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Thoughts on 2020

I kind of think that most everyone will be reviewing this year in their minds, with family, and with friends, "Never thought we would see a year like we did this year."  Will we even notice when 2021 rings in a new year?  Or will we ring in 2021 with hopes that life will balance out and the virus will be only a memory? I feel like the year has just been one blur of events.  It seems like yesterday our youngest grand was born, but she will be one in February.  Our youngest just turned sixteen...seems like she was just four years old just a few days ago!  Dad will soon be gone 5 months, and Mom has been gone just nine years.  Birthday parties became birthday parades, visiting family became a drive by visit.  We saw some family on a day to day basis....because you cannot babysit and social distance.   As the year comes to a close and a new year draws near, one thing has remained the same....God.  He is still on His throne, not surprised by any of the events that have taken place
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Anniversary #37

Thirty-seven years ago today I said, "I do!", and today I still "I do!"!  The years have been blessed with 14 children, 6 in-loves, and 13 grandchildren.  Not a day has gone by that has been a perfect day.  There is always some hic-cup or bump in the road, but we manage.   Marriage is work.  It is hard work.  But it is worth every bit of it.   This picture was taken at our surprise anniversary party last year.  M y daddy is sitting between Hubby and me.  I cried when I saw him sitting at the table.  He NEVER wanted to go out ANYWHERE!  But he came for ME!!!  One daughter was suppose to be at college in South Carolina...she made a trip home to celebrate us!  ( I notice that today I have on the same shirt as last year!!!!...if I knew we were going to be celebrated I sure would NOT have worn that!  But I guess that is how it goes with surprises!) Anniversary card I made for Hubby today. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SWEETHEART!  I LOVE YOU!     

I am still here! last post was in December of my life has changed.  I honestly went to my blog to see if I could still access it.  I was very surprised that I could!  My dad died on 31 July 2020.  He made a very rapid decline at the beginning of July.  He was declining in health all along, but July 1 was a major turn for him.  He died 17 days after his 91st birthday.  This is him on his 91st birthday.  He was born on flag day, June 14, 1929.  He was so proud to be born on flag day.  My family gathered outside of his home in the afternoon to sing happy birthday to him.    He did not remember everyone who was there, but kept telling me that "Those people must really like me and think I am special."  He talked about it for days!  He was so tired by the time we left, but it was a very good day for him.  It was a good day for all of us. My heart is so grieved.  I know my dad is in heaven with my mom.  I know I will see them both again.  But I hurt.  Sometimes I don't th

Witnessing a Precious Moment

It has been a long while since I have even thought about blogging.  My days are filled with caring for my elderly father.  Really it is not a lot of hands on other than meals, coffee, and seeing to his well-being.   We were told late summer he was in the early stages of dementia.  Things I chalked up to old age...he is 89...and being tired were really the early stages of dementia.  The person who "told" us was not the most compassionate person or told in a way that was too kind.  Not that she was being ugly...I think it is just her personality.  Nevertheless, it was somewhat of a shock.  Looking back I guess we may had thought it was a possibility, but now we know. One of our daughters lives with my dad.  Nice to know that we have someone who is there in the overnight hours.  I take the day and stay with him until my daughter comes home from work, or sister comes over.  He is declining.   Early this morning...about 4:30 am...I was reviewing the camera from the night and

A Busy Life

Wow!  I am so far behind in keeping up my blog!  So much has happened since my last post.  I have been keeping busy with family, ministry, and my hobby/ies! An elderly friend of mine needed some extra attention and help.  God has been so good to allow me to help her out and see to some of her needs. My father, 89, fell towards the end of July.  He was down about 3 hours before I found him.  We are very blessed he was not seriously hurt, but did require a hospital stay and some rehab.  Our second daughter has moved back to Indiana and is living with my father.  What a God-send!  We are so blessed that she was sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and moved home.  Although we had many safety measures in place for my father, it only takes one little misstep.  I am happy to say that he is much stronger than before!  We have added a few more safety measures and our hope and prayer is to keep him living as independent as possible for as long as possible.  We have a great support sy

Graduation 2018

Where has the time gone?  My best intentions did not fly!  I guess crocheting, card-making, and grandchildren...not to mention playing taxi driver for two of our off-spring has not helped!   So today, I come to start again.   This evening, Daughter #5, (child #11), graduates from high school.  I can not believe it!  Her plans are to major in Criminal Justice at Bob Jones University this fall! CONGRATULATIONS DAUGHTER! WE ARE SO PROUD OF  YOU!!!!!

Sad Turned Happy

Six years ago today my family's heart was broken by the death of my mother.  Today turned happy because Grandbaby number 11 was born!  Grandson W was born at 12:38 pm, weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces, and 22 1/2 inches long!  Daughter #1 and babe are doing well!!!!! (pictures will follow later once the parents have a chance to brag on their own!!!)