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Friday, October 30, 2009


I got a nice surprise that I wasn't expecting today. Ashlynn spent part of the afternoon with Granddaddy and me. We decided to make cookies. After they had cooled on the cookie sheet, we packaged some and walked down to Pawdy's house to give him a few....packaged some up for Uncle Brendon, and then some for Ashlynn to take to her momma and daddy. We had so much fun......and as you can see from the pictures, some of the dough didn't make it to the cookie sheet! Sorry some of the pictures are blurry, but that girl doesn't sit still very long!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Shawna! My precious daughter-in-law's birthday is today. She has brought so much joy and happiness into my family! It's great having another girl around - and then she gave us Ashlynn! So "us girls" have finally caught up with the guys!

Wes and I began praying for Shawna the day that Austin was born. We knew God had someone very special picked out for our son, but we are so in awe of Him to see how well Shawna compliments Austin. They make a great team! She is such a good wife and such a wonderful momma! I wish I had had her wisdom when I was her age. Our family is truly blessed to have her!

So, happy birthday, Shawna! Thank you for saying "yes" when Austin asked you to marry him under the Century Tree at A&M! Our family would be so incomplete without you.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mom - Part 2

Well, 5 years ago today, Mom went to be with Jesus. So, a couple of days ago, I remembered some of my favorite memories of her. Today, I'm sharing my favorite picture of her and my boys. We were living in San Antonio at the time and took many trips to the zoo. This is a picture we took right after feeding the fish. Sweet Memaw......sweet memory.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Today is Mom's birthday. She would have been 82 years old today. As I sit and think back to all the sweet times, a few memories stand out in my mind:

1. She always loved to cook holiday meals. The idea of having her whole family together excited her so very much and all she could think about was all the food she "had" to prepare!

2. Shopping - she loved to go shopping; however, she never tried on anything nor did she rarely buy anything. She always had to "think about it" before buying it.

3. Even though I rarely saw her buy anything....she always looked beautiful! Mom was always colored co-ordinated - right down to her shoes! I was always amazed how she could make everything match!

4. Fried shrimp - oh man, Mom cooked shrimp for us all the time! It made such a mess in the kitchen, but it was so worth it!

5. And my favorite memory - when the family was all together, my sister-in-law and my sister would wait until it was getting late and then we'd ask Mom to play Liverpool Rummy with us. She always played....yawn after yawn....but never gave in. If you've never played Liverpool before, you play with 2 decks of cards and with each hand you deal one more card than the last, and the requirements change from what you needed to get from the last time. So, Mom would always be saving cards for what she needed for the last hand not the present one. She always made us laugh! We loved playing cards with her.

So, happy birthday, Mom. It'll be so fun to get to laugh with you again some day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This is the day!

Our entire family had the opportunity to spend several days on the Mexican Yucatan peninsula - Playa del Carmen to be exact. It is on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, so the water and weather there is wonderful! God had blessed Wes and I financially to where we were able to take Brendon, Austin, Shawna, and Ashlynn for a visit to this wonderful place.

It was a challenge getting to Playa.....between 9 suitcases, 3 back packs, a 2 1/2 hour flight delay due to mechanical problems, customs and immigrations, plus an hour van ride to the hotel from the airport, we were pretty worn out by the time we arrived. Because of the flight delay, we arrived at our hotel after dark and we were starving! We hurried to get something to eat before they shut down the buffet for the evening. Ashlynn didn't even get to see the beach except in the dark when we had finished eating. What a disappointment! We couldn't even see the gorgeous sea God had created!

We did take Ashlynn to the beach and let her put her feet in the warm water and promised her a wonderful day the next day. Pretty much exhausted, we headed to our rooms. Grandaddy looked at Ashlynn and asked her if she was glad to be at the beach. She said, "Yes, this has been a wonderful day." I couldn't believe what I heard! This had not been a wonderful day. We had lugged that poor child everywhere, pulling her in and out of her car seat all day long. She had to wait for vans....it was hot.....humid......we had to wait in line after line.....we didn't even get to see the beach or the pretty water....and yet, to her, it had been a wonderful day.

Then, I began to think.....at the beginning of our day, many of us quote Psalm 118:24: "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." But how many of us speak that verse at the end of our day....particularly when it hasn't been a very good day. So, once again, my granddaughter has taught me something very important about loving God. And I want to put it into practice. Today wasn't the greatest of days, but you know what? This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Yes, this has been a wonderful day.

Thank you, Ashlynn.