Wednesday, February 22, 2017

writing the pages of her life....

About Grace.....

I talked to my sister last evening.
always nice to hear her voice, 
to know how it goes over there on the other side of the country..

On Saturday December 3, 2016,
Grace's life changed forever.
Carrying her much loved violin she stepped into a crosswalk
and her feet have not touched the ground since...
not one time.
Because of the nature of her injuries,
the repair work that was done,
she cannot bear her weight until all is completely healed.
She gets around in a wheelchair
while waiting for God to finish His work.
She is home with her husband Ivan in their little apartment.
Teri is her live in caregiver.

As the days of uncertainty stretch ahead,
(there is no end date for this suffering)
I hear that she is patient and kind,
never complains,
never asks why,
helps all she can,
works really hard at her therapy,
and is getting really good at waiting.

I chose the book above for her post tonight.
Her story is still being written.
Her life began anew on that night almost three months ago.
What God has for this precious couple is known only to Him.
She has come so, so far.
She is coming back to life slowly, steadily.

I write tonight to ask you to continue to pray for Grace, for Ivan, for Teri.
Pray that Grace will continue to heal.
Pray that God will continue to bless her with a sweet, precious spirit.
Pray for Ivan as he graduates and looks for a job,
as he ministers to his young bride,
as they try to honor God in their circumstances.
Pray for their financial etc.
Pray that God will continue to give Teri energy and patience in her role as caregiver.
I could go on and on.
God has blessed so much already.
He has heard those prayers.
Thank you so much.

I pray that Grace's new book, as it is being written, will bring much hope to all who are suffering.
It is in Christ that we can cope with such pain and sadness.
I pray you know Him tonight.

Monday, February 20, 2017

yesterday....feeding the sea birds

We are continuing to bask in this beautiful weather.
Went to the beach yesterday with Harry and his Granddaddy.
I grabbed some stale bread on the way out of the house.
It took a little while,
 but finally we had about 25 birds
 and squawking around us.
They would come and take the bread crumbs out of our hands,
catch them in midair,
and fight each other for every last scrap.
On the way back from the beach we named all 25 of the birds.

Here are just a few....
Snapper Two
Mary Poppins
and on the list goes.

A couple of Harry musings...
1. "Grammy, do you think you would like to live on a ferry boat?"
Seems like that would be very monotonous and limiting
going back and forth from one side of the river to the other don't you think??

2. "Grammy, do you color your hair?"
"I don't see very much white."
Bless you child!

3. Our Christmas tree is still laying back in the woods behind the house....
dead as a doornail.
"Grammy, if you leave the Christmas tree where it is until Easter, we can hide our Easter eggs in it."
*Why is it always SO hard for Bubba to haul that thing off??

Harry and I watched the second Harry Potter movie when we got home.
We stayed up very late.
We ate ice cream and Coca Cola cake.

Oh, speaking of the Coca Cola cake....
Bubba absolutely loved it!
He has requested it be his birthday cake in May.

Snapper and Snapper Two going for a bread crumb in mid air.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

the little shop on the corner....

....of Broughton & Whitaker.

Yesterday I put my Nike Free 4.0's on and went to
downtown Savannah.
It was a beautiful day...just look at that blue sky.
In case you've never been,
downtown Savannah is a relic of the past.
New shops encased in old buildings....
most all of the original architecture intact.
I love to walk and take everything in.

Tonight is dinner with the family.
Bubba is cooking some roasts and fixings and I just made this
Coca Cola Cake from scratch.
Should be good with coffee.
Still celebrating St. Valentine and all of his sweetness.

Tomorrow night we have a date with Harry.
We will take him to the beach,
then to Papa's for fried shrimp.
Then he and I will watch Harry Potter movie #2 together.
There is no school on Monday because of
President's Day.

Thanking God today for His beautiful world,
for good things to eat,
for His word,
salvation through Jesus our Savior,
and that we can know Him.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

cute kids blog

This is Lucy.
I love her so much.
She gave me a Rice Krispy Treat for Valentine's.
She knows just what I like!
She is eleven years old.
She is the best granddaughter ever!
I am so thankful for her.
She may be a budding chef.

I don't know whether you had noticed,
but the bottom half of my left front tooth has been missing for a while.
It shows up in pictures as a gap in my smile.
In accordance with the aging process,
I have to try a little harder to present myself in public
 aging gracefully.
Today my dentist fixed that tooth for me.
I am more than happy and all smiles.


My birthday continues tonight...
Longhorn for dinner.
I have a coupon for a free birthday dessert....
probably a Molten Lava cake.

This is Eli.
He is almost ten.
He likes chocolate milk,
Toby Mac,
and Minecraft books.
He also likes to style his hair and wear cool shoes.
I love him too.
He may be a budding photographer.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines's Day

Everything is hearts and flowers today.
It's a stay at home dinner for me and my Valentine.
Low country boil...
shrimp, corn, and sausage by candlelight.
a big bowl of vanilla Blue Bell ice cream
 with cherries and chocolate on top,

And for our viewing enjoyment...
 Fixer episode and then early to bed.
Not so for Bubba, of course.
He likes the news and sports channels.

That's what makes for a good marriage...
finding just the right amount of togetherness and apartness.

What really holds it all together?
The love of God and our desire to please Him.
That vow we took so many years ago
where we promised to be true to each other until death parts us.
All that we have made together...
children and grandchildren,
our legacy of love for each other and little eyes always watching.

*photo of granddaddy by Eli...
I'm telling you he's got an eye for it.

*Congratulations to Eli for getting a solo in the Grandparent's Day Program.
We are so proud of you!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

my birthday party

The birthday corner!
Archie did most all of the wrapping.

Gus was sick but managed to attend the party.

Every year we have LouMalnati's Pizza flown in from Chicago.
It is so delicious!

Opening Archie's gift and admiring the card he made for me.

Lucy gave me flowers,
daisy's, a long time favorite of mine.
Her card was hand made as well.

I blew out all of the candles with one blow.

As you can see,
all of the precious cards had the same theme...
an adorable panda in a zoo setting.
I love.

My birthday was so wonderful this year.
I am so thankful for my husband, 
our children, 
and our grandchildren.
Bubba gave me a new Ipad so that I can blog when we go on trips.
I love birthdays...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

birthday thanksgivings

Today is my birthday!
It is also the day we worship our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
This morning my precious Lucy came into church bearing this small bouquet.
My heart was filled to the brim with love and joy.

all throughout the day,
your thoughts and wishes poured in on facebook.
Each one is special and thrilling to me.
I always say...
there's nothing like a "facebook birthday."

Thank you all so much!!