Sunday, October 30, 2011

A year ago today...

My son Will married beautiful Bailey Jo...

Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Early yesterday evening....

... one of these beautiful ladies...
(From left, that's Laura's Grandmother-in-law, Gay; Laura's Grandmother Margaret (my mother); Laura herself (my daughter); and Laura's other Grandmother-in-law, Viola.)

...transformed herself into .....
Count Dracula's wife!!!!

Here she is (again) normally...

(That's Mother in the middle, with her my dad's sister, Helen, on the left, and me, on the right.)

And here Mother is with her good friend, Billie...

Ah, but yesterday evening here she was.....

I knew you'd be amazed!!!!

You can see why I just had to take her picture!!!

(I was going to go with her to the costume party at Parkwood, but have been under the weather.
Ah, but not under the weather enough to spare you .... from that AMAZING TRANSFORMATION!!!)

(Note to self: go get a costume!)

oh, and

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This and That Thursday

I know. I'm getting carried away with the days-of-the-week letters.

But today IS Thursday, and well, instead of this post being called'Thingamajig Thursday,' I'll call it what I did.

First of all, my beautiful (inside and out) niece (that's her in the picture on the right) was the guest blogger today at a wonderful site, Austin Moms' Blog. (Elizabeth doesn't live in Austin, but they wanted her to post this post.) It's VERY good. Click here to read it. (Some of you have already read it from my (or her) link on Facebook - thanks. And thanks for your comments there!)

As you may know Elizabeth's mother was my identical twin. That means Elizabeth and I are very close. But then, I think we'd be close if her mother was my long lost cousin-once-removed.
Elizabeth and I are very much alike.... but oh my, is she like her mother!
Peggy was always making things.... both in the kitchen ... and at the sewing machine.
Me? I've not done much of that. Sad to say.
(In every other way, Elizabeth and I are alike, I would say.)

I'll leave you today with some pictures I took last week of my twin's grandchildren...
(Don't ask me what they were playing... I just thought they looked great playing it.) (And I just love their backyard.)

That was Anna's very first time to explore for herself the toy drawer at our house!!
Don't forget to vote on my poll (upper right, totally anonymous).

...tomorrow's post will AMAZE you!!!!
Maybe even SCARE you!!!!
... And from the most UNEXPECTED source!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday

"Let a person's inner being be fortified with a faith in God and all his creative powers are quickened, his marching strength is heightened and his grip on everyday things is immensely increased. It is as though he had tapped a hidden reservoir of power."
- Rufus Jones

"Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy."
- D. L. Moody

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Treasure Tuesday...

Laura gave me this beautiful plate a few years ago. She got it at Epcot Center in the Japanese Expo. It's about 6 inches in diameter - and perfect for the little table in our entryway. (She knows I love birds.)

This next picture shows the unique lamp Will gave me a few years ago...
I hope he won't mind me telling you where he got it: TARGET!!! (I had to know, and he told me.)

This next picture is of a little bowl I use to hold my keys....
Laura made it for me a few years ago. I love it.

This next is a treasure that is not mine... I just get to show it off...
That's my mother's doll from her childhood. Mother had it 'redone' so it would look like it did when she got it ... which was more than just a few years ago.
The doll is standing on a little chair my Granddaddy Andy made for me when I was a little girl, which was more than just a few years ago. (Ha.)
If you haven't voted in my recent poll, please do.
I know my polls don't change the world, but they make me smile (when I see votes).
(And I'm usually surprised at what wins.)
(You think you know people.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Slow Down.

I tend to rush through life, always hurrying on to the next thing.

When you're with a 4 1/2 year old, and a 3 year old, and an 11 month old, well, you have to slow down.... and see the little acorn on the sidewalk. Even though there are thousands (millions?) of acorns, there is that one - that catches her attention.
And she has to give it to her mommy.

And there are the little flowers. Tiny flowers you can hardly see with the naked eye. They make great gifts, too.

And there is the texture of the cloth I use to clean my glasses. I hadn't appreciated it... until I was made aware of it by little Caroline and Andrew. They enjoyed taking the time to feel it.
And so now I really feel it.

And little Anna noticed the little gum wrapper on the floor.
There is a lot you can do with a gum wrapper: wave it around, fold it and unfold it, crunch it, straighten it out, hand it to your great aunt, then let her give it back, then hand it again, smiling all the while.

Oh my.

This past week I have noticed the little things - as I haven't noticed them in, well, years and years.

But they are out there: the leaves and the rocks... and the acorns and the chewing gum wrappers.

I'm thankful that I'm back noticing them. :)

Life is good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Treasure Tuesday...

These are LIVE treasures today!
(Well, except for one picture.)

And here is a quote I really like...
"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."~Stacia Tauscher

Friday, October 14, 2011

The house is quiet...

... which is a pretty big deal around here.

I'm not at my house... but at the house that's usually filled with children's laughter - or sometimes (not often) crying.
And maybe the movie, THE LION KING, is on.
Or maybe "Dora, the Explorer".
(Andrew particularly likes "Diego".)

This morning I watched THE LION KING twice.
I just couldn't resist.

Here's a picture I like taken a while back...
That little girl is going to be one year old soon.
They just grow up too fast, don't they?
(I've held her a lot today... and she's been smiling all the while.)
I have taken other pictures, but I can't download them - or upload them yet.
I'll load them soon.

On a different note, Click HERE to read about a book Rob Carmack wrote - with Doug Walker. It's about adoption... and more.
And click HERE to hear Doug being interviewed on the radio this week (FM 89.7)
You will NOT be disappointed if you go to those sites - and find out what a wonderful thing our nephew Rob has been doing, and Doug, too. (Well, besides everything else they've been doing.)
Have a great weekend.
A new poll is up for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Whimsy...

... from LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)
(We're having a big SALE!!!)

Come shop --- and eat in the tea room!
(That's not the tea room.)

(Unfortunately I won't be playing much in the tea room the next 2 weeks, as I am helping take care of some sweet kiddos whose mother has just had surgery....)
(The mother is the mother in this picture.)
(Thanks for praying for her - for a speedy recovery. And for me, that I will keep them alive and well!)
(I love them!)

Here's who you need to know...

My nephew-in-law ... he is the amazing John Huffman. And he is running for Mayor of Southlake, TX!!    John is married to my dear twin Pegg...