Friends, Family & a Side of Chicken

Jim and I visited my hometown of Purvis, MS last week. It was a sad occasion but a necessary one since we had not been home since Hannah died. So many people wanted to put their arms around us and we welcomed their comforting embraces. I have a HUGE family on my mom’s side and I saw many cousins during our visit that I go for years without seeing.


Three Dobbs sisters, two Averys, a Palmer and a 13 year old Burlingame on the back wall.  🙂

Some sweet classmates also dropped by to see me and it was wonderful to catch up and cry buckets.


Thank you Jennifer & Tina. Our mascara doesn’t look too bad. 😦


I dearly love this man. Hugs to you Uncle Les. Thank you for everything.

I made a little memorial table for visitors to see a beautiful picture of Hannah and some family photos of her aunts, cousins and grandparents.


Of course, no visit to my parent’s house would be complete without a few words about chickens.  My crazy dad keeps hatching babies in his brooder although I need to buy him a calendar so he understands that December is not really the best time to do this!


I like coffee in bed with a dash of chick please.

He had two sweet little three-day-old Rhode Island Reds that needed a good home. Jim worked on Old Blue and tried to ignore my pleas to bring them home with us.


I’m not listening to you! We have too many animals already!

Get real people! Do you think this poor man stood a chance?


We’re ready for the ride home mom!

We named the pair George & Gracie. Ask someone over the age of 50 if you don’t get the reference. 🙂

I won’t be able to keep these guys because I’m already pushing it with ONE chicken in my back yard, but it will be fun to raise them for a while and give Daisy some company for a bit.


Can I just have a little taste?

Actually George is a rooster, so I certainly can’t keep him when he starts to crow.  No worries, I made sure I had a new home secured for them before I decided to bring them home.  The little boy will grow up to look like this!


This may even be his daddy. Peg & Bill in the background.

All of our cats have seen all this before.  Raising chicks around cats might seem like an insane idea, but if you let them know that they are members of the family, the kitties soon lose interest and pose no threat.


Mr. Mulder, however, REALLY wants to play with these little fluff balls!

I invited the children of my current Pink House guest over to get some chick love.


Sailor was very gentle.


Lovey is quite lovely. 🙂

So for a couple of months at least, the Burlingame chicken farm is up and running again! Bring by the kiddos and grand-kiddos to enjoy a chicken cuddle. George and Gracie will probably be heading to the Jackson grandchildren’s egg farm some time around the beginning of Spring. Until then, come “chick” them out.

Happy New Year,


10 thoughts on “Friends, Family & a Side of Chicken

  1. I am so happy that you had this family time to mourn with you loved ones. I will continue to think of you and say a prayer when I pass your pretty houses. I am amazed by your strength. BTW the chicks are adorable. 😉

    • Betsy, you are so kind. Thank you for your prayers, as for my strength, it comes from all the people holding us up with their love and compassion. Yes, come see the babies. They are adorable.

  2. Would love to come by and see George and Gracie.. and you too! I think of you so often and hope you have found some comfort with so many of the sweet memories you have of your sweet Hannah. Glad your back home. We will bring Mattie up to see them. Take care

    • Patricia, what kind words. I have to see you soon and bring you just a tiny gift to show how much we love our masterpiece. I will get to the other side in a couple of days. Meanwhile drop in anytime to see Hannah’s animal artwork. It is an amazing and wonderful coincidence that you and Hannah both loved painting animals. Well, it’s not really a coincidence at all is it? 🙂

  3. God has blessed you with a kind heart for people and animals and you bless so many people with that gift. I still pray for you and sweet Hannah and wish you many warm memories and some peace.

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