Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Weekend

We had an Easter meal together Friday evening. All my family plus Marilyn and Rickie were there. We enjoyed a night egg hunt (FUN!). Then we shot off some leftover fireworks (MORE FUN!).

Saturday we attended a birthday party in McKinney for Kelle and Shawn's twins. That evening we had another meal at the house; Justin missed this one as he was on duty.

Today we celebrated Easter at church with Jared, Jenna and Marlow. After a quick lunch, they headed home.

Then Rick and I packed up the RV for a week of camping at Joe Pool.



Friday, April 14, 2017

The Grands
Can't get enough of these kiddos!

Jonah and Molly
Glory

Marlow
Molly

And one more to arrive in three weeks or less!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Anniversary in Heaven

Today is Mother and Daddy's anniversary. They were married 49 years before he died in 1990. She lived another 15 years. Love and miss you!

(1941)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Camping, Twins, a Broken Arm, and a Migraine

Rick and I took the RV over to Ray Roberts on Monday. We had such beautiful weather. We walked and spent a great deal of time outside.


Tuesday afternoon Justin called to tell us that we had twin calves born. That night they called to let us know that they had gone to an urgent care center; Glory had broken her left arm (scooter accident). We felt so sorry for her. She was able to smile some though when she got the news that it was a clean break that would require no surgery. Praise God!




On Wednesday we left the trailer at our campsite but came home for the day. Rick needed to check on the twins, and I had my ladies bible study that night at the house. We did, however, go back over to the park after it was over.

Thursday morning Keelie took Glory to get her cast.



At noon Rick and I decided since Justin was at the fire station on duty we had better go back to check on the calves. So glad we did. The momma cow had basically left one of the twins, and it was in bad shape. Marilyn and Rickie came to help us move the cow and both calves down to the pen where we could try to save it. So....we bought a bottle and milk to attempt bottle feedings. We have had cows for all our married life but this was a first for us.

Yesterday I woke up at 1:30 a.m. with a migraine. Throughout the early morning I took tylenol and a pain pill. After being very nauseous (throwing up!) all morning,  I went to the doctor around 11:00. After two injections and some meds, I FINALLY got some relief about 3:30 p.m.

Justin, Keelie and the kiddos spent the night in the RV last night, and then they brought it home this morning. This afternoon we got the garden planted. And as I journal this, both little calves are alive.

What a week!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cousins Reunited 

On Saturday, April 1, Jerry, Marilyn and I went to Cleburne, Texas to meet three of our cousins and their families. In February when we found out that one of our older cousins had passed away, Marilyn and I decided we would try to make contact with all of our living cousins on Daddy's side. You have to know that Daddy was the baby boy out of 11 siblings. Therefore, his oldest siblings already had children of their own when he was born. That makes for a gap between all of our first cousins!

Anyway, I found an old business card I had kept and started with that. After several phone calls and messages through Facebook, we were on a roll. Our oldest cousin's daughter-in-law helped set everything up. 

Uncle Eustice's (Daddy's older brother) family was thrilled that we had made contact and wanted to meet up with us. Mary Jo, the  middle lady, is our oldest living cousin at 89 years old. She came all the way from Michigan with her daughter to meet up with us. Jane came from Branson, Missouri. Jimmie Charles and several of his children came from Burnet, Texas.

Thanks to Marilyn and all her work, we shared ancestry information with them. It was a great day!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

M's Grandchildren

Greg, Lisa, and the girls came to Texas from Tennessee this past weekend. Greg and Lisa went to Houston to meet up with Chad and Tara for them to go to Round Top Antique Show. They got to M's Saturday night. Sunday morning before Greg and Lisa left, we all had breakfast for both our families. The only two missing were Chad and Tara. Although it was for just a short time, we had a great time. It was super fun having all our grandchildren together:  Jonah (11), Glory (8), Anja (2 1/2), Marlow (16 months), Isabel (8 1/2 months), and Molly (7 1/2 months).


Marilyn had the girls until today. I enjoyed helping out when I could. It sure is easier to have a helper!



Monday, March 20, 2017

Jenna's Pregnancy

Jenna is now well into her third trimester. Our newest grandson is scheduled to arrive on or before May 9. Marlow will be 17 months old at that time. I just know she will be a great big sister. Jared and Jenna both are getting pretty excited to meet their son (as we are!).

This past weekend we went to Mansfield on Friday. We picked Marlow up from daycare. We all pitched in and, for the most part, finished the new nursery on Saturday. After church on Sunday, we went to brunch and then headed home.

Crossing my fingers they get to come here this weekend so that we can be together with Justin, Keelie, and the kiddos.

I cherish family time!!



Thursday, March 16, 2017

California Coast Trip

This year for our spring break we flew into San Jose, California. We traveled down the coastline and then went inland to make a large circle. We travel over 1100 miles and had superb weather while we were there! Accommodations included some of the best and a couple of not-so-good hotel rooms. We had a great time.

Highlights of the trip included:
  • Highway 1 coastline ( including Carmel, Monterrey, and Pebble Beach)
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequoia National Forest and King Canyons National Park (still with snow)
  • Muir Woods
  • great bakeries and diners 
  • a mission
  • San Francisco city tour 
  • Tor House 




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love these!

We still have the ten we raised. I think they are so interesting to watch. Weird "ducks" for sure.




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Shellye Cohagan Gressett
1974 - 2017


Cheyrl and Rick's oldest daughter, Shellye, entered heaven's gates on February 22. She is finally at peace. Shellye had battled horrible anxiety, depression, and then for about seven years alcohol addiction. These diseases are so real and affect many more lives than we will ever know.

It has been a long six days; her funeral was yesterday. Her life touched not only her family and friends in Gunter but Tioga and her school in Frisco. She had a heart of gold and never met a stranger. She had an infectious smile and laughter. The service was such a beautiful tribute to her. The pastors did a great job. Her sister and husband spoke; only by God's grace did they get through that. 

Praise the Lord that Shellye was secure in her salvation! She was a beautiful, loving person. She left behind an amazing family; I know they will be there to lift each other up on the difficult, hard days ahead. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Emma May Francis Henderson 

February 22, 1896



Marilyn, I am copying your tribute. It says everything and more that I could possibly say, write, or remember! Great job, sis!


Emma Mae Francis was born on February 22, 1896, in Weatherford, Texas; her father, Calvin Burgess (Byrd), was 20, and her mother, Cora Lee, was 18. She married Henry Eaf Henderson on September 28, 1913. They had three children during their marriage. She died on May 11, 1984, in Gunter, Texas, at the age of 88.

Byrd and Cora met and married in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. From there at a very young age they came to Texas and had several children, went back to to Oklahoma had several more children, then came back to Texas. Around 1910 they were in the Howe area, then they moved to Gunter. Henry's family was in the Collinsville area. Henry and Emma married September 1913 when she was 17. Oct 1914 - Blanch was born. Oct 1921 - Bonnie was born. June 1923 - Bennie was born. At first Henry and Emma moved back and forth between Gunter and Collinsville with each of their parents. They then settled in Gunter. Henry was a carpenter and farmer. Mother tells that they lived over by the Savage place while she was growing up. Byrd and Francis lived on what was called "Nigger Hill" or Strawn road today. 

At some point Henry (Pa) and Emma (Ma) bought the home place of 100 acres where I grew up. The story is told after Daddy and Mother came home from the war, Ma and Pa moved to 402 West Middleton in Sherman and let my parents have the farm to live on and farm. 

So this is where my memories start of Ma Henderson. These are just some random memories I have:

Every Saturday morning, Mother, Diana, and I would go to Sherman to visit Ma and Pa.
He would be sitting in a rocking chair beside a little chest. He would whittle off a bit of black brick chewing tobacco. She had a toothpick sticking out of her mouth that had been dipped in snuff.  No way was tobacco thought of as a sin or evil. 



Pa, Ma, Marilyn, and Me

She was hardworking. I remember that she made her own Lye soap. We would go to the dry cleaners to get distilled water for some reason. She made her own clothes. She let us have coffee and milk with vanilla cream cookies. She had latte's before latte's were invented.

She loved her flower beds. I remember lots of irises and chicken-and-hen plants. She had a big back yard with a little shed. There were pecan trees in the back yard. She had a rotary  lawn mower that she pushed around the yard.





Emma May Henderson

Diana and I made a many of mud pies at her house in tin plates and decorated them with little sticks. She had an old treadle sewing machine that we played at. (Diana has this sewing machine.) She taught us to make doll clothes. If we were at her house in the afternoon, our treat was the ice cream truck. We would go to the end of the block after we finally heard the music from the truck and get ice cream.

She kept peppermint stick candy for us. She had a clock that chimed that I inherited. She had another coo coo clock and a weather vane that told whether it was going to rain or not.

As children we went to her house on Christmas eve with all of Mother's family. At some point, the ugliest Santa Claus in the world would make an appearance. This is where our tradition of Santa coming on Christmas Eve was started.

Mother and her sisters were very neat and well-groomed, so I am assuming that this was also taught by Ma. I do remember that she kept a blue "rinse" on her hair to keep it from being so white.

She always told us that she was proud of us, Jesus loved us, and to be good to our parents who also loved us.  She was very encouraging.

Later in life, she had to leave her house in Sherman and come to Hilltop Haven, the nursing home here in Gunter.  i believe she was here about five years. It was arranged that Diana would pick her up on Sunday mornings and bring her to church. She was at First Baptist Church Gunter at a young age, moved her membership to Sherman, and then when she came back to Gunter she moved it back to FBC. Ma was one of the most Godly women ever. I believe it was 7 times a day, the perfect number, that she prayed. She was a dedicated Baptist to the very end with her spiritual and physical roots in Gunter.

On May 11, 1984, I witnessed for the first time someone to pass from this place to a better place. We all knew that Ma was going to Heaven and that she was ready to see Jesus. I know the angels were singing as they welcomed her in. She was a Proverbs 31 wife with nobel character. This was read at her funeral, and the first time that I realized that these verses were in the Bible. I remember thinking, "Wow!  What a great description of her!"

Emma May Henderson, Ma, thanks for the legacy and the role model that you left for our family. You were a great lady. My regret is that I did not ask more questions.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Contentment and Financial Fences

In my bible study (James McDonald's "Lord, Change My Attitude) we just finished a week's worth of homework on "Contentment." We were previously addressing a COVETOUS attitude; we are to replace it with - CONTENTMENT!

During the video session, McDonald presented his "financial fences." They include:

*Limit spending
*Limit lifestyle
*Limit income
*Give more every year
*Give in ways that no one will know anything about

As a child of God, we are called to be content with the gifts he chooses to give us. Of course, McDonald also goes on to address that contentment is more than satisfaction with the material things that He has provided.

It is contentment in your life in general:

where I am
what I do
what I have
whom I'm with

Philippians 4:11
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

We were challenged to choose a strategy and put it into action this week. Here were a few to choose from and practice:

*Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you. Refuse to be a slave to it.
*Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.
*Develop a habit of giving things away. Declutter. Simplify your life.
*Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
*Refuse the craving for the newest, latest, greatest thing.
*Keep the main thing the main thing. Don't let "good" things distract you from God as priority.

I'm practicing!









Quick Trip to Tennessee

Marilyn took me with her to Franklin to babysit Anja (2 1/2) and Isabel (7 months) while Greg and Lisa took a trip to Canada. We flew up Tuesday; Greg and Lisa left on Wednesday morning.

Both the girls are easy. Anja loves to play, eat, and do anything two year olds like to do. She is easily entertained. The only thing she doesn't really care for is bedtime. Isabel doesn't seem to meet a stranger. She is such a happy baby with a sweet smile. 



On another note, Marilyn had done some additional research on our "Taylor" family before we left. She had a map and some information for us. 

I'll let Marilyn recount our fun day of exploring...

"Thursday while Anja was at daycare, Diana, Isabel, and I went about an hour northeast of Franklin to an area that was once a thriving community - Taylorsville. This community was named after our GGGGF. We found the original home that was built in the early 1800's. (I will do another post about the house and family - I promise.) We went to about five old family cemeteries. We never confirmed that the Taylors were buried in any of them. I think one was a great possibility. We talked to three interesting people while there - a neighbor lady with strange dogs, a farmer with a rifle in his hand as we talked, and an extremely nice lady mail carrier. We will come back to this area on another trip to Tennessee."


We had a couple of great meals out during the trip - one at the historical Loveless Cafe and the other at the Sunset Diner in Lebanon (found that one off Trip Advisor).

Marilyn and I had a great time. The laughs, tears, hot flashes, meals, and time with her grandbabies made it all a very special trip.

I am so thankful she took me with her! 


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our Daddy/Daughter Duo

Tonight, Justin had the privilege to once again escort Glory to the Valentine Daddy/Daughter Dance. Keelie and Kristi had spent the day making it very special for her including getting her a new haircut and also her nails done. Justin brought her flowers. She was so pretty and absolutely glowing!!

It blesses my heart to see that once "little boy" of mine grow up to be such a special dad! He's one of my heroes!




Molly Sage

It's so hard to realize our Molly Sage is now 6 months old! She is so cute. She's getting that little personality going, too. We love you, Molly!


RV Time Again

Rick and I escaped on Thursday in the RV. We went to Ray Roberts. Justin, Keelie and the kiddos drove over. It was such a beautiful day with temps in the 80s (unbelievable February weather)! After a relaxing afternoon, we went to Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch for pizza. That was pretty cool to enjoy our meal beside the bears. Throw in a little live music, and I would say it was about perfect!

Yesterday, we went shopping for Jerry a travel trailer. BINGO! We found one and have sent pics to him in Bangkok.

Today we went to Jonah's basketball game which just happened to be very close to our campsite in a nearby town. Afterwards, we went back to the RV place and bought the travel trailer for Jerry. We came home this afternoon. 

A blessed camping trip!





Selfie Overload!




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lord, Change My Attitude

My bible study group started this several weeks ago. It is soooo good!

Based on the Israelites' journey from Egypt to the promised land, James McDonald shows how attitudes can affect whether we stay in the wilderness with negative attitudes or whether we are delivered to enjoy the many blessings of the promised land with attitudes that honor God. 

Here is a look at our first few weeks:

Week 1 - we looked at replacing a complaining attitude...

Week 2 - with Thankfulness

Week 3 - we looked at replacing a covetous attitude...

Week 4 - with Contentment


The videos are great that we watch together, and then the weekly homework is SO worth diving into! Thank you, Lord, for what you are teaching us through this study!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekend "Thankfuls"

Jonah and Glory stayed with me Friday evening while Justin, Keelie, and Molly went out to dinner. I surprised them with a chocolate pie. After Jonah got through with his basketball practice, we went to watch the high school basketball games.


Saturday evening we all had a family meal to celebrate birthdays (Keelie, Justin & John).


Yesterday Jared, Jenna, and Marlow went with us to church and out to eat. Later in the afternoon Rickie brought his tractor and plowed the garden.


And to top off the weekend, we had beautiful weather.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Justin!

Today is Justin's 36th birthday. What a blessing he is to our family! I hope he has the best day ever.


This gap of years went so quickly!


Love him!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Bull's First Calves

Two weeks ago we got our first calf out of the new bull. 


Yesterday we got the second little cutie.
Just love their ears!


(Proud daddy and his horse friend)