What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Remembering the Challenger...Friday Foto Friends

Dear Friends,  

Today is Friday Foto Friends (click here to visit others over at Breathing in Grace), the day we share some of our favorite photos from the week  or the past.  

This week I am going to depart from my normal routine of posting pictures that I have recently taken, and am taking you back in time to a sad, sad day in the history of our nation...Thirty One years ago tomorrow, 1/28/1986, we were all horrified as we watched the Space Shuttle Challenger blow up as it was launched into space, with 7 courageous, wonderful crew members on board.  I'm sure all of us who were living at that time can remember where we were when this disastrous tragedy occurred.  I was living in Gainesville, Georgia, and our kids were out of school for the day due to an unusually extremely frigid, below freezing morning. We actually were visiting with some friends so our kids could have something to do when the news came on the TV...and from then on our eyes were glued to the set as our hearts were breaking.  

My mother and father were at their home in Florida, the home I grew up in, and one advantage to their home was that one could always get a good view of the rocket/space shuttle launches from the back yard...even though Cape Kennedy (Canaveral) was some 100 miles away from our home.

Because this particular launch was to be so historical, my mother was right there watching with her camera in hand  (I wonder where I got that trait????), and now I am privileged to have these shapshots, with my mother's own written narrative on the back of each picture, telling the sad and tragic story of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.    Therefore, I am sharing this bit of history with you today, the day before the 31st anniversary of that horrific event.  I hope you can decipher my mother's handwriting...and can sense the horror she felt as she witnessed this sorrowful disaster. I'm sorry the photos aren't clearer, but they are pretty good for 1986.  

I will let my mother's notes explain each preceding picture:

"Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look on the earth beneath.
For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
The earth will grow old like a garment,
And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
But MY salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not be abolished."
Isaiah 51:6

"I, even I, am He who comforts you."
Isaiah 51:12a


  1. Pam, thank you for this reminder of that very sad day when tragedy struck The Challenger and those brave souls inside it.

  2. I do remember that sad day, I was watching as it went up and then......
    So Sad!

  3. That was a very, very sad day. I remember it well. I was at work and everyone was in shock. They let us turn on the tv so we could watch the terrible news.

  4. Oh my, what historic photos! I remember watching the TV and seeing this. I remember the first school teacher to be part of the crew. So very sad.

  5. Thank your for sharing your mother's pictures.

  6. Such sad memories, photos and letters Pamela. I remember that day very well. None of us were able to do anything but watch the tragedy on TV and we spent the whole day praying for all those involved. It was a day of tears. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I was watching it while on my morning walk and listening on my portable radio while I walked, when all of a sudden I saw it explode. I instantly knew "something" was wrong! I hurried back to the house to watch the TV coverage! A sad,sad day!!

  8. Oh, yes, such a sad and tragic day, etched in my mind's eye. Thank you for sharing your mother's photos with us as we remember those courageous souls who were willing to put it all on the line for the progress of our country.
    Blessings, Pamela!

  9. Yes, I remember that day and where I was. We all gathered round the little TV at work in silence to watch and listen. It was horrifying. What a great thing to have those photos and your mother's notes. Wow.

  10. Pam, Thank you for this reminder of a truly tragic day in our nation's history. I remember this well. I was in junior high (eighth grade) and heard about it in class; I remember walking by a science classroom where the teacher had placed a TV where it could be seen in the hallway. Thank you for sharing you mother's photos.


  11. I was at work and remember how devastating it was for our country. Thanks for sharing your Mom's personal account. So very sad!

  12. Thanks for sharing this story with me by photos and texst.

  13. Oh my goodness! What a powerful post. What a very awful day that was.
    Everyone was in tears.

  14. I remember that day like it was yesterday. So very sad.


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