cooked in a small humble kitchen.

Pies made from the pear and pecan tree that stand in the front yard.

Can you imagine the stories this place could tell?

I heard that the lady that lived here was an amazing musician.  I was told, she played the pipe organ for her church at age eleven.

She taught music lessons.

Her name was Adelheid.

I bought a few of her music books.

There were boxes and boxes of advanced sheet music.

It seems, Adelheid was quite good at many things...

I bought a couple large boxes of county fair ribbons.

She excelled in baking, sewing and "pecan pickin"... just to name a few.

I can only hope to be as accomplished a homemaker as Adelheid.

I also found some other treasures.

This blue table is going into my laundry room.  I wonder if Adelheid used it for her wash?

Speaking of wash.... two sweet homemade dresses.

I bought some old photos.  Aren't they precious?  I wonder if any of these girls are Adelheid.

The back door step.  I imagine Adelheid welcomed many friends and family that entered here.

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Of the many things I bought, I love this...

It's a bible, written in German.

I can imagine Adelheid running her fingers over the pages.  Gaining wisdom from her Lord in those hard times... even from the daily chores that may have been so difficult.  Or, holding it close as she prayed for her babies.

I long for a life more like the one I imagine Adelheid lived.  A simple, hard working life.

...that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, and mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12