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Thursday, June 02, 2011

How Long Since I Last Posted?

Whew! THAT long? Okay, so most of you have forgotten who I even am. Heck, Even *I* forget who *I* am most days but hey...

Just been crazy of late. Alright, so my life has stayed crazy for awhile now but you know what I mean. We all go through periods like this don't we? But soon school will be out (I am as happy about that as Grace is is believe me!), my Mom is feeling a bit better (Thank God!) and...wait. Did I say my life will get less crazy soon? Um, probably not! It may even get MORE wild but I miss you all and DO drop in to see you all from time to time. Even if you don;t see a comment from me, know I am thinking about you and love you all.

Just a quick summary of what I have been up to (Besides the usual house and yard work, helping Mom, homework with Gracie, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...)

So get ready, you are about to get several posts all schmooshed into one...a months worth of fun all rolled into a single day! Did you take your vitamins today? I hope off we go...

Helped with a Mother Daughter Tea at church. Such fun! I wanted to share a few of the photos with you here...

                                                        This is the table I
                                                                  English Garden tea...

All the tables were just so pretty and so much fun!

There was also a fashion show and guess who modeled? Uh huh. Miss Grace!

Two of my favorite girls...Grace and my Mom!

Now let's move on to Mother's Day!

After church Bill, Grace and I went to one of our favorite places, Wegerzyn Garden, to walk.

Then dinner at The Bonefish Grill!

With sweet treats for all the Moms!

5 people who have my heart...
Our daughter Grace, my sweetie Bill, my Mom, my brother Jim and our son Daniel.

Grace had her *end of the year* orchestra concert and the kids were amazing!

We also enjoyed a weekend in Owensboro, Kentucky with Bill's Mom's family to celebrate  a special cousin's birthday!
Here is Bill with his Aunt Ellen, his late mom's twin sister. She is such a blessing to all of us. I adore all of Bill's family and love them all.

The birthday boy with Grace and one of his beautiful granddaughters!

Handsome men run in this family...

Handsome men and beautiful ladies too!

Like I said...bee-yoo-tee-ful ladies!

Then there was a little surprise party I threw for Mr. Bill at one of our local Marion's Pizza restaurants. I decided to do it on a whim and only gave everyone 48 hours notice (or less!) yet many of our friends and family were able to come. Bill was shocked and had such a great time. I won't even try to add all the pictures but here is a sampling...

The bakery drew a picture of the plane in which Bill flew for many years...

I love this picture because these are great men who have been such a huge part of Bill's life for so long...
Rick (far right) and Sam (far left) have been Bill's friends for as long as I can remember. In fact, Rick was with Bill when I met him on a Spring vacation to Gatlinburg! And the man next to Bill is his brother Bob who Bill has known, well, since Bob was born! *grin*

Just a few of the dear friends and family members who were there to help Bill celebrate turning 55!

THEN there was our week long visit to Chicago...okay. Too much all at once? Alrighty then. I will save Chicago until the next post...a post I promise to have up before another month rolls around!

 As much joy as we experienced this month there was also pain. One of my cousins, just 53, died suddenly in May. Mom and I were able to head to Southern Ohio and attend a wonderful celebration of his life. He was a much beloved teacher and coach and it was so heart warming to see the outpouring of affection from the entire community. I humbly ask if each one of you will keep his immediate family, and close friends, in your prayers as they try to navigate this life without his every day presence. The real reason I mention this is this: None us of knows from one minute to the next when when our life will end. I don't say this to be maudlin at all..I say it to remind all of us, me included, to celebrate EVERY day. Tell those you love how much you care as often as you can. Call that friend you have not seen in awhile. Make peace with someone who angered you. Giggle with a child, hug a dog, smooch a cat, sing along loudly with the radio, dance no matter how silly you think you look! Try not to let the little things get under your skin (again, I am also reminding myself of this!), take joy in watching a chipmunk at play, a bird at flight, a warm breeze, the smell of a garden rose. Life is such a gentle with yourself and others.Do this for you and for my cousin Jim.

I love each one of you and have been blessed by your presence in my life. May God Bless you all.


Blondie's Journal said...

You have been a busy bee but so much of it is so pleasant! Fun family get together's and parties...sounds like a great way to kick off summer. I am so sorry about your cousin...we really need to live each day as if it might be our last. Sending many thoughts and prayers to his family.

Now, don't be gone too long next time!!


Stacey said...

Great post! You know, Grace isn't a little girl any more. She's a beautiful young lady. :)

Debby said...

You have been very busy. Mostly fun busy, right? Glad your Mom is better. Mine fell a couple of months ago and had a severe fracture. She is finally back on her feet.
I lose my dear cousin this winter as well. It was a three week terrible illness. She died of H1N1. I still can't believe it.
We have to live each day with joy.

Laurie said...

So sorry about the loss of your cousin. What a shock, so young.

You and your family seem to live life to its fullest and you spend a lot of quality time together. That is great. I know you will care for your cousin's family in their time of need.

Laurie S.

Lynilu said...

Yeah, yeah, you've been busy, so we get cheated out of your company. Yadda, yadda, yadda. [grin]

I'm glad your life is full of family, friends and love, love, love. What else can be said? Hugs to you and yours!!

Brown English Muffin said...

I wish I'd been there at that Garden Tea it looks divine.

What I wouldn't do for some lindt chocolate right now!!! mmmmm

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh look at Grace in those heels! Make her stop growing up! {she's just darling!!}

m ^..^

bj said...

I love all these photos of your sweet family and friends.
That Grace is sure growing up. She's so pretty.
Glad to know your mom is better.
Take care and hope all goes well with you and yours.
xo bj

Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

Busy! Busy!
I know how you feel, but I take fewer (and worse! LOL) photos to illustrate!
Loved the English Garden tea table. So pretty.
Your baby looks so grown up in the modeling photo! I cannot believe how fast they grow up, can you?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Pamela said...

yes... need to cherish each moment. so easy to forget.

I like the photo of you and grace very much