He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother…

Me and my baby brother in 2020. Since today is National Brother’s Day, Joyce has included some questions about brothers for this weeks Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. May 24th is National Brother’s Day.

Do you have a brother?


Older or younger?

I have one older brother and three younger brothers. The photo above is of all my siblings in order of birth. I’m in the middle with the orange dress. This was taken twenty years ago. Our youngest siblings are twins and we were celebrating their 40th birthday with a Luau. Soon we’ll be celebrating their 60th birthday in Texas at a ranch.

I have a good relationship with all my siblings but one. Our older brother and his family do not associate with any of us anymore. I haven’t seen him or talked to him since July of 2009. Totally his choice and not ours. 

My brothers with our Pop at our Mom’s funeral in 2013.

Did you raise brothers?

Yes, our first born and second born are boys so we did raise brothers.

Tell us something about your brother or tell us something about your own children who are brothers.

Our sons are exactly two years apart in age. They love each other and are great friends despite some rough patches growing up. I’m thankful to God for their love for each other and how they watch out for each other. They are faithful brothers and friends.

In 2011 another brother was added to our family when our daughter married Andrew!

He’s been a wonderful addition to our lives.

2. A great book you’ve read or movie you enjoy that features brothers? 

The Chronicles of Narnia, Peter and Edmund. Sisters play a role, too.

3. Something you think is overrated?


Something you think is underrated? 

Fidelity in marriage.

4. How much does your past shape you? What parts have shaped you the most? 

God has shaped my past with the family he put me in and the experiences and relationships He allowed in my life.  His calling on my life and my response of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ transformed my life.  Following Christ as the Word of God instructs is still shaping me.

“But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

Ephesians 4:20-24 NASB

5. What’s your favorite simple pleasure? 

Watching British murder mysteries like Morse, Inspector Lewis, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders and Vera.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The yard is greening and growing and the Peonies are blooming here at our country bungalow. Happy to say things survived the epic thunder, lightning, hail storms we had over the weekend into Monday.

We are expecting some overnight company next week and we are looking forward to that. Memorial Day dinner is planned and company invited. Hope you all have a good Memorial Day weekend. We remember those who died to make our freedom possible.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

15 thoughts on “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother…

  1. I so enjoyed reading your answers and seeing your family photos. I’ve enjoyed getting to “know” you a little better. Those peonies are beautiful and that looks like a lovely place to sit and enjoy nature and maybe read a book. Have a great day!

  2. I love the picture of you and your siblings and the picture of your sons in the golf cart. What an awesome family you have! I forgot about Chronicles of Narnia – I love that book!

  3. Hi, I enjoyed all your photos today. I always enjoy reading your answers. Our peony will bloom in another week, oh how I love the fragrance of peony. Right now the lilac are in full bloom and have the neighborhood smelling of spring.

  4. So nice to hear more about your family. Sorry about your older brother. Can’t imagine anyone not wanting to be part of your wonderful family!!!!
    I don’t have sisters or brothers, but do have a step brother but he didn’t come around till I was 18 and he was 8. We do keep in touch though.

  5. My husband has a brother and a sister that doesn’t want anything to do with him due to his politics he’s a Christian and they are atheists. It’s been over 25 years. Sad. While my sister and I never agreed on everything and we had our issues, we still loved each other no matter what.

    Love the photos of your lovely family.

  6. Wonderful answers and pictures. I have 4 amazing brothers too (and 3 sisters). Such a wonderful blessing to be part of a large family. Praying for restored relationships with all!

  7. What a great family photo. A birthday party on a Texas ranch sounds like a grand time. Enjoy your Memorial Day Company. I spontaneously invited my daughters in-laws for dinner Friday night and hubs will grill ribs, so should be good. I think we may have some rain over the weekend but Friday is looking good.

  8. Great family photo, but so sad that one of your brothers has cut ties to the rest of the family. My oldest two sons are two years plus one day apart. I also love how close my boys are and that my daughter’s boyfriend is truly another brother and member of our family. Have a great week!

  9. Adorable post. My brother died thirty years ago when he was twenty six years old. I have a sister and she is my best friend. Hugs.

  10. I always enjoy reading your thoughtful and fun hodgepodge answers. We raised boys and a girl and each of us had a brother and two sisters (and also have kids-in-law that are very much a part of the family) so I should have something to say on any sibling day . You are fortunate to have all your brothers and sisters still with you, even if one of them isn’t actively part of the family! Those are good genes to pass on to your own family.

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