Sunday, December 31, 2017


At some point I will be making A Place for Us private. It just seems important as the grandkids get older. I don't want my blog to infringe on their privacy but do want to continue it as a way of remembering the times in our family's life.

If you're among the few who want access, I am happy to put you on the approved list; text/call/comment to let me know. Thanks!

Edited to add: someone commented to be added but it was received as 'anonymous' rather than from an email address so I can't add to approved list...

Also, I may have inadvertently emailed most of my contacts about this. If so, sorry for the tech fail!

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Creative coffee brewing.
After watching Hurricane Irma on the Weather Channel for about a week, we finally felt the impact Monday. For the first time, our town was under a hurricane warning. There was a lot of rain and high winds but our home did not have any damage. Removing a lot of trees and having the others trimmed helped, I'm sure. 
Revved up the new generator
after 6-8 hours without power.
We were without power from early Monday morning until midnight and found out later that only the five homes on our cul-de-sac had power. The rest of the street didn't get power until late Wednesday (which is when our cable/internet came back) and so many are still without.

Irma is one for the record books; we don't ever want to see a storm that has an impact on millions of people again.

Yeah, let's do do this again.
After the storm, E.W. was excited for
his favorite yard maintenance activity!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Quick Visit

Mama had some special visitors today! 

Thanks for the photo, Jay!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Watch and Wait

Hurricane Irma seems to traveling right up I-75. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017


This picture was taken about a year before my parents married (today would have been their 68th anniversary). Love daddy's leg propped up on the back of mama's car and the way he's listening so carefully to what she's whispering!

A Date at Lake Greenwood

Dawg Days - Appalachian State

The weekend began Wednesday with a stop to see mama (and a delicious shrimp dinner from Rhinehart's!).  After breakfast on Thursday, we left for Athens. We had made plans to join friends from college, Mike and Eve, for the evening and what a great time we had catching up. No pictures, but it DID happen!
with Mike and Eve, way back when

The rest of the weekend was filled with family, tailgating, and football. Any time we are with our kids and their kids, wonderful memories are made.

Ellie, Emma, and Grey were still enough for quick photos.

These three, on the other hand,
were only still long enough to plot their next move!

Most of their day looked something like this.

Under the tent

So glad Mary Ann was able to come!


Please notice Grey's little head peeking over the table!

Sweet Kate organized us (as best she could with this group) for a
family photo. Bless our hearts. One of these days, we'll all smile and
look at the camera! Still, this is us!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Broken Record

There was pre-game madness.

These two.

Grey is very popular with the ladies.

The whole family and then some!

Former coaches, dad of the new record holder,
and the guy who broke the record in 1997.

Waiting for the game to begin.

Looks like Emma has her game face on.

Banks being spoiled by cousin Ellie.

Kate showing Brodie Field to Grey during the game.

Coach Anders, Griffin, and Worth
(photo credit Shine Rankin)

Congrats to Griffin!
(photo credit Shine Rankin)

Monday, August 21, 2017


Our fourth grandchild is four! We partied on Saturday to celebrate sweet Mack's birthday.

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