Second card for my brother's son and daughter in law. Her grandmother passed away this week.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Second card for my brother's son and daughter in law. Her grandmother passed away this week.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
anyway--- look at this http:/thepioneerwoman.com/confessions/ for today's date... I love the PW (Ree). She manages so well..... I want to live on a farm (but I would have to be a vegetarian--just saying I'm squeamish) and have a Charlie in my life (my Father in law Charlie) does not count. I do have a Mo and Maggie who are blessings though.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
- Tina-- she is alone this weekend, her job is getting her down . She is still grief stricken from her daughter's death and the physical consequences of her major surgery just before . She is... Broken. I think she has taken all she can take. Her faith is strong--I just don't know how she can go on. Tears.
- Sharon--just newly married and should be sooooo happy. Her medical conditions make her life so hard . Her children take advantage of her situation (in the past). Job stress and the need to continue to work. She has a great faith--she trusts in God and still the physical and mental aspects of her disease process is getting to her.
- Maggie-- job woes, grown up children and a husband. Her son nearly died in a swimming accident last fall and I know that still haunts her. She is also dealing with the other three friends that are in need of prayer. Maggie and I are both friends with each of the other.It is so difficult to watch friends fall apart and not be able to do anything to help them in their suffering.
- Gary--my sweet ,sweet friend. His struggles are of a lost relationship and lost love. He also has physical problems resulting from a freakish accident last Christmas, and new diagnosis of a chronic illness. He now has so much financial responsibility and is not able to work due to both physical and mental wounds. He is struggling also with physical, mental and financial aspects of his new life.
My dear,dear friends--and I--are "standing in the need of prayer" (that is a song). I am listening to many hours of praise and worship songs every day. Now that my job is changed I have more time to plug into the iPod and try to remember the power of prayers and love
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
New graduate and grandfather
Commissary in Germantown
well, she did it again--another graduation! This milestone was reached on May 8, 2010 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. She is now a graduate from the University of Memphis. What did she graduate with this time??
Master of Arts concentration in History and a Certificate in Museum Studies.
Now she is off on another Grand Adventure. She is now a Ph.D. candidate at Middle Tennessee State University.
we are busting our buttons--such proud parents of a great daughter
Muse be the time for changing addresses-- Katie moved and this last week my brother and his family moved as well. My brother is actually about 1/2 hour closer to me---only 4 hours now I think.
Tina (my friend from work) has returned to work part time. She is having a lot of pain still--only more now in her heels, neck and migraines. She is under so much stress that is so hard for her body. Yesterday was 3 months since Ginny was taken on to heaven. I still think this is something most of us cant realize how much this changed her life. My thoughts since Ginnys death is that if Tina gets out of bed and continues to breath...well she is doing well if she does that every day.
this last weekend, Katie came home for a little visit and to pick up our grandkitten, Frances, and take her to her new home. I am surprised--- we are all missing "Francie" she is such a good little kitty. I miss her sitting her her "cube" made out of rip stop nylon and "bushwhacking" us as we walk buy...and that proves true for the other cats and dogs too. she is a equal opportunity "bushwhacker" LOL
my friend Jennifer had surgery this morning, I am praying this will help her chronic pain. She is a young woman (early early 30's) and has been terribly impacted by the pain caused by Interstitial Cystits. She has soooo much pain that is not helped by any of the treatments so far. She is ready to move on and get engaged, married and have a family.
it is getting darker earlier and staying darker later in the morning so I am getting all mixed up.... here it is almost 2am and i am still awake... not been to sleep at all yet and i have to be up and at 'em at 6 am. i guess i better go try to sleep again.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
With all the pain I have seen this week I appreciate just what I have. I had this whole blog-post composed in my head early today and now my brain has abandoned me. I wanted to express my deep love of family and friends. I am so blessed by the people around me that truly care for me. my husband, my daughter, my brother, so many friends, all the in-laws and my co-workers.
This post is not going as I planned..I wanted it to be positive and uplifting --somehow it is all wrong---posting it anyway---maybe i am just confused or tired or something
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Yesterday at 5:30 a.m. Tina's only child, Ginny, was killed in a one car accident. Ginny was 20 years old and had soooo much to look forward to. She was going back to ETSU this fall, she finally knew she wanted to go back to school, she wanted to succeed, she had SO much life ahead of her.
Maggie (another Bestie from work) and I spent a good part of the day with Tina and her family---Tina comes from a large close family. When we arrived at Tina's Mom's house there were a large number of people there family members, church members, and friends and neighbors . It made me remember what it was like to live in a rural area in the south---as soon as bad news gets out(and that "telegraph" is fast) people start coming to see what they can do and bringing food, drinks etc. (Maggie said there could not be one case of cokes or little Debbie cakes left in Scott County) But that is what we do in the old south-- we try to feed you at every opportunity.
we all knew there was really nothing we could do for Tina, Billy, Ginny's dad, Joan (grandma) or the rest of the family---so we were just there for them. At one point in the afternoon there must have been nearly 50 people there. I only knew 4 people (including Maggie) but we all grieved with the family. The heartbreak was palpable there on the porch... the sobbing which was renewed with each new arrival...oh the need to do SOMETHING,anything to help Somehow.. Anything!!
we stayed until late in the afternoon to come home to mourn some more and to leave the family to mourn alone...
Today Tina had to go to the funeral home and pick out a casket for her baby girl--her "terrible" two year old--the child that she loved so much.. the little tween who life was so hard for...the girl that had so much potential..who was growing up to be a productive adult person with a lot going for her. And she had met a nice young man--who made her happy--who treated her with respect-- who even spent money on her--who was smitten. Tina said she looked so forward to Ginny getting married and having children (as she knew Ginny wanted a "house full" of children) and someday of Tina and Billy being grandparents.
This is something that no one should have to go through... I covet your prayers for Tina from anyone who reads this. Tomorrow Tina and family and friends face a visitation and funeral for a 20 year old woman who had it all to live--who was a daughter, granddaughter,friend and playmate to Orick
Monday, April 5, 2010
good news coming is that our lovely daughter is getting ready to graduate with her master's in history and ---dahhh dahhh dummm-- has been offered and accepted the opportunity to get her Ph.D with a full ride.
She is a lovely young woman that i am sooooo proud of. I cant believe that that cranky teen has become a lovely young woman. i think she is someone to be proud of --she has accomplished much-- she moved to a college town where she really had no one to depend on 2 1/2 hrs away from home which is a small rural town. Then after she got her Bachelor's degree (in 4 yrs), she moved another 3 1/2 hrs away to a large city (one of the largest in the south)for another 2 yrs.
now she is getting prepared to move the same 3 1/2 hrs back to the first college town she lived in and is working on her Ph.D........
yes, it has been a rough time for the entire family- - -we have missed so many things in her life--she is the only woman/child we will ever have--we are not living in the same time zone-- it is sad--- we may NEVER live in the same time zone as our daughter...
OK 'nuff said because that is just too sad
in the great computer crashes i lost most of the pictures i had taken in the last 6 months.... ok-- wait that is sad too.... I guess i will just do myself in and start working on the IRS reports that have to be in the 15th... I think this is the latest i have ever waited to do our taxes- - - - maybe. another.symptom.of. my self. . . . .
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This weekend we were supposed to go to Memphis to see the daughter--Wednesday I started having trouble with my right eye. Painful enough to keep me awake at night. Friday Mr S took the dogs to the kennel and i made a appointment with the opthamologist..... we still had hopes of going to Memphis and getting there later. Sylvia's (Dr) words broke my heart.. "no, you are not going to Memphis this weekend!" me--"but my car is all ready--we are on our way" Sylvia---'nope-- you are maybe contagious--back home you go" So Instead of going to Memphis I have spent the weekend in bed with my ipod--but I am better and am going to work tomorrow..... save that day off for when i really can go to Memphis.
Watching lots of TV (I know!) and the Winter Olympics--they have had snow trouble--not enough.. we have had snow trouble too--way a lot. Very unusual for us-- i will try to post some pics. they are safe still on the camera
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Now, he has been to rehab, he has been home for a while, he has had another hip replacement, he has been to rehab again and is now home again. I miss him a lot. I miss being with him on his birthday.
My big brother is nearly 8 years older than me (3 months less 8 years to be exact). He has always been my protector and my friend. He is a part of the foundation that makes me who I am. He has been with me through the good times and the bad times (even the terrible horrible bad times) and the joyous times.
I am so thankful for his better health. I am thankful for his lovely helpmeet Susie. I am so thankful she loves him and he loves her. I am thankful for their happiness and their family.
I miss being with him on his birthday
Saturday, January 9, 2010
on another note: Mr S and I got our Christmas gift to each other today