Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vacating together (phase 2)

Secret gardens!

The Honorable John!

Me and Barbara

Jim-the baby

Me and Marty

Steve and parents

Me w/family and Mom

Beth and Mom

Golfing Buds: Steve, mom and Beth
We love you all!

Vacating together....

We took some time to vacate jobs and visit w/our parents. We had a great time, busy but great! Now that we are older, naturally our parents are older and this brought to my mind something that Jill had said when she was only 5. We met a very old man at the grocery, he stopped to talk to our daugthers and went on his way. Later that night as the girls were getting ready for bed, Jill spoke up and said "You know mommie, that man must of really loved his parents." "Why do you say that Jill" "Because the Bible says that if you love your parents you will live a long time."
Ephesians 6:1-3
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.(v2) HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), (v3) SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

We had so much fun: eating, golfing, walking thru what I call "the secret garden" at Annie's and the quaint garden at Dot's. I stopped in on my 2 aunts/uncles.It amazes me that they live in the same houses I grew up visiting all the time.(understand I have moved at least 10 times in my married life) so I loved seeing those homes again! Aunt Velma, Steve is still talking about Millie and her food bowls! I visited my brother at his worksite and took a picture w/o children or spouses or animals. He looks good and memory took me back to summer days on Woods Ave. (although he is 8 yrs younger than I am) Hush Jim, I use to change your diapers!
I so enjoyed laughing with my mom! Mom and I really tried to pull a joke on Steve at the hospital but he knows not to trust us when we say "we have a surprise for you, just close your eyes."

I got to meet high school friends from 1972! Funny how quick we can loose our memory but then gain it back! HAHAHAHA! Marty, congrats on your newest quest in real estate and I can so remember your long beautiful hair in school. It was so good to see you, you look great! Barbara, I was so thankful that we made time to meet after all these years. I have your back in prayer and I loved sharing grandchildren stories w/you. Girls, lets keep in touch. (BTW, I got permission to post their pictures here-TeeHee) Although we have all changed since age 18...we have stayed the same where it matters most-inside the heart!

Steve, his mother, sister and myself took a trip to visit Steve's best friend since kindergarten. John had suffered a stroke last winter and is rehabiliating in a nursing home, for 3 more weeks! He is doing well and we really do praise God for the improvememt he has made. Steve has decided that John is the Honorable John, b/c he seemed to be the mayor of the home, all the ladies love him! But then John has always been a loveable teddy bear.

Enjoy the pictures above...my favorite is "Grandma's Garden Hat" I love taking pictures of these type of things! Good thing I have a digital camera, just delete and go!

Joy for your day!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

More pics of the 3rd!

Greer Stadium Home of the Nashville Sounds AAA Team.

Great friends....great night!
Thanks for a great night out! We must do this again!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The 4th, well actually the 3rd....

Have I ever expressed just how much I love fireworks? I remember as a kid going w/my family to the Valley Drive-In on the 4th of July. My brother and sister were very young 2&3 and I was 10. My mom would busy herself making popcorn and snacks for the drive-in, prepare my younger siblings w/baths and PJ's, make sure we had a blanket to lay on top of the car and off we would go. Our parents would take us up to the playground right in front of the huge screen to occupy our time till the cartoons started. Then we would rush back to the car and get settled for the cartoons and movie knowing full well that after the movie (if we were awake) we were going to watch the firework display.

The movie ends and then my dad would lay out the blanket and I would get to sit on top on the car hood to watch the fireworks. My brother and sis were asleep most of the time. But I would be as excited as Christmas morning to watch the fabulous display of color that seemed to rain down on top of me. The BOOM sounded like it would vibrate thru my skin and bounce of off my bones!

Last night we went to the Nashville Sounds BBall game with friends Dennis and Beth. And I took myself back to the drive-in...once again. It got to be bottom of the 6th and I was getting excited about the upcoming fireworks. We witnessed a proposal of marriage and the announcement to a husband of the expected arrival of their first child! Then the Fireworks! Splashes of color! Booming in my chest! Right below us was a young family w/2 cute curly redheaded boys they went thru the gamet of snacks, we gave them one of our baseballs, mom had melted icecream all over her and in the bottom of the 9th, their 18 month old fell asleep and slept right thru the fireworks. Even though 44 yrs had passed from my memory and this young families memory of the 4th...things pretty much stay the same. Moms and Dads do alot of preparing for special memory making, kids eat and play and watch in wonder at the fireworks and babies still sleep thru it all!

I hope your 4th was a blast, that you took time to remember family and country and heroes long past. This life we are given goes so by so fast, don't forget to "stop and smell the roses" along the way. Joy to all of you out there in blog-land.