Monday, May 28, 2012

Flags of Remembrance...

The Healing Field was an amazing sight.  Fifteen hundred flags put out in one place to honor and 
remember all those who have served in our military.  Past, present, or future, I thank you
for serving our country and keeping it the best place to live.  
Seeing all those flags was a very somber reminder of all the lives lost and changed over
the years to keep our United States of America free.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Soar Like an Eagle...

Wow, three grandkids graduating this year.  Cassidy and Jade will be heading 
off to middle school and Drew will be starting high school.  I am so proud of
 all three of them for the accomplishments they have each made.  My dream 
for each of them is to "soar like an eagle".  

The speaker at Cassidy's school told the story of an eagle egg that fell out of its nest.  It landed in a 
chicken coop and one of the hens raised it as a chicken after it hatched.  One day the "chicken" saw a bird flying overhead and asked the hen what it was.  She told the "chicken" that it was an eagle...the king of all birds.  The little "chicken" wanted to be an eagle, but it was too late.  It had been raised as a chicken 
and would always be a chicken.  So don't be like the chicken and be surrounded by those who don't appreciate you for who you are.  I pray each of you will be like the eagle and soar.  I pray you will 
each surround yourselves with positive people...don't waste your time on those who do not support 
and encourage you to be whatever you want to be.  Congratulations to all three of you.  
I love you all for the great young people you are and know you will all go far in life.  
Have fun as you enter middle and high school years and enjoy everything life has to offer you.

Seems not so long ago they were all just babes.  Where in the world does the time go?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's That Time Again...

It is so strange to me, but it happens every year.  As soon as we hang our hummingbird feeders, we start getting woodpeckers drinking from them.  This guy just tips the feeder and then gets the liquid as it drips down the side...pretty smart fellow.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Weekend...

What a wonderful Mother's Day weekend I had.  It all got started on Friday night with a delicious dinner with the hubby at Outback Steakhouse...yummy!  Then, on Saturday,  the entire family (both sides) was invited for a cookout and swim at Greg and Leslie's house.  The weather was a bit chilly but they had the pool heated to 87 degrees so the kids swam the entire day.

Greg loves to cook and once again he outdid himself in preparing food for everyone.  Leslie, of course, was still laid up with her broken leg so we all tried to take care of her as best as we could.

We almost had a tragedy during the day.  Leslie's brothers little grandson, 2 year old Chandler, was in the pool with the other kids and one of his swimmies came off.  He went under the water and his mom had to jump in to get him.  When she pulled him out, little Chandler was blue and unresponsive.  Thank God Leslie is a nurse...she knew exactly what to do.  We called 911 also and they responded with two police cars, an ambulance, a fire truck and the first responders.  They worked on him for a while and didn't leave until they were sure he was fine.  A huge thank you to the city of Nolensville for their quick response.

You just don't expect things like this to happen.  There were at least 15 adults right there by the side of the pool when Chandler went under.  It just goes to show how quickly something can happen and change everything.  It was very scary for everyone, but thankfully, we had a good end result.

On Sunday morning we had a beautiful church service in honor of all of our mothers.  So many of us have moms who have already gone to be with the Lord and Mother's Day can be hard for us.  It was for me, as my mom has been gone since December of 2000.  I miss her every day but am honored to have had her as my mother.  At the end of the church service, my husband, David, did the closing prayer.  In that prayer, he remembered my mom and what a special woman she was.  It was quite emotional.

After church Chris, Melodie and the kids took us to Cracker Barrel for lunch.  I love to go there on Sunday for their fried chicken...can't be beat.

Thank you to my wonderful family for making my Mother's Day
a very special one.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Down By The River...

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 David and I have worked really hard this year to get it looking good down by the river  and it paid off when I took Anna Grace down there to take some pictures.  It was easy to walk down to that part of the river  for the first time since we have lived here.