Sunday, September 25, 2016

33 Years Later... A Grand Birthday Weekend

And so in the middle of a busy birthday weekend ... there's Granny's pneumonia.
I had thought (wished) that when the doctor told me "early stages of pneumonia" that she actually meant -- well, there might be a "tinge of something but you'll be good as new by Friday" (Lucy's birthday).

However ... that was not the case. But as I sit here in a quiet house, this weekend was so much more than me missing out on some of Lucy's birthday activities.

Yesterday (Saturday) marked the 33rd year of my first date with Dan.  I'll be honest -- I had been head over heels for him since I first saw him at my high school.  He was the new guy at school in his junior year and I was a freshman (with 3 cousins who would graduate with him).  So when he asked me out on a date 3 1/2 years later ... yes, I was over the moon.

... and then we fast-forward 33 years ... 


~~~ we celebrate our granddaughter's 8th birthday ~~~

Heaping upon heaping of God's grace in between
September 24, 1983 to September 24, 2016...

lots of life
lots of grace
lots of God

{{Lucy's birthday September 23, 2016 ... since I was recovering from pneumonia & her Momma had a doctor appointment that morning, Lucy & Tag spent the morning at the mall with their Grandad (who rearranged his work schedule to be available to hang out with our grands while I recuperate) ...
then on with Momma for special birthday treats & Lucy new tap shoes ...
then 2 dance classes Friday evening ...
then on Saturday, her Daddy brought Maci down for more birthday celebrations --
Maci is Michael's new service dog & is already part of our family}}

... and Life is Good ...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday!!!

Happy 8th Birthday to our sweet granddaughter ~~~

Lucy Michaela

She's a 2nd grader!

It's so remarkable how fast time flies by with our grands...
and we try to get in as much "grand" time as we possible.
She stayed up late to see him ... tax season 2009

Big smile when we asked "are you talking to GG?"
 God is so good and I just know that He has some mighty big plans
for this girl. 
Welcome to our family, little brother! February 2012

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day... with my girl, Lucy, my girl!

She lives to dance ... May 2016
 And she always wears her heart
on her smiling face!

An early birthday bouquet ... September 2012

Introducing Tag to Krispy Kreme ... March 2013

Granny & Grandad love you,

Miss Lucy Michaela

Disney 2016
May you always allow God to direct your steps and
always show the world your
big heart and big smile!

Me & my girl ... Fall 2014

Dancing at the "Top of the World" at Disney... December 2012

Time flies when you blink ...


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Inopportune Motivation

I don't know if this has ever happened to anyone else...
when motivation hits like a ton of bricks!


Maybe not to anyone else, but certainly to me...
just since 10:45 this morning, I have renewed motivation to tackle my list --

** ramp-up my workouts and healthy eating
** return to my blogging community
** revitalize our household projects

... and ALL of these I feel a refreshed desire to accomplish soon ...

as in by the end of the week

or the end of next week (at the very latest)

But then there's that little doctor appointment from this morning ...
early stages of pneumonia

and since I had pneumonia 8 years ago just before Lucy was born ...
well, I need to take it easy for the next week or so.
I just started my antibiotics this afternoon, so I'm winding down right now.

We're beginning a new dance & karate schedule this week ...
we will celebrate Lucy's 8th birthday on Friday the 23rd

so Granny needs to spend the next couple of days completely resting...
or my doctor said I'll probably land in the hospital.
Since the hospital is not an option for our exciting week,


Hope you all have a wonderful and healthy week!

~~~ I'll check in soon ~~~

Friday, August 12, 2016

Three Things That Should Be Illegal ...

I got home late this afternoon after helping with all my kids for the past couple of days.  The drive home
took 3 1/2 hours -- normally an hour & a half drive...
bumper to bumper traffic heading southbound on the interstate.
Maybe the traffic was my distraction today... I sure was heartbroken to leave them.
Lucy & Tag both were so sad --- Tag hugged me and whispered
"you can't go... you take such good care of us" ---
and when Lucy hugged me, she whispered in a broken voice
"I miss you already... I wish you could stay"
Simply. Heart. Broken.

Jacqueline has bronchitis
Lucy has bronchitis and strep throat (Tag says "struck throat")
Tag has pneumonia (Tag says "men-own-ya")
Michael had a back procedure yesterday in the middle of all of this

And so, Granny has come to the conclusion that three things should definitely be illegal ---

*** Four year old boys should NEVER have pneumonia
(no need to elaborate on this one)

*** Mommas should NEVER be sick the same time their babies are sick
(Mommas need rest too when they're sick)

*** Dancers should NEVER be so sick that they're expected
to lay on the couch to recuperate
(their legs are made for dancing & stretching not for laying still)

I love these kids
heartbroken when I left them today
sure pray they all get better soon

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August Gifts --- Everyday Thoughts

August 8 ... 3 Gifts in Summer

Living in the Land of the Free ...
celebrating our country's freedom on July 4th ...
with fireworks (albeit from Walt Disney World live stream)

Summer salad with a glass of iced tea
beautiful flowers

August 9 ... A gift hole, whole, half

Dan & I hiked Diamond Head in Hawaii two years ago.
At the top of the crater ...
the hole ...
the view ...
totally worth the hike
His whole thoughts of me ...
I am His
I am His child

My better half for almost 33 years!

I hope you'll find the joy and gifts that God has for you
in every moment of every day.

Be blessed, my friend!

I'm going to be out for the next few days ---
taking care of 3 of my precious gifts ---
God bless!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Gifts in Water and in His Word ...

August 6 ... 3 gifts in water

We moved to our current house about 16 years ago. Our daughter was starting her freshman year of high school, and we did not know anyone else in our subdivision. Our little corner is almost 3 acres and is a little secluded. Dan & I decided that we wanted to be "the house" for youth activities & friends to come enjoy. Our above ground pool has gotten tremendous use of these past years ... and this year it has brought great enjoyment to Lucy & Tag when they visit.

Another "gift in water" ... is my Granny's dipper. I've always loved to drink water even as a little girl. My Granny had her water dipper hanging over her sink... that dipper was there to give a cold refreshment to whomever walked in her back door --- and it was her measure to water her flowers throughout her yard ... every morning and every evening.

Perhaps the greatest "gift in water" ... is simply the cleansing --- our physical body as well as our spiritual body.  My body always knows when I haven't drank enough water throughout the day. I always feel so refreshed with a glass of ice water.
I still remember my spiritual cleansing ... my baptism.  There was a creek behind my home church and we always had baptisms there. We would walk across the old graveled parking lot and down the little slope to the banks of the river. My Uncle Don would assist our pastor --- I was locked arms with the pastor's daughter ... her daddy held her and my uncle held me as we were spiritually cleansed through the suffering of our Savior.

August 7 ... 3 gifts in His Word

His Word is our direct link to learn more of Him ---
His ways --- His road to our salvation

His Word gives us examples of saints of the past --
and how to live in our world today

His Word gives us promise ---
 and that's perhaps the best gift of all


And here's 3 of my gifts from God who are in need of prayer ...

Jacqueline has bronchitis
Lucy has bronchitis and strep throat
Tag has pneumonia
It's certainly hard to see them so sick --- Tag has been sick for a couple of weeks now ... and Lucy & Jacqueline have been on & off sick for a while now.

Thank you for your prayers ...

Praying you have a blessed week,
my friend!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Outside ... Inside ... Upside Down

~~~ August 5 ~~~

A gift outside ... inside ... upside down

I stand in awe of God's wondrous creation.  It completely astounds me how He simply
 breathed ...
and created ...
and it was good ...
Just to take a simple walk down my driveway to pick up my mail can turn into one
of my most favorite parts of the day.
Trees providing a canopy to highlight a small little speck of His breath that He has provided for my family to enjoy ...
Squirrels scurry up & down and all through the covered woods to find their food along with a little playtime of chasing their critter friends all around the cover of fallen debris...
Deer families are brave enough to come up to our sidewalk to feast on our roses & shrubs (much to our little grands' enjoyment yet at their Grandad's dismay).
Birds singing ... butterflies fluttering throughout ...
sweet family times in our backyard pool ...

My "inside" gift is one of tradition ... the four walls of every place where I have ever lived ... all of which have cultivated the one thing in life that matters most ---
I can look back at each place I have ever lived in and I can recount how my relationships have grown within each of those walls.
I have precious keepsakes throughout my house from my childhood through today -- soon will be 52 years worth of memories ... the good, the bad, the challenging, the growing.
All of which has made me who I am today.

As I think about the "upside down" gift, I just have one question ...
Have I ever mentioned my FAMILY in my posts???
When you're "young & in love", you certainly do not think about how your life will change once you say "I do" ... well, I didn't think about it, anyway.
From the first time I saw this "new guy" at my high school, I had the biggest crush on him --
and it continues ...

and these people contribute to my "upside down" ...


I hope you can enjoy some time today
as you think of your gifts

upside down