Monday, April 30, 2007

Junior-Senior Banquet

This is Carrie my oldest daughter who is 17 (soon to be 18 as I am often reminded) and a senior this year with her "date" Austin McElwain! These two have been friends since the 6th grade and I guess we had better leave the discussion right at that for now!!!
Carrie bought her dress while she was in Jacksonville for competition and I made the wrap believe it or not!! Please don't look too close!! She had her hair done by a friend of mine and I think she was the most beautiful girl there!!!
Austin is a very nice but quite tall young man so Carrie was adamant that her shoes had to be high heeled and that they were!! I think the shoes were the favorite part of her outfit - she was just disappointed that her dress was too long for them to show!! The disappointment didn't last long!
The banquet was Friday night and after coming back to campus for a dessert bar around the fountain, I had about 10 of them at my house til about 2 in the morning. I mustn't complain - at least I knew where they were and what they were doing!!!
All in all, I believe it was a success!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

My Dad

This was my Daddy! Due to the time of year it is, I thought he deserved to be my first big blog here at my new place!!
April 16, 1995 God decided that my dad deserved his crown long before I was ready for him to receive it. The previous April, Dad had a cancerous tumor removed from his colon and that November, we were told that it had spread to his liver. So the following April, he had what is called a liver resection. They were going to remove the portion of his liver where the cancer was and all should have been good for another few years. However, Easter Sunday night at 11:41, he went to heaven. That has been a very long 12 years ago but at times it seems as though it were yesterday!
Often times we compare our earthly fathers with our heavenly Father and sometimes that causes people pain but for me, that makes both God and Dad perfect. I know, that sounds corny!! Anyway, Dad was a HUGE blessing to me and I miss him dearly. My kids were 3, 5 and 7 when he died. Ashley really doesn't remember him outside of stories I have told her. Carrie remembers him some but not a lot! However, David and my dad were "buddies". I have no worries about my family reading this so I can tell you that I think David was a little favored. As a matter of fact, I think there is more than one person that "favors" him but we won't go there. David did a lot of things with Grandpa that he remembers quite well. I know beyond any doubts that if my dad were alive today, he would be so proud of David as a Marine. I often find myself telling that to David to encourage him along the way. The thing that bothers me so much is that my kids do not have the privilege of hearing him pray and then watching God answer those prayers. They can't hear him preach like the backwoods Ohio farm boy he was. BUT...I CAN do my best to give them the heritage that he gave to me and I intend to do just that.
I am sorry that you all didn't get to know him. I believe that no one has lived a complete life unless they met my dad but then you probably think I am nuts!! you "know" my dad. Your life is good now!!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

A New Blog

I may not post on here very often but I have several friends who have blogs here that I would like to comment on and so here goes nothing.