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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. ~Piglet, (Winnie the Pooh)
I will pretend that these Sunday afternoons will last forever and that school will not start back in 6 weeks. Sunday afternoon naps are an institution and studying is a word I've never heard of.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Aren't summer memories some of the best memories?
When I think of summer I think of:
Family trips to Rock City/Lookout Falls
Catching lightning bugs and putting them in a jar to use as a nightlight
Hide and go seek with my brother and sister
Swimming in the lake at Montgomery Bell State Park
Playing on the slip-n-slide down the hill behind my grandparents' house
The ice cream man!!
Grilling out on my grandparents' deck. We would most likely always have grilled hamburgers and frozen fruit salad.
Going to Lylewood church camp, especially the cabin with no air conditioner!!
Mission trips to Wyoming and New Mexico
Hiking trips to Sugarloaf mountain and impromptu trips to Heber Springs
Swinging in the park with Chris when we were first dating and sitting under the pavilion while it stormed
Camping at Elkmont with a bear!!
Marrying Chris and going on our honeymoon to St. Lucia
Summer memories are wonderful! They give me such a feeling of nostalgia and optimism. I'm up for anything and anything is possible during those lazy summer days. What are some of your favorite summer memories?
Monday, June 21, 2010
OK, I confess. I LOVE chocolate. What's not to love about warm brownies straight out of the oven, chocolate chip cookies, or one of the all time greats-chocolate and peanut butter? I would have to say, though, that probably my all time favorite chocolate products is Nutella hazelnut spread. It's good on anything!
Nutella is great, for example, on strawberries!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The last time I talked to my Dad in person was two weeks before he went to the hospice center. He declined quickly in the last week and I did not get to talk to him again while he was conscious. I have no doubt that he knew I loved him. However, there are so many things that I wish I could have said to him. Some seem like silly, little things, but are very important in my memories that I have of him. I would like to have been able to tell him:
~Thank you for my appreciation for music and for the way that I am moved by the lyrics. I would have liked to listen to Amarillo by Morning with you one more time.
~Thank you for always giving me advice even at the times I didn't want to hear it. Because of that I know you cared.
~Thank you for always telling me to wear my seat belt, drive the speed limit, watch what was going on around me, and make sure I get my oil changed. I know you wanted me to be safe.
~Thank you for your generous, unselfish heart. I know you gave me money when there wasn't much to give.
~I'm proud of your athletic abilities and I am thankful that you passed a little bit, even if only just the love of the game, to me.
~I'm proud because of the many people who look up to you and all the lives that you touched in the community.
~I'm thankful for your faith in God and the many prayers that you prayed for your family. I know that you weren't always dealt the easiest cards in life and in so many ways you made the best of it.
These are some of the things I would have liked to have said to my Dad. I'm sure he knew. It's just hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I can't call him or hug him or see him when I come home. I know, though, that he is at peace and that is what I have to hold on to. I will hold these memories in my heart and know that one day I will see him again. That little sick feeling in my stomach will probably not be going away any time soon but that's ok. Sorrow and loss are inevitable in this life. I will spend this Father's Day and probably many more thinking about him and missing him. I will also, however, spend those days remembering that I had a Daddy who loved me and who gave so much of himself. I can only be thankful for that. Happy Father's Day, Daddy. You are missed.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I wish ya'll had been here to eat supper with us tonight. Smoked beef brisket, fresh corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, Sister Scheubert's yeast rolls, and these:
A little pre-Father's Day dinner for my father-in-law. Happy Father's Day, Wade!
Friday, June 11, 2010
July 22, 2006
Griffith Park Observatory-Los Angeles, CA
Bandy Creek Camping
Rainbow Falls-Great Smoky Mountains
Atop the Empire State Building
We love Tennessee Football!!
Forsyth Park-Savannah, GA
This was our last "dinner creation". Chris is really good with the grill and made a yummy pork tenderloin. I made the corn, tomato, and feta salad. Oh so good!!
My sexy man.
Monday, June 7, 2010
These days are the best! Chris and I are both on a rare day off together and we're spending the day at the pool. 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I gotta go so I can work on my tan (ha!) and Chris can work on his cannonball.:)
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now. As you probably know, I am in nursing school and therefore terribly busy so much of the time with studying, class, and clinicals. I get caught up in the notion that mine and Chris' life is on hold until I get finished with school. That's not true!! Several events in my life lately have reminded me of the importance of LIVING to the fullest and taking no day for granted. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." This blog is a reminder to me to count my blessings every day and that the important things in life having nothing to do with tests and papers. I hope you enjoy reading this and will come back from time to time. I'm counting on you to keep me accountable!