Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back Where I Come From...

I'm home sick, like something fierce.
My little town, population 1250 (give or take 1 or 2) is the best place ever! I'm convinced I'm from the greatest place on earth. This is where my grandparents, and parents grew up, too. I met some of my best friends in kindergarten. I still talk to them on a weekly basis. My hubby moved here in the fourth grade, I STILL remember the first time I saw him. I told him in the 6th grade I was going to marry him, I wasn't kidding!! My memories growing up are very clear. I lived in the same house for 18 years, and to this day it's my favorite place to be.

When I think about my hometown it makes me sing,
"So sick and tired of this interstate system, I need a curvin', windin', twistin', dusty path to nowhere with the wind blowing though my baby's hair. Yeah, makes me wanna take a back road, makes me wanna take the long way home, put a little gravel in my travel, unwide, unravel all night long"

The last time I was home, I snapped a few pictures of some of my favorite places. I'll share them with you...

Although it is in the process of a remodel, I know every square inch of this house.
The smell, the noises, most of all the love...

Growing up my favorite part of the day was hearing my dad's pick up truck pull up from work.

(with my dad's hands, and my mom's thougths, they are's going to be awesome, but that's another post)

One of my daughter's favorite places to be is at her Mamma's shop on Main Street.
She has lots of fun there.

This is where I went to Elementary, Jr. high, and High school. All in the same building. I can still smell the basketball gym.

We spent many, many nights here. Like every Friday night from the time I was born until I left...
Don't let the size fool you, this place was a power house. My dad played here, my best friend, my husband, his brother, and now my nephew. Good memories live here.

My dads accounting business. Wallace Tax Service...I think this year will be his 35th year!

We are the county seat...

The famous Main Street. Sometimes I wonder how many 'drags' we made. My guess is about 768, 236. Would you agree, friends?
Just for reference...
If you were to drive to the end of the picture you would pass, my house one block left, my church, Red Bird, Mamma's shop, the Court House, my dad's accounting office, and end at the school. That visual makes me happy.

The famous, Maxey's Steak House...yummy!! Seriously, everyone should eat here at some point. I would suggest Maxey's Special or Tacos Al Carbon.
(My daddy built that sign, too)

Awe, meet my favorite coach ever! Coach Fin. she recently opened a new restaurant called Fin's Red Bird Cafe. It is the cutest, yummiest, most fun little place to eat! My daughter dreams of moving to Wheeler for the summer and working here.

Isn't it so cute!
This is where I met Jesus! Just two block from my house, I still hear those church bells in my head.

I have to take a minute to thank the person who taught me so much about Him, Bob Stiles. I know you don't read my blog, but really, thanks from the bottom of my heart. Your patience, and knowledge touched so many people. I will carry it with me always.
So grateful for this little town and all the people in it. It truly made I cherish every memory I have and hold them very close to my heart.



  1. I lovelovelove this little glimpse into your heart's home! I love seeing the places your sweet mom and dad wander through. I love the faces of those you love. It's like I caught up some on who you are by seeing what you love. Maybe one day, we'll go eat at the Red Bird Cafe! ;-)

  2. Kim, I would sooooo love it if someday we could road trip to Wheeler. That would be great! Love ya!