Sunday, September 9, 2012

How We Became 'Civil Folks'!

This post is in response to Karen's blog request over at 'My Colonial Home'. Great idea, Karen, thanks for posting.

Our blog began in September of 2008. Hubby was recovering from open heart surgery and it was just a way for us to enjoy a bit of communication outside our family. Our hobby for many years has been reenacting the period from 1820-1865 with special emphasis on the Civil War years. We are active ministers of the gospel and so 'Civil' seemed an appropriate adjective for us,...and it denotes the time period we portray. We have collected prims since before marriage and find ourselves 'kin' to all the folks who enjoy the same things so,...'Folks' seemed to tell who we are. I guess you get it now...Civil Folks.

I suffered a double brain aneurysm in 1997 that has left me with severe short-term memory loss. Hubby and I work as a team at everything we get accomplished, he is 'me' and I am 'him'. We discuss each blog post and co-write them, the same thing with the forums and website. We cook together, do yard work, hobby, travel, do art work, write for a primitive magazine (APP), everything,...always together. We really need and depend on each other but we depend on our Father in every way.

We don't know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow. Saying this we decided to adopt a scripture that would turn into a daily recitation for us. It will help you too if you are struggling with where you are today and what the future holds.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

This blog has given us an additional hope through good friends. May we ever be mindful that a blog post can heal or kill the spirit and we pray you are healed today!


  1. Dear Pam, what a beautiful story - full of faith and hope.
    Thanks for joining in on my challenge. I have read many wonderful blogs of late - some I wasn't even following but I am now!

  2. Wow ..You are both inspiring ..
    thanks for sharing your story



  3. Your post is just what I needed to read this morning! Thank you so much for sharing your story and that beautiful scripture! It applied to exactly what I am going through right now and it gave me a sense of peace! Blessings to you and your wonderful hubby!

  4. What a lovely post. Your story is touching and very sweet. Thanks for the reminder scripture. -Steph-

  5. Even though I know you all and your story, it was so good to read it and hear it again. I love that scripture too. You are right our blogs can help someone somewhere if we will let them. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your prayers.

  6. What a beautiful heart was touch as you told how you two help and depend on one another...what a blessing to have such a life mate. But as you said putting our hope in,and depending on our Heavenly Father is first and foremost...I am sure that is what has kept your relationship so strong,and so steady...blessings to you both in Christ. Thank you for your work in God's Kingdom.

  7. Pam, I just loved this post! Your story is your testimony, and it's very inspiring! :-D

    Also, thank you for the scripture....I think God brought me here to read it and remember it, because it's something I've been struggling with for the past several weeks! Being reminded that God holds tomorrow is a blessing for me today!!

    Thank you, Pam! I always benefit from reading your posts and comments!! :-D

  8. Your sweet simple picture reflects the blessed life of a wonderful couple enjoying the best of every day as just "Civil Folks". Thank you for sharing your life with us, always love reading your blog, you are an inspiration to us all.

  9. It is so good to get to know folks behind the blogs!
    The Scripture from Jeremiah is particularly comforting to me also - God is so good and ever faithful!
    Thanks for sharing,