Sunday, August 21, 2016


Happy Birthday to our newest three-year-old! His sense of humor, quick smile, and ability to contribute to any conversation (relevance not required!) continue to charm us all. Love you, precious Mack! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

For the second time in as many years, we celebrated the life of a soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Burial there is an honor that can't be bought but must be earned. Emmett's beloved father earned it many times over.

On Monday, his ashes were committed to that hallowed ground in the presence of his wife, three sons and three daughters (we were never daughters-in-law to him), all eight of his grandchildren, his two oldest great-grandchildren, extended family members, friends, and men he had served with over the years.

We cried, we laughed, and we loved each other. He would have been proud.

During the service, we were seated mere feet away from my daddy's grave. It comforts me to know that out of all of the vast acreage that is Arlington National Cemetery, our dads should rest so closely together.


Day is done, gone the sun 
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky 
All is well, safely rest God is nigh. 

Fading light dims the sight 
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright 
From afar, drawing near 
Falls the night. 

Thanks and praise for our days 
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky 
As we go, this we know 
God is nigh.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flashback: Summer of '85

Found this gem today...

Bowers Boys
Summer of 1985

Now let's pan out...wonder what Sa's thinking? Probably that she's glad none of them are living with her any more! Ha.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Photo Bomb

We just couldn't get it together this year. Family photos were set for the night of the low country boil; little did we know that we would be the ones boiling. The heat index was 105 with humidity in the upper nineties and that was around seven at night! We were cleaned up, dressed up, and then completely sweated up before we could even think about getting down to the beach. The picture we did get a few mornings later...well, let's just say we didn't think it through. Sarah took two (two!) pictures and both featured a photobombing bird. Really?

Just so you can see what I was working with, here are the uncropped photos:

We've done better in previous years:






Maybe next year...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

the week that was

After my visit with mama earlier in the week, these two had a few days of Mia time while Kate and Jay were out of town. E.W. stayed home to work and supervise work on the playhouse (will I ever be able to call it anything else?). 

Both of these kids love, love playing with this train set. You can't really tell, but they are playing on top of my old kitchen island; it's now in Kate's craft area in the playroom. There are a lot of memories of family and friends around that island so it's fun that it's continuing to serve a purpose. I was worried about Banks falling off and hovered around him nonstop; in the meantime, Bo managed to slip off. Thank goodness the only 'injury' was carpet burn on his upper lip and nose. Poor baby. 

Friday morning we went to Rush, where everything involved trampolines, foam pits, and balls. I thought they might last an hour. No, we were there nearly the entire two-hour session and these boys had a blast. I took these pictures soon after we got there; it got packed and my eyes were crossing trying to keep up with the two of them veering off into different directions. Bo did not slow down.

Lunch and a nap revived them, apparently. That day and every day they played in the bouncy house Aunt Ash and Uncle Worth gave them for Christmas. Yes, Banks likes a ball in his bouncy house, too. 

Time out for quiet play and doing his impression of Worth as a little boy. 

Mary Ann came over Friday night and brought pizza - no photographic evidence of that, though. When I told Bo she was coming he was so excited and said he had not seen her in a long time. She helped me wrangle them through supper, bath, and bedtime and then we were able to visit for a while. 

Both boys are big fans of reading; hope they always love books. Banks enjoyed pointing out 'baby' in this small book of Bible stories. 

It was so hot but we did venture outside some. Again, Banks with balls and for extra excitement, a bat. He had a hard time holding all of his equipment. 

Bo is in a truck/tractor/any-vehicle phase and spent his time with the dump truck. He can entertain himself for the longest and if you listen carefully (and Banks isn't talking), you can hear him narrate as he plays. Adorable.

Bathtime is about five minutes of washing down boys and them watching them play until the water turns cold.

The last night I was there, these two stole a few minutes of tv before books, prayers, and sacking out. I stole a minute to sit down! 

I used to feel sorry for grandparents because they were old. Now I know that being a grandparent is one of life's biggest joys; so thankful for our five (six soon!). 

Monday, July 25, 2016


Making some progress on 'the playhouse'...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

While Daddy's away...

...Kate and the boys came south to play. They're all back home now and it is SO quiet around here. It's easy to get used to having little ones around.

If you go fast enough, the gnats can't keep up!

We don't watch a lot of TV, but a little Robin Hood
with air conditioning was a good thing after playing outside.

I love a sink baby and no one loves a bath more than this kid.

Bo is obsessed with trucks so he was beyond excited
that an actual dump truck was in our driveway.
We were excited because that meant brick work
on the 'playhouse' was about to start.

Beating the heat, south Georgia style.

Fresh and clean, the boys hang with Dubs/Dubbie/E.W.

Making pancakes at Mia's house is tradition now. Every day.
We had blueberry pancakes, pancakes with 'sprinklers',
and chocolate chip pancakes. This kid is a great sous chef!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Miss him.

Sure do miss this man; today we would have been celebrating his 90th birthday.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SSI 2016 Part Two

Here's how the rest of the week played least the part with pictures...

Ready for a Tuesday outing with her mama.

Almost ready for a Tuesday outing with her mama. :)

Friends since before they were born. Love.
(photo stolen from Beth, who somehow got them to pose)

How about a little conga line in the pool?

Every year, spearheaded by friends Chappie and Serita have made over the years, we enjoy a low country boil. We had decided earlier in the day that we'd take our annual 'on the beach' family pictures after supper. Some years the weather is great. One year it stormed. This year, the heat was beyond normal... the heat index was 106. Yeah, that didn't bode well for our photo session. 

Some of our group, trying to look cute while sweating profusely.

You can't tell from the picture, but the heat index of 106 was miserable.

Kate was ready with her camera, but before we even ate,
we were all drenched in sweat and decided to make do
with some pictures on the beach, looking awesome in our bathing suits. 

Banks was over it....

...but Bo and Mack didn't let the heat stop them
from eating red, white, and blue cookies.

Wednesday was another day full of beachy fun. The middle three are all about the ocean and riding the waves.

This year these two were into the boogie boards.

They were also interested in the 'boat' Banks showed them.

More 'nacks' on the beach.

A rare moment of downtime for these four. 

Thursday was my birthday and it started in the best way possible...with our children (the ones I bore and the ones brave enough to marry into the family) and all of our grandchildren invading our condo with birthday wishes and gifts. No photos of that (we were all in pj mode), but here are a few from the rest of the day:

Beautiful mama and her eldest.

Mr. Cool a few minutes before his sunglasses went to swim with the fishes.

Sweet baby Kennedy. 

Bo and Emma being coached by their dads...

And here's the action shot:

...while the older dads watch.

Cousin love.

The beach makes you hungry;
Chappies' boiled peanuts are a huge hit, always.

See? Snacking.

Ellie was minding her own business when
Banks decided her lap looked like a comfy spot.

Kate's taken on the task of making Momee's boiled custard for our ice cream; this year she made a double batch. As Sarah said, "You know the family's getting bigger when we have to make two churns of ice cream!" Tradition has it that every child has to take a turn and the kids were lined up; they wanted to make sure they earned their ice cream!

Bo finishes his turn and Emma gets ready to take over.

Mack just could reach the crank.
That's Molly Grace (Ashley's cousin's granddaughter) supervising.

Ellie's turn (MG still supervising).

After the churning was done, it was time to remove the dashers and have a taste test. No pictures of that because we descended on that one bowl like vultures. Thank goodness we don't mind sharing a spoon! So amazing; nothing like Momee's boiled custard ice cream. 

Banks, sad that the sampling was over.

Thursday night was an eating-out night at kid-friendly Brogan's North. The kids gravitated to a table together and were really so good. It helped that we were in a semi-private corner! And yes, there was ice cream for dessert when we got home!

The kids' table.

Friday was the last full day for everyone and it was a gorgeous, breezy day. 

Banks and his Uncle Worth in a deep conversation.

Yep. More 'nacks' for this sweet boy.

Nothing like the last minute, but we did want some family pictures!

Dubs and the kids heading to the water for a picture...

...but these two had to be wrangled!

Definitely informal!

The Berrymans

The Bowers

Two sisters and their hats.

Last Day rides.

Mack waving as he goes by.

One last look at our precious grandchildren before they have... last look at our happy place.

We're already looking forward to next year!

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