• Just Life

    Weekending.

    Thank you for all your good wishes for Sam. He was happier on Friday see that pointer finger? he has it ready all the time – pointing is his “thing”! (and apparently it’s contagious – I noticed my right hand did the same thing on Saturday) and by yesterday, pretty much back to 100%. I certainly had fun spending all that 1:1 time with him (that was a first since my last Thursday with Sam … back in April), but whoa, I was tired Friday night! Saturday would’ve been our dad’s 80th birthday. My brother had the wonderful idea to visit the Tech campus in his memory. My sister was…

  • Just Life

    Throwback Thursday | 1965.

    I was three. We lived in southeast Texas (note the open window!). My dad worked for Texaco and back then one of their gasoline blends was called Fire Chief. Perfect for this hat! I remembered this photo when Charlie donned his fire chief hat for the photo with my mom last month. But it wasn’t until I looked more closely that I saw the similarity in the two dads. Both with big smiles … having a ball being dads! The Think Write Thursday crew is tackling a challenging topic this week – about staying positive when everything is going wrong. This blog is my best answer. I try to look…

  • Travel

    Amazing Grace.

    Our family gathered in Beaufort, South Carolina this past weekend to celebrate my father’s life and legacy. With a nod to poem-in-your-pocket day (and a big thank you to Kym for the reminder!), I’m sharing a few of the photos along with the words from Amazing Grace. My hymnal notes that the first four stanzas were written by John Newton to accompany his New Years Day, 1773 sermon; the fifth was added a few years later. view of the low country marshes…one of our favorite things about this part of South Carolina Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now…

  • Just Life

    Throwback Thursday | 78 Years.

    This photo has been sitting for months in a draft post. the planned follow-up to a post I shared last spring about family treasures from Mother’s side of the family. Draft posts aren’t really my thing – I like to publish the posts as I write them; I rarely even schedule a post to share a day later. a collection of old photos from Daddy’s childhood But I guess the time is finally right to tell this story. I took that collection of photographs home with me last March promising to have them scanned so we could all have copies. Of course I still need to do that, so I…