This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Monday, July 3, 2017

We are so excited for our grandson to arrive soon!

 We are so thrilled about our 2nd little grand baby coming in just three weeks! Our son, Cameron, and his wife, Megan are expecting their first baby on July 23rd! A few months ago I took Megan to a "finish it yourself" furniture store to buy the new baby a gift.
 It's a really fun and funky store with all kinds of furniture.
But we were looking for something specific! A little highchair for the new baby boy! Our tradition is to buy the first baby in each family a new highchair that they get to pick out. We did this for our first son and wife  and now Cameron and Megan and soon for Grayson and Rachelle. The idea is to pick an heirloom piece that they can have for generations (if they want).
 Megan spent lots of time choosing the stain color, but she finally settled on Brown Mahogany. After we picked it out and ordered it, I took her out to Mexican food for lunch and we went thrifting. It was a really fun day!
 A few weeks later we went back to the store to pick up the finished highchair.
 It turned out so pretty!
 This time Megan bought me breakfast! We had a great time, I love my sweet daughter-in-love!
 About a month ago we showered Megan with love! Her mother, Adrianne, and best friend, Caitlin, threw a lovely shower for her.
 I bought the baby a couple of sweet little sleepers and some cute little tennis shoes, but then had the idea to give him the little sailor suit that I had saved all these years that Cameron wore when he was a baby.
 I pressed it and hung it on a vintage hanger. Isn't it cute! My dear friend, Shannon, gave it to me after I had Cameron. They don't make cute baby clothes like this anymore. I saved one baby outfit for each of my sons and decided to give the out fit to them when they had their first baby boy.
I also found a picture of Cameron wearing it while being held by his Great Grandmother Florence. I printed it and framed it and wrapped it with the suit.
 The shower was so nice!
 They had delicious food!
 They had fun games and wonderful hostess gifts. They displayed both Cameron and Megan's favorite stuffies from when they were little!
Here's both of their baby pictures with some vintage items that I brought. Aren't they cute babies! I know their baby is going to be so adorable too, I can't wait to see him!The little shoes are actually the shoes that all four of my sons wore when they were babies and I had them bronzed.
 Megan's mother found several different kinds of vintage baby planters at thrift stores.
 She took them to a florist who filled them with beautiful flowers! It's such a cute idea!
 The two Grandmas with the beautiful mother to be!
 Megan and Caitlin.
 Lots of people came.
 Here's my two sisters, Kelli and Kathi along with my two other daughter-in-laws, Brittany and Rachelle.
 She received so many lovely gifts!
I can't believe our little super hero will be this tiny!
She got one of those plaster hand print kits. I think that is such a cute idea!
 She liked Cameron's little sailor suit!
 I am so blessed by these three women!
 My lovely daughter-in-laws!
The two new mama's to be!
My husband and I went to Cameron and Megan's house yesterday and they are all ready! They are so cute, they said they cleaned and organized the whole house from top to bottom, have the nursery ready and their bags packed for the big event!
 Now they are just waiting for the little guy to make his appearance!

"Children are a heritage of the Lord." Psalm 127:3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The loss of a monument in my life....

Back in March I got off work one evening and took a different route home. It took me near 38th street where my old childhood church stood. I lost my Mamma in December and my Daddy in February, so I was full of many emotions. I was looking forward to driving by the old church and go down memory lane again.
I casually glanced over to the west in the direction of the old Church of the Open Bible and I was in absolute shock to see that it was completely gone! This place has significance for me and how can it now be gone??? Just GONE!
While it's not much to look at from the outside, this place holds many precious memories to me.
This church was significant in my family. My parents attended here while they were engaged, were married here and raised their little family here in this little church. My grandparents and aunts and uncles attended this church.
This iconic photo of our little family was taken on the sidewalk leading to the front doors of the church.
I pulled my car over and took some photos and had such a sense of loss and sadness. This is the same view of the sidewalk in the photo above.
After the loss of both my parents and all the other things that had happened in the past few months, this just about sent me over the edge.
Now it's just a pile of rubble. I don't know if this has ever happened to you or not, but as I am aging I get so sentimental and very sad when old landmarks are torn down. This also happened a few weeks after my father died and a few months after my mother died, so I was extra emotional.
I kinda got obsessed with it and started to wonder what happened to all of those old pews and the beautiful glowing cross at the front of the church behind the podium. I sure hope they salvaged them and repurposed them.
I found this photo on the internet from when they were selling the church and it still had the same pews. I actually went to the local recycle place to see if I could find any of the relics, but I didn't find any. It's unfortunate that there was not a photo of the front of the church where the glowing cross was. Also, it looks like they updated the light fixtures, the lights I remember were square.
The looked a lot like this but with three squares. I remember laying on the pew during church and looking up at them and counting the rims.
I remember this building well with it's beautiful hard wood walls, red Azrock vinyl composition tiled floor in the entry and blue carpet in the sanctuary and the very cool sink in the women's lounge....
...that looked much like this, but it was very old and super cool, ahead of it's time!
My parents changed churches when I was about 4, but my grandparents attended The Church of the Open Bible until their deaths. We went to a lot of events at that church with our grandparents. Here's my two sisters and I sitting in the reception hall also known as The Rose Room at our Aunt Grace and Uncle Oscar's wedding anniversary party. I wish I had more photos of the interior of the church, but I couldn't find any.
I think the church meant a lot to me because of our family history, but also because both my father and my Grandfather Irving were on the building committee and helped build it.
So while this foundation was the church foundation, it also is in a big way part of my foundation. My parents raised us with the foundation of Christ.
It's also meaningful to me because my father and grandfather could have very well touched these rocks when this foundation was poured.
In this very space, many souls were saved.
In this space many lives were changed for the better. People came to the Lord. People were healed. Prayers were answered. Some prayers were not answered. Faith grew. In this space my parents love was sealed. In this space I was dedicated to the Lord. Love was here. God was here.
While I was walking around, I decided to take a few mementos home with me. I found a few rocks, broken bricks and chunks of the foundation and put them in the back of my car.
I put them together in one of our flowerbeds.
Sometimes I think I'm strange because I'm so sentimental. But looking at these rocks makes me happy and reminds me of my Daddy & Mamma and my Grandpa and Grandma. Also, I realize that I'm a lot like my Daddy because he was sentimental and always brought home rocks, bottles, sticks and other items he found as keepsakes.
I'm so glad I did it because I just drove by again and it was all fenced off and now was a huge construction site. They are building a high-rise apartment complex here.
Even though it's gone, this spot will always be special to me as it is where I got my start in life.
As I was searching the net for photos of the old church (there were not many) I found this picture of the original cornerstone. I think this is so awesome, I sure hope that someone saved it.

It's a little ironic when you think about it. The church was built in late 1955. My parents were the first couple to be married in the church right after it was completed in April of 1956 and it was torn down sometime at the end of 2016. The church building and my parents marriage lasted the same amount of time, almost 60 years.

"Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35

"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." Matthew 18:20
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