Sunday, April 23, 2017

God's handiwork....

My geraniums make me happy.
They are outdoing themselves sitting there on our back porch.
The deer don't come up the steps and for that I am thankful!
No one but God can fashion a flower.
So much beauty...each so different!

I just finished reading "The Zookeeper's Wife."
I am obsessed with reading anything I can get my hands on
about World War II.
I love reading how these people survived the atrocities of this war...
how they helped others 
and gave when they had nothing to give but themselves.

Here is Grace's latest blog...
Talk about courage.
I love you Grace.
With God nothing is impossible.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

friday night at the movie

This is a little seen room in our house.
First floor,
Two recliners,
Big screen TV.
That's about it.
It is a bedroom with a closet and an attached bath,
but we use it as a place to relax,
a place to hide the TV.
a place to read.

Lucy, Harry, Gus and Archie spent some time with us.
In the evening, we watched the movie "Sing" together.
They have to get "comfortable,"
which requires the bringing in of all things soft and comfy...
stuffed animals, 
sleeping bags,
and my lovely paper lantern from my 50th high school reunion
for an added touch of ambiance. (Lou-♥)

My place to sit and watch is there in the chair with Gus snuggled close.
He may get emotional at sad scenes so...
we sit close so that I can comfort him if that happens.

Of course...a couple of fights broke out.
Lucy and Harry both wanted Granddaddy's army issue sleeping bag.
I told Lu that the chair was more comfortable but....
they still needed to have their time on the floor
snuggled in the down stuffed bag meant for Arctic conditions
on the hottest day of the year so far.

We had pizza for supper,
found a huge abandoned bird's nest in the garage,
and played several rounds of Ocean Bingo.
I got out David's antique Lego's for Harry and Archie to play with.
Had to stop that when Harry filled up the bathroom sink to the brim
to see if his creation would float. 😒
(It did)
We had ice cream sundaes while watching the movie
as an added treat.

Children are the best!
They keep me young and happy!
Who cares if one spills his sundae all over my chair.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

david & erika ~ amanda & mark

It is one thing when your children grow up and get married.
It is something else when your firstborn has been married fifteen years.
It is another thing entirely when your baby has been married almost fourteen years.
What this really means is...we are getting really old.

It is so interesting to watch God work.
When the time is right he brings two people together.
Eventually you see what He has done.
Yes, Erika is perfect for David...
Mark is perfect for Amanda.
God knows who we need to share our life with,
 have our children with.
He knows who will help us to grow and be more like Him.

I am very thankful for the four souls above.
What joy they bring to me!

On a totally different subject....
Erika sent me this link below.
Sandra Bullock owns a beachfront mansion two doors down from our tiny condo.
Evidently, according to the article, she now rents it out.
I want to stay there for just one night.
I think a bunch of us should get together,
split the astronomical nightly rate,
and have a party.
What do you think?

This is undeniably the most perfect beach house anywhere.
I love the rooms,
how it is furnished,
the colors, 
the porches,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Sunday ~ 2017

It was the best of days!

Late lunch ~ early dinner.
Chicken salad,
Broccoli salad,
Pineapple bake,
Fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Coconut cake,
Atlantic Beach Pie (lime)
with, Coffee.

The Easter Egg hunt!
Ready, set, go!

They flew past Grandaddy, 
down the steps, 
and out into the yard at the speed of light!.

Lucy and Harry were exuberant.
The others a little more hesitant.
There were 73 eggs hidden counting the golden egg.
Lucy won first prize for finding the most eggs.
I think she found 21.

Granddaddy giving his "Clue" for the golden egg.
"The golden egg is not buried in the ground."

Everybody decided it was up in these trees.
They were wrong.
It was in the stump some of them are standing on.

That's more like it.
Amanda started digging in the tree stump.

Amanda found the golden egg.
She was ecstatic.
$25.00 richer she was.

After the hunt.
All the kids went home with a little money!

Such a perfect Easter Day!
He is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!

Monday, April 17, 2017

easter pictures...

Jake & Eli & Grammy & Granddaddy.
After church.
Before the egg hunt which I will write about tomorrow.
These boys are growing up so fast.

Here are all six of them.
Taken yesterday afternoon on our front porch.

Such blessings they all are.

Norman Hollingsworth came.
He and Red Cleland got Easter bags full of goodies.
So did the children.

We celebrated our Lord's resurrection
and then came home to a wonderful time of fellowship and fun.
The egg hunt was amazing.
Tomorrow I will reveal who found the golden egg with $25.00 inside.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

father of the bride

I shared this picture on Facebook today.
It is one of my favorites of all of my wedding photos.
We are in the vestibule of Calvary Baptist Temple.
I am the bride,
getting ready to walk down the aisle.
My baby sister Teri is all ready to take her walk as well.
She has golden ringlets in her hair
and is dressed in a miniature version of my bridesmaid's attire.
She must be nine years old.
My dad is trying not to cry as he gives away his first born child
to the young man waiting at the front of the church.
I seem to be thinking...
"We can do this Daddy, everything will be okay."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

47 years together

It seems like just yesterday really.

Bubba and I got married 47 years ago today.
Here we are after the wedding,
leaving on our honeymoon.
I am wearing my exquisite silk coat dress.
Our "across the street" neighbor made it for me.
Her name was "Duck" Huey.

God has richly blessed our life together.
We have two wonderful children,
who have two amazing spouses,
who have given us seven beautiful grandchildren.
We have fun together and help each other.
We are family.
That is a great and perfect gift.

God knew who I needed to spend my life with.
Bubba has been faithful and supportive.
His unconditional love sustains me.
He knows what I need before I do.
I am thankful beyond measure for my husband.

We still love to go to Disney World.
We have fun there by ourselves or with our family
He knows I love the beach...
He even bought me a little beach house 
which never ceases to amaze me every time I open the door and see the ocean.
He came in yesterday afternoon with a big bunch of red roses...
He knows I love flowers.
Tonight we are going to eat crab legs.

He points me to the cross when I am struggling.
He tells me the truth,
He knows my heart and all that is there.
We have no secrets.

What a week!
Archie turns 9,
We have our 47th anniversary,
and then Easter!
Joy abounds here at #6.

I am truly blessed.
Thank You is all from You!