Warning, you might want to get something cold to drink and make sure you have eaten, for this is a L.O.N.G. post, but it is FULL of memories that I just had to share with y'all! =)
Like I promised...Here's part 2 of Grandmother's 90th birthday party pics, but first let me say a couple things.
#1 I was so sick Saturday night before Mother's day, that I failed to wish my 2 SPECIALS Moms a Happy Mother's day on my blog. Thankfully I had sent them a nice card before I left for TN.
So, Moma and Mom D...(my Mother-in-LOVE), I trust that you both had a VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! You are both VERY special to me/my family and WE LOVE YOU TONS!!!!
#2 Thank you all for your comments and prayers. My family and I are slowly recovering from this flu. We are still very weak and ache too. I get up and think I can do some work, put a load or 2 in the washer, and then lie down, or do some dishes but soon I have to lie back down again. Noah and Elijah have had this flu for over a week now and today Elijah laid down and fell sound asleep on our bed at noon(Which is NOT normal for an active little boy =) and Noah complained that his head was really hurting.
So, your continued prayers that we can kick this are appreciated! Thanks!
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Just a little history for those of you that don't know. GG's party was also very special to my family because of where it was held. It was held on the campus that my parents and Granddaddy and Grandmother purchased when I was just 18 months old. It was a 9 acre beautiful campus that until it closed was the oldest Quaker school in existence (maybe just in TN, I'm not sure) called "Friendsville Academy."
Daddy and Moma gave their lives to start and run a K-high school and college Christian school and a church on these beautiful grounds. Since Daddy was from the Alabama Bible Methodist conference it was and still is a an Alabama Bible Methodist church. I believe the campus bore a sign that said "Christ Church, Christ College and Christ Academy").
The school was a traditional Christian school RUN BY FAITH... and it was a boarding school (with a boy's and girl's dorm)...which offered boarding for high school and college age students. During the 10 years we lived there on that campus (1975-1985)...Daddy was Husband, Daddy to us 4 kids, tried to like a "Daddy" for the dorm kids who were so far away from their Dads, pastor, bore the burden of PRAYING in the finances, principal, ran the maintenance crew (that had permission from the R.R. company to gather any dropped coal and any old railroad ties to burn to heat our big buildings), teacher of MANY subjects, (and he had the pressure of finding other teachers who could "live on a dime"), and mentor... to name a FEW of the hats he wore. He sent out a newsletter ("The Friendly Chat") but never asked for money. Daddy and Moma just told God our needs! They made life so wonderful that we kids never knew we were "poor!" =)
Moma was wife, Moma to us 4 kids, tried to be like a "Mother" to the lonely dorm kids, cook for the entire school when we didn't have one, dietician (having the pressure of buying the food to feed everyone, and planning the menus), choir director, home-ec teacher, organist, and mentor... just to name a FEW of the hats she wore during those 10 years.
There is no way to tell you the lives that God helped them to touch during these years!
GG's party was held in the lobby of the girl's dorm.
~My Uncle Carson (GG's only son) and Aunt Linda have 4 girls. Cheryl, Susan, Martha, and Christa. Christa is the one from FL that couldn't come.Here's a picture of Cheryl and David V. and their family with GG. They have adopted 3 precious children. This was the first time that I got to see little Shiloh and it was love at first sight. Isn't she a dolly?~
Here's Esther and Derek M. with their family...minus their sweet Alyssa that was on her 8th grade trip.~
She is a DEAR faithful friend to our family and GG still today. She was a BIG help to us with GG's party! =) ~
(Laura and her girls were so busy helping serve food, that I failed to get a picture of their family with GG. But, I have a family picture of them I took on Sunday that I will post.)
Here's Laura's Darla, and Brittany, and me with my brother Lincoln, Lyn and Kelsie. ~
When Moma told me she wanted a picture of my family to display I told her I was "Working on getting one to her!" She NEVER DREAMED that I was having one printed so I could BRING IT TO HER MYSELF! =) ~
~The Great Grandkids with GG...She has 33 I believe. The other 16 couldn't be with her on her special day.~
Each Christmas all of us cousins would have a delicious breakfast at GG's house and open her FUN gifts, then head out to our house to have a yummy dinner and open gifts at our house. =) FUN MEMORIES!!~
Thanks cuzins we HAVE To do it again really soon! =) ~