Olden Memories “the Story of Widow Hazel”

You may remember that one of the projects on the #30for30 was to write a book.

Farmer Stan and his farming shenanigans was graciously received. I assumed this was the end of KH the pseudo author… but apparently not…

There's a lady in our community whom I've never met. I know some of her siblings, and some of her descendants have made an impact on my life, but we remain unacquainted.

Until now.

Hazel's story is fascinating- she grew up in Rockingham Co in the middle of a large family during the depression era. Little details came alive through her stories and I learned so much! What do you know about planting corn the "hill dropping" way?

Her journey into adulthood and the difficult things she experienced made me alternate between laughing and crying.

It takes a village to raise a child, and apparently it takes a village to write a book.

Biggest contributors were: my family; my sisters who willing edited and critiqued; my aunt and cousin who helped the same way. My grandmother who listened tirelessly and helped put things in the right perspective when I was a little unsure. My darling Mother who listened unfailingly and reread the manuscript "one more time" even when she knew it forwards and backwards. Various angels along the way who helped gather information…

Susanna did an amazing job with the artwork.

But mostly, my sweet friend Suetta, who collected all the info about her husband's grandmother, and who trusted me enough to allow me to experience this story.

A young farm girl growing up in a large family during depression years had plenty of adventure and work. There were many songs sung and lessons learned of God's provision and faithfulness.

These lessons took on much deeper meaning to the wife and mother when God called and faithfully provided.  -JRH

If you enjoy local history, coupled with a testimony of God's provision, I hope you get a chance to read Olden Memories, and that Hazel's story blesses you as it has blessed me.


Deuteronomy 6:5  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

5 thoughts on “Olden Memories “the Story of Widow Hazel”

  1. Now I know this is completely off the subject at hand but… (Since I already texted u about that) what is the food accompanying the book?! It looks yummy and mysterious. Is there any chance of a recipe coming my way?

  2. Pingback: #30for30 Recap | paradisemtnmusings

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