Monday, March 30, 2009

The toty

Woo hoo and wow! We are so proud of our dear friend, Sylvia, who was voted Teacher of the Year (hence, the toty) at her school! She so deserves the honor. Any teacher can tell you that the job is difficult and demanding, the rewards usually intangible. Sylvia goes above and beyond to provide learning and leadership opportunities for her students and they adore her for it. Apparently her peers appreciate her, too.

Yay, Syl!

Sylvia's toty flower.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Love That Baby

Ellie's latest photos feature a yellow polka dotted dress and her big blue eyes! So precious to us...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Grey and Greyer

Grey skies at noon turn into 'tornadic' skies at one...what a difference an hour makes!

Compassion Haiku

Holy Spirit guides
promises prayerfully made
potential unlocks

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Following blogs has become a hobby of mine (admission is the first step!) and although I do attempt to edit my blog roll occasionally, it's hard to give any of them up.

In recent months, as I've read blogs, one idea has surfaced again and again. It seemed to present itself everywhere I turned, specifically HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Today, THIS POST from yet another blogger gave me the courage to respond to what I've had in my heart for months (thanks, Hillary).

Patricia is eight years old and lives in El Salvador. All I know now is that she does well in school and lives with her parents and three siblings. Her birthday is in December, like my own two children. Oh, and jumping rope is her favorite activity! I can't wait to learn more.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Junebug Jaunt

The Junebugs spent the weekend at SSI and the main activities were laughing and laughing so hard we cried. We also managed to take in the Tour of Homes and enjoyed delicious meals at Gnat's Landing, the Blackwater Grill, and our favorite: the Georgia Sea Grill. What blessings friendship and laughter are.

And what in the world is that swoop on my head? I'm blaming it on the wind!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Six Months Old

Ellie is six months old today! Having a new person in the family does funny things to perception of time; in some ways, it seems as if we've always known her. I can hardly believe there was a time when we didn't have her in our constant thoughts. One thing we do know is that we have all been blessed by her existance and E.W. and her Mia are very thankful to God for allowing us to be her grandparents.

(and yes, I totally hijacked this picture from the B'ham blog; it's our new favorite...)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fleetwood Mac Revisited

Here's a clip of last Wednesday's concert...just a tiny one. I had to turn the camera off so you wouldn't be traumatized by the sound of me singing along with Stevie!

I'm an even bigger fan of hers now that I've learned what she does for our troops...more on that below the clip.
Read her journal entries HERE.

From Wikipedia: In late 2004, Nicks began visiting Army and Navy medical centers in Washington, D.C. While visiting wounded service men and women, Nicks became determined to find an object she could leave with each soldier that would raise their spirits, motivate, and give them something to look forward to each day. She eventually decided to purchase hundreds of iPod Nanos, load them with music, artists, and play-lists which she would hand select, and autograph them. She now regularly delivers these tokens of her appreciation, bringing her closest friends to share the experience.

Saturday in Athens

Enjoyed the Gym Dawg meet...undefeated this season and now on to the SEC...and you know it was all good when Uga VII made an appearance! Great fun after at Gnat's Landing, too...we enjoyed being with some of Kate's crowd.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I'm a Proud Wife!

Congratulations to E.W., who has completed the three required classes, passed the exams, and has earned the GRI designation!

From the GRI website: "The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients."

Bye Bye, Boston

Our trip is over but the memories made will last a long time. Thanks, Kate, for asking me to visit one of your favorite cities with you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday in Boston: Nobody Knew Our Name

We spent a lot of time just wandering Boston today...then we moved on to seeing the entire city from the Prudential Center Skywalk, a cannoli from Mike's Pastry, clam chowder at Legal Seafood, and on to Cheers, where nobody knew our name but everyone was awfully nice.

Massachusetts State House
Beacon Street

Nobody knew our names but the
bartender was awfully nice.

Beacon Street from Boston Common


Fenway Park, full of snow

Logan International

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

an amazing space

night, night

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday in Boston: We are Cultured Now

Today we spent hours at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, taking a break to have lunch with one of Kate's friends. We each had our favorite painters (Renoir for me, Monet for Kate, Van Gogh for both of us) and I was especially enamored of a Degas sculpture. Our supper was lobster ravioli at the Old Union Oyster House and it was quite delicious. Then we headed over to the Banknorth Garden for the Fleetwood Mac concert. I won't even try to describe it except to say that we are so sorry you were not there.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday in Boston: Walk, Eat, Learn

We spent twelve hours out on the cold streets of Boston today and walked a mile or twenty. Looking back on it, I can't imagine how we managed to do so much in just one day. We walked the Freedom Trail from one end to the other, taking in HISTORY. Honestly, I just finally stopped taking pictures because it was so mesmerizing. The Holocaust Memorial: sobering and I am so glad I didn't miss the experience. Really took my breath away to see all of those numbers etched in the glass. We also went to Cambridge and plundered in an antique store that was five stories tall. And the FOOD! Greek for brunch, Indian for supper, and after some more shopping we finished our evening with an amazing dessert. All in all an exhausting and fabulous day.

Boston Common, a few blocks from our hotel

Granary Burying Ground

fascinating to me; creepy to Kate

John Hancock

Paul Revere

Samuel Adams

Faneuil Hall

spanakopita for lunch - mmm

Kate and former Boston mayor James Curley have
a lively conversation.

historic location, terrific food
(lobster ravioli!)

Holocaust Memorial
Each number etched belonged to a victim of the Holocaust.

The numbers went to the top of each tower.

Steam rising up; each tower represents one
internment camp. Sobering.

Paul Revere's home

still on the trail

One if by land; two if by sea.

fancy dancy dessert

a sweet way to end our first full day in Boston

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