saturday nights at great grandpa’s

We spend many of our Saturday nights at my grandpa’s house. My parents, aunt & uncle, and sister’s family are usually there too. We’ve gathered there for as long as I can remember…way back in my childhood. Grandpa asked me to bring my ‘good’ camera over to photograph some of his tomatoes. He has 9 growing on one stem (or whatever the proper tomato terminology for that is).

I had my 50mm lens on my camera, a lens I hadn’t used in a while and decided to just shoot a few other pictures of the night. As I started snapping, I found myself noticing all the little details that make my grandpa’s house a special place. Details I don’t want to forget. Saturday nights I don’t want to forget.

As I looked through these pictures later that night, I saw beauty in them that I don’t always notice on Saturday nights. What a gift to spend summer evenings gathered in grandpa’s garden, around his kitchen table and on his front porch doing nothing and everything at the same time.

Grandma & Grandpa R…we need to pick a night to start meeting at your house!

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  • Tammy Kay - Love this. I created a mini album of my grandparent’s house. I took old photographs and pieced it together. Photos of places and pieces of their home. Things that made me think of them. I’m so glad I did that now. Their home was torn down years ago. They are both in Heaven now. That album doesn’t really mean anything to my kids because they didn’t know them but to me…its a little piece of childhood.

  • Pamela - Love it!

  • Meg - We live an 10 hour drive from my parents and posts like this make me wish we live closer. I grew up with both my grandparents living less than 20 minutes from our home. You children will cherish the memories of being Grandparents home- I know I do!

  • Seamingly Sarah - How wonderful to be in close proximity to you family and to enjoy it. What a great thing to be grateful for.

  • Lacey - This looks like such a treasured home, filled with memories. I love that he asked you to document his tomatoes for him! <3

  • Alice H - Love that close-up picture of your son. He is gorgeous! You are so lucky to be this close to your grandparents. I know this because I am super close to mine also. And they are so special. I want to remember everything I can about them, I eat up all of their stories, all of their memories, just everything about them.

  • Catherine - What a lovely post. I so wish I had a collection of photos from my grandparent’s house where I spent nearly every childhood holiday. It is gone now and I miss it deep in my heart. Next time I get back home I will do that for my kids.

  • Chantel - These photos are beautiful, what precious memories.

  • Kristin S - I’ll say it again, what a gift your and Lesley’s kids get to be around greats! My last blood grandparent passed away 17 years ago. I can’t imagine them being alive now.

  • becky - now i need to go over to my grandparent-in-laws with my 50mm and take a bunch of shots just like this for my kids/my husband to remember. so many similarities – i’m assuming he is in his late 80’s or early 90’s? 🙂 thanks for reminding me to detail the small stuff, it will important to help us remember all the little quirks – especially in their garden (they have an amazing patch of boysenberries they’ve been sharing with me the last few years).

  • kimberly oyler - this might be one of my favorite sets of photos. so beautiful.

  • Melisa - Ahhh! That garden!! Wish I could visit it! I love seeing other peoples gardens, especially when they are growing food! Beautiful pictures as always!!

  • Janna - Wow, amazing pictures! I really like the one with the two kids hugging each other, lovely!

    I hope you’ll drop by some time,

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Not sure why – but tears are flowing freely. What a blessing to be near to family! Praise God!

  • mandi@herbanhomstead - Being a family girl myself, this just makes my heart burst! To see you and your babies loving on your grandad, and giving him the chance to reciprocate, it is precious.

  • amber - We visit my Nana weekly. We take her dinner, she & my aunts laugh over my kids, & I cherish every day we get to be there. It’s hard work to be in her house with 3 young children, but the fact that my kids have the chance to know such a beautiful lady is more than worth it. She’s my only grandparent left. Thanks for sharing your sweet grandpa with us every now & then. I think I’d like that guy;)…

  • Sarah - this is so sweet. I try taking my “good camera” to our parents’ homes whenever possible, to take as many pictures as I can. We live far, and sometimes you just want to remember the details as much as the big picture.

    I hope your garden is going as well as his! my own is halfway flourishing, haha. 🙂

  • Erin - Which lens do you find yourself using most often??

  • AshleyAnn - Erin – I typically use my 24-70mm f/2.8. I use it the most because it is versatile and gets the f/2.8 setting. However, it is the original version of that lens and I don’t feel like it is very sharp. I’ve heard better things about the newer version. My 50mm and 85mm are much sharper.

  • Lisa - The rain gauge with the clamp holding it on the post SO reminds me of my grandparents’ farm…that is just the kind of thing my Grandad always had rigged up around his place. I wish I had been old enough to know how to photograph their place before they had to move off of the farm because of aging – even though it’s been 20 years since they lived there and I only had maybe 14 years to visit them there, it still is so vivid in my memory and always where I think of their “home” when I think of them. Great pics and you will be so happy you have them when they’re gone someday.

  • Ashley - These photos are beautiful and I love how you captured the detail so well!

  • Breana Parker - Hi Ashley!

    My name is Breana Parker. I live in northern Virginia, attend a mid-sized Bible church, and work for a nonprofit organization called Smyrna Ministries International. SMI’s purpose is to support the persecuted church — specifically Christians who are persecuted by Muslims in the Middle East and Africa.

    All that to say, I’ve been working on a new website for SMI. Our old website can be found at –needless to say it needed to be redone!

    Since designing the new website, I’d been looking for a picture to use in conjunction with the link to our blog. one of your pictures from this post was the best that I’ve found — the large one of the tomato vines growing against the white wall. I’m not sure what your policies are for this type of thing, but I wanted to ask if you’d allow us to use this picture on our website. I’d love to show you what the picture would look like on the webpage, if there is a way I can send you an screenshot (our new website is not yet live).

    We’re hoping to go live with our new website by the end of this month. If you could drop me a note within the next week, I’d be so appreciative!

    God’s blessings,