Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Hope you enjoyed seeing more of our summer bloomers... I sometimes neglect these --while emphasizing the Roses and Lilies and other perennials. But--as many of my blog friends will tell me, they enjoy some of these even more!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Wednesday. (Monday is a holiday, Labor Day, so I won't be blogging that day.) I have another bridal shower to attend (my future daughter-in-law) this weekend---so it will be another busy one!!!! Sorry I have not kept up with your blogs/comments lately... JUST overwhelmed with LIFE right now!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This past Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall of his church, First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, many, many friends and family members gathered to help Dad celebrate his birthday... Today I will share some pictures from that party.
Family members came from all over the country to celebrate, and many friends stopped by to see Dad and congratulate him. For me personally, I enjoyed seeing many old friends from Hendersonville ---since I worked in that church for 3 years before retiring. That made this party even more special for me.
For those who don't know about my inlaws, let me tell you that when I met and married George, I fell totally in love, not only with him, but with his wonderful parents... Mom Adams used to make me a Peanut Butter Pie (my fav) for my birthday every year!!!! Mom died in June of 2011. Since Mom and Dad were so very very close (had been married for 72 yrs), we didn't expect Dad (who was the older one) to live much longer after Mom died. However, he has perked up and has made it to age 100.... What an awesome man--- and an inspiration to all who know him.
Hope you enjoy some of the pictures from the party.... Above is Dad Adams and his three children: Ken (68)--who lives in Indiana; Janet (60) -- who lives in Tullahoma, TN; George (70)--who lives in Crossville, TN. Janet is the one who deserves the kudos --since she is Dad's caregiver.
|Many many Family members and friends came by to talk to Dad ---and Dad LOVED it!!!|
|Dr. Ben and Betty Alexander talk to Dad.. Brother Ben is one of the ministers at the church, and Dad and Mom attended his Bible Studies for years.|
|This is Janet's two sons and their children.|
|This group includes some of Mom Adams side of the family, the Cassidays.|
|First Row: Bonnie (Ken's wife); Dad; me; Second Row: Ken; one of Ken's sons (David) and his wife; George|
|This family group is the Woodke family, relatives on Dad's side.|
|Row 1: Ken, Dad, Bonnie; Row 2: George and me|
|This was one of the most moving times of the party. The great grandchildren sang "Happy Birthday" and "Jesus Loves Me" to their PawPaw.|
|Finally, here's one more photo of Dad and us. Front row: Me, Dad, Bonnie; Second row: George, Janet and Ken|
I don't know the number of people who attended that two-hour party---but between family and friends (who came and went all afternoon), I think there must have been at least 75 people total... Dad handled the day very well---and even ate a good dinner that night when all of the family went to dinner together at the Chop House.
What a remarkable day ---and what a remarkable man.... God Bless You, Dad Adams, as you enter into year 101 of your life.
Please say a little prayer for Dad today --as we celebrate his 100th birthday together as a family. If you want to see more pictures of Dad (pictures of him through the years), click HERE to see George's blog post today.
Have a great day...
Monday, August 27, 2012
All in all, it was a beautiful trail ---with lots of great mountain views... As I said on Facebook recently, I absolutely love hiking in the woods. Getting away from the 'crazy' world we live in is just marvelous... Hiking is truly good for the soul.
Hope you enjoy some of our photos from this hike. Above is a picture of us taken at BLUE HOLE FALLS. Blue Hole is 30 feet high, and the area around there is gorgeous.
If you love hiking and are ever in North Georgia, this is a great hike to take... It was one of my favorites that we've taken recently.
Have a great day. We are out-of-pocket AGAIN today.... Don't know when life will settle down for us!!!!!! ha
Friday, August 24, 2012
Our home is being painted... Maybe I should have waited until they finish, but I am just too excited to wait! I'm always apprehensive when choosing a paint color... What if we don't like it? What if it is too dark --or too light???? YIPES---what a decision!!!
I will show more pictures when they totally finish. The painters haven't started the white trim yet --so that will take awhile.. BUT--other than touch-ups, they have finished the green.... I love-love-love this green... It seems to be perfect for us and blends so well with our yard and the surrounding trees.. Hope you enjoy seeing the pictures today!!!! Be sure to click on them for enlargements.
HERE. Both doors (on either side of the chimney) go into our Great Room... George and I read our devotions together every morning on the swing (weather permitting)... The 'Bird Kitchen' is on the far end... Beyond the deck on the far end (out of sight) is one of our bedroom windows. (The new deck will be stained in the spring.)
Now I am back around to the front of the house... This is the right side (from the front)--and inside the window is where we live most of the time---our Computer Room!!!!! ha ha ..... There is one bird feeder next to this window---so that I can see some of the little birdies when I'm not close to the Bird Kitchen!!!!!
Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday. Tomorrow is George's Dad's 100th birthday party... SO--like most weekends, I'll be out-of-pocket. His actual birthday is next Wednesday... We will be with him on that day also. Amazing man!!!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On August 15, I took a bunch of pictures of the roses and the yard ---so hope you enjoy them today!!!! I took some of the individual roses which I've put in collages for you. Click on them for enlargements..
Look carefully at our house. The shutters are off ---and it's ready for painting... Not sure when it will be done/complete--but I'll show pictures once it is!!!! It will be a darker green... Can't wait!!!!
Hope you have an incredibly blessed Wednesday.
Monday, August 20, 2012
|Mama Deer taking off --running up the street!!!|
|Fawn #1--prancing up the street after Mama (Look at that tail!)|
|Look how close they were to some of our ROSES!!!! Yipes!!!|
|Another fawn--trying to catch up to Mom!!!!|
|I love this photo of two of them prancing together headed up the street toward Mama!|
|This little one was lagging behind... He is in our yard. See our mailbox?????|
|I could hear him saying: "HEY--Wait for Me!!"|
|"I'm trying to catch up... I REALLY am!" (Isn't there always one child who lags behind?)|
Hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful critters.... We love them ---but do NOT want them eating our flowers or plants... As long as they stay away from them, they will be on my "Favorite Wildlife" list.... IF and WHEN they eat something in our yard, they will no longer be on that list!!!!!! ha
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We certainly did!!! We went to Georgia on Friday and did some hiking --searching for new waterfalls. We saw 3 on Friday. Then, on Saturday, we visited Cupid Falls (which we had seen before) --and while I attended my sweet almost-daughter-in-law's bridal shower, George found three more waterfalls, two new ones and one we had seen previously... SO---when it comes to waterfalls, we saw 7 waterfalls this weekend ---with 5 of them being NEW to us!!!!!!
The shower was great ---and Dawn and Jeff got LOTS of beautiful gifts... She got so much that it was hard getting all of it into her SUV..... My son, Jeff, is so blessed to have Dawn in his life! The wedding is in October.
Have a fabulous Monday!