It's that time of year again. I really enjoy packing a boy and a girl Christmas shoebox. A shoebox fills up fast once you include a toothpaste and brush set, soap and washcloth, crayons, pens and pencils, books, journals, and small toys. With so much misery in different parts of the world I feel this ministry
Motherhood and the precious years that followed caused me to save way too much. I guess I wanted to hang on to those happy years. I made myself go through eleven Christmas boxes, discarding them but keeping a few special mementoes that were inside. There were mostly Christmas books, school ornaments, advent calendars, and simple toys. It's odd that Ryan won't remember the years that meant so much to me. I took a picture of each Christmas box and parted with numerous odds and ends. It was time to let go of what was.
On October 1st we were in Plano, Texas, for our granddaughter Kiera's 5th birthday party. It was held at Safari Run and had a Pokemon theme.
Pennee even made sure the grownups had Pokemon shirts. It was a fun weekend observing and interacting with Kiera and Chloe. They are growing up so fast.
This week has been a rather normal one...just trying to get back on a schedule that includes exercising, household chores, reading, journal writing, etc. However, yesterday I did take an antiquing day with a sweet friend. We learned that Antique Gallery in Bartlett will be closing at year's end. We browsed the many booths before eating lunch at the tea room there. Sad to think it will soon be gone.
Well, the bus will run in about twenty minutes, and three grandsons will be
arriving, hungry and needing an after school snack. I also need to start spaghetti for supper. There's a good chance they will stay and eat with us. Hope you are having a great start to October. It seems to be a busy month for everyone. In fact, I don't know of anyone who doesn't like October.
***Next was the wedding of Lauren and Justin in Austin, Texas. On Friday evening a relaxing rehearsal dinner was provided at Torchy's, and on Saturday a unique and beautiful outdoor ceremony was held at Zilker Clubhouse. A party followed with food, drinks, live music, and dancing.
Justin and Lauren
my brother with me
Corkey and me
Ryan flew in from California to be at his sister's wedding.
Many candid and professional photos were taken. Some of the most beautiful were taken at night to show the strands of lights, the Austin skyline, and the harvest moon behind the state capital.
Lauren dancing with Kiera
****One more event to go which will be Corkey's 54th class reunion this weekend.
Today is the first day of autumn, and I am ready for my favorite season.
What about you? Are you ready for the colorful beauty of fall?
I'm talking about how fast my little girl grew up. Today is her birthday, and she has been on my mind. Where did all the years go?
Pictures help me to recall the different stages of her growing up. Lauren is now a grown woman with a professional business. She has accomplished so much in her thirty-five years. Best of all she's a loving daughter. I love today because I get to remember the day she was born and all the joys she has given me.