Monday, June 27, 2016

the 6 at # 6.

Last Friday night...
Granddaddy cooked a delicious roast meal.
All gathered except for David.
He is on a mission trip in Nicaragua.

Sane & silly...
I like to study those faces.
Some have freckles,
blond and brown and black hair...
blue eyes and brown eyes,
fair skin and chocolate brown.
What a diverse group!!

Jamming & grooving...
day into night.

These kids make my heart sing!!

So thankful for the opportunity
 to have Jake & Eli 
all to ourselves for a week.
We did a lot of fun things,
 but the best is still when they snuggle in close.

They are growing and changing,
each in their own way special and unique.
Praying for the moment when God draws them to Himself.
Thank you Lord for this bunch!!

"Grandchildren are the crown of old age."
Proverbs 17:6

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

the boys of summer

Right now Jake & Eli are in my jacuzzi.
There are tons of bubbles
and they are laughing
their heads off.

Early this morning,
after picking up their cousin Harry,
Granddaddy took them on a gator hunt on Skidaway Island.
They borrowed Uncle Frankie's golf cart and spent
most of the day cruising around the island.
Seems as if they really had a ball.
They spotted two gators
in a pond, but stayed a safe distance.

This afternoon we dined at Wiley's Famous Bar B Que.

After wolfing down dinner,
we headed for the pool.

I think they had fun.

Jake goes air born on his first jump.

Eli has no fear.

Harry shows off his swimming style.

By the way Amanda,
they are very worried 
about what you will think and do 
when you find out 
that they stayed up until 10:00 
on Tuesday night watching a movie.
Granddaddy has promised to be their advocate.

The boys of summer.
Fun has no limits...
as long as Gram and Granddaddy hold out.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

grammy, how old are you?

It was this morning.
The boys get up at 6:26 am no matter what..
Its a Stitch 626 thing.
We were having breakfast together...
talking about Disney stuff.

During that time Jake paid me the ultimate compliment.
It went like this....
Eli said,
"Grammy, how old are you?"
I quickly replied,
Jake then popped in and said these sweet words,
"But Grammy, you are still young."
In other words,
that number seems old, but you still seem young.

These children....
I can't get enough of them.
All it takes in their eyes and minds is a 
baseball game,
a bike ride,
a pinata,
a wonderful story filled with magic
that makes them laugh with glee,
and they think you are just like them....
young at heart.
Literally, my best compliment ever.

I took them to see "Finding Dory" this afternoon,
then we went to get hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes at Johnny Rockets.
A stop by the candy store finished off our outing for today.

I thank God for the blessing of
good health.
I thank Him for giving me a love for children
and children to love,
Best part is,
always, at every opportunity,
praying for them 
and showing them how all of life
relates to Him.
If they learn to Trust in God,
depend on Him,
live for Him,
and give all the glory to Him,
their lives will reflect His glory
 and will be full and rich on spiritual things..

Fun Life...
I love it!

Monday, June 20, 2016

amanda's happy birthday post....

At David & Erika's house
last Friday night,
after the big storm blew their umbrella on its side,
we celebrated together.

To you, today, as you turn 40,
on a big boat down in Nassau,
I cannot thank you enough.

That God chose you to be my daughter is my great delight!
From eternity past He knew we would walk through this life together,
and He chose you for me.

You fill this mother's heart with so much joy.
I am well aware of the blessing you are!

The tables are beginning to turn just a bit.
For years I took care of you,
just like you take care of Jake and Eli now.
Now, I notice how you are starting to watch after me a little more closely.
Yes, at 68
I am still going strong...
An example....your recent move into your new house experience,
but I also notice your care and watchfulness for me.
I am so thankful for your heart of kindness,
your encouragement,
your understanding, 
your love~

As we celebrate your 40th birthday,
I thank God for you!!
We all could not have been more blessed
by getting to spend our lifetime with you!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

father's day picnic at the marina

It was a beautiful day to celebrate our Dads.

After church 
and a nice restful afternoon,
we took off to the marina at the Landings 
for a picnic.
I threw together some sandwiches, 
Nacho Cheese Doritoes,
and a couple of drinks for the road.
There was a cool breeze,
brilliant sunshine,
a lazy river,
and lots of laughter.

Jake took this picture of his Grammy and Granddaddy.

This is my favorite boat at the marina.
Me and the boys dreamed about what we would do if it were ours.
The kitchen is on the back.
I can just see me out there cooking
 while we are sailing around the waterways.

One last brother shot on the dock before we headed to
the Dairy Queen
Krispy Kream.

*The best days are summer days for sure.
It's why I love summer so much!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

happy birthday amanda #40

Last evening,
in the midst of a raging thunderstorm
that left half of Savannah without power,
with granddaddy at home
recovering from a mean ole stomach bug,
we all pulled together to celebrate
Amanda's 40th birthday.

We gathered at La Parillo,
our favorite Mexican Restaurant
where they really know how to party.

The excitement level was through the roof
as we finished our tacos
and awaited the huge, bejewelled sombrero
to be placed on the honored's head.
The children could not contain themselves,
nor could the adults.

We hear them!!
The wait staff appears,
clapping and singing and working us up into a fevered pitch.
the birthday girl was sombreoed
and given a dessert!!!

We laughed till we cried...
so much fun!

Thankful for Amanda's birthday,
family together,
fun and laughter,
lots of chips and salsa.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift
 comes down from the Father of lights 
in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
James 1:17

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

never give up...

The first place they tried in the early part of spring
 was on Bubba's work bench in the garage.
We saw the birds busily carrying in the
brush and hay to build a nest.
Not thinking that was a suitable place for a home,
he quickly shooed them away.

Next, they tried the chute under our mailbox.
Again, that same frenzied work...
"We have to get this nest built so that she can lay her eggs,"
said the busy birds.
Once more, Bubba did not approve,
said they would get too hot and roast in there.
He removed the nest hoping they would find a more suitable place.

A couple of weeks ago,
while eating lunch,
we noticed a frenzy of activity in the geranium pot
on the table on our back porch.
"The birds are back,"
I said in dismay.
They are determined to build a nest on our property.
This time Bubba said,
"What a mess they will make."
He cleaned out the flower pot and sat it on 
a post of the fence that surrounds our AC unit.

Last night,
Bubba took that geranium pot down to show us something....
At last the birds had found a place.
They were determined,
they never gave up.

How beautiful are the creatures that God made,
how smart and instinctive
what a lesson they teach us!

"Look at the birds of the air, 
for they neither sow, 
nor reap,
 nor gather into barns;
 yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?"
Matthew 6:26