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!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Pageant

Mack had eight of us in the audience last night, and he did not disappoint! 

There's nothing better than a children's Christmas pageant. So sweet!

Biggest sister and daddy. 

Big sister/reindeer, ready for a photo op. 

Ellie got a few pictures of our little sheep...

...he was SO proud. 

Did I mention he was proud?

Couldn't take that smile away!

Monday, December 11, 2017



...and now.

Happy Birthday to our oldest grandson!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Concert E&E

Nothing makes me feel more Christmasy than a children's program!

Sweet Emma. Ready!

Ellie was one of the narrators...

...and had a solo role, as well. It was the first time we'd
 heard her sing and her voice is so sweet!
Next up: Mack's program!
Oh, and in the meantime, Bo had his Christmas program. Sadly, distance kept us from being there. From the video we saw, he was Very Serious about it.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nutcracker 2017

Ellie's third season and Emma's first!

Nutcrackers from Hobby Lobby for their bouquets!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 My sweet mama is 93 today! She always talks about how amazed she is at the life a little farm girl has led. Here's a little slice of that wonderful life:

Outgoing President, Officers' Wives' Club, 1964


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Eve: Part 2

Just as Mike was leaving, Kate and her crew arrived from the farm. With three little boys, we knew it wouldn't be a long one, but for mama it was perfect. 

The minute they walked in, Banks wanted to see the fish and the bird (in the main living room). Not sure how he remembered that from a year ago but he did. I took he and Bo to see the 'wildlife' so mama could visit with Kate, Jay, and Grey in relative calm. 

These kiddos don't know how much she loved seeing them all.

Sweet good-byes...


Thanksgiving Eve: Part 1

My cousin Mike is the son my dad never had and one of my favorite people. He took the time to drive from Ponte Vedra just to visit mama for a couple of hours and, much to her delight, he came bearing gifts! I am his elder by four days; it was a busy week for my grandparents!

Mike, mama, and me 11-22-17
Oh, and just for fun, here are some throwback pictures of the two of us:

Sweet Sixteen

Eleven or twelve? Either way, not a good look for either of us!

Back when we were super cute, at our grandparents' house.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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