Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If there was one thing that we all saw while Papa was in the ICU, it was that he is one of the most loved men you've ever met. Nana had to keep a list of all of visitors who just stopped by to check in on him or called to get the latest update! We joked, but I don't think it was too far from the truth that every member of Dalraida Baptist Church, where he is a deacon, came by or called. Papa may not be a man of many words, but when he speaks, people listen. We spent hours in the waiting room with family, retelling stories we've all heard for year, yet still bring a smile to our face. Our camping trips with Nana and Papa were the highlights of mine and Brooke's (and Nana and Papa's) summers.
We're staying positive that he will get better - he has already shown good signs of improvement! There will be a long road ahead, but we are definitely counting our blessings that he is still with us!
This is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding... Papa sitting and just taking it all in, as always, beforehand.
This past Thursday, Sept 25th was the 24th anniversary of my Granddaddy's death (Mama's daddy). I have always had this marked on my calendar... not because we have any big ceremony, but just so I can make sure I take time to remember this great man. People may think that I shouldn't really remember him, since he passed away just before I turned 4, but I do. I may not have tons of specific memories.... well, other than making tents out of the bedspread and him running underneath me as he pushed me on the swing (I always thought I was going to fall off and land in the pool, even though now I know it was yards away). Maybe it's that I was named after him (David Hope "D.H") that I have this connection, I don't know, but I do know that I had a huge love for this man, even at such a young age.
When Matt and I got married, it broke my heart to think that this man I had loved so much was not there to stand by Grandmama's side, so I wanted in some way to honor his memory and make it feel as though he was right there with us. I asked Uncle Eddy (Mama's brother) to write an arrangement of "It is Well with My Soul" - one of his favorite hymns that was played at his funeral as well - for the cello and violin to play during our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful! I also had an old hat of Granddaddy's - Auburn of course - that was about to fall apart it was so old. So, I asked Grandmama to do me a favor and cut it up, and sew Aubie into the inside of my dress for my something blue! I think Granddaddy would have gotten a kick out of that.
There's a great song that always makes me think of him and led me to write this blog when I heard it yesterday:
When I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles,
I have carried all these years.....
I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy
and he'll match me step for step
and I'll tell him how I missed him
every minute since he left.
Then I'll hug his neck.
So, that's my grandfathers... two of the greatest men to ever walk this planet.
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Yes, I do love her...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
If you have a few minutes, you must check out this video about my boy Calvin and what he done found. You won't regret it....
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- We could have gone to New York for a trip
- It's time to get focused and get in shape!
In honor of this, Matt and I ate out twice today. We have the Jason's Deli and Chili's bags sitting here next to us on the couches we have vegged out on all day since getting home from church... (which we still haven't really found the ONE yet, but that's another blog).
Here we come!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I also found this description of Pekingese on Wikipedia today. I thought it fit our Dixie Belle to an absolute "T"! So I wanted to share with you so you can see why she is the Princess:
These dogs can be stubborn and jealous. They are childlike and can be opinionated at times. Do not expect this dog to come when it is called.
The Pekingese personality has been compared to a cat, although this isn't quite right. It simply doesn't realize that it is a dog and would not like to be treated as such. Where a cat can be trained, a Pekingese needs to be convinced that the training is beneficial to the dog and the owner.
The Pekingese is generally a one-person dog. They are loyal and tend to be very protective of their owner.
The Pekingese is a large dog in a small body. It expects to be respected and will not tolerate being treated otherwise.
A combination of regal dignity, intelligence, courageousness and self-importance make for a good natured, opinionated and affectionate companion to those who have earned its respect.
That my friends, is our daughter...
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
You've got to see that THIS is what the young people of America are seeing because THIS is the kind of people they look up to. This absolutely makes my blood boil. We've got to get America to THINK, THINK, THINK about this upcoming election - and PRAY even harder...
Copy and Paste this link below if you'd like to see it, but I warn you, the language is horrible...