Friday, April 25, 2008

Oh...say can you see

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.
Woodrow Wilson

Walking out the back door the other morning, I looked down the road to see my 88 yr. old Grandfather raising his flag. Before I knew it, I had grabbed my camera and a sense of pride and respect washed over me. Pride in a Grandfather that served in WWII and survived the horrors of war and Respect that he still honors our Country enough to raise the flag.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Prom 2008

My niece Audrey went to her Junior/Senior Prom this past Saturday night. I may be a tad biased but I thought that she looked really beautiful.

Audrey and her date John Blake

A great looking couple!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Angel Etheredge

In Loving Memory

Angel was born on Christmas Eve 1995, She became a part of our family in 1996. Angel and Oscar were together for 12 years and had 3 litters of pups. In recent years, Angel's health had gone down and she was plagued by tumors. After agonizing about this for months, Angel was peacefully put to sleep today.

We'll never forget our "Angel Baby".

There's no place like home, there's no place like home

Well...We are officially home! I've been in the "just visiting" mode for three months, but now it has finally sunk in....we live in Alabama. There are many people that I miss so badly in Greenville, that I'll forever miss, but they will always be a part of my life. There are many things that I have to get used to again. For example...Tornadoes! I had forgotten just how many more bad storms we have here. In the 13 years we were in Greenville, I can't remember being under a Tornado Warning, A Watch...yes, but not a Warning. In the 3 months we've been here, we've been under a Tornado Warning, no less than 10 times. I also have to get used to having family around all the time. Even though I loved Greenville, there were times that I would have loved to be able to just go down the road and see family and spend the afternoon with them. It's difficult some times to live in a city where you have no family around. I can't begin to explain to you how it feels to keep my Granddaughter every day and see my Grandson in the afternoons, to cook for everybody, to go to my nieces softball games, to sit on the front porch with my Mom and brother in the afternoon, to go to Church and know that you're related to half of the congregation. These are a fraction of the things that I didn't know that I had missed so bad. There's still one empty spot in my life right now....but he'll be "home" from Clemson in a few weeks.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Rice Box

When Cody was a little boy, I made him a rice box to play in instead of a sand box. Unlike sand,... rice wouldn't get rubbed in his eyes, tracked through the house or get in crevices and get carried into his bed. He loved his rice box and so did all my nieces and Cami and Max. We've had it with us for the 15 years we were away, and the girls had only got to play in it when they visited, so...when I brought it home to Alabama this week...let's just say...the girls STILL love playing in it!

Gabe got in on the action too! His favorite thing was to fill a cup up with rice and shake it!