Saturday, November 29, 2008

Trimmin' the Tree

Kate and E.W. went to get the tree yesterday; our home smells SO CHRISTMASY! Today as we decorated, we enjoyed remembering the significance of each ornament. My favorites are the ones Worth and Kate made when they were children. My sisters-in-law and I long ago decided that our gift to each other would always be an ornament and it's nostalgic to hang those on the tree, too. The new special ornament this year is a Spode baby carriage in honor of Ellie! Check back on 12/15 for the complete virtual tour.

While we were trimming the tree, E.W. was boiling shrimp for our supper. Mmm. He even peeled them all, with a little help from sweet girl

Original Kate

I always felt so loved when I was with my grandmother; the two of us had a special bond. Our only daughter is named for her. This picture, made nearly fifty years ago when she and her friend came to visit us in Panama, shows her in complete relaxation mode. Normally, she was very well accessorized (she was known to construct her own hats) and her nails were ALWAYS done in the same shade of pink. I think of her most days, but especially on her birthday; she was born on November 29, 1900.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mama

Let me tell you a little bit about my mama. She has the sweetest spirit of anyone I know. She has traveled, figuratively and literally, further than she ever could have imagined when she was a little girl in South Carolina. She has done it with grace and style, facing loss and hard times with strength and dignity. All of that makes her pretty special, but this is what makes her extraordinary: Having grown up without her mother, how did she know, ALWAYS, just the right way to mother me? Remarkable. I love you, mama. Happy Birthday!

A few favorites...

Baby Rae. I would not give anything for this photograph.
I love it so.

Presbyterian College

First Baptist Church of Laurens


An Officer's Wife

Empty Nesters
Carlisle Barracks, PA, 1970

Kitchen Dancing with Worth
Christmas 1997

Snuggles with Kate
Thanksgiving 2000

Meeting Ellie
November 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

From Start to Finish

Sa and Gramps arrive.

Joe and Maggie play kick the pine cone. 

Exasperated look. Holiday sweater.
Joe wearing orange. No idea how to pull
those thoughts together!

Gramps and Scott

They "cooked". 

Before the carnage.

Wake up, Joe! It's time to eat.

Sad group before dinner.
The line-up.

At the Trough

Kate and Maggie, rolling on the floor, Bowers style.


We also made a documentary of the groaning board, just for Sue and George.

Giving Thanks

As we take a special day to give thanks, we are overwhelmed by the blessings from our Creator: family, friends, freedoms.
Thanksgiving by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Groaning Board

A Thanksgiving meal that exemplifies the bounty of our nation is an annual tradition...all across America, cooks are making preparations for friends and family. Those of us meeting here tomorrow are preparing family favorites, resulting in a menu that would SHOCK the Pilgrims with its excess. Can't wait!

To those of you (and you KNOW who you are) who won't be with us tomorrow: we will miss you but are thankful that even though you are not with us, you ARE with each other.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's the Law

Did you know that Thanksgiving was the brainchild of Congress? In 1789, yet. The National Archives site explains how we got from a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin" to the signing by President Roosevelt on December 26, 1941, of the resolution (and its immediate amendment) establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday. Best tidbit: the Christmas shopping season of 1939 resulted in controversy, confusion, and eventually, that 1941 resolution!

What a privilege to live in the United States of America, where we have a day dedicated to counting our blessings (and a legal mandate ensuring that it not interfere too much with Christmas shopping).

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ellie Meets Her Cavaleri Greats

Lots of blessings this weekend! We SO appreciate Ashley for going the extra mile (actually, miles) to make it happen. That sweet girl will never know just how much it meant to us. Here are a few photos; scroll down for video clips.

More new people?

Ooh, it's great-grandmama Rae!

I like her...

...she makes me smile!

He's pretty interesting, too.

If you can't beat 'em...

...join 'em.

All the girls.
I love how we are all posing and Ellie is just screaming her head off!

Safe with mama!

Short clip of Ellie meeting her Cavaleri great-grandparents for the first time:

And here are the girls on the floor. You gotta love that Ellie is on the SAME rolling-on-the-floor quilt that was well used by her dad and Auntie Kate (gift from Aunt LeMargaret when Worth was born). If you don't believe me, scroll on down.

Here ya go...Kate and the rolling-on-the-floor quilt, 1983.

The Fireplace

New load of wood, a chill in the air, a new fire screen, Kate coming home, and my folks here... circumstances were lined up for our first fire of the season. After a minor incident involving excess smoke, a smoke alarm, and such, we spent the rest of the day enjoying its warmth.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Look Who Came to Our House!

Ashley and Ellie stopped in today after the first leg of their trip and OH MY, we could have just eaten that sweet baby up! Can't wait until Sunday when we see them again. In the meantime, a few pictures...

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