Tuesday, July 31, 2012

13 weeks

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:14

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Celebrating 50 years...

On July 14th, what would have been our parents 50th wedding anniversary, we went to spend the weekend with my dad. The pregnancy center that my mom was the director of for 17 1/2 years celebrated their 20th anniversary that same day. They asked us to come to the celebration because they were dedicating the building in our mom's memory. My sisters and I had planned on having a party for them this summer. This was a good distraction for my dad, but we were all glad when the day was over.

This is the plaque that will be by the front door of the building.

My niece Carrington and Madeline with grandpa.
My girls with one of my mom's best friends and mentor, Mrs. Mildred.

My sister had the idea to release gold balloons in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

My dad put his hand in the sky and said, "Happy Anniversary", it was sweet and very sad.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Trip to the beach...

On the road bright and early.
Stopping for a picnic.

Letting the little boys get their energy out! :o)

The "big kids".

Finally made it to the beach....

and Myles LOVED it! :o)

Big brothers make everything fun!

The "crew".

There were tons of sand dollars.

I was tickled to find matching swim suits for the guys! :o)

Malachi's swimming has really taken off this summer.



The annual "bench picture".

This is a really pretty park that the younger kids played on while some of them played miniature golf. The temperature was perfect that night but the mosquitoes were horrible!

St. Simon's pier.

Headed home...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer pictures Part 1

On the 4th of July I took my oldest four to my dad's house to spend the day. My two sisters and their families were there and we went through some things of my mom's. The kids enjoyed swimming with their cousins.

Mariah, Abigail and Carrington


McKenzie and Abigail- the oldest grandchildren.


Mariah and Carrington

The girl cousins (minus Lily-Kate)

My dad enjoyed having everyone at his house but there was definitely a void without grandma!

Grandma's "place" at the table.

My dad, sisters and I

The grand kids went through some of my mom's little trinkets and divided them up. It was sweet that even the boys wanted something of grandma's!

The grandchildren lined up in birth order. Malachi and Myles were the only ones missing.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

50th Anniversary

July 14, 1962 my parents were married. Tomorrow, July 14, 2012 would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. My mom so desperately wanted to live for that day. It is heart wrenching that we will "celebrate" their 50 years tomorrow without her. During her hospital stay she would say things like, "I have got to live for July 14th."

The last few days have been really hard for me. Grief comes in waves. I am amazed some days that I am able to go on and function and then I will have a memory or thought that is just overwhelming. I know one thing.... I cannot imagine having to go through this without my two sisters! We have talked on the phone for hours and hours saying the same things over and over.... just because we know that the other person knows what we are going through. I have fleeting thoughts about calling my mom. It usually happens when I am stressed about something or if I have a "down" moment. I wonder if it will always be that way. I remember when my grandmother died my mom saying, "I would love to call mama and tell her about that." It is so weird to me that my mom has no idea the things that are going on in our lives right now. We went to the beach last week and I didn't have a mom to say, "You watch those babies in that ocean!" She has been gone over two months now. I feel like it has been forever. I have had someone ask me if it is getting any easier. Life goes on, you learn to function in your new norm, but no.... I don't think the void will ever go away. There are some things only a mother can fill!

Myles strikes again...

Today I decided to lay Myles down for an early nap because I was tired! About thirty minutes later I walked past my bedroom door and thought I smelled baby powder. I opened the door and it was literally a sea of white with a white powdery little boy curled up in my pillows. He looked at me and grinned. I just walked out and closed the door. Yes, it was THAT bad! I guess I should have learned the first time and put the baby powder up!

Thankfully, he does eventually fall asleep!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.