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Linda continues the tradition . . .

November 16th, 2017 1 comment

From all reports sister Linda’s Thanksgiving dressing is always a hit.  Faithfully  following our Mama’s recipe, she continues the delicious tradition.   

Giving thanks for loving parents.

November 9th, 2017 Comments off

I was home for my summer visit with Mama andDaddy in 1969 when this snapshot was taken. I don’t think I have another one of just the three of us together, so I love having this one.  In the background is our big Oak tree.

Now that I am at least ten years older than Mama was in this picture I can’t help but yearn for the time when I was young, and so were they.  It all went much too quickly.  

By this time I was living in California and my summer vacations spent with them were precious.  I loved being  ‘home’ again.  They were always busy working, but on this day I asked them to stop a minute for  a picture and they obliged.   Sitting  between them made me feel like a child again, safe and special.

Loving parents . . . how can we ever thank God enough for them?

Childhood Memories Focused on the Lighter Side of Easter

April 11th, 2017 1 comment

 We were taught the true meaning of Easter, but we got to experience the frivolous side too – Easter egg hunts. Linda and I had a wonderful  time, with older sisters giving us lots of attention and having a great time finding the eggs we had dyed.  

Childhood memories are kept alive through pictures such as this one of Linda and me. Does it remind you of one of your own?

 We had a huge yard, so hiding Easter eggs could result in a real search.  When the neighborhood kids joined in, we had quite an assortment of eggs to gather.

 How did we not die from eating those eggs that had been hidden hither and yon?  Some times we  would gather them in our baskets and then have them   hidden again to extend the fun.  I guess the cool to cold air helped keep them from killing us.  I don’t know.

Today we have  kids hide plastic eggs and put candy and money in them.  The boiled ones are more for decorations and eaten cold from the refrigerator.  It just isn’t the same somehow as those grass stained ones.

Just look at me, salt shaker in hand, wolfing down another one.  They tasted so good.  Why could we get away with it and kids today can’t?  We must have had some angels looking out for us in Arkansas, some 60 years ago.  Did I  say 60?  That must be a mistake, nah, couldn’t be.  Impossible! It was just the other day, you can ask Linda!

Happy Birthday Dr. Sidney Simpkins, A Cherished Brother-in-Law!

September 24th, 2016 Comments off

Lady in the Tree

July 17th, 2016 1 comment

My sister Audrey has a beautiful two story home in Arkansas.  The back of the house, where she has a spacious enclosed porch, is elevated and allows a wonderful view of the large back yard . Oak trees rise high, outlining the area, with flowering shrubs and smaller trees all around. No houses are in sight.  (yes, I have porch envy)

Audrey often sits on her heated /AC porch, which is really too nice to be called a porch.  Included on the carpeted ‘porch’ is a padded swing, tread mill, a couple of comfortable recliners and a sofa.  On the wall are works of art, some her own and some of other artists.  There are also  framed pictures of animals she befriended (from the porch).  I will write about that at another time.

One of the pictures that caught my attention is the one shown here.  Audrey said that a several years ago she kept seeing an image in one of the trees, an image of a woman.  One day she took her paints to the tree, and without even sketching it in first, she began to paint.  She said it almost painted itself, the image was so clear in her mind,  it seemed to be waiting to be released.

Strange?  Yes.  Beautiful? Absolutely 

Thankfully she took a snapshot because in time the tree was felled in a mighty storm that passed through the area.  The lady in the tree was gone,  but we can still see her. 

Thanks to Audrey for sharing this most unusual experience.  

My Favorite Picture of Daddy and Me

June 19th, 2016 Comments off

Daddy and ME

Daddy’s mind was already being deprived of memories and he was often confused and frustrated, but at this moment we shared a laugh.  I wish I could remember what was said that made him laugh  so heartily.  It was so sweet to share it with him. My dear, dear, Daddy.

Six months since saying goodbye to Bill.

May 13th, 2016 Comments off

Bill c. 71Our lives had been actively intertwined for fifty years.  

Bill and I had remained close friends and a support system for each other.  We shared our mutual love for Tim, Alice and Juliana.

 We shared our faith and prayed together for family members and friends.

We shared information about our health problems, and discussed the latest news, whether world wide or local.  We remained connected in a way that many people found unusual.  As Christians we chose to make our divorce as amiable and civil as possible.  

This is one of my favorite pictures of him, taken during the time we were together.  He will always be a part of my life.

Vacation Fun

April 21st, 2016 Comments off

Now that Sidney and Linda are retired from the medical profession they have more time to enjoy vacations with the grandchildren.  They are shown in Florida shades with three of their five cuties:  future model Katelyn, superstar Will, and power hero Patrick Borland  12718110_10207867930429069_1566410041645617279_n

20 Years since the marriage of Lori and David, my how time how flown

April 13th, 2016 Comments off

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Having A Daughter-in-Law

April 6th, 2016 Comments off

When your son marries (especially your only child) you can’t help but wonder if the girl he fell in love with will make you feel comfortable being a part of their lives or will she resent you? Will she learn to love you or will there be tension? There are many stories about trouble making mother-in-laws, I vowed never to be one. I prayed that I would gain a daughter, not lose a son.

That prayer was answered in Alice. We have a warm and loving relationship, a special friendship unlike any other. It is a joy to have her as the daughter I have never known. She has welcomed me with open arms, and is teaching Juliana to love her grandma. Yes indeed, I feel blessed and grateful. Happy Birthday Dear Alice!

Alice summer '14

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