Monday, June 8, 2009

Blessings, blessings, blessings...

Life has been a wonderful roller coaster ride since the middle of May--and I am going to take an opportunity tonight to post a few of the highlights.

On May 16, a beautiful Saturday morning, Leslie, Jessica and I hosted a baby shower brunch for my "adopted" daughter, Lindy. It was the perfect morning and oh so much fun. Precious Macie Ryan is due in July and we can't wait to welcome her! Here are a couple of the shower pictures...

On that same day, my favorite son-in-law, Steven, celebrated the day of his birth. We went to dinner the previous night to mark the milestone with food and festivities. Leslie appears substantially shorter in this photo because she was kneeling beside him for the picture. We, of course, must take the opportunity to tease her about having bowed to his highness. Happy Birthday Steven, we're so glad that God brought you into our lives...

Not to be outdone, my dad got into May 16th's action by falling from a ladder while pruning a tree. He was unconscious and suffered significant injuries and trauma, but without a doubt God answered the many prayers lifted for him by giving Dad a recovery that is miraculous. He is still black and blue from bruising and transfusing, but he is walking with only the assistance of a cane at this point! We love you Dad, and we're all thrilled that you are doing so well. May I be so bold as to suggest that you do some serious praying about what kind of assignment God has for you since you missed this great opportunity to leave us? You are hereby, officially, on ladder restriction!

On May 26, George and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary! He is my best friend and in fact, the best person I know. The photo here was taken after a heavy rain, so don't mistake the fog for halos--wink wink. Seriously though, God has blessed us and we are so grateful...

We enjoyed a cruise vacation to celebrate our anniversary. My sister, Lisa, and her husband, Dale, went with us. We had some moments that will go down in history--(ours at least)... I won't elaborate except to say that just the mention of her name makes me laugh out loud. I'm glad you're my friend, Lisa, and I can't wait for you to move back to Charlotte!

Finally, we returned to Charlotte just in time for me to turn 50. The surprise party that was thrown by my family was amazing. A steel drum band was playing by the pool when we returned from dinner--and about forty of my dearest friends and family were gathered to help me usher in this "golden" year. I understand that my sister, Kathie, worked feverishly to get this whole thing set up while we were at dinner. Did I already say I'm blessed?

In my mind, I'm still eighteen, but I guess the proof's in the pudding--I'm not looking so young anymore. But I wouldn't change one thing if I could because these years have allowed me to experience God's grace, mercy and blessings in ways that I wouldn't trade for all the wrinkle-free, jiggleless days of youth in the world.

So...I plan to resume the Bible blog tomorrow, Lord willing, but hopefully, these pictures and details will explain the blogging absence. For each of you who have wished me happy birthday, happy anniversary, or happy sailing, I say THANK YOU! You are the blessings for which I am grateful every day and I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3


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