On Friday Aug. 22nd, I spent the day in Greenville with my neice, Anne, and her precious boys, Ben and McLean. Gene was at work, but I was able to visit with him during his lunch hour. What a fun day for me. The boys are so happy and CUTE. Fun times for this GREAT aunt. I can't wait to babysit again and again. :)
Also, in July, Cynthia, (proud Mimi) invited Anne and the boys for lunch, along with some dear friends. Cynthia wanted to share and "show off" her GRANDbabies. What a gift from God.
Jamie: Spanish is going to be HARD. Mr. Hasty said he did not want to hear us say, we did not learn this last year! English is going to be a killer. It's a writing class! Weight lifting...the teacher says he does not care if we pass or not. Quiz in chemistry on Monday. Oh,... I met two new friends today. I'd say I had a successful day!
Today is Jamie's first day back to school. He is a Junior at AC Flora. I just had to do a cheer for him last night. J-U-N-I-O-R-S...juniors, juniors are the BEST. He just rolled his eyes at me. Getting ready for the first day of school is so different for boys and girls. I asked him a MOST important question, "What are you wearing to school tomorrow?" His reply, "I don't know!" :)
Every year on the first day of school, we have posed the boys on the front steps and taken their picture. It is just one of those family traditions that no one really loves except mom. (In years to come they will be most grateful) Since the "big brothers" are no longer around to sit with Jamie, we placed his sweet "sister" beside him. Daisy wanted to go to school too.
Christopher is back at college. Today, I realized how quiet the house has become once again. Jamie is at the beach with his friend Nic, and I have been here much of the day by myself. (that is not all bad.) :) We so enjoyed having Christopher back with us this summer. We never knew when he and his friends would be in and out....all hours of the day. Anyway.....He is gone and we do miss him.
Packing up for his second year at Anderson University. Christopher will be a Resident Director this year for a Freshman Dorm. We're proud of him. Stuff
It took two vehicles to get his "stuff" back to school. Jamie drove Christopher's car and was followed by Christopher driving Jamie's truck. I was not too sure about Jamie being on the interstate for a long trip by himself. However, Dad told Mom, "he needs to spread his wings. Let him go!" Jamie was pleased with his dad. As you can see in the picture, Daisy, our dog, was depressed as they pulled out of the neighborhood. The best part of the day was the sound of the garage door. Jamie made it home safe and sound. :)
Tuesday morning, I went for a swim at John and Tina Miner's pool. I had such a fun time visiting with Tina and watching her daughter Jessie, and nephew, Dylan swim. Can't you just remember those summers long ago and the fun that was had at the swimming pool? Christopher went with me. Jessie and Dylan had fun playing with him. :)
That's Tina in the background sitting on the steps.
This morning I found a "message card" that I bought some time ago. I had "forgotten" I had even bought the thing. It read.....
Oh Yeah. I keep forgetting.
It's not about me! It IS about HIM!
"All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17
May I NOT forget HIM.
I have been thinking this morning how easily I forget things. I guess life gets so busy and so many distractions come my way that I FORGET. Many times there are life lessons to learn when we "forget" to do something.
These are some of the things I have forgotten......(What have you forgotten?)
1. Forgot to bring my leftovers home from the restaurant. (Makes me sad the next day) 2. Forgot where I put my keys. 3. Forgot to call the tooth fairy and let her know that one of the boys lost a tooth. (Got to really hate that one!) 4. Forgot to send that birthday card. 5. Forgot to make that bank deposit. (ouch!) 6. Forgot to RSVP for that special party. 7. Forgot that I am a child of the KING. 8. Forgot to take the cake out of the oven. (Dog gone it!) 9. Forgot how fast time flies when you are having fun. (Christopher leaves in the morning to return for his second year of college.) 10.OH NO.....I forgot I have an appointment this morning. GOT TO GO!!!
1. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. 2. Dear God, I have a problem, it is me. 3. Growing old is inevitable, growing UP is optional. 4. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. 5. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. 6. Do the math....count your blessings. 7. Faith is the ability to not panic. 8. Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging. 9. If you worry, pray. If you pray, don't worry. 10. As a child of God, praying is like calling home everyday. 11. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. 12. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR HOME ARE THE PEOPLE. 13. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so he can untangle the knot. 14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. 15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. 16. We do not remember days, we remember moments. Life is moving to fast--so cherish your precious moments. 17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it is just hearsay. 18. It's ok to sit on your pit pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done. 19. Don't procrastinate. Do it now! God has not promised us tomorrow, so live each day as if it were your last....it may be! 20. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk taking. Learn from the turtle. It only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.