Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Here is my mother Ophelia and Donna's mother Dorothy in happier days during 1993. My dad was gone by then, but the other 3 were still palling around together. These were beautiful ladies, and probably turned a few heads when they were out eating or shopping. Good days, good memories.
Dorothy is the only one left, and having her own health problems. But the grace of God, His goodness and mercy, are still very much alive.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I like this picture because of the smile. This was a very bad time in her life. It was taken when she lived with her mother in Ft. Worth. Horror stories abound during this period. She soon went back to live with her grandparents where she received lots of love and family identity.
I also like this picture because I can see my two daughters in it. It is sometimes hard to see resemblances between grandparents and grandchildren because of the physical changes in the grandparents: hair (or none), wrinkles, etc. But in this picture I can see physical resemblances of my daughters, and I can see personality resemblances.
The one thing about your parents passing away is you get no more answers to your questions. You just have to scan your own memory in hopes that something was said at some time or other, and if so, you hope you are able to bring enough of it up to make some sense and answer your questions.
This pictures brings up some of those questions, presently unanswered. But it also just puts a nice smile on my face, and in my heart.
I still love you, Mother.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Anyway, my birthday started the night before at church with a birthday party after the service, and with a greeting from my nephew Chris. A great way to start. It was followed by many other email and facebook greetings. (I don't really participate in facebook, but I get an email any time someone writes on my "wall.")
It rained early on the 16th, lowering the temp about 20 degrees from the 101-degree day before. Judy took me to breakfast at my favorite place, Speedway. Then we rode bikes on the new part of the bike/walking trail that will eventually circle the city. I was lazy all day, just reading books, etc. and enjoying reading what I usually don't have time for because of study and preparation for preaching/teaching.
At 6pm we went to Okie's. It is a really nice restaurant in Muskogee with great food and service. My friends in South Africa paid for the meal. (See the picture above.) We had a piece of cheese cake that was totally unbelieveable! Mmmmm.....
Judy had prayed for the last few months that I would have a great birthday. We have really been going through some very stressful testing, and the day was a nice respite from all that. I got great cards, and two specially designed cards from my dear wife Judy, the graphics artist. She really knows how to do things up well!
This is the best birthday I have had in a very long time. I have not only enjoyed the day, but also ruminating about every aspect of the day. The Lord is good to me.
One kind of sad note. In 61 years, this is the first birthday without my mother. But even that wasn't totally sad, because I know she is so much better off, living a much fuller life than she had here on earth.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Here are some pictures of Brent and Caitlyn. Brent is becoming a hunk of a boy. He commands whatever ground he is walking on, to be sure.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Well, that is my best excuse for not blogging. You probably noticed that doesn't account for the time between March and May. I have no excuse. And the beauty of a personal blog is, I don't have to have an excuse. I can do what I want to.
I have some cute grandchildren pictures that I will post at a later date, etc. So, now that I am back, check in once in a while and see what's up.
Friday, March 06, 2009
And while you are at it, don't forget Judy's wonderful blog: Bible Learning Lab. It is a great place to learn the scope and connections of the Bible. Plus she has just added a blog to that site called "Judy's World". It may not be available just yet.
And get this! Sometime in the future, she plans to have a website for her creative side and business: Gilmore Graphics. Wow! Are we prolific internet people, or what!
Since I am plugging. Don't forget our daughters' blogs. Kari's is Kari's Ramblings. Stephanie's is Finally Recess. They have all the fun, great stories about our grandkids.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Stumbled across my diary from my trip to South Africa and Kenya in 1996. Nice memories all around.
Big winter storm on Monday night and Tuesday all day. Freezing rain/sleet back and forth for 24 hours, then about 1" of snow. I haven't been to work in two days. Refuse to drive on ice, snow not so bad, but ice! Ugh!! I am getting too old for that.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Caitlyn and Brent (4 and 1 year old).
Monday, January 12, 2009
Speaking of birds, we saw some spectacular eagles flying up and down the lake outside our condo windows. I saw one come so close that I could see his individual wing feathers. Wow!
A morning walk was scheduled at 8:30 every morning for those who were interested. Here we are walking through a cool covered bridge.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Each time we all go into Silver Dollar City for a day to enjoy the Christmas shows and lights, along with parades and all kinds of food. This year we went in on Sunday afternoon. It is so much fun to "go your own way" and run into some family member(s) from time to time. I stayed with my mother, who was there with us this week. She drove a motorized vehicle and I walked along beside. Every so often, you could hear my 3 granddaughters screaming across the crowd, "Papa! Papa! We missed you." At the live Nativity play, I saw Olivia coming in and enjoyed the "Papa! Papa!" routine. I picked her up and we hugged and kissed. Then I asked if she would like to be carried to her seat. "Uh-huh!" she said. "It's hard to walk with these many clothes on!" (I'll be showing more pictures of my little darlings in the days to come.)