Saturday, June 30, 2012

Taming the Heat.

What do you do when the temps are really HOT?


And when you turn them on - the neighbors will come...


And smile really big

And chase you 

And play

And jump

And a good time was had by all.

Happy late, hot Saturday y'all!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

26 Years later...

I can hardly believe

I've already gotten to love you for 26 years

And I can't wait to see what's next. 

Happy Anniversary Rex.

I love you more.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Unexpected and B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

It was a normal morning- well, as normal as any of them are.

The boys had tried everything to stay in bed, whined and argued about everything, spilled their yogurt smoothies all over the car seat and were talking arguing non-stop.

We must have passed by one of Isaiah's friend's house or somewhere that got his wheels turning because he started jabbering away about his friends. He named several and all was fine, until he got to Summer.

Now, I admit I wasn't paying a lot of attention to this point.  I usually position the rear view mirror so I can witness brotherly violence, but other than that I've learned to tune out much of the bickering and fighting that takes place about 32 inches behind my head when we're burning up Roanoke's roadways.

His voice lowered almost to a whisper and his 60 miles an hour talking slowed way down. And this is when I started paying close attention. 

Isaiah confessed "I am not smart-  Summer is smarter than I am she knows her letters."  Knowing my baby has been struggling with retention, I was ready to fire, but before this momma could start spewing out words of encouragement for her baby, it happened.

Out of the blue.

Elijah said- "You are too smart. Besides, can she draw really good, cuz I know a boy who can.  I think you know who that is" 

Isaiah replied, "well, she does get out of the lines"
Isaiah's sad little voice began to perk up and the conversation continued with big brother assuring his little brother that he was in fact the best draw-er he knew.  While thoughts whirled about my brain trying to catch up to what I thought was happening. 

My sons who were swinging fists and hurling socks just an hour before were now having a conversation that edified. 

There was no doubt.  I was witnessing a first.

Between two little boys. Between brothers.  Between friends.

And it was a beautiful thing, people. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

I'm thinking I should learn from them and try it a little more often with my own peeps.
What can a few words of edification do for somebody? 

I think it might just turn their day around. 

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Reunion is Coming, The Reunion is Here.

We look forward to the Powell Reunion every year. It's been rolling around the last Sunday in June since 1976.

This year, anticipation competed with dread since our family is adjusting to a new normal and each day is anything but normal.  Iris has been such a huge part of the annual tradition, and we just didn't know if she'd be up to it.  Further complicated by her three day stay in the hospital last week, we were much like a teeter-totter.  Take her, don't.  Take her? Don't?  

In the meantime, some of our favorite people and annual traditions rolled in and moved on. Family started arriving Thursday from California and New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.
And the traditions begain- dinner at K&W, and the Roanoker.  Shopping till you drop and oh, everybody to our house for dinner on Saturday night. 

We ate, and talked, and danced (well, Isaiah did) and sang to the familiar guitar music.

Wanda and Brenda chatting away

Cash, Steve & Isaiah- technology testing

Betty- one of our fave photographers

Jill and Elijah

Steve, Frankie, Shirley, Wanda, Brenda, John & Kitty

John, Kitty, Steve (with guitar) Isaiah & Brenda

Frankie & Shirley

Frankie, Phyllis, Shirley, Betty & Ona
singing, not yawning

We had a great time, but hearing Rex sing about going home brought on the tears.  On all of our minds were two special ladies noticeably being missed.  Rex's Aunt Lilly and his momma, Iris. 

We kept on singing the hymns - "precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn" and "God you Reign" and a funny song Steve sang -- Too Old (Rex, that is).

By now, the decision was made and we knew that Rex & I would be picking his momma up Sunday morning to take her with us to the reunion.  What we didn't know was how it would go.  Would she know where she was or who these people were.  Will it be as difficult to take her back to Emeritus at the end of the day, as it was when she left the hospital? 
What do you do when you don't know?  Pray!  So we did, and we called it a night.

And 6/24/12 we charged into the day full speed ahead, and walked right into a beautiful gift.  One more reunion with Iris.
Fincastle, here we come! 

When Steve offered thanks for the food, he prayed - "may our time together be well spent"

Elijah loves his Grandma
Ona & Iris

Iris & Shayne (and Uncle Wayne)

A boy and his "two mommas" Iris, Rex & Tret

The girls- Missy, Ona, Jill, Betty, me, Iris & Kitty

Shayne & Rex

Dawn, Steve, Cathy, Cash, Kitty, Anne Marie, Andrew & John

Me and my sunshine, Shayne

It was okay that she was a little confused. It was okay that it felt like Groundhog day.  It was okay that it took some extra effort.  And yes, it was okay that she wore her new favorite shoes. 

I tend to take traditions and the people I love for granted assuming that another day is coming and it will be the same as the day before.  I expect the people I love to always be there.  I expect that we'll keep singing, and playing and eating macaroni and cheese and yeast rolls for decades to come.  But the reality is that none of us know what tomorrow will bring.
Do we have minutes, days, or years together?

Since we don't know were working to make sure that our time together is well spent.  And for this reunion, it was.

You call it chaos, we call it FAMILY.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Punch Buggy.

These feet belong to my youngest. 
He took the picture on my phone, right before he punched his brother. 
He wasn't mad.  It was just game on.  

Punch Buggy- that is.

Normally I discourage my boys from punching each other but there is a twisted excitement that makes it okay when accompanied with the required punch buggy announcement.  

And, no thanks to Teri, my baby is obsessed with punch buggy.  He can spot them a mile away and has socked his brother before Elijah knows what has hit him. 

It's contagious.

It's Tuesday.  Date night. 

And what did we do.  We threw punches. Yep.

Rex and I found ourselves caught up in the game. 

I called the red punch buggy- he didn't call the silver one but punched anyway.  Cheater, cheater.

It's pretty good for release of aggression- just be sure you actually see the beetle before throwing the punch.

Happy Tuesday y'all!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our Daddy is the best!

Three sons who think know their Daddy is the best.

because of all you do....
like vacuuming, and taking us to appointments, and cleaning the bathroom, and picking up the ketchup from Kroger, and mowing the grass, and wrestling when you're tired, for singing us songs and so much more!

because of who you are...
caring and hard-working, funny, determined, and the most giving person we know.

because you teach us ...
hard work pays off

and that family is more important than riches, and friendship more precious than things and that Jesus loves us most and He is the answer for everything.

yep, uh-huh we've got the best Daddy in the world,  right here at 5ALLENZ
(and our Mommy couldn't agree more)

Happy Father's Day- we love you!

Shayne, Elijah, Isaiah & Mommy

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Smiles- The BFF

We were singing about God alone and worshiping Him.  He is worthy.
I see her tears.
I know without asking.

I know because we're more than best friends. 

We've spent a life time getting to know each other- without asking.

We know what makes us tick, what hurts us, causes us to fear and what brings joy. 

I know because we're sisters. 

We've been bought by His blood.  He is our God.  He is our healer of hurts.  He is worthy.

We just need to be still. Which is hard and sometimes brings tears.

Best friends on earth and sisters for all of eternity. 

Now that's something to bring on a Sunday smile.

Happy Sunday y'all!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Graduation Graduation 2012!

We spent yesterday with thousands of people- but our focus was on two.

Two that I've known since their mommas told me they were on the way.  Two that we love and couldn't be prouder of. 

Two kids. 
Two schools. 
Two different paths ahead. 
One day.

Congratulations Brian Allen!
Graduate, Hidden Valley HS 2012 


Brian has enlisted in the US Marine Core and leaves in September.  

Congratulations Kristen Nance!
Graduate, Northside HS 2012

Kristen will be attending High Point in NC, and will leave in August.

As for me and Rex, we are in a bit of denial that these babies are all growed up.

It was a great day and we were honored to be part of it.
We love you both!

Happy Saturday, y'all!
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