Tuesday, January 24, 2012

my Keri . . .

These past days we have been on the receiving-end of lots of love and lots of southern hospitality. There are so many ways to minister to a grieving family - we have food for weeks over here and have been able to feed all of our family for days on end. The flowers were beautiful. There have been cards, emails, texts, messages, prayers and lots and lots of love. My grandmother was that kind of person and so it has been reciprocated to all of us. We feel loved.

So many of my friends have called, texted, emailed - just a short something but it all meant a lot.

And then there was Keri.

Those of you with young children know the stress of keeping these babies on schedule - or at least you know that they can stay on your mind when they are not with you. I worried about my boys because yesterday was a LONG day with a graveside service, a family lunch, a funeral followed by a visitation. That translates to a hard day for a baby. And I really wanted to find a way for me to be able to keep them off of my mind and for me to be able to focus on my grandmother.

Keri offered to take Thomson and I reluctantly took her up on it. She picked him up at 11 and kept him all day until 8 at night. That is 9 hours! Before the funeral I had a break and I sat in a quiet room at the church and read a text from Keri - that Thomson was sound asleep and that she was praying for me. (I was nervous to give the benediction at the service) And relief flooded over me and I cried a little. What a beautiful friend.

I love you Keri - what a sweet gesture of friendship and what a sweet way to minister to me during a time of loss.

And Thomson misses "Mary Cake"!!!

a special lady

My grandmother passed away Saturday after a long life and a long battle with Alzheimer's for the last bit. What a special lady and so many life lessons we all learned and continue to learn from her. 4 children, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and counting. I am still processing all of this and have more to write about her, but for now, here is the benediction I gave at her beautiful funeral yesterday:
On special occasions the Smith family gathers. We are a large crowd for my grandmothers house. On these nights, Mimi would always take time to appreciate her role as matriarch. She would squeeze one of our hands and exclaim "Can you believe that all of this is because of me?!?" It humbled her - for truly in her mind she was just a farm girl from Oregon.
And today we gather - family, friends, loved ones. We come because we know that she was, in fact, much more than just a farm girl from Oregon.
She set her foundation as a strong faith in Christ. She added a loving marriage to Papa Brooks who adored her. And this faith and marriage set the stage for her life. Her works and her words overflowed from this wellspring.
I wish she were here today. Surely she would stand in the corner and, once again, admire the beautiful family she created. She would be humbled by all of these lives she touched. Truly she left a legacy.
Saturday morning when she met Jesus, I know she heard these sweet words, "Well done, good and faithful servant". Let us pray . . .

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

December happenings

I am going to have to work my way up to a Christmas post - Christmas was sweet and fun! For now - here are some December pictures.

If you have a dramatic child, difficult and temperamental - I am sorry but I can't relate to you. Thomson and Brooks are both so happy, all smiles and giggles. Is this normal? Things are so fun around here and we are soaking up this precious time. Brooks wants to compete for a Gerber Baby ad. And we all know I am a perfect stage mom, right?

Brooks is 5 months old, he is almost sitting up on his own, rolling over both ways, sleeps like a champ, and not to sound like a broken record - he smiles and giggles all the time. He is so ticklish and he loves peek-a-boo. I thought Thomson was the smiliest baby ever but Brooks easily matches him. I started solids after New Years and he loves the new spooned adventure.This picture is my new favorite: Thomson helping Dad get the Christmas tree out the truck. Something was SO funny!

How adorable is my nephew Parker? He loved hunting with Uncle Gus this year and he saw lots of bucks too!!!Thomson LOVES Parker!I love this Picture of Thomson and Lee for so many reasons. To say Thomson loves Lee is a major understatement. Thomson WORSHIPS Lee - everything is Lee Lee Lee all day long. I can just point to a picture of "Bee" and he starts belly laughing. It makes me so happy...And don't underestimate the up-and-comings: Brooks and Brant, they will surely not disappoint!

Back soon with Christmas pics and post.