Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Road Trip!

The day following the service in Franklin...my mom, dad, Uncle, Mark, Jeff, Claude, myself and Ellison loaded up and headed to Blacksburg, VA. Elic and Connor stayed behind...to be honest we all agreed that an 8+ hour road trip was not in the best interest of a 15 month old. As much as I missed my boys I truly enjoyed having some time with Ellison. Even though the circumstances for going on this trip were not for fun purposes we still had some times that were enjoyable and memorable.

The other thing I want to say is my daughter is AMAZING! During the long drive there and back, meeting lots of people she didn't know, sitting through the visitation/service/reception, getting in and out of the car, waiting in the car, having NO NAPS, going to bed past 8pm EVERY night...Ellison not once fussed, threw a fit or had to be punished because of bad behavior. She was an ANGEL the whole trip...I am so blessed!

 The only thing I can say about this picture is what would we do without Uncle GoGo!
 Starting to get silly while waiting in the car...
 Uncle and niece
 Our little room service girl...
 Jumping on the bed!
 Never a dull moment when Jeff is around...
 At Virginia Tech!
 Me and my sweet girl
 Ellison and her Claude
 We love Googie!
 While in Virginia we celebrated my Uncle's (Googie) birthday!
So thankful we were all together to celebrate...
 Having a little partay in the hotel room...
 These two are inseparable when together :)
 Ellison with her GJ and Poppy
 I mean could they be any cuter? Ellison loves Claude and we are so thankful to have him apart of our family!
 Mommy, Ellison and GJ!
 LOVE
 Ellison and her GREAT Uncles! They are the best!
 Ellison trying out her first Shirley Temple
 It was a hit!
Brother/Sister love...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Family

 For Nan...there was a service held in both Franklin, TN and in Blacksburg, VA. The whole experience and week was truly bittersweet given the circumstances with losing a loved one but also reuniting with family and friends that we have not seen in years. Nan had so many people that loved her and joined us in celebrating her life! For that we are all thankful...






Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nan

I have been MIA...I have lost someone so dear to me and to my family. My Nan passed away on Friday, February 17th. I still cannot believe she is gone. There was a beautiful service held here in Franklin then I traveled with my family to Blacksburg, VA for another service and her burial. 

My heart aches because I miss her so much and it aches for my family. I ask for prayers for my family, most important for her son (Ed) her daughter (Jaci) and her dear husband (Claude whom I am SO incredibly thankful for...we are blessed to have him in our family!). 

Here are the words that I spoke at her service...they are words from my heart. 
 
1 Corinthians 8-13
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Nan loved so many things…we all know she had a love for shopping, she had a love for the fun in the sun, she had a love for providing for others but the biggest thing she had love for was all of us in this room. For her friends and for her family. She was never shy about using the words “I love you.”

A few days before Nan passed my husband and I went to visit her. Connor and I spoke sweet words to Nan, holding her hand, I stroked her hair and gave her kisses and reminders of how much we all love her but also how much I love her. Before we left the caregiver that was with her looked at us and said “I know I don’t know you all very well and I have not known your grandmother for a long time but I have watched people come in and out of here (friends, family even the nursing & medical staff) and I have never felt or seen so much love shared with someone like it is shared with your grandmother.” Before Connor and I left her I leaned close to Nan to kiss her one more time and I whispered in her ear “I love you so much,” at that moment she squeezed my hand opened her beautiful blue eyes, looked at me and clear as can be said “I love you too Linds.” Those were the last words she shared with me and I will forever cherish that moment.

Over the past few days my family and I have spent time remembering Nan, sharing stories about her and memories. We have looked at pictures from many years ago to recent ones. In every single photo even with some of the last few taken her smile is beaming and reflects only pure love and pure happiness. We all knew Nan’s time on this precious earth was coming to a close. I am forever grateful for the long lasting memories that I have shared with her over the past 30 years. She was there for my high school graduation, for my college graduation, she watched me fall in love, she watched me become a mother, she met both of her great grandchildren who adore her more than she will ever know. I am so blessed she was here for all of those moments.

I have endless tears for my Nan...but mainly my tears are joy. Joy that she is not hurting anymore, joy that her body is healed and renewed, joy that she has been reunited with family and friends, joy that she was a believer in Jesus Christ and she is with him now.
She was blessed but the greatest and most joyful thing is she was so loved.

I love you Nan...I miss you.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So behind...Valentine's Day

I think what I am going to do is just post pictures from Valentine's Day (because besides that I really have not taken many photos). I am going to try my best to be better at blogging...

 These two are quite the pair lately...Elic is starting to finally WALK! He is the cutest thing ever when he does it and is SO proud of himself. It only took 15 1/2 months (unlike his sissy who was doing it at 11 months :) Soon he will be out running her I just know it. These 2 loves makes me smile every day. They are playing more together, picking on each other more, loving on each other and the sweetest thing are their giggles of joy when being together!
 Ellison's Valentines for her class party...she stuffed the bags with goodies and I did the butterfly part, it was a team effort!
 Ellison and her sweet friend Lucy!
 Audrey, Ellison and Lucy at school
 Lucy, Ellison and Hattie enjoying some Valentine goodies!
 The two sweetest Valentine's a mommy could ask for!
 My girl :)
 My wild man!
 Ellison and her buddy Molly at school...
 This year we celebrated Valentine's Day early by attending a Valentine party some friends of ours had. We clean up quite nice!
 Daddy gave Ellison a rose for Valentine's Day
 Ellison with mommy and her goodies...a rose, pink skirt and Pinkalicious!
One Happy and Messy Bubby on Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Prayers and Peace

I know I am behind on blogging again...but right now I ask for prayers and peace. My dearest grandmother (Nan-my mom's mother) is not doing well. She is battling several illnesses one being a rare type of Alzheimer's. This awful disease has over taken the body and mind of someone that has never missed a day being full of spirit, strength, love, energy, appreciation and faith. It takes my breath away to see her in the state she is and how quickly she has digressed.
I am so thankful that I have had the honor of spending unforgettable time and memories with her over the last 30 years. I am blessed and so incredibly appreciative that she has met 2 of her great grandchildren be brought into this precious world and start to grow into their booming personalities.
It is a matter of time, we aren't sure how much but it is getting close...very close. So right now I just ask for prayer......and peace.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Play dates, family dates, daddy & daughter dates...

We are already nearing the end of another weekend! Time is just a flying us by...we had a good week at school. We had Claude (my grandfather) over for dinner one night, we played with friends at the park on Friday (this weather has been amazing for January/February), Connor and Ellison went out on a date Friday night to dinner and to Sweet CeCe's...Ellison was SO excited. Yesterday we did some house stuff, ate lunch with GJ then yesterday evening we headed to Columbia to eat dinner with Granddaddy and Jen Mama. Today we are going to church then Connor and his buddy Chris are FINISHING our bathroom!!! Tonight we have a Super Bowl Party we are going to. We have a busy week ahead with school and some evening activities. Before we know it March will be here and Ellison will be turning 4 years old! Here are a couple photos from this week...

 Just playing at home...
 Elic...my sweet boy! Goodness I love him but he is a HAND FULL! Nothing like his sister. He keeps me busy and moving non-stop til bedtime :)
Ellison on her date with daddy :) I LOVE that Connor has a daughter to share these special moments with.