Saturday, August 22, 2009

Getting By With A Little Help From Matt's Friends

Matt had some friends over today to help clean up our back yard. How badly did the back yard need cleaning? Well, the pause in the action in the photo is because cleaning out the wood pile evicted two possums and an armadillo from their living quarters.

The possums got away, but the armadillo was detained for questioning before being released. Thanks for the help, friends!

Just Because

Here are some of my favorite pictures of little granddaughters from recent weeks. The one of Alyssa in the pool is from when we kept her last Saturday. The one of Ellie was from my mom's funeral (scroll down two blog entries).

Friday, August 7, 2009


Graduating summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0
from Dallas Baptist University, 8/7/09.

The Fruit of Her Hands

On Monday, August 3, 2009, we buried my Mom. There were about 60 people there as her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends rose up to call her blessed. My son preached the message, my sister gave the eulogy, and a minister-cousin officiated, welcoming people, leading the singing, and generally conducting the service. Then her grandchildren were her pall bearers as they carried the casket out of the church and laid her body to rest next to my Dad's, in the cemetery right next to the church. The grave site is nice and peaceful, between woodlands and pasture, and deer often wander through it in the cool of early morning and late afternoon.

She was a good mother. As painful as it was to let her go, it was far more painful to watch her remain in the state she was in for the last years of her life. She is better now than she has ever been in her life.