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Happy Birthday Son

My oldest son turned 42 years old yesterday…

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Doug … had the prettiest curly hair…

with brother and our special puppy, Sugar…

We had celebrated with our little family on Sunday evening…

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Blowing out his ONE BIG CANDLE… beat putting 42 on the cake!

His Dad… me, his Mom… his brother… sister-in-law and his two nieces and nephew…

This is all he wants!

We are his world!

We make him happy!

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walking in park with nephew…

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so proud of niece graduating from High School…

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They kid a lot… telling corny jokes k13041725… play scratch tickets together… go to the River Boat Casino every now and then…

If his Dad needs a hand around the house … he is right therewith lots of advice!

but, he does know how to do so many things… has that knack of fixing thingsredoing things…

He buys and sells on Ebay3625v1-max-150x150 for extra money(he’s on disability) and does well at it…

He loves to collect items and knows what it’s worth by his investigating on the computer…

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Doug on right…

with Uncle visiting from Georgia… Rebellious years for sure!

I’m his partner in shopping at thrift stores… peddler’s malls…yard sales…

We have a common bond in loving older things… music… collectibles… movies…

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He seems to have lots of confidence in me… although I’ve had to be the “mean” one at times… in discipline… pushing him forward… making him do for himself!

The neighbor lady calls him the “supervisor”… because he loves telling others how to do things… and has great confidence in his opinions…

Most people who know him… love him…

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with cousin at her son’s wedding…

He has a natural ease in talking to all kinds of people…

especially people he feels has had a tough life

I imagine he can relate!

You would never guess… he suffers from bi-polar disorderP_culture_svg

He shys away from certain people at times due to their scrutinizing him …

He doesn’t go to some placestoo crowded… suffocates him and gives him anxiety…

Has a little paranoia… in what others think of him… what others may do… safety issues and doing right all of the time…

He would fight for those he loves with all of his might!

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Family is what’s important to him!

He is concerned of his looks and has recently lost around 40+ pounds… Looking good!

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Last Birthday…                                    3 months later at Christmas…

He is more content around me and his Dad…

He has become a wonderful person

He loves his nieces and nephew above all things…

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with Kennedy, Carson and Taylor…

Wants to do for them and wants them to succeed…

He’s achieved so much in his 42 years… more than he realizes… but, being his Mom I see the accomplishments

Happy Birthday to my first-born… my Doug!

Birds Are Much Happier!

I had painted an old wood ironing board that was my Mother’s  for my niece

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and then she hands me this to redo…

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It had been outside and the sun had removed all of the color

She liked it … and like me… doesn’t like to get rid of things that can be restored…

I looked up photos of the birds… to help me get their coloring right…

There is an Oriole, 250px-Black-naped_Oriole

Dove, k14494169

Bluebird, 250px-Eastern_Bluebird-27527-2

Cardinal, northern_cardinal_mouse_pad-r47ea04e607934bc9b086814175fa6575_x74vi_8byvr_324

Sparrow house_sparrow_glamour

and Wren… house_wren_glamour

All are quite beautiful in their own way…

and the sign will WELCOME all who come to my niece’s home!

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After I spray it with some clear acrylic… it will last longer outside…

Looks a little better I would say!

Celebrating a Loved One!… Happy Birthday JoNell

A spur of the moment Birthday Celebration brought joy to my heart this evening…

My niece called and says, “We are going over to the cemetery to celebrate Mom’s birthday… k0060188

do you want to go?”…

I immediately said, “Yes!”… I’ll meet you there”…

I quickly called my sister to ask if she was able to go…

Her husband is quite ill… so it’s hard for her to make sudden decisions

He was having a good day… and she met me at my house in minutes…

I got together some silk flowers I had recently bought… and threw in a couple of chairs

Now, you would have to know that our sister that passed 5 years ago would just love this!… This was to be her celebration… she would have been 80 years old

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Her two daughters, a granddaughter and her two little ones, her son-in-law, a girlfriend of her daughter’s son, one of my sons, my sister and myself…

Not bad for a short notice party …

We met at the cemetery where the pink dogwoods were blooming, the geese k0110456 were everywhere, the air was just a little cool and the sun was shining bright

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My niece had brought cupcakes that she knew her Mom would have loved… The sweeter the better… shades of pale green, pink and yellow… k3160584

We placed the flowers I had brought along with my nieces… in the holder on the wall… commenting how we think alike in the colors chosen…

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Reading the dates on her marker seemed a little eery… Could it have been 5 years already?…

We sat and talked…  a few tears fell… but, mostly laughter… hugs and kisses

We wandered around the beautiful landscaped lawns

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My heart broke as the oldest one went over to the plaque/flowers and kissed it…

not realizing we were watching… Pure love

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I took a few photos… and felt the love that was emanating from my sister’s family that loved her so much…

She seemed to be there listening to the memories and enjoying the small talk… We recalling her wonderful laugh… and quick wit to always have a joke or tale to tell…

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we said our good bye’s and felt a peaceLove had been shown today… and it was good!

Painting a “pear”…

706339_445347928856948_586625765_oWent downtown the other night…

Actually went over the Ohio River Bridge to Indiana to attend an art class….

It’s called “Downtown Canvas and Cocktails”…

I imagine these events have hit your town as well…

This one was my first…

and loved it because my nephew was holding it… He’s an excellent artist… but, this is just a side-line from his pastoral job

He’s fun… energetic… and has the talent to help us “wannabes”…

They provide the easels, canvas, paints, aprons, instruction with  wine and snacks of cheeses, crackers and fruit

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Great combo!

I admit… I do paint… but, self-taught… Just comes natural… but, could probably use some lessons to perfect my God -given talent…

I forgot to mention every night the classes are held… there is a different subject… This night it was a “PEAR”… and you interpret it any way you want… Such talent comes out… all good in my eyes!…

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A niece, Whitney… her “green pear…on a blue/purple background…

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Carol Ann (another niece) chose more of a “red pear” on a variegated background of bright green, yellows and rosy pinks…

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Phyllis… Carol Ann’s mother-in-law chose a more abstract style

I really liked this!….

with a “pair” of “pears”…

Similar colors of her daughter-in-law…

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Molly (niece) made a lovely “yellow pear” on a background of purple, orange, yellow…

She’s signing her masterpiece…

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If you can keep from looking at Lindsey’s (niece) beautiful smile

This was her first attempt at painting… and I loved her different color combo…

and finally mine…

I took a piece of my wallpaper border to match my painting…

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a few touch ups and it will be hung in my kitchen soon…

I forgot to tell you…

The cost is minimal in thoughts…

All supplies as mentioned with instruction… a night out with some friends…

a “nice” drink/snacks$35.00…

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I hope to return another night… wondering what subject might be offered…

“My Grateful’s!”

As Thanksgiving is upon us… I feel an urgency to put down on paper my list of “Grateful’s”

 

1. My Lord… who leads me with every thought, feeling and action I have… be it small or big…

2. My Husband… who gives me all of his Love and Strength… the most honest, hard-working, caring, faithful man I know… knew it when I married him and still have it to this day…

3. My Two Son’s… so different in make-up and nature… both showing their love of family … having good hearts, a faith foundation, strength to endure and care for others…

4. My Grandchildren… who are my light, my happiness and my loves…

5. My Sister… my sharing person, my get me through the day, my laugh for the day…

6. My Extended Family… of daughter-in-laws, in-laws, nieces, nephews, brother, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, cousins… who make such an outstanding family… with each giving a part of themselves to make our family interesting, funny, awesome, outstanding and mainly loving…

7. My Passing Family… Mom, Dad, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, Brother and Sister, Sister-in-laws, Brother-in-laws, Mother-in-law… God has you now… Bless Them Dear Lord …

8. My Friends… so faithful, so kind, so “always there”, sharing their families and friendship as only they can do…

9. My Neighbors… old and new… a friendly wave, a little conversation, sharing thoughts… troubles and joys… enough to keep us a part of their lives…

10. Myself… for being born into a loving family… for being given a talent that I love… for being lead to my Lord… for letting me continue to grow and learn every day… for meeting all kinds of people … for acceptance…for the love shown to me…

Blessings to all this Thanksgiving Day of 2012… and may all remember “their grateful’s” !

If this sounds familiar it was my list from last year…

My “Grateful’s” are still the same…

Family /Friends Relationships

We’re having company from Georgia … Two of  Bobby’s sisters… His immediate family has dwindled to three sisters and himself… Total of 4…When we first met there were his Mother, 5 sisters, 3 brothers and himself… I, myself, have a sister and a brother  today…I had Mom and Dad, 2 sisters and two brothers… Now a total of 3… Of course 42 years has passed…Not to say our family’s haven’t grown …We’ve added in-laws, nieces, nephews and grandchildren… But, there has been so many changes… I love Bobby’s family…especially the sisters… We’ve remained very close…Visiting as much as possible …So happy to talk to each other and keep in touch … His family has become mine and mine his… I feel very fortunate with my situation… the combination worked… We will have lots of fun when the sisters get here…We’ve made plans to go to several places…but, what I love best…is just sitting and talking to them … They have memories …we have memories …and sharing all of them is like all are with us just as it was 42 years ago… Thank goodness for family!

“My Kids!”…

I ran into another of my previous students in Wal-Mart  yesterday… I knew her Grandmother before Tonya was even born…She was my  lady… When she came by the house…we sat and had coffee  and talked for an hour or so… We became friends… her daughter was expecting a baby girl …first grandchild… so special…And that she was!… I had started working with Special Ed  children by then… She asked me to come out to the car one day and see her precious granddaughter… I knew immediately there was something different about Tonya…I wasn’t an expert by no means…but, just knew…Later she asked me what I thought…She had seen it and I just verified her feelings…Tonya was tested and was found to have a mental disability … And as things happen, at the age of 10 she was enrolled in our classroom at TJMS… We were so surprised… Since we had such a connection… had formed a bond… Tonya is now graduated from school…living with her Mom… and so very close to her Grandma … She is their life… Tonya recognized me but, was shy …has some gray in her hair…unimaginable to me that she is as old as she is…around 35 I would say… I know so much about this family and what their life has entailed… Another combination of relationships that have worked … Thank goodness for this extra addition to my family!