BBQ, Big Brown and Burgoo

A Grace Full Life

I found this gem and was smiling and laughing the entire time reading it. I felt I needed to share for many reasons. 1- MAMIE and PAPA 2- I miss traveling 3- Louisville

First published October 21, 2013

When you have a family you dearly love that lives far, far away, you will do anything, ANYTHING to see them.
You will brave busy, crowded airports.
You will drive hundreds of miles on lonesome stretches of road.
You will put up with rain, snow, sleet, locusts, and truck stop bathrooms to feel their hug or hear their voice.
This has been our life for the past eight years since my parents were transferred, first to Peoria, Illinois, (3 hours away), then to Chattanooga, Tnessesse (11 hours away).

Desperate to see each other, we all have done everything we can to make sure we get time together. It wasn’t until this past…

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8 thoughts on “BBQ, Big Brown and Burgoo”

  1. “Because in the south, food is a ‘thing’”. Ain’t that the truth? Like you I grew up in the midwest, but when we traveled south to visit family FOOD was the end all and be all. It was everything. Have drunk many a Mint Julep because in my family FOOD was always served after DRINKS. Bourbon being the family liquor of choice.

    I’ve been to Churchill Downs, enjoyed the tour. Been to the Louisville Slugger factory, enjoyed the tour less. The amount of sawdust in that place made my allergies go into overdrive. Still I can say I’ve been there, done that.

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    1. I love that Bourbon was your family’s drink of choice. I like your family. 🙂

      Yes, I remember the smell of wood in that place and I also remember sneezing a lot afterward. Have you ever been to Lexington, Kentucky, and the horse farms down there? When I grew up in Ohio, we went down there but I don’t remember much. I want to take Ella down there sometime because she would love it.

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      1. We’ve done the Bourbon Trail and stayed in Lexington. We enjoyed the tours + free booze and Lexington. There’s a lot of history down that way– and it’s beautiful countryside. Also there is a Shaker Village not too far from Lexington. It’s cool if you like history.

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  2. Thanks for all the SNICKLES!! 🙂
    I love that your mom is such a planner and the fact that she makes FOOD a big part of the planning means she is as good as gold.
    I laughed at your not telling Ellie about your trips; we learned to never tell Lindsay either because we would all pay for it day in and day out with the questions. Picture me pointing at the calendar and saying THIS MANY DAYS!
    “BIG BROWN WON THE DERBY”—-family bathroom jokes are the best.

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  3. I lived in Louisville from the time.I was 18 mos to 3 yrs. The girls and I were there the last two weekends after Thanksgiving for Irish dancing midwest championships. We did NO sight seeing because of our all-in focus on dancing. Ugh. But one year we did land an amazing room with a party room attached and a wrap around balcony. Amazing view.

    The big brown winner is classic!

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    1. I didn’t know that! How cool! I would live there for sure. It was so beautiful and the weather was nice but not as hot as the deep south but much milder than the Midwest.

      When I re-read this post a few weeks ago, I was laughing so hard at that joke (I had completely forgotten it) and Mike came into the room and was like WHAT is going on? Then he remembered the joke and laughed too. It was a good one. 🙂


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