Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Simple pleasures

Grandaddy's tire swing has entertained all five grandchildren now.  Marshall was about Wade's age when it was first put up and now he is eighteen. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On this Mother's Day

I feel I lost my mother too soon, but I don't know if anyone is ever ready to say goodbye to their Mom. What I love most is that I considered her a friend as an adult.  It wasn't until after she died that I read this note in my baby book, telling me about a little bear flower vase. It was given in 1939 to my grandmother by her mother when Mom was born. Granny Lindig then gave it to Mom when I was born and she planned on presenting it to me when I had my first child. What is so prophetic to me is that she said "if nothing happens". I hope I can give it to Wade and his wife someday but at least he will know why this bear is special. (And Mike and I think it looks a little like a panda too....wonder if these ladies ever imagined having a cute Chinese boy in the family) 

But I have had a lot of wonderful other women in my life that have helped mother me. Our world is changing fast and you certainly don't have to limit yourself to one who you thank for these lessons. I can't begin to tell them all but this morning here are a few that stand out:

Aunt Brenda - no doubt has the most energy for her family of anyone I know. She knows just how to scoop up everyone of our kids and treat them like they are her world. She also has stepped in with a hug at just the right times in my life. 

Joyce Arterburn (Mrs Art) - she was a dear advisor and friend throughout my college years. She gave me an early example of a lady that kept herself balanced between career and family, keeping her faith evident and serving others. I hope to get back to Lubbock this year and introduce Mike and Wade to her. 

Pat Langston - Who would have dreamed my college roommates in laws would have embraced me and made me feel like a part of their family often when my family was far away. I can sit right down with Pat and talk about anything and she is always so positive and supportive. 

Teen - My Dads wife of over ten years now. She fills the role of grandmother for Wade and has lifted us up in so many prayers. 

So as Wade grows I hope I am there for him...but when I am not, pray he can find some other special ladies to fill the gaps and straighten him out if he needs it!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Beach weekend!

Max and Wade had fun on the beach and it was nice for us because neither boy wanted to venture near the water. Cherry Grove has nice firm sand...great for pushing your dump truck in ( which continues to be one of Wade's favorite activities ). As much as I think he will grow to love skiing someday, right now this boy is more of a beach bum.