Friday, May 31, 2013

FMF: Imagine

It's Friday. It's another five minutes of free writing with Lisa-Jo Baker.

It's a near perfect day.
The sun is shining and the allergies have stopped.  We can see and smell again.
I have time today to catch up on my writing and create the flyer for our family reunion. 
I go to the laundry room to get another load, and there isn't one.  The laundry is caught up.
I go to change the wet sheets from the night before, and they are dry.
I call the kids to dinner and they come.  Without yelling or fighting or tattling.
The meal includes everyone's favorite dish so there is no complaining.
The dog sits quietly at my feet and doesn't pee on my new carpet.
My teenager offers to do the dishes.
The evening news tells stories of hope and courage and truth and not one disaster has occurred yet today. 
My husband suggests a nice walk in the moonlight, just the two of us.

And then the "Mommy.... he said".... jars me from my imagination.  Life and laundry are calling my name.  

Happy Friday y'all!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of Year (Praise the Lord) Awards... times 2!

We made it.
Through another school year.

New house, new school, new church, new daycare, new occupational therapist, new babysitter, new dog.

That's a lot of new for kids who don't do well with transition and change.

I got to go to the school not once, but twice today- Isaiah this morning and back for Elijah in the afternoon. Even with all the new, all the extra things they had to work through,  they succeeded and earned many reasons to celebrate today.

A-B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Handwriting, Gator of the Month, and a few others I can't recall and can't find (Isaiah has tucked them away for safe keeping).

Anxious to get this ceremony started

Miss Gills, Isaiah and Mrs. Smith

he's a little happy- officially a second-grader 

Isaiah and the love of his life, Rosie on his right.

Mr. Wilburn giving Elijah his awards

Say what?

enough of this, moving on to Third Grade

My boys worked really hard and we are so proud of them.

my probably won't forget memories today might be----

----when Pastor Jay Fields, who is Isaiah's lunch buddy said to me, "he likes the girls, he's a player that one"

and when Elijah's program was done and I went to hug him goodbye I found his arch-enemy Paris standing right next to him.  (This cutie-pie has been a thorn in his side all year long.  She's really smart, a little bossy, has great citizenship and he was sure she was the teacher's pet).  He gave me a hug, turned to her and said- "Yeah, I'm adopted" which apparently, rendered her speechless for the first time all year.

My boys are moving up- Grades 3 and 2... here we come.

Happy Tuesday y'all!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It was the feet a tappin'

I'm behind on getting the millions of thoughts from my head to paper.  The computer has gone wacky, my cell phone won't upload my pictures, my kids are "out of sorts", we're still grieving and recovering from illnesses and parties and disappointments and life changing decisions and I'm flat worn out.  And I can't get my blog to look right either so ignore the ginormous photo, I'm working on it.

But,last week, my sweet mom-in-law turned 91.  Yep, 91.  So we went for a visit bearing gifts of course.  A spiffy new outfit and some new snazzy new shoes. 

(the picture of the shoes is still in some cellular phone black hole, so you'll just have to trust me, they are snazzy)

It was a good day.  She knew who had come to celebrate with her and that it was her birthday so we were excited when she immediately wanted to put the shoes on.  She couldn't really help, so I got down on the floor and pushed and tugged and slapped the bottom of her feet like I do my boys until both were on.  We laughed. 

Then, she wanted to go play Dale's music.  She asked me if I'd ever heard him sing before and proceeded to tell me how good he who she referred to as "that little booger" is.  (I had heard and I do know he's good but I played along)

I put in "Mommas Mix" for her and sat down on the squeaky bed, facing her.  As his music filled the room, she began to giggle. We talked about the familiar songs and her "Old Dog" a bit.  And as we did, I kept hearing a strange noise that I couldn't place.  I was enjoying her expressions and hadn't yet looked down, but when I did, I noticed it was the new shoes hitting against the floor - she was tappin' her feet.  In rhythm to the music as if she was dancing in her wheelchair.

I buried my head and watched her feet move.  She kept tappin' for about 10 minutes with her new little curved grin that melts your heart when she shares it.  I thought back to just a year ago when we danced in her living room on what would be the last night she would spend in her own home. 

It's been a difficult year of letting go of who she was and grabbing tight to memories and moments that we can keep- of who she is now. 

I'm not sure if it was her little booger, Dale's singing or the new shoes that put her in the toe tappin' mood.   But I was sure glad for the sweet sight of watching her tap those feet.

As the last song played I asked if I could take her picture, it being her 91st birthday and all it just seemed right. She agreed and asked me where she should sit. So cute since she was sitting in her wheelchair. 

I knelt down beside her and attempted a decent picture with my cell phone. 



She asked if it would be alright if she put her arm around me.  OF COURSE! As she slowly moved her hand to my shoulder she grabbed my hair and "fixed it" for me before resting her hand across my back.  Like being covered with a blanket on a cold day her embrace warmed me to my toes.  I miss that so much.

It was her birthday but she gave me the gift.  And with some help from the caregiver we even got a picture too. 

Iris and me, May 6, 2013
Happy 91st Birthday Iris. 
I heart you.
Happy Wednesday y'all!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

Honored and blessed that God is trusting and allowing me to be their mom.

Even when the special Mom days are some of the hardest!

Happy Mother's Day y'all!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Earning the title, US Marine.

some little boys play the game

and then grow up and make it real
In January, we tearfully said good-bye to my great nephew when he left for Parris Island and became Recruit Allen Brian, 1RTBN PLT 1028 Co C. 

Nearly 13 weeks to earn the title, US Marine.

We were honored and proud to witness the transformation and celebrate with him and hundreds of others at the Charlie and Papa Companies Family Week & Graduation, Parris Island. 

Here's a few of the pictures we took.

Where are they?

waiting for the Motivational Run to start
Whitney, Allie, Keith, Sally, Ashley, Shayne & me

Moto Run 7am 04.25.13-
 it would be several hours before we could hug and talk to him

running into the sunrise

and back around again

I think Ashley's expression says it all,  don't you?
waiting to be released for liberty- Family Day 04.25.13 
spotting the family after being released

one happy Dad

and Mom

and cousin/best friend

Shayne, Brian and me

Mom and Marine

enjoying liberty with family and his first Chick-Fil-A
in 13 weeks- we won't tell how many nuggets he ate

his barracks

more in the barracks

remembering where he first stood when taking
his place that first night on the famous yellow footprints

Whitney, Allie, Daniel, Brian, Jill & Keith

Graduation Day 04.26.13

Charlie Company Platoon 1028

Pass in Review

Retiring the Guidons

Brian and Ashley ready to go home

Private B.K. Allen Jr.

Semper Fi Private Allen!

- have I told you how proud we are of you? 

Happy Tuesday, y'all,

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