Saturday, January 31, 2009


Back in September last year, Uncle D & I joined facebook. Yeah a couple of old coots joining young people on a world wide web social network. I did with much trepidation and thought that I can't do this but plunged in anyway. It has really been a fun way to keep up with friends and family. The best thing I have found is reconnecting with some friends and family that I haven't seen in years & I do mean years:
This lady put up with a lot from me when I was a teenager (she was my youth pastor's wife).

These are my cousins that I don't remember seeing in a long time.

I knew L as a child and have kept up with her through her dad as she has grown into a beautiful lady. This past week, we connected on facebook & I've enjoyed seeing her good looking family.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WooHoo ! ! An Ice Day ! ! !

I work for a company that is 30 miles away from home so I dread anytime there is a threat of icy roads. Uncle D has been known to drive me to work and back on icy days. So this morning when I woke at 4:45 and saw that the school district that my company follows regarding closing in icy weather was closed, I was excited. I've been watching news coverage of the driving conditions and am very thankful that I am safe and warm at home. Uncle D did go to work and called to let me know that he'd made it fine.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Happy Birthday ! ! !

Uncle D's baby sister has a birthday today:


We love you loads....Uncle D and Aunt J.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Way to Go P-Rae ! ! ! !

In today's basketball game, P-Rae hustled and bustled:

and scored 14 points. Woo hoo! ! Way to go P-Rae ! ! ! !

Friday Night Fun

Last night we were invited to Uncle D's cousin's for dinner and family night. After a yummy dinner the games began. There was a girl's only game of Sorry and then a couple rousing games of "Uno Attack": Then we had a girls only game of Musical Chairs:

Then a little competition between the girls and the boys at the foosball table:

It was a fun time. Thanks C & E for your hospitality.

Lesson learned from a child

Last week Andy and Ben were hanging with their Poppy. They were thirtsy and Poppy gave them a choice of a bottle of water to quench their thirst. Andy wanted other options but was told his only choice was water. He refused and this is how he was feeling after his refusal:

Ben on the other hand, accepted the bottle of water and went happily along his way:

Andy reconsidered and finally accepted the bottle of water and look what fun the boys had:

This made me think about how I react when God gives me choices and how I react. Sometimes I want things my way and feel like Andy felt (not very happy). When I finally give up my will and accept God's will, I am much happier and life is good. Why do I have to learn this lesson over and over again?

Isn't God good to love us even when we make mistakes and I'm so thankful that he is a God of second chances.

Last Weekend

We had a great weekend last Saturday and Sunday but I failed to post so a little recap:

Girls noon baskeball game

And a pleasant surprise, my two youngest great nephews were there with their Poppy:

Here they are with a friend from school.

Later that evening we made the boys baskeball game:

Sunday afternoon was a baby shower for Leann & Brandon:

Baby Brody made quite a haul:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Quarter of a Century

This guy has a birthday today and is turning a quarter of a century. How time flies:

Happy Birthday, Ryan ! ! !


Uncle D went out of town Wednesday afternoon and was to be gone until this afternoon. When I got home Wednesday from work our internet connection was down. I didn't realize until then how addicted I am to using the internet at home. Uncle D made it safely home and within a few minutes had me up and running. YEAH ! ! !

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday to You ! ! !

This Royalty is having a birthday today! ! !
Happy Birthday Marcy ! ! !
You grew from one cute baby into a beautiful lady ! ! !
I thank God for the person you have become. Love you...Aunt J.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

H. Jackson Brown Jr. really sums it up

On my desk calendar this week I had a quote from Mr. Brown which read: "Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you." This sums up exactly what I think when I think of my dad. Today is his 92nd Birthday. He is in heaven now and I wonder if they celebrate birthday's there? If so, I hope Jesus takes a second out of eternity and wishes him a "Happy Birthday" and lets him know how very much I love him.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday ! ! !

January 14, 1994 was a mighty fine day when a good friend of mine had a precious baby girl who became very special to me. As she got a little older, she would let me style her hair:

And even smile about it: Wasn't she precious? She became even more precious as she got older: Always ready with a smile. She has grown into a beautiful 15 year old:

I want to wish her a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Funny Picture

A friend just e-mailed this picture to me and I thought it was too funny:
That's Uncle D - can anyone tell me who is sitting on his knees?

Monday, January 12, 2009


One of my friends started a blog and I wanted to welcome her to the blogging world. She has three boys who are all crack ups but her youngest is a hoot. This should be quite entertaining: The Screwy Phillips Family.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Blessings - Part 2

At the end of 2007, Uncle D bought me this camera and I had used it all year. I felt really comfortable with it and thought I'd taken some good pictures. The camera was a little bulky and wasn't always with me so, the Friday after Thanksgiving I had bought this camera to keep in my purse so that I could always catch those Kodak moments:The Sunday before Uncle D and I went to Atlanta, I lost my Fuji camera. I looked high and low and couldn't find it. I was thankful that I had my little Kodak in Atlanta and during the holidays but really missed my Fuji. So, after Christmas, Uncle D ordered me a new improved Fuji camera which was delivered this past Monday: I used it Saturday at the basketball games and out of the 40 - 50 pictures I took there were only about 5 that I liked. I'm sure I just don't know how to use it yet but am technically challenged and wasn't looking forward to trying to figure it all out. Bet you are wondering where my Sunday Blessing is in this story ......... well ..... during SS this morning the girl that I teach with found my old Fuji camera. I was so excited. The kindergarteners in my class thought that Miss J was a little crazy 'cause I was so excited. Now, I am camera poor but really excited to have my old camera back:

Sunday Blessing - Part 1

This blessing actually happened last Sunday. We have a family in our church that has adopted Uncle D & I into their lives:

Well, last Sunday their little girl promoted up from the Lambs class to the Beginners Sunday Class (the big kids class):

She did better than some of the older kids that have been in my SS class for a while. Then later in the worship service, two of her brothers were baptized:
An added blessing was that their grandparents from Arizona were here and got to see all this happen. It was quite a day of blessings for this family.

Saturday Fun - Part 2

The second game on Saturday:

Now, a little team strategy with the coach: After the second game, Uncle D and I went to Outback to eat with my brother and his wife. (Yummy)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday Fun - Part 1

Today is the first day of Upward Basketball so for the next 6 weeks we'll be attending at least one & usually two games each Saturday. Our first game today:

Of course, there were the loyal fans: We even ran into old friends that we haven't seen in many years:These three were comparing gray hair. Wonder who won??? We'll be headed back in a while for the second game of the day and pictures will be posted. Til then....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This One is for Barb

Uncle D & I sure enjoyed our holiday vacation but reality kicked in Monday when we both had to go back to work. Last week, I thought I had turned into my niece because last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I slept in past 10:00 each morning which if you know me is totally not me. If I can sleep past 6:00 a.m., I think I've slept in. So, setting the alarm this week has been a beating.

Also, earlier this week, we had a visit from our brother in law who was visiting from NM. He was here looking for land on which to build their dream house. He graced us with his pestering oh I mean presence for couple of days:
He and Uncle D enjoyed a little wii baseball, tennis, golf and bowling Tuesday evening:
Last night we were back to our normal Wednesday Bible club schedule:

And this kid was playing a mean air guitar while singing "A Happy Song": He was cracking me up.