Sunday, August 31, 2014

A lesson to myself...

A lady about my age came into the tea room yesterday by herself. Claudia asked her if she would like to sit at the table right in front of the piano.  (They put that table-for-two there a few weeks ago, and I really do not much like it right there... but not enough to insist they move it.)
Anyway, this lady said it would be fine to sit there - right in front of me, while I played.

Her expression was very negative, though.  She looked almost mad.
And I thought, "This lady is not happy. Maybe she's not happy with me, and my tunes."


Well, I played anyway, every once in a while looking to see if her expression mellowed.
It did not.
She looked like a grouch, a complete grouch.

I played on.... everything from "San Antonio Rose" to "You Make Me Feel So Young" to FROZEN's "Let It Go".  (I thought that might help her.)
Then it was time for me to leave (2:00).
She was still there, so I said something like, "Well, I hope you could hear yourself think while sitting so close to the piano."

She immediately looked up at me sharply, as if surprised, and then she smiled the biggest smile.
She then said, "Oh, I loved it.  And I particularly liked your playing 'Don't Fence Me In'.  It made me think of my dear dad.  Thank you so much.   I've had the best time sitting here. Really, I've had the absolute best time."

Whoa.
I had so misread her.
And I thought, "Everything is not about me."
"And expressions can be so misleading."

And I went home feeling exuberant.

So I had to tell you about that.
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In closing here are some pictures I love from this past week ...



That's Uncle RyRy holding Nell in front of The Londoner Pub and Grill in Colleyville. 
We celebrated Will's 30th birthday there Wednesday night, Aug. 27.
It was a fun evening,
and inside it really felt like a pub in Great Britain.
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In closing, here's a quote I like...
"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important."  ~Janet Lane

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm embracing imperfection today/tonight.

In 1983 we came back from living in northern Brazil where we were in in the hottest, poorest state, Piaui, Brazil.
I can remember driving from DFW Airport to my parents' home near Canton and thinking that everywhere it looked like Disney World.   The manicured lawns of funeral homes, and even car dealerships were amazing.

And now we live in a neighborhood that for sure rivals Disney's landscapes... well, except our lawn.

Here is one of our bushes - 
I keep thinking I'll let our yaupon hollies grow out naturally - but then I succumb to peer pressure (that is inside my head) and I get them trimmed. Well, next week they might be trimmed. ... Or not.



And here are our flowers ... 

They are a disgrace.
But when I drive by them, I kind of get a sense of satisfaction.... 
that they announce, "Perfectionists don't live here!!"

I think Americans have a problem...
Well, Texans, anyway.

We have fake nails, and waxed (or threaded) eyebrows, and color-coordinated everything.
 It gets ridiculous.
And I fall prey to its seduction.

But I'm going to quit.
Cease and desist.

I'm going to relax in my... myself.

I'm going to let myself GO.

And live in GRACE.

Galatians 5:1 says,
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I am going to relax.

I am going to live in freedom.

Christianity is not about bondage, as some folks think.
It is about freedom... and grace.... and eternal life.

WHAT A RELIEF.
WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF IT IS TO TAKE THE BIBLE AS GOD'S WORD.

READ THE BOOK OF JOHN (the 4th book in the New Testament).

Christianity is about FREEDOM.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Is that not about freedom?
It IS about freedom.
I am all about freedom.
NOT slavery
and oughts and shoulds
and should-haves and ought-haves.

I so think we ought to re-listen
to Jesus
and his words.

And live in grace.

Mm.



 







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Look who is 30!!!!!

It's my son.... my first-born.... WILL!!!!

Here are some pics that I love... 
(I clearly like pictures of him and me, together.)

And him with his Grandmother...
Now look at the above picture...
... and now look at him with his daughter, Nell...
I think daughter looks like daddy!!!

And speaking of Nell.... 
here's Will with Nell....
That's Nell Coffey, Will's cousin,
who was like a dear aunt to Sam through the years.
(And there she was, holding little Will.)

And here is Will holding his own little Nell...

I really like those pictures of Nell with Will, and Will with Nell.

And I really like this picture, too...
That was Easter Sunday. (I love that family.)


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So today is Will's BIG DAY!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!!!


WELCOME TO 30!!!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday is Terrific...

Well, because Monday was Marvelous...

Little Nell played with cousin Anna...

and Nell was a delight....

Yesterday was our first official day as me being Nell's official babysitter
(for three days a week).

Well, I'd taken care of her before.... but this was official.....OFFICIAL... with diapers, and wipes, and formula, and food, and extra clothes.... and a pack-n-play in the guest room for her naps.

So I'm a GRAMMY.... with duties...and lovin'.... and well, LIFE IS SWEET!!!   SWEET!!!

It's like a whole new phase of life.
YES, A WHOLE NEW PHASE OF LIFE.
A WHOLE NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE!

So my self-identify is changing.

AND I AM LIKING IT.

LOVING IT.
EMBRACING IT!

AND I AM READY FOR ANNA TO COME HELP ANYTIME. 

ANNA.... WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE???

Well, I - me - Nancy/Grammy- am available...
and I love it (being available).

In closing, here are some quotes I like... 

Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck
 
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring. ~Liz Armbruster

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.

~Angela Schwindt
 



I like those quotes.

If you didn't really read them...
GO BACK AND READ THEM!!!
 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Andrew is Awesome...

... and he's ready for kindergarten!

So is his hair!

Well, he, himself, is way beyond ready for kindergarten...
(well, except for the fun and the friends, and peewee football): 
... he can already write!

He sent me a 'thank you' card....
... that he wrote!

That's good on so many levels...
1. He can write - legibly. 
2. He writes 'thank you' notes! 
 3... which means he's polite, because...
4... he has a good mother who trains him well. 

Oh, and did you know that he not only wrote his great grandmother (my mom) a thank you note,
he also called her on the phone to thank her for his birthday gift!

I know: that puts most of us (well, me, anyway) to shame. 

Lost - to many of us - is the art of writing notes.
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In closing...
... here is a great quote by Andrew that his mom put on Facebook last week...
"What?! We're going to Sonic? This is the best day of my life!
Well... Except when I get to go to Heaven.
THAT will be the best day. But until then, this is the best day.
Well... Actually I have a few best days, but this totally is one of them." 
Then Elizabeth wrote, "My Andrew- love his heart."

Oh my, I love his heart, too.


And tomorrow he starts kindergarten!!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'm ready...

... and excited!!
Of course.

Nell and I will bond.
Mm.

And she will be safe....
with door-fences, and safety plug-things,
and cabinets that have safety latches...

Yes, all things safe.

But it could still happen...












A boo boo!!





Ah, but we will have cuddles, and laughing, and singing, and fun.... and naps, of course.

And I wanted it!
I asked if I could be the one ... to do this!

Starting Monday, August 25, I get to have her three days a week - for about 5 hours a day!
(This is while her mother teaches college level English to high school seniors.)

So Nell and I will get close.
Mm.

I got a book from my dear friend/sister-type, Peggy Johnson...
That is the expression on my face!
(The lady in the middle's face)

And I got this book (that I picked out) from my daughter...
It's actually quite a thick book.
I love it.


Ah, but Nell has started picking out her own books...
... She picked THE HOBBIT!!! 


Well, she's a Carmack.
That translates into SMART.


I'll close with some quotes I like....


Grandmas don't just say "that's nice" --
they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile.
You get your money's worth out of grandmas.
-- Author unknown


My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!
-- Author unknown


Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. 
One moment you're just a mother.  
The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.
-- Pam Brown


!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Whimsy ...

Most of this 'whimsy' is from LONESTAR ANTIQUES (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX), but much of it is not...

Well, this first picture was taken in the parking lot of LONESTAR...


This next picture was taken in the LONESTAR tea room...
Those are not flowers in those pots.
They're little cupcakes...that were going to be served at a bridal shower in the party area.
I got to watch two dear ladies put them together...
so I had to take a picture.


This next picture is of a book I bought myself in a cute little Florida book store...
(I might have to blog about just that book someday.)


Here's some whimsy I found in Irving, TX....
That's a chair, and a little cart from Costa Rica... 
and some yellow flowers from Colorado, I think.
They're on the porch of the home of Susan and Keith Prather.
I'm pretty sure Susan's mother herself got the furniture in Costa Rica,
while on a mission trip.

She went all over the world on mission trips.

Here's Susan with that precious mother (who sadly died suddenly in April)...
That's a 'grainy' picture because I got it from Facebook, and it was really small there.





Susan's birthday was Sunday... and she posted that great picture on FB,
in honor (memory) of her mother.

Susan wrote this as a caption ... 
First bday w/out my mom. she would always call and sing and then say, "___ years ago today i was thinking my daughter was born." (or something along those lines.) i miss her so much sometimes. i am so glad that i will see her again someday, but still selfishly want her here.

What a wonderful mother she was...
with a wonderful daughter...
... who needs to take as long as she needs to grieve and grieve...
and grieve.

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Here's some more whimsy from the Prather house...
That's a garden totem Susan made.

Here's another....
Can you see the kitten?

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I'll close with a few pictures from some LONESTAR booths



And finally this cute mug...


Happy Wednesday!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yes, I can be friendly and outgoing, BUT....

... I can be very INTROVERT-ISH.

"Introvert" does NOT particularly mean SHY, by the way.

Click HERE for one definition of INTROVERT as opposed to EXTRAVERT (yes, with an 'a') (from The Myers & Briggs Foundation).

Just this morning I found this 'MAP OF THE INTROVERT'S HEART'....
and I LOVE IT!!!.....
Do YOU like it?
I'd be curious to know.
(in a comment)



I will end this post with a snippet from my Peggy-book (that I so need to finish).

This shows how twins can be different - with regards to the topic I'm treating today.....

Finally our senior year we decided to room together, just because it was our last year and we knew it might be the last time we’d get to lie in bed at night rehashing the day with each other. 
Most of our friends were wanting to live in apartments, but Peggy and I liked dorm life, well especially since we didn’t have a car, but also we just liked dorm life.  So we signed up to live in Memorial, the prestigious junior/senior dorm.   We had to write down our preferences on where we wanted to live in the dorm.  This decision of where to live really showed our differences.  Peggy wanted to live smack dab in the middle of the floor, right across from the stairs and the elevator, and next to the vending machines.  She said that way we’d see everybody coming and going, as we’d have our door always open.  
There was no way I wanted to live like that.  I wanted to live at the very end of the hall, with our door always closed. 
We thought about compromising and saying we wanted to live somewhere in the middle, but somehow we decided that no, let’s go for either/or.  I think it was a coin toss that I won.  Our primary request was to live at the end of the hall, and our secondary was to live by the stairway and vending machines    Fortunately our (my) first request was granted!!   And as usual, my bed was snug by the wall, and hers was in the middle of the room. 
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That's it for today.

Now I'm going to go have some more solitude.


(Isn't that a great picture?)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Precious Penny....

There have been a lot of hard times lately - for lots of folks that I know.
It seems everyday this week I have heard some bad news.

And then there's the world - and it's a world of bad news.

But there is goodness, too.
And hope.
And comfort.

And there's Precious Penny....


She's is having to wear hats and caps lately....
... for reasons you probably can figure out.

(My twin wore wigs, but they always made her head hot,
so I'm thinking caps and hats would have been preferable.)


Anyway, precious Penny is 'fighting' cancer.

AND she's taking care of her elderly mom in east Texas....
Penny put this on FB.  It's Penny's mom meeting her great-grandson.



Plus Penny is MOM to her granddaughter...

Plus Penny is promoting some good stuff on FB.....


Oh, did I tell you that Penny and her family
were some of the first members of Bear Valley Community Church in 1992?

And she eventually became the drama director there...
besides working with the youth, 
and just being an integral part of the church, period.

We do love Penny Holmes....
for so many reasons.

Pray for her, okay?
That her cancer would FLEE!

And read this post Penny put on Facebook August 8th- from Lysa TerKeurst...


Dear Lord, I am so grateful that You are bigger than my fears.
You are bigger than the anxious feelings that won't seem to subside.
You are with me (Isaiah 41:10.)
You are all-knowing and all-powerful.
Because I know all of this to be true, I will trust You and Your perfect plan.
I make the choice right now to reject the paralyzing feeling of fear
so I can walk confidently in the truth of Your assurance.
Calm my thoughts, Father,
and give me Your peace in this moment.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.



I'm glad I got to share Penny with you, if you don't know her.

And if you do know her,
you know she's precious.


And she needs our prayers.


Thank you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life is sweet... but sometimes very sad.

I had written this blog post with just the title "Life is sweet" ...
and then I found out about dear Robin Williams and his apparent suicide. 
How very tragic.
One movie I just loved him in is GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM.  
I'd even listed it as one of my favorite movies (of all time) in my blog profile. 

As I read about him this morning,
I found that many of his friends and fellow actors
called him a very sweet and kind man.

I believe that.

R.I.P Robin Williams.
 
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But now we will switch gears,
and I will go on with my 'Life is sweet' post.

It IS sweet...
... with Nell-Belle and Bear...


... but I'm not ready for her to stand up yet....
That means she'll take off walking soon.
(I'm not ready.)

I got to babysit her Saturday night.
Her parents went to an Indian restaurant...
and let me see their food....
Bailey texted me that picture.
Speaking of Bailey, here she is before they ate...
I like how the light comes through the blinds on to her beautiful face.

Here's her husband earlier in the week helping Andrew and his siblings set up his birthday gift from Sam and me.  I thought it was a Lego set.... but it was a different brand.  ...
But Andrew was a dear; when he opened the present he said, "Awesome!" 
'Course I had to hug him.

Then we ate our taco supper.

Afterwards Caroline wanted to go upstairs and lie on the Murphy bed...
She had remembered her second cousins had slept on it last summer,
at our J. Earl White reunion.

So we went upstairs and got the bed out.

Anna was saying (yelling), "This is my favorite-ist bed ever - in the whole world!"

Then Anna wanted to help Uncle Sam put it back up.

I'm thinking I might have to have them come sleep on it someday/night.
:)

Now that would be sweet fun.


In closing, here's a quote I like...