2. MEMORIES

DAUGHTER’S WEDDING – 2013

This was the first time I had worn a dress since our son’s wedding in 2002! And since all my kids are married, it will be the last time!

Me, our son (who was in the wedding), our new son-in-law, daughter, and my husband.
Me, our son (who was in the wedding), our new son-in-law, daughter, and my husband.

 

Our son, me, daughter, husband, and our oldest son who had come from Georgia.
Our son, me, daughter, husband, and our oldest son who had come from Georgia.

My Aunt Mary, seated below, was my mother’s twin sister, and she was my godmother. My mother died in 2009, and sadly, my Aunt Mary died in January, 2016, just a few days before her 90th birthday. Mom and Mary are together again!

FIVE GENERATIONS! Me and my daughter in rear. My granddaughter with her son (our first great-granchild!), and my Aunt Mary,
FIVE GENERATIONS! Me and my daughter in rear. My granddaughter with her son (our first great-granchild!), and my Aunt Mary,

When my daughter was planning the wedding, I asked her what she wanted me to wear, and I told her that I just hoped I was not required to wear a goofy hat, as I really do hate dressing up! So, what does she do but pull out this goofy hat and put it on my head for this picture!

Me and my daughter. I could have never asked for a better daughter!
Me and my daughter. I have been so blessed to have this intelligent, funny, and loving person in my life.
My lovely granddaughter arriving at the wedding. She was 10 at the time. This girl always makes my heart sing!
My lovely granddaughter arriving at the wedding. She was 10 at the time. This girl always makes my heart sing! She’s 13 now, and has NOT turned into a terrible teen. *yet*

 

Our son, his wife, and our two grandkids at the wedding.
Our son, his wife, and our two grandkids at the wedding.

FLORIDA…

In 2013 my cousin brought her mom, my Aunt Mary,  to Florida to visit me. I was staying at out Florida house in Ormond Beach. My husband stayed home because he didn’t want to miss hunting season. We had a great time! Aunt Mary was not wheel-chair bound, but since we had to cross a road to get to this dock it was easier to give her a ride.

My cousin brought her mom, my Aunt Mary, down to Florida when I was staying at our house there in 2013. Aunt Mary could get around easily without a wheel chair, but since we took a walk over to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, known as the Halifax River locally, about a block west of our house and across a road, it was easier to push her. The Halifax River is a refuge for manatees.
We took a walk over to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, known as the Halifax River locally, about a block west of our house and across a road. The Halifax River is a refuge for manatees.
My brother (whose house was across the road), our cousin and I went ice skating. There was an indoor rink put up on the boardwalk along the ocean. Imagine ice skating weating shorts!
My brother (whose house was across the road), our cousin and I went ice skating. There was an indoor rink put up on the boardwalk along the ocean. Imagine ice skating wearing shorts!

 

Me, Aunt Mary, and my brother.
Me, Aunt Mary, and my brother.

We were all doing some sight-seeing and in one of the gift shops I turned around and Aunt Mary had this pirate’s hat on her head.

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I did a little photo editing on it just for fun!

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Our oldest grandchild, from Wisconsin Dells, on a visit to us in 2015.

 

Our granddaughter and her son in 2014.
Our granddaughter and her son in 2014.

 

My husband and our great-grandson in 2013.
My husband and our great-grandson in 2013.

 

Our oldest son with his first (and only) grandson.
Our oldest son with his first (and only) grandson.

 

Oldest son and great-grandson enjoying some time together!
Oldest son and great-grandson enjoying some time together!

 

Looks like both grandpa and grandson are hving a good time!
Looks like both grandpa and grandson are hving a good time!

 

The oldest boy is the son of our oldest son! The one with the chest padding (necessary when he's riding his dirt bike or 4 wwheeler), belongs to our second son, and the little guy is our great grandson!
The oldest boy is the son of our oldest son! The one with the chest padding (necessary when he’s riding his dirt bike or 4 wwheeler), belongs to our second son, and the little guy is our great grandson!

 

Our oldest granddaughter, just graduated from high school. 2012.
Our oldest granddaughter, just graduated from high school. 2012.

 

Our oldest son's son. We have missed him so much since he moved to Utah in July of 2012.
Our oldest son’s son. We have missed this young man so much since he moved to Utah in July of 2012!

I typed out these poems that the grandson pictured above wrote as an English assignment when he was in school.

RAINY TODAY – 2006 (age 14)

Something deep inside of me
Has sort of seemed to die.
I don’t know how it happened
But I think I do know why.

How can your skies be sunny
When you’re standing in the rain?
There’s a new change in the weather
And it’s driving me insane.

Tomorrow’s gonna be cloudy
Along with all the days to come.
It’s gonna be a long time
Until we see the sun.

It’s hard to keep on going
In all of this thick pain,
‘Cause every coming daybreak
Is filled with lots of rain.

If you’re shooting for happiness,
You’d better have good aim,
Because you’ll never find it…..
Not in all this rain.

His second poem:

SUNNY TOMORROW – 2006

I sat down to write a poem
That would make you really sad.
But something deep inside of me
Produced a happy one instead.

I thought it’d make me happy
By sharing all my pain.
But you cannot have those sunny skies
By sending in the rain.

Try to make things better
By giving darkness light.
You cannot fix what’s wrong
If you cannot make it right.

You cannot change you past
Even if you think you could.
But you can plan your future
By doing what is good.

Good thoughts make your future bright
While bad thoughts only stain.
So keep your skies all sunny
And dry up all the rain.

With four of our grandkids and our great-grandson. And our dog Jack!
With four of our grandkids and our great-grandson. And our dog Jack!

Our grandson and his girlfriend always came over to give us a hand. They helped with a major mulching project, with hay making, and so many other things. It was a sad day in July 2012 when they left to their new home in Utah. Not sad because we lost their help, of course, but sad because they are such a lovely couple and we enjoyed their company so much! Why can’t grandkids stay in their home-towns??

Just finished taking our grandson and his girlfriend out to lunch, as they were moving the next day to Utah. And our grandson really DOES have two legs, even though it doesn't look like it in this pic!
Just finished taking our grandson and his girlfriend out to lunch, as they were moving the next day to Utah. And our grandson really DOES have two legs, even though it doesn’t look like it in this pic!

 

Our two granddaughters, one from each son. The one on the left lives in Georgia and flies to Wisconsin every summer for a visit. The one on the right lives on the farm adjoining ours.
Our two granddaughters, one from each son. The one on the left lives in Georgia and flies to Wisconsin every summer for a visit. The one on the right lives on the farm adjoining ours.

 

We took the two cousins to Galena, Ill., in 2014 and had them pose for a photographer.
We took the two cousins to Galena, Ill., in 2014 and had them pose for a photographer.

 

Our oldest son's son, Hunter. In the summer of 2015 he stayed with us quite a bit during the summer. He was also a great worker! He never stopped, and it was wonderful! Freed me up from a lot of things so I could spend more time in the garden.
Our oldest son’s son, Hunter. In the summer of 2015 he stayed with us quite a bit during the summer. He was also a great worker! He never stopped, and it was wonderful! Freed me up from a lot of things so I could spend more time in the garden.

 

Here he is taking a break from cleaning fallen pine branches off the bank, and weed whacking.
Here he is taking a break from cleaning fallen pine branches off the bank, and weed whacking.

 

July... both our grandson helped shell peas so I could get them frozen. We had a bumper crop of peas that year!
July… both our grandson helped shell peas so I could get them frozen. We had a bumper crop of peas that year!
LAKE SHAFER, INDIANA

My Aunt Mary owns a beautiful home on Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana. We go there in the summer with our son and his family and our daughter and her husband. The pic below is my Aunt Mary, on her dock, waving to us as we were going for a ride on the house boat and she didn’t want to come.

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My graddaughter and I are being pulled by the boat. It wasn’t that easy to stay on once it got going fast, but it was fun!

 

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They have three jetskis. I’d never operated one before so my son was giving me a chance. After 10 minutes I was happy to get back on solid ground and let him take over.

 

On the dock a block west of our house in Ormond Beach, FL. That is the Halifax River in the background. A block to the east is the Atlantic Ocean. We are about 3 miles up the coast from Daytona.
On the dock a block west of our house in Ormond Beach, FL. That is the Halifax River in the background. A block to the east is the Atlantic Ocean. We are about 3 miles up the coast from Daytona. In 2015 we sold the house to our oldest son, who lives outside of Savannah. It was a great move on our part! We can still go down there any time we want and stay as long as we want, but we are freed up to visit other places instead of Florida all the time, and no house upkeep or taxes to pay!
Colorado in October. So beautiful there!
Colorado in October. So beautiful there!
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Colorado.

Hawaii.. have been there twice and don’t care to go back again.  On the second trip I went with a Canadian friend and we stayed with two other Canadian friends who were living in Hawaii as “traveling nurses.” So this trip was fun! The only photo I have, though, is this one that one of our friends took of me and my other friend, and then he photoshopped it or something. I’m on the left.

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