Monday, December 31, 2018


At some point I will be making A Place for Us private. It just seems important as the grandkids get older.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!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Recital Time

I know their mama will have some better pictures on her blog, but I want to remember this night. Both of our granddaughters are a joy to watch but enjoying it with their parents and other grandparents makes it extra special. We don't take it for granted that our kids married into wonderful families. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mayflower x 9

Thanks to Lorenzo Sayles Fairbanks, a huge chunk of my family is already well documented back to the arrival of Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks from England in 1633.

The Fairbanks/Mayflower connection was made when Nathaniel Fairbanks married Mayflower descendant Lydia Chipman in 1793. Their son, Columbus Fairbanks added another Mayflower ancestor to the gene pool when he married Lydia Wood Tinkham in 1816. All of this is documented in multiple sources, so it would seem that there are Mayflower ancestors in the branches of my family tree (something I have in common with millions of Americans). Who knew?

Here's that part of the tree, with Mayflower passengers in red (*among the forty-five who died the first winter) and their descendants in blue.

Degory Priest *
(m. Sarah Allerton)
Isaac AllertonSarah Priest John Tilley *
(m. Mary Norris) *(m. John Coombs, Sr.)(m. Joan Hurst) *
Mary AllertonJohn Coombs, Jr.Elizabeth TilleyPeter Brown
(m. Thomas Cushman)(m. Elizabeth Royall)(m. John Howland)(m. Martha _ )
Eleazer Cushman Hope HowlandMary Brown
(m. Elizabeth Coombs)(m. John Chipman)(m. Ephraim Tinkham)
Lydia CushmanSamuel ChipmanEbenezer Tinkham
(m. John Waterman)(m. Sarah Cobb)(m. Elizabeth Burrowes)
Joseph WatermanJacob Chipman b 1695Shubael Tinkham
(m. Patience Barrows)(m. Bethiah Thomas)(m. Priscila Child)
Anna WatermanJoseph Tinkham
(m. Jacob Chipman b 1733)(m. Agnes Mackfun)
Lydia ChipmanSeth Tinkham b. 1761
(m. Nathaniel Fairbanks)(m. Catherine Woodman)
Columbus Fairbanks
(m. Lydia Wood Tinkham)
Franklin Tinkham Fairbanks 
(m. Susan Johnson Cony Stewart)
Edwin Stewart Fairbanks
(m. Margaret Elizabeth Bishop)

The most recent of my ancestors included in the L.S. Fairbanks book is Maggie Edna Fairbanks, my great-grandmother, who married the son of an Italian immigrant (and that's a whole other story!). 

Monday, May 14, 2018

At least the interior is a different color!

Broke my heart but it was time to trade in my faithful Highlander. After eleven years and many miles, it was just time.

Almost eleven years later, still looking good, she's headed off with her friend
so they can both seek new owners. Bittersweet about mama's Lexus. 

July 2007, when this 2008 Highlander was brand spanking new!

I loved that Highlander, though, so there wasn't any decision-making process when it came time to  replace it.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just upgrade it.

Ha. Yep, the exact same make, model, and exterior color. The gray interior is a nice change from the almond and having more than AM/FM radio is definitely an upgrade!

Didn't drive off the lot until my UGA tag was transferred to the new ride;
I 'm not sure I could recognize my car without it after all of these years!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mothers Day

It means the world that I got to spend another Mothers Day with my sweet mama. Isn't she beautiful?

When I got home Sunday, Ashley and the kids had left a beautiful calla lily...

...and this!

Beach pictures are so important to me but have been a struggle in recent years, so this gift is especially sweet. These kiddos found the way to my heart!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Play Ball!

Tee ball season is ending, but before it does, we wanted to see Bo in action. 

All of the Berryman boys love a ball.
Notice Banks snuggled up with his favorite one.

Grey tries to get into the mix, paci and all.
Check out that stance and yes, so far he's batting left-handed. 

A little pre-game posing and a few practice swings.

Coach Jay demonstrates technique. Some of them are listening.

Game face. 

Banks is a fan...

...and so is Grey. 

Up to bat...

...and on defense...

...making the catch. Love that boy!

Saturday, May 5, 2018


Oh, how we love this sweet brand-new seven-year-old!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Little Mermaid

Almost three years ago I had a chance to go with these two to a performance of The Little Mermaid at VSU. It was good but not nearly as good as the performance we saw today!

Ready for the performance; thanks to Chanon we had awesome seats!

You should have been there; it was SO good!

Our favorite performer and one of our faux grandchildren.
The next three years are going to be fun with this one.
link to photo credit

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Play Ball!

We were able to go to Mack's tee ball game today and it did not disappoint. 

Ready to play!

Sisters were there.

Payback for him sitting at the dance studio all those hours!

Seriously, they are his biggest fans. 

Approaching the batter's box.

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