Category Archives: Grammy

Jonah turns 6

Jonah turned 6 years old on September 28th. He is a smart, sweet little boy with an active imagination. He loves to help his older siblings and he really enjoyed being a “big” brother while Pipsqueak was here. This is his Kindergarten year and he’s eager to learn to read so he can get his own library card like the big kids. Some days he takes advantage of his status as youngest but most of the time he’s pretty mature for his age. He has several “friends” that he drags around the house with him like his little, satin brown lovey, his Mickey Mouse and his other animals daddy has brought home from trips. His big brown eyes and sweet smile light up my world. We love you, Jonah-baby!

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Grayton Beach 2015

My parents’ generosity allowed the kids and I to experience another adventure. We left 2 days after Thanksgiving and made the 9 hour trip in their RV to stay at Grayton Beach State Park. This park has a lot of restrictions like no pets on the beach, no walking on the dunes, that kind of thing. Also, you either pay to stay in the campground or you pay by car to visit for the day. The restrictions didn’t bother us and we were thankful for the pristine, peaceful beaches. It was the prettiest beach I’ve ever visited. Even on the weekend days, there were maybe 30 other people around. Filled with plenty of places to bike and walk nature trails, it was an excellent destination for people who aren’t looking for a lot of partying or shopping. There was a Publix close enough and some small little shops around but it wasn’t overgrown or overcrowded. Of course, we were there in December so that could have a lot to do with it. We lucked out and had 3 days that were above 75 degrees. While back home our friends and family were virtually floating away from inches and inches of rain. The last day there the rain caught up to us, so we decided to watch the new Peanuts movie at a local theater.

The kids had a wonderful time. And I enjoyed being with the people I love most in the world. But, I missed Chris (he was bear hunting and working). I also missed personal space, quiet and solitude. With 8 people (5 of them under the age of 12) in an RV you don’t have much of that. Being an introvert has its challenges.

9,312 words and healing

So I am up to 9,312 words!  I should be further along now, according to the NaNoWriMo charts, but I’m pretty excited that I’ve gotten this far.  The characters are coming to me and they are slowly developing.  I’m letting them go where they want to, because as far as plot goes, I really have NO plot.  I have some vague ideas but I don’t know if my characters are going to agree with me or not.  If they are anything like my children, probably not.

It turns out that Chris was too sick to go hunting this week and weekend so we have had some extra, much needed family time. I was able to have some time out of the house alone on Thursday which is always priceless.  Tomorrow, instead of going to church, we are planning on a long drive to find some autumn scenery to enjoy.  Tomorrow night we’ll stay in and watch a movie.  We were driving to Foster’s soccer practice and I turned to Chris and said “this weekend has been so…healing.”  He agreed.

Foster’s last soccer game and end-of-the-season soccer party were today.  He received a trophy and ate some doughnuts, it was a nice conclusion to an undefeated season.  It’s always nice to be the winners.

My parents came over for dinner this evening and I still feel so thankful that they can just drive over for dinner any time.  I’m not sure they’ll bring a dessert to share next time though since my kids ate all the cheesecake before the grown-ups could get any.

Christmas 2012

30 days of thanks: day 10

Today I’m thankful that my mom is ok. God protected her when she was struck by a careless driver this morning.

The details are here.

AHG Grandmother, Mother, Daughter Tea


This month has been so much fun already! My mom, Katie and I attended our first American Heritage Girls tea. The mothers and daughters did a great job decorating and with cooking and serving the tea and goodies. Grammy and Katie made homemade biscotti earlier that day. Many of the girls read poems or played an instrument for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, Katie doesn’t drink hot tea but she did try it and felt pretty special to be drinking out of a real teacup.


One of her best friends sat with us. Two of Katie’s friends had grandmothers who were too sick to attend, we were grateful her Grammy got to come with us. She even drove 100 miles to come and then 100 miles back home because she had to work the next day!

I guess you can see by the smile on her face, she was so happy Grammy came.  What you can’t hear are the squeals and giggles and delight she has anytime she knows she will get to see Grammy and Grandad.  She is the only granddaughter right now and so she gets a little extra special attention. Which is what every girl needs right?

when the apple’s ripe…

Our Thanksgiving was really peaceful.  Our first stop was to my husband’s side of the family for dinner and the mood there was somber for several reasons.  The absence of Granny Grubb was tangible.  Before we ate, Uncle Walt shared some interesting facts about Thanksgiving, then Aunt Faye passed out some poems that Granny had written this past summer.  I was glad that I wasn’t asked to read one aloud, I am sure I would have started sobbing into the mashed potatoes.  The readings included praise to God for all He had done for her over her long life.  Chris ended up reading the last one and it was one to make us all laugh through our tears.  It was so appropriate, she was always ready with a smile.
Granny had a way of looking at things, after talking to her you could actually breathe easier.  She wasn’t dismissive as some people can be when you share your concerns, but genuine and honest, about how much control God had over the situation and how little you did.  One of my absolute favorite memories of her is when I would be in the very last days of a pregnancy.  I would be complaining  talking about how ready I was to deliver and she (a mother of 5) would say, “when the apple’s ripe honey, it’ll fall.” Good point, Granny.
We also have family members that are going through difficult personal trials.  In our close-knit family, each triumphant milestone and painful struggle has a ripple effect on the rest of the extended family.

We all ate more than we needed to and the kids played.  The kids and I loaded back into the van and headed to my parent’s house for the weekend.  Chris and his Dad went hunting. We had a great time at Grammy and Grandad’s house.  The kids helped cook and decorate their tree. I was able to do some shopping (all by myself) which is always wonderful.

Foster putting on his show. He wants to take guitar lessons now.
Brentley, Katie, Ansley, Foster, Theodore and Parker at Aunt Diane’s

 

Foster and Katie helping cook dinner at Grammy and Grandad’s house.

 

Theodore helping cook at Grammy and Grandad’s house.

Showing off their new Christmas pjs!

 

Theodore helping to decorate their tree.

 

The boys picking which ornament should go on next.

I love this time of year, we have gotten most of our shopping done.  Of course, I had to order our calendars for the year from Shutterfly.  My mom called the other day just to say “Well, I was looking at my calendar and this picture of Theodore in his carseat and they just grow up so fast. I know those calendars are a big expense for you but I just really love mine.” Oh so subtle. Of course, she doesn’t know that Shutterfly offers all these fantastic deals and discounts and makes designing the calendars a blast. The Christmas card creating will come next! I love when my friends send picture cards, because we save them and look at how much everyone has changed from year to year. Now, just because I told you how cool they are I’ll get some free Christmas cards to send out. Yeehaw.