Murdo Girl…Picture it

I love to look at pictures. It doesn’t matter if I know the people in them or where they were taken.

I have been in awe today by some pictures from the past and some recent photos of beautiful skies. I can’t ever get through all of the Facebook feed, because I spend too much time enjoying everyone’s photographs.

My cousin, Sue, posted some pics of our family from back in the 40’s during wartime. I remember Mom telling me she and Aunt Ella (Valerie’s mom), lived together in an apartment in California. My dad and Uncle Al were overseas. Grandma Sanderson couldn’t get to California in time to see Uncle Jeff before he shipped out. Mom said she wouldn’t look at the ocean the whole time she was there, because it took her Jeff away.


Jeff Sanderson with Bob Haverberg. Jeff is Mom and Helen’s brother. Bob is Helen’s husband.

It was really fun to look at the picture of Mom’s sister, Helen. She was a beauty inside and out. All four girls were pretty. Grandpa Sanderson said when he had one of the girls with him, people would remark that his daughter was beautiful. He always told them he had three more just as beautiful at home. Aunt Elna was the youngest by five or six years.


Aunt Ella on the left…Mom and Aunt Ella on the right.


Sue also ran across a photo of Grandma and Grandpa, and Mom at our house. They often came after church for Sunday dinner. It was usually fried chicken. Grandma always left a dime tip by her plate.

Grandma and Grandpa Sanderson….my mother, Loretta Gustafson

Below, is a picture of Grandpa’s Jeep that looked just like Uncle Jeff’s 51 Willy. Beside the Jeep, is Grandpa’s Ford. Valerie insists Grandpa had the roof painted dark blue so if he ever got lost in a snowstorm people could find him. (I believe you Val. I know I always expect you to believe everything I say.) If we believe it, then it has to be true. This is the car that had the buzzer that warned Grandpa when he was exceeding the speed limit, which he always was. Some of those rides to the cabin were really nerve wracking.


I also look on Facebook every day for the sunrise and sunset pictures Dianna Kenobbie Diehm always posts. She catches the sun barely peeking over the landscape, or fading out of sight. Sometimes she catches fast-moving clouds. You can feel the quiet calm or the energy in that moment in time, Dianna captures so well.

These are photographs taken by Dianna Kenobbie Diehm. Aren’t they awesome? (By the way…You can see many of Dianna’s photographs in my new book, Dakota’s Story. It’s on Amazon and is available in black and white, full color, and e-book format. More on that tomorrow.)


Seeing families together for holidays and reunions are also some of my favorites. You can almost feel the joy they’re experiencing.

(top left)…sisters Ella Leckey, Helen Haverberg, and Loretta Gustafson. The bottom photo is of Grandma Sanderson (with beads on as always). Bob Haverberg, Al Leckey, Ella Leckey and Helen Haverberg..This was taken at the Nemo cabin. The other picture was taken recently. I threw it in because I thought it was cute. My granddaughters are looking at the beautiful Christmas tree from underneath.

God bless the picture takers who capture precious moments in time, so we can go back and relive good memories.

This blog was also prompted by the photographs I found looking through boxes of pictures while I was supposed to be packing and sorting. The room you saw in last night’s blog looks a little better, but not much.

6 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Picture it

  1. sanjuan831 December 19, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Correction: That’s not Aunt Helen on the left- that’s Ella, my Mom who was wearing Helen’s dress.


  2. countrygirl57 December 19, 2017 / 5:28 am

    I love looking at pictures too – especially old pictures! When I see them in antique stores I always wonder how they got there and who they are?? I am so looking forward to reading Dakota Story. I can’t wait to order my books 📚. ❤️❤️ Sent from my iPhone


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    • Mary Francis McNinch December 19, 2017 / 7:10 am

      I’m the same way Countrygirl. I always want to know their story.


  3. Patti aArnieri December 18, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    The Christmas tree photo brought back memories. As a child, I used to lie under the tree and watch the bubble lights, which I was fascinated by. I still love them but haven’t seen any in years.


    • Mary Francis McNinch December 19, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      It’s fun to watch kids experience Christmas and remember what it meant ti us.


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