Sunday, May 9, 2010


I am just going to WARN you that you are going to have to indulge me TODAY. After all it's MOTHER'S DAY! Since this is a record of the journey of our family doing LIFE together, I want to record every memory in detail. That MEANS lots of pictures. I really believe that PICTURES are worth a thousand words. So if you stay with me at the end of the post there will be PRIZES...notice the plural.
Our day stay started at CHURCH. Not our normal church..we had decided last night to go the
THE SIMPLE CHURCH. This is a church that is an off shoot of a large Baptist church in our town, one they began a couple of years ago in a theater at THE BOARDWALK. Today only a couple of years later, they have four services. The pastor of the Baptist church sent one of his finest staff members out to start a new outreach, one that would reach the unchurched, those disillusioned with the normal church, those that did not fit in, and probably a multitude of others. Today, every theater is full and they do it three times at this theater and one at another site across town. Only God could have arranged that. It's laid back, a live band, and as we were there today, I could not help but think that this might have been the place JESUS would show up if he was in town. I have heard many Mother's Day sermons and I think today's just might have been the best one ever. Justin Haigler, you did an awesome job correlating the likeness of Jesus and a Mother. And I don't need to tell you when you have all your kids and all their kids, there is not anything to TOP that. No gift, no meal, no anything. As I looked around the table at lunch, my only thought was "God, You are so GOOD"!I got some fabulous pictures and did not get THE GRANDPARENTS in one...but we really don't care...It's much more fun to look at YOUTH. One reason we met at The Boardwalk was to eat at Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro for lunch, with a slice of my FAVORITE cheesecake, the Hawaiian cheesecake. It
is full of pineapple, nuts and coconut and the yummiest cheesecake ever. WE had FAR TOO big a ticket, but what price tag can you put on days like today. We had an hour wait but we did not care...and the kids were so good. They had champagne for all MOMS...more about that later in a picture, as it seem like Amanda kept pouring mine and Dana's in her glass, so I think she had more than a few glasses.
We exchanged gifts right there in the lobby...they have an awesome waiting area...other restaurants should take some pointers from them. I got flowers, flip flops, a beautiful card that said you have a spa massage already booked and waiting for you on your Disney cruise, cards with handwritten messages that made this Mom cry, a gift certificate for nails and a pedicure and a book I am ready to read. Regardless of your political feelings, I don't think there is anyone that does not admire this classy lady. To me she was the essence of a First Lady.

OK, this is where you have to endure......Maybe it won't be that bad. I really do have CUTE GRANDKIDS. If you read this post , you know that I am crazy about them.
Parker and Austin Best FRIENDS
Jack, The Life of ANY party!



Jack Studying the MENU

Our Little FLIRT

Beginning to TIRE of the WAITING





Parker and Austin ALWAYS HAVE FUN!

SOMEONE please bring JACK some FOOD or his MOM another glass of champagne!!!!

I told you he is MADLY in love!

Does he look like he has had his picture MADE before?


TALK about MADLY in LOVE!!!

Grayson so HUNGRY he has resorted to eating his FOOT!

I think Amanda had another glass of CHAMPAGNE!

JACK with UNC and Aunt Dana

Grayson not sure he wants Daddy holding JACK!


Everyone went home HAPPY. Parker got to go home with Austin and spend the night . Jack came home to spend the night with us so his Mom and Dad could go to the movie. This was one minute after we got in the car...

This is his LIFE at our house, so why wouldn't he want to come HERE. Notice, RECLINER, BOTTLE, and a FUR BLANKET, watching his favorite cartoons. So that was my day and I would not have changed one minute of it. A great cup of coffee and reading some great Mother's Day posts have finished off my afternoon. Jack is awake now and raring to play, as in WILD! He had a little SUGAR at lunch.
So let's have some winners....Since I do not have Parker here, just decided I would do something totally RANDOM

The Mother's Day package is going to my 650th follower,
Bren at SEEKING GRACE ON THE NARROW PATH! This is not a blog I have read long but I love her blog name. Stop by and visit her.

I am so blessed that I want to bless a few more bloggers on this MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY.
These other 3 winners will be getting a SURPRISE in the MAIL SOON.
TRACI and BENEATH MY HEART AND MANDY from BURKETTE BLESSINGS! I just had my husband choose random numbers that were special to us. I have been overwhelmed at the response to this post and am still getting comments. I promise there is a post coming from MICAH, sharing his feelings. He really wants to share how having a Dad in prison affected his life and how it challenged him to be the man he is TODAY.


Courtney said...

Happy Mothers's Day! Looks like you had a great one spent with family. I can't believe how big Grayson is getting.

Grandma Cyndi said...

What a special day, thanks for sharing ALL the pictures, but you did need to be in at least one. When I have it in the right format, I will email you one of ujs with our 4 when they were all together 3 weeks ago, that was my Mother's Day. Today was quiet and restful, not a bad day.

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Glad you had a joyful Mother's Day!!! Your family is adorable. You are truly blessed my friend. Oh, my goodness thank you . . . I am so excited that I won the give a way. It is a blessing on this Mother's Day.

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Cathy said...

This definitely looks like the perfect day!

I am so happy that you were all together to celebrate Mother's Day!


WackyMummy said...

I can't believe how much Grayson has grown! Time is flying by. Sure glad you can enjoy them now! Happy mother's day!

Holly said...

Beautiful day, friend. Beautiful family!! Happy Mother's Day!!!!

PS I love Copeland's fried bow tie pasta and artichoke dip!

Debbie said...

It certainly sounds like you had a great Mother's Day. And yes, you do have beautiful grandchildren. I don't blame you a bit for showing them off to us.

I love the story of this Baptist church. It sounds like Jesus would be comfortable there.

I also agree with you about Laura Bush. I thought she made a wonderful First Lady. I attended a luncheon where she spoke and she was even prettier in person, I thought. Let us know how the book is, OK?


HeathahLee said...

What a wonderful day you had! So glad you got to be with your kids and THEIR kids! Family means everything!

Thanks for your sweet comment about God's provision for our family! : )

Tammy said...

Looks like you had a great Mother's Day! We went on the Disney Cruise 2 years ago. The best time ever! I want to do another one soon. Are you going with all of your family? You will love it? Where are you headed? My favorite was Castaway Cay! You are going to have a blast!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You have such a beautiful family...every single one of them just radiate love and happiness. Grayson is getting so big. I love the shoe chewing. One of these days, you can use those photos for blackmail...actually, in precisely 16 more years, when he's hanging with his girlfriend.

So glad you had a wonderful Mother's day!

The Mini - Maker said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I won something! I'm sending you my info and thanks so much!!!

Happy Mother's Day,


Theresa said...

Nuttin' better than grandkids... I love all of the pictures and can so relate to waiting and waiting! Sounds like the perfect Mother's Day! Great Church service and fellowship with family! Just doesn't get any better than that! Have a blessed day my friend!

God's student said...

Wow! It looks like you had a VERY blessed mother's day!

Your family is absolutely gorgeous :)

West Side of Straight said...

Your family is so beautiful, and yes, it is so great to have them close to be able to be with your grandchildren a lot. Love your pictures. I'm glad you had a great day!

Mandy from Burkett Blessings said...

I won!! YEA!!!! I just emailed you with my address. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

Your blog is so precious and I love reading!!!

Thanks again for the giveaway!! You've made my day! :-)

Tiffany said...

It looks like you had a beautiful Mother's Day. I'm happy it was such a special day for you and your family. I love Laura Bush as well and am looking forward to reading her book!

Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥ said...

Wow, you DID have a wonderful day! Those handsome, blond-headed boys remind me SO much of my grandsons. You can see them HERE in a post I did quite a while back. They are supposed to be coming to see me today and I can't wait!

Well, thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment. I always like it when you drop by. I hope you have a great week.


Teresa <><

♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥

Nezzy said...

Nope, not one beautiful picture too many!!! You the the perfect Mother's Day, thanks for sharin' it with us.

God bless and have a marvelous Monday!!!

Just Breathe said...

Amen to that perfect day! Love all the pictures, your family is beautiful and you are blessed.
Let me say that Grayson has the cutest face I have ever seen and don't get me started on those eyes!

Just a little something from Judy said...

You certainly do have a good looking family, and your love and devotion for them seeps out of every word.

gayle said...

Looks like we had somewhat of the same Mother's Day but not as many grands. My little one was very good too!! Sometimes the waiting is hard on the little ones!! Loved all your pictures!! I left my camera at home!!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Beth E. said...

Sounds like a wonnnnnderful day! The pictures are so have a wonderful family!

The Week-Ender said...

Looks like you had a great day! I saw Laura Bush on Oprah last week and I must read this book. She is so well-spoken and elegant. I love her. I love her girls, too. Your family is beautiful. Have a great day!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looks like a great time was had by all...great looking grandkids!


Shell said...

What a fabulous day!

We used to go to a church like that and I loved it. We're trying to find one like it now that we've moved.

Gorgeous pics!

Thanks for stopping by my SITS day yesterday!

Shelia said...

Hi Teresa! Oh, I'm thinking you had a wonderful Mother's Day! What precious little faces.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Melanie said...

What a wonderful day!! Loved all the pics! Hope you have a great week!


Elaine said...

giving you the Versatile blogger award! check it out (along w/ the rules)


Erica said...

I am glad you got such a lovely day with your family! Happy BELATED mother's day!