Thursday, May 31, 2012

hey grammy

I believe "hey grammy" was said over a thousand times today.
They all want your
extra-undivided attention,
especially in the pool.

The pool felt as good as it looks .

Memorable moments...
Lucy wrote to me a
love letter in the sand.
Jake told me that I look just like his mommy.
Eli asked me to be his partner on an early evening bike ride.
Harry clung to me as a life raft in the pool
and whispered
I love you grammy in my ear.

Just finished reading two chapters in
Charlotte's Web.
Their laughter rang out
as I took on the voices of the animals.

It's all going by too quickly.
They are growing and changing every day.
I hold on tightly to every memory
and cherish them in my heart.

Thank you Lord for the blessing of these little ones.
Call them to be Yours at an early age.
May they love You with all of their
heart, mind, and soul!
Watch over them
and keep them under the
 shadow of Your wing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

the house....

is filled with
flowers and laughter.

 in between rain showers,
I got into the
in my dad's backyard.
After cutting an armload
I brought them home and filled up all my vases.
They look so beautiful.

Jake & Eli are vessels of laughter
and they have had me laughing all day.
Eli is constantly asking
about everything.
He wants to know how to spell words
and what words mean.

Tonight at dinner,
I taught Eli how to make and shoot spitballs.....
a skill he can use for the rest of his life.
Bubba and I,
to this day still have 
 spitball fights 
occasionally when we go out to eat.
(we do this very discreetly)

The goodness of the Lord abounds to us
and for that
 we fall down before Him
and praise Him
and worship Him,
He is the giver of all good gifts....

Flowers & laughter to name just a few.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lu in her tutu

We wait all year for this one day....
when she looks like a little doll in her tutu.
I love you Lucy!

Forgive that I have neglected my blog.
Travel & little boys
have stolen me away.
I love to write for you to read..,
I am overwhelmed that you care.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

the little graduate

Fully prepared for his life ahead,
Eli Mark Hollingsworth
received his
preschool diploma
just a little while ago
 with much
pomp and circumstance.

We are all very proud of him.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

here in lanexa....

with my daughter Amanda.
I love to be with people who make me laugh out loud.
She is one of the few.
We aren't together that often,
but when we are together we make up for lost time.

understands my humor completely.
I just made her laugh by saying one word.
I love that and her very much.

A big time blessing you are
daughter of mine.
I love the woman you have become!

Monday, May 21, 2012

when bubba became granddaddy

Today is Bubba's birthday....
Yesterday Jake turned seven.
They were almost birthday buds...
just one day apart.

Nothing can prepare you
for what happens
when your kids have kids.

Seven years ago
Jake came into this world
after making life miserable for his moma
 for nine months. 
I don't think she kept a thing down the whole time....
but oh
what a wonderful reward for all that suffering.
I remember the awe and excitement
of seeing Jake for the first time
and how funny those first few days of
getting to know him were.

Henry the Colonel
met Jake the tiny infant
 and his life has never been the same because of 
the joy
  of being loved by a little boy....
and then a girl and then three more boys.

Happy Birthday Bubba!
See you tomorrow Jake.
Can't wait to see you and Eli too!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

"dancing till the stars go blue"

Today was Lucy's ballet recital.
Her mom is getting her ready.
She danced beautifully
and we were all so proud of her.
More pictures later.
I am beat!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"bird on a wire"

Love that movie!
It is one of the funniest of my favorites.

Aside from that,
I spotted these "birds on a wire" a couple of weeks ago
and was struck with this question.....
What is it about a wire
that causes birds to want to sit on them for long periods of time?
Seems as if it would be hard to
among other things...
and what about the wind up there?
What keeps them on the wire on a gusty afternoon?

They look so calm and serene,
so utterly at ease.
Maybe that's it.....
the safety factor.
Not much that is harmful can reach them up there.

I love this picture..
the silhouettes.
The perfect beak and the little leg.
God made them beautiful,
 didn't he?
I like to watch the birds from my porch..
so much beauty to see in
God's world.

"Look at the birds of the air,
for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
 yet your heavenly Father feeds them." 
Matthew 7:26

Oh if we could trust like a
bird on a wire.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

the greatest victory

Having No Fear of Death

"Christians no longer look forward to death with silent dismay,
as a horrible thing which they don't like to think about. 
Through Christ
 they can look this last enemy calmly in the face and say,
 'You cannot harm me.'

They can look forward to all that comes after death ~
and eternity~
and yet not be the least concerned.

They can stand by the side of an open grave and say,
'Where, O death, is your victory?'
'Where, O death, is your sting?'

They can lay down on their deathbeds and say,
'Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.'
'Not a hair on my head will perish.'

This is true liberty.
This is to be truly free.
Best of all.....
those set free by Christ are free forever.

Profound words, I would say!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

bubba's to do list

Bubba to me....
"If you want me to do something for you,
make a list."

Just now,
after over three weeks on the list
he hung my ferns.
I am so glad they are hanging..
to me, that's how ferns look best.

Bubba likes a list
he puts a huge check by what he finishes.
The "hang the ferns"
was a long time in coming,
but that finally got checked off.
I am so thankful.

My beloved geranium,
you have seen pictures of it here on my blog,
is biting the dust.
It does not like it's new home.
Not enough light...
it liked it much better at the other place.
I am taking it as a sign
that the mushrooms growing in the pot are a
 preliminary warning.
The geranium is saying..
."I am dying a slow death so get ready."

"The grass withers,
the flower fades,
but the word of our Lord stands forever. 
Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

sittin' on the porch

I can't help it....
I just think he's cute.
Love, love, love this little guy!

I know of people who read
the newspaper
 every day from cover to cover.
They can converse endlessly
about what's going on in the world,
 but sadly,
they never read their Bibles.

David reminded us on Sunday last
 that we believers
should be constantly talking
 of what we learn from our private Bible study
 with those whom we come in contact. 
 The book is intriguing. 
It is filled with
We should be excitedly sharing what we learn each day
with our spouses,
our children,
our grandchildren,
 our friends,
and our acquaintances.

The news of the world
 is mostly a report
 of what Satan is accomplishing on this earth.

The Bible answers every question
we could possibly have about
why we live and
where we will spend eternity.
It is a bottomless well that never runs dry.

The Bible fulfills
 and keeps me coming back every day for more.

"You do not err knowing the Scriptures."
Matthew 22:29

Monday, May 14, 2012

an island

In this house there is an island in the kitchen.
In all the places I have lived,
I have never had a
dedicated island.
To say the least...
I love it!

It is big and square
and sits right in the middle of everything.
There is a chandalier that hangs over.
It is the perfect place to do

 I found myself making all of these
chicken-broccoli casseroles.
Some to take to others
and one big one for us to eat tomorrow night.

Bubba and I work as a team in the kitchen.
He cooks
the chicken and broccoli 
and cuts it up.
I take it from there,
putting it all together
with seasonings and all of the things that
 make it good.

Hope everybody enjoys this bounty.
What a privilege to cook the good things God provides.

"Keep me as the apple of the eye;
 Hide me in the shadow of Thy wing." 
Psalm 17:8

That is just where I want to be...
hidden up under the shadow of His wing.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

me and my mom

Not feeling so well tonight so this will be short.
That's my mom and me in 1953.
I was five years old.
Looks like she had some kind of tropical thing going on with the sofa.

When God created us He thought of everything.
He knew when we were young
that we would need a nurturer...
someone who would take care of us.
He knew we would need a mom.

I am so thankful for my mom tonight.
I have so many good memories of her....
in the kitchen,
That is my most predominant rememberence
even when she was sick and could hardly go,
she made that effort to cook
"Sunday dinner."

I miss her so much...
I'm thankful I had her for almost sixty years.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

blackberry picker

That's Lucy picking
in my Dad's backyard.
Not enough to make a pie,
but a good experience for her.
I was praying the whole time that there was no
poison ivy.
There wasn't!

Looking forward to hearing
God's word taught 
in the morning with other believers.


Friday, May 11, 2012

roast cook-off....

here last night.

This area in the new home is 
for casual dining.
When we bought this set about fifteen years ago,
I knew it was something that would be with me for a very long time.
I like and enjoy it more now than ever.

Bubba and I spent the day yesterday
in the kitchen.
We had a roast cook-off and the guests were able to vote.
Bubba slow-cookered a chuck roast
and I slipped a rump roast
in the oven.
After the meal was over everyone voted.
His roast won.

I am not dismayed.
In fact,
I am glad for him.
He needed that victory.
Because he won,
I will be phasing out
and letting him take over all cooking.
I haven't told him this yet.
Right now I am just letting him glory in his achievement.

It's only fair I think that the better cook do all the cooking.
What do you think?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

for this day i am thankful

It is raining.
Dark clouds hang low.
The tall trees are rustling in the wind.
It has been too long
since we had

I just,
a little while ago,
woke up from one of the best naps
 that I have ever taken
 in my whole life.
completely relaxed.

That picture is one of my favorites.
The happy innocence of

God have mercy on this country.
As man rises up to exalt his ways over God and His word....
as he contiues to take all of God's blessings,
but gives Him not a thought,
when marriage between a man and a woman is not
the foundation that holds us as a nation together....
What then?

Monday, May 7, 2012

tall ships, sandcastles, cheeze-its, & kisses

Went down to the beach today
to see the tall ships
make their way down the
Savannah River
and out into the ocean. 
 It was stormy
and sadly,
the sails were not hoisted,
but oh what a sight it was!
The beach was lined with people
who had come
down to the shore to see them off.
The call of
"Here comes another one,"
could be heard far down the beach.

The two little kiddos who went with us
weren't very interested in the ships, 
 but  they swam
and ran
and built sandcastles festooned with seashells
until they couldn't go anymore. 
There was so much activity
that the Cheeze-Its and Hershey's Kisses
 we brought for a snack
didn't even come close to reaching the hunger spot.

The big story here was their Granddaddy!
Bubba you make me proud!
I love how you love these children!
Who would have thought that you and I would be here.....
sitting on the beach,
playing with our grandchildren.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

how the chairs turned out

Ross worked his magic and here they are.
The fabric
I showed you last week
has been transformed into 
these beautiful and comfortable seat cushions.

Last night God displayed His glory in the sky.
The moon was huge...
it shed glorious light for all to see.
One cannot deny the existence of God in creation.
No man could ever make such as the moon
and hang it there in space.

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
 and His firmament shows His handiwork." 
Psalm 19:1

Our God,
who made all of the things in the heavens,
loves you
and wants to have a personal relationship with you. 
 Seek Him now..
He will not turn you away.

Friday, May 4, 2012

now and then

I traveled down I-95 a bit
to Colonel's Island
 to spend the day with several friends
from my high school days .

Linda Bass Flake,
sitting in front of the group,
invited us all to her house on the river
for a time of catching up
and reminiscing....
and oh what a glorious day it was.

The bride is Nancy Fountain Barber,
and we were all in her wedding.
From left to right we have
Beverly Thompson Hathaway,
Nancy's sister Carol,
me and
Geri Woods Reid.

Behind Linda and seated on the hearth...
Geri and her dog Daisy,
and Nancy.

We talked,
and we laughed,
and we ate,
and we completely enjoyed each other's company.
All of our lives have diverged and changed,
but we came back together
and realized why we all liked each other so much to begin with. 
Good friendships last
no matter how long you are separated.

Blessings...each one of you are to me!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

at the beach 2 day

No place in the whole world like the beach.
I always tell Bubba,
"If you want to take me somewhere,
just take me to a nearby beach
I'll be happy."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

fine dining

This is for Sandy....
so that you can see the fabled linen runner.

Possessing an Eternal Perspective on Sickness

"You need not be cast down by sickness.
The eternal part of you is
safe & provided for,
whatever happens to your body.

You may well
look calmly on death.
It opens a door between you and your inheritance.
You may well
not sorrow exclusively over the things of the world~
over partings and bereavements~
over losses and crosses.

The day of gathering
is before you.
Your treasure is beyond reach of harm.
Heaven is becoming every year
more full of those you love,
 and earth more empty.

Glory in your inheritance!
It is all yours if you are a child of God.

"If we are children, then we are heirs."