Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Today is, wedding day

Dear Bryce

It's here, your wedding day, a day of faith, hope and love. A day of beautiful memories for you and Monica. But I want to share with you how much the memories of you growing up I treasure and smile each time I remember.
When you were born and the doctor said it was a boy, I don't think your dad's feet touched the ground for days, after that announcement. You were the most precious baby with your curly hair and dimples. Who can forget cheeseballs, Sodie, corn street, cleaning the inners out of pumpkins and you said"EWW that is gross at 3. When Great Gram would take you out to eat with her friends, and you said these rolls are delicious. All the plays you did. The purple man, you were a ham. You were so good in all of them and every time you were on stage my heart swelled with pride watching you. I have always wanted to do that, so I admired your courage, talent, voice and all the fun you had with your friends, it was so great to be apart of that. I think the one your dad might treasures is your match at districts and how you fought to come back to wrestle one more match. These are only a few of the many memories I will treasure of you growing up, but now it is time for you to make memories with Monica, as husband and wife.

You two have been through a lot in the past 6 months with buying a house and a new job and survived, which is proof how a good, solid, strong and loving your relationship can endure life's curve balls. "Faith, plants the seeds. Love makes it grow" Monica is a good woman and she sees what a caring, compassionate, funny, wonderful, honest, hardworking, kind and loving husband you will be, but most importantly what a great friendship you will have together. With an added bonus, Monica gets you. So, Monica and Bryce enjoy your day, and remember " There is no limit to love's forbearance, to its trust, its hope. its power to endure". " There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. We love you and Monica very much. We will treasure this day of your marriage to your beautiful and kind wife and our new daughter. Lots of love and prayers, mom and dad

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wonderful Vacation

Our vacation is over. It has been the most fun and relaxing trip ever. Most importantly I feel so satisfied that we were able to give Shaina and Jonathan a beautiful and memorable wedding day.  I know I am the mother but it was truly a wonderful day, Yes it was hot but we had a nice breeze on the beach.  When you saw Shaina and Jonathan together and how they smiled at each other, nothing else mattered.  My heart just melted with love for them both. Shaina and Jonathan had every detail taken care of. They picked out the most beautiful songs that expressed their love for each other. As a mom you couldn't  of envisioned it any better. It was a day filled with love and happiness. Shaina surprised me and ask that both Jude and I walk her to Jonathan and then Greg (Jonathan's dad) asked that we sit together as parents. Our two families have blended so well together and that is all because of Shai and Jonathan. I have to say we had a wonderful party. It was so great, we had our friends and family from Ohio, Miriam's family from England (four), Canada, friends and family from Wichita, Louisiana, wedding party from Canada, and we ate and danced until 11:30 and then met up at the bar afterwards for drinks. Everyone enjoyed and lived in that moment like we were all old friends. It was the most amazing and wonderful day ever!! And I leave you with one of the best photos of Jude and Jonathan, that says it all to me about how much Jonathan means to us. A  picture is worth a thousand words.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Shaina and Jonathan's wedding day has finally arrived and I am filled with such emotion and it keeps spilling out down my cheeks.  Jonathan pulled me aside and told me how he is so excited and happy he is to marry our daughter. So please remember, it is tears of pure joy and I have alot of  joy coming out of these eyes. Here is one quote that helps explain what I see when Jonathan looks at our Shaina:

"A women wishes to be loved, not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves".

Jonathan "gets" Shaina. It is an amazing thing to observe the simplest of interactions between them. Jonathan is very nurturing, respectful, loving, reassuring, kind, supportive and everything else you would wish for your daughters happiness. Today we do not lose our daughter, we gain another son and witness our daughter, giving her heart to the man she adores and loves. My heart swells with love and pride for them both.

Today will be Jonathan and Shai's special day. Jude and I plan on enjoying and savoring every special moment the day will bring. Thank you everyone for all your thoughts, wishes and love you send our way.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A new address

Finally, we are in our new home in Cold Creek Crossing. It is beautiful and has lots of room. We have been constantly busy every night running errands, moving, buying household items, packing and unpacking .  We have 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a full finished basement. It is very roomy. so we are official empty nesters living on our own. Jack and Zoey are adjusting. I think they think like me. I keep questioning myself, is this real?  Are you sure your not at a hotel? I have a nice neighborhood to walk in, but on Tuesday morning, Zoey spotted the coyote in the neighborhood and he was watching and following us. Needless to say we went straight home. Everything was well with the wait.

7 days till we see Shaina and Jonathan. I can hardly wait to see them. Things seem to be falling into place. I picked up my dress tonight and I really like it. It is turquoise, my grams favorite color. My sister, Rick, Mom& Roger. Jude, Bryce, Monica and I will be staying for a week after the wedding in a house my sister rented. Shai and Jonathan are staying longer so they can visit with Jonathan's family and us. Good times in Florida.

2 days and school is out for the summer. It has been a good year and next year will prove to be a very exciting adventure for the teachers and students. Until then I need to be done to get ready for the first wedding. 

Jude is having a second procedure on his back this Thursday. It will b more medicine, and cauterizing a nerve. WE are getting him in shape to walk Shai down the isle at the beach.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Waiting is the hardest part

Waiting.... still waiting for FEMA  to clear our condo in Cold Creek Crossing. The word from the realtor was they meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and our condo was on the agenda for Tuesday 5/19. Well apparently NOT. So we continue to wait.

Shaina and Jonathan were waiting for a  transmission and repair for over a week, but finally got everything fixed and left for Georgia on Friday 5/22. They are in Georgia staying with Greg & Miriam until the paper work gets finished up for their house. There seems to be a theme here.

Bryce and Monica are working on their house and are making progress. Putting up some drywall, fixing things that come as a surprise after a house that has been unoccupied for a while and replacing a hot water tank. They are waiting for their windows to get installed and the inspector to check what has been done so far.

Most importantly waiting for the first wedding of the summer. It is so exciting. We have been making all the last minute adjustments and plans. This makes me more anxious for it to happen. We have not seen Shai and Jonathan since December. WE just hope we have the time to sit around and visit with them during the time we are together. I just tried on my M.O.B dress and it is perfect aqua dress and very simple. Simple is good. My opinion.  My gram would really love it. I choose this color for her. It is my way of having her apart of Shai's wedding day and i know she will be with us. Remember Shai's middle name is Allydia after her. Gram was a very special lady and we miss her very much.

That's all for now.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


I am now a Delicious member. I am still learning how to get around the site and how to use it. It was fun putting all the sites I have in one place. Since Perkins is moving quickly into more technology I have made it my mission to collect as many sites to help me learn more about technology.  One thing I have found, teachers like to share their ideas. I love teaching.

Still waiting on the condo. Patience is a virtue.

If you haven't heard Bryce and Mon have bought a house on Fifth St. They have a lot to do, but they have the time to do it they way want it. They are moving a pretty good pace. It is going to be very nice and they have a yard for Cami.

Shai and Jonathan are still in Shreveport, awaiting to hear about their house. It is very beautiful with a big yard and close to her wonderful in-laws. Plus a room for Jude and I to visit. Now that is what I am talking about.

Thats all for now!!