Category Archives: Family Ties

Catching Up…Spring & Summer 2014

Well first of all, I’m happy to announce that I actually remembered the login password for my blog.  It’s been that long. I don’t ever feel pressured about this blog, because it’s a hobby.  But when I printed the past couple of years’ posts into blog books last spring, it reminded me how much I […]

Over the River and Through the Woods

The day after Christmas we loaded up the vehicle and headed to Mississippi.  And when I say we loaded up, I mean we stuffed ourselves, our dog, our luggage, and a pile of gifts into a compact SUV. We made even the Brady Bunch look more comfortable, riding on those camping trips in their 1960s […]

Christmas in Texas

This was a year of new traditions for our family of five.  For the first time in twenty years, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away from extended family.  We decided we would have more time to visit if we waited until after the holiday to make the trip back to Mississippi to see […]

Thanksgiving 2013

The kids got out of school early on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  So we loaded up and headed to Mississippi.  Shannon worked through the following Wednesday, so the kids and I stayed in Tupelo until Wednesday evening and met him in the Delta at his folks’ house that night. About three days before leaving, Shannon […]

A Trip Home

I had to do some continuing education and coordinated the class around a weekend where I could meet my friend Jo Carol for some early Christmas shopping, good food, and time for catching up.  Since I was going to be just a few hours from Tupelo, and my mother-in-law had been wanting to come out […]

Tennis Tradition

My Dad introduced Ben to the sport of tennis when he was about seven. I think I was the same age when Dad put a tennis racquet in my hand.  We were never a very serious tennis family growing up, but we liked it. I played only one tournament as a kid, but I had […]

Nana & Uncle Grant Came to Texas

  Uncle Grant brought Nana to visit at the end of September.  It was the weekend before her birthday, so we were thrilled to be able to celebrate with her.  It was their first visit to see us in Longview since the big move.  While social media, texting, and email have allowed me to easily […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

We celebrated Shannon’s birthday last week and decided to surprise him with tickets to a Rangers game.  None of us have ever attended a pro baseball game, and we really don’t have ties to a certain team.  From the looks of things, if you live in this neck of the woods, you better like the […]

Saying Good-Bye

Good-byes are always hard.  Some people avoid saying the expression.  But the original meaning of good-bye is “God be with you.”  So as much as I hated to leave the folks I love so much behind, I said several “good-byes” during the days prior to the move.  I’ve been blessed beyond measure with precious friends, […]

Smith Lake

Gran and Granddad invited the kids to go to Smith Lake during the week of July 4th.  Gran and Granddad typically go each summer for a week with Shannon’s sister, Jennifer, and her family.  The boys were thrilled to join them for the week.  Anna Katherine had a commitment with youth choir (the homecoming concert) […]