Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sydney in Bradford

Sydney Goes to Bradford

This weekend Norman and I took a trip to Bradford for Father's Day. It is always great to spend time with Meme and Papa. We were able to deliver the medals we had framed for Papa and I think he was pleased. Norman's cousin, Peggy, from Michigan was there visiting on Friday night. She comes each year and does deep cleaning for Meme, washes curtains, windows, cleans baseboards, etc. Thanks, Peggy for all of your hard work. Meme was doing well and everyone enjoyed watching Sydney. This was a first for Norman and I (to take Sydney on a road trip) Let me clearify that this was entirely Norman's idea and before we were through ATL he was comtemplating turning around. We did get stuck in a little Friday morning rush hour traffic. After about 45 mins. of fussing she went to sleep and the rest of the time she was GREAT! However, Norman decided to drive the rest of the way. You know how that goes, Ryan. We really enjoyed our visit and being grandparents. You should have seen Norman walking around Sonic with her. Thanks Sara and Ryan for allowing us to take her. It was so much fun. Enjoy the pics.

A Tribute to the man with the...

"W" What can I say about this man that I call my dad???? I am not sure that there is enough room on this blog so I will keep it simple...I love my daddy!

Throughout my life he has always been there to help me out,
His love for me I have no doubt.
He built it, fixed it,made it right,
He even took me floundering in the middle of the night.
With just two girls with which to begin,
His quiver multiplied again and again.
Each one has memories with which he made,
He taught them much from all his trades.
One of his specialties there's no mistake,
Is the camping trip to Deep Creek which we like to make.
He ties the tarps above our tents,
And then a cabin he does rent.
With a "W" all his things are labeled,
You'll find him playing Rook at the picnic table.
He gathers firewood from abandoned sites,
Then guards it carefully in the night.
No one can tie a knot like him,
Or loop a rope across a limb.
He's quite a amazing to us all,
And that's why we agree he is the best PaPa.

Thanks, Daddy for being not only a great dad but a great Papa, too!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lack of Patience

I think I am the most impatient person I know. I want everything done yesterday. The other morning I came across this verse and wanted to share it. It is from the Psalm 27:13-14(NASB) "I would have desparied unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord." I have seen the goodness of the Lord many, many times but when I am having to wait on an answer to my prayers so often I forget about the times when He has worked out every minute detail far, far greater than I could have ever imagined, much better than I could have worked it out for myself. It is not easy to WAIT!!! I don't know about you but I become discouraged, frustrated, and even angry. At times I want to just throw in the towel, give up, quit. Sometimes I begin to dibble dally around and try to work things out myself-thinking that Ican do this or that!!!! Sooner or later I come back to my senses and realize how true Psalm 126:3 is "The Lord has done great things for us." and today I am believing that HE will continue to do great things in my life and the lives of those I love so much in HIS perfect timing. Lord, help me believe this tomorrow!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Long Time No Blog

So much has happened since last I blogged. Graduation, Mother's Day, Baseball/Soccer Season, end of School, and a trip to the beach. I will not try to fill you in on all the details of these events but will only touch on the highlights. Sara and Samuel both graduated from college. What a proud moment for all! After perservering for 10 years of classes here and there, Sara completed her degree while being a wife and mother of four very active children. Samuel graduated with honors(only 1 B in all four years) and top business student in his class while maintaining a very successful soccer career. Mother's Day was wonderful with all the children here to help celebrate and another delicious meal prepared by Chef Ryan. I finished school on Thursday, the boys had their baseball trophy presentation on Saturday and Sara, the kids and I headed to sunny Florida to celebrate the end of school. The water and the beach were beautiful as always. We were blessed to be the trial guest at my sister's beach house which was fabulous! Thanks Ma, Papa and Auntie. We really had a wonderful time! We also got to take a boat ride on Jon's Sea Blaster and the boys got to go fishing with Judah on the Destin Princess. Thanks Jon and Judah. The kids enjoyed playing with their cousins who were able to play hookie on Tuesday. We finished our week visiting with Ma, Papa, Aunt Sarah, Cheri, Jim and Ethan. We returned to Summer's on Friday where I was able to work with Luke on some paper work. We had a delicious meal at the Japanese place close to Summer's. I then got to spend some time with the girls shopping and yard saling the next day. To top off the day we all (Luke, Summer and Sara and I) ate at my favorite place, Marlow's. Missed Samuel being with us but it won't be long before he will be back home. Sounds like he is having a great time in some Portugal fishing villages. Looks like the summer will be a busy one as usual. Sara is getting things ready for her trip to Ukraine and I will soon start packing for Deep Creek. Until next time...