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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our newest love!

Gentry Allyn
2lb 13 oz
15" long

This is our little Miracle Baby.
What a story Lil' Mama has to share about this sweet baby girl.  There were so many obstacles in this baby's path.  God's hand has delivered her into this world at 24wks 6 days.  (She was actually due Dec. 1).  She is doing extremely well and expected to leave the NICU in late October.  Lil' Mama is recovering from a c-section delivery and doing well.  She is now receiving the medicine she has delayed taking in order to safely deliver her sweet baby.

"G" is for Gentry.
HK has been with me for the last week and will stay here until her little sister is released from the hospital.  This allows her Mom & Dad to spend lots of time at the NICU, as they have no family there to help with childcare.  

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No pictures, but I must tell you that our youngest son (who had the stroke), is home now after spending 13 days in ICU.  Mister is with him in Atlanta.  Son is recovering very well but still has a way to go.  He's expected to fully recover.  Strokes are awful and they're especially awful when you're only 38 years old.  He is struggling to regain his strength and stamina but does a bit better each day.  Thank you to those who hold him up in prayer!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Three Days Ago

Three days ago. . .

I talked with our youngest son (who lives in Atlanta).  It was noon and he called as he was leaving work.  He was caught up with his work and was gonna cut the day short.  He mentioned he had a headache that he couldn't seem to shake.  We chatted about all sorts of things as he drove home.

Early, that very evening, I got another call.
That same son (38 yr old) was in the hospital and had had a stroke.  We made arrangements for Mister to fly into Atlanta ASAP.  I remain here with my Mom.  Our son continues in ICU.  We are so very thankful he was able to drive himself to the hospital and that he is being cared for in a good hospital with a good neurology team.  We are shaken, but we know we have a source of strength directly from God the Father that will keep us as we deal with what lies ahead.  I believe that healing will come, so this is not meant to be a "downer" post, but instead a call for those who pray to join with us in prayer and become a part of our son's healing.  I know God will hear your prayers and bless you as you become a part of our prayer team.  Thanks so much.

ALSO, I think my last post was misleading.
Lil' Mama hasn't had the baby yet.
She is pregnant with a baby girl who isn't due to arrive until Dec. 1.  We have lots to pray for and are confident "God has got this" all in his hands.

August 1st - my favorite month of the year.
Thankful for sunny, blue skies that evoke happy thoughts.  Hope your world is spinning as you want and that your A/C keeps on crankin'.

   ~Sweet Tea/Deb

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Filling in the blanks

I haven't blogged in such a long time.
Perhaps there is no one in bloggy land that even remembers me, but just on the chance that someone is reading (and also to journal my life) I'm jumping back in Blogland today.

So much has happened since my last post.
There is no way to tell you all I want, so I'll just fill in blanks by sharing the BIG things.

1.  We've moved to Oklahoma, leaving my beloved Louisiana behind.

2.  I think I'm gonna really like it here.

3.  I really like my "new to me" house.

4.  We've had company every weekend since
      we've  been here which is a dramatic
      change from what is "normal" for us.

5.  I have one possible, maybe, sorta of, beginning
     of a friendship here.  Pathetic, huh?

6.  Mom is back with us and doing pretty well.

7.  The Tulsa granddolls have each been here to
      visit for a number of days.  Love it!

8.  Lil' Mama is in week 22 of a high-risk
     pregnancy. There have been some real
     "scares" along the way, but God has
      continued to answer our prayers
      for this child.

9.  Gender Reveal Party was yesterday -
     It's a GIRL!!
     This will be our 5th Granddoll and we are
     delighted here in the land of "Bows-are-Us".

I love to be busy, but not quite this busy.
Hoping things will settle down a bit soon so I'll have time to come visit your blogs and see how everyone is faring this Summer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

As things stand now

Yes we did!

We watched them load everything in our house (except for a twin bed, a blow-up mattress, and a recliner) into their GONORMOUS truck and haul it away.  We're basically living in our empty house while our "stuff" vacations in storage somewhere in Garland, TX.  We're waiting to get a closing date on the soon-to-be-ours house in Oklahoma.  No definite date on that yet.

In the meantime we've been spending a lot of time with our sweet HK.  Little Mama could sure use your prayers right now as she struggles with a very difficult pregnancy.  She has a nasty ecoli infection that has spread to one of her kidneys.  It seems when she's not in bed she's at the doctor's office.  She was hospitalized for 4 days last week.  This is only week 15 of her pregnancy.  The med's she really needs can't be given to her because it would endanger the baby so she will continue on suppressant med's until she delivers. She also has developed gestational diabetes.  She's in the midst of a very daunting physical struggle..  Please add her to your prayers.  I thank you so very much for this.

I think the delay on our move has been a blessing in disguise, as Lil' Mama's not up to wrangling a two-year old right now.  I just can't say enough good things about our new SIL.  He is a gem - a great husband and father .  "Thank you, Jesus"!

Please pray for the health of Little Mama and for the unborn child!  
Thank You! Thank you!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Eighty Six.

Happy Birthday, Mom!
86 yrs. young today!

Our Louisiana family gathered Saturday evening for dinner at her favorite place, Olive Garden.  We had a wonderfully attentive waiter.   In the middle of our meal he handed Mom the dessert menu and told her to choose anything she wanted, free-of-charge.  She chose cheesecake with strawberry topping.  The minute he sat that BIG piece of cheesecake in front of her she immediately pushed the rest of her meal to the side.  There are few things Mom loves more these days than a good dessert!  Did I mention just how much I love my Mom?!
So blessed!

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Mom is gonna spend a month with my sister and her family while we make the move.  She seems comfortable with the thought of moving and I anticipate that she'll do just fine.  She is an amazing, strong woman!  The Matriarch of our family!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


It's such a bizarre feeling to realize
that in TWO WEEKS this house will be empty and we will no longer be living here.  Not just here in this house, but not even in my beloved, adopted home state of Louisiana.  Out of here! Oklahoma bound! That's where we'll be.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to live here.  I've loved the weather.  I've loved this house.  I've loved my Louisiana friends.  I've loved this season of our life.  I think anytime you close a "season" of life it's a little sad, especially when you're of a certain age and realize there are far more seasons behind than there are ahead.  Still, I'm looking forward to the next season and what it will bring.  God-willing we'll get to spend a lot more time with our Tulsa granddolls before they become completely grown up.  I also see lots of "girl time" with our oldest daughter in my future (since she'll only be an hour and a half away).  Have I mentioned just how fun and feisty she is?! My Sister and her family will also be close at hand, as well as our funny Son-in-law! And,  I'm hoping I'll be blessed with some new friends in our new area.

And then there's always the fun of "nesting" into a new (to us) home.

Life is a journey isn't it?

Then a new season.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Once again

I've been thinkin' and that can lead to all sorts of places, and today it led me down a nostalgic path.  I was thinking about times past.  Waaay past.  Would you like to hear some things that happened a very long time before I was "Sweet Tea"?  High School days. I told you you it was a very long time ago.

I once dated a very handsome young football player who was an "older man" - he was a Senior while I was a Junior.  He was quite the handsome guy.  Oh, I think I mentioned the handsome part before.  *wink*   We went out a couple of times.  I was nervous and giggly.  He was cool and far more "street wise" than me.  I found him fascinating and a little mysterious.  There were really never any sparks between us, rather, just a couple of fun dates.  Still, it's fun to reminisce.

There was another young guy, yet again, a year older than me.  He had reddish hair and blue eyes.  He blushed easily and was soft spoken.  He had a car and drove me home from school several times.  I thought we were just friends, until some friends told he he "liked me".  I was clueless until then.  I stopped accepting his offers for rides home from school at that point.  I figured it was easier to avoid him that it would be to say no if he asked me out.

I always replay these scenarios in my mind on Memorial Day.  How could I have known I was in the presence of a true hero when I was with each of these young guys. You see each of them was drafted into the military and sent to Vietnam upon graduating from high school.  Neither of them came home to see another Oklahoma sunrise or to reconnect with old high school friends.  Gone to soon.

Robert Tuell and Gary Dasher.
"Thank you for your sacrifice."

*This is a repeat of my post last year on Memorial Day.  I remember them "once again".

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In the meantime. . .

Where to begin since I've been so lax with my blogging lately...Life since the wedding has been a whirlwind, but a "good whirlwind".  We've sold our house...We've bought a house...And now we're getting very close to the move.  It's bittersweet, but I'm trying to focus on the "sweet".  This move will put us much closer to our family in the Tulsa area.  Sweet!  And the fact that I think I'm gonna really enjoy our new (to us) house never hurts either.

In the meantime. . .

I enjoyed seeing my little rose garden
in full bloom, for the last time in this yard.

And I've been spending lots of time enjoying
our sweet little HK, who turned 2 in March.

My heart has over-flowed with joy watching the funny newly weds begin their journey together.  They are so happy and I love the way "Daddy" has stepped into this special role with HK.  I've watched him closely and there's no doubt that he loves both my girls with all his heart.  Knowing that their little family is off to a fantastic start makes the move easier for me and Mister.  Even though we will miss them terribly, I know they are gonna be just fine. 

Spending as much time as possible with my
Bossier BFF is also something else
I'm trying to do.  I love this sweet friend
and am gonna miss her like crazy!

Now, before I get completely sappy I've got to show you the view out the back door of my soon-to-be-home.
You KNOW how I love all things "green".
The yard also has room for me to garden.
the move will put us within 2 hours
of our Tulsa family.
I will have the opportunity to spend lots more time with our 3 Tulsa grands, before they are completely grown up.  That's a BIG plus that puts a smile on my face.
I'm looking forward to spending time with our oldest daughter and her hubby, as well as my sister and her family.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"BRIDE" (the magazine)

Look whose photo (upper left corner)
ended up on the "BRIDE" website.  
You can read about it Here.
Go "Little Mama"!

We were really surprised by this.


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Twilight Zone

"You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone! "

Picture two teenagers talking in the hallway of their high school between classes.  Now let time fly by and imagine (que Twilight Zone music) that they reconnect on FB and plan to have lunch after not seeing each other since that last meeting in the high school hallway.  Now they've both raised families and are now Grandmothers.That's exactly what happened.

Still teenagers at heart.

This friend now lives in Texas and I live in Louisiana.  She came to my town for an appointment and we arranged to meet for lunch.  It was like no time had passed - doesn't that sound like The Twilight Zone to you?  Had a great lunch with her and her husband.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Just a few words to go along with the photos.  BTW, all the photos are snapshots taken by friends.  You can be sure the professional photos will follow when we get them.

Praise God!  The day was PERFECT!!
Sunny and *73 degrees!
This was Lil' Mama's dream to have
an outdoor Garden Wedding.
We're so thankful we didn't need
to move it indoors because of "weather".

The happy couple!

After they were pronounced "man and wife" they 
recited the "Parents Pledge", (Pledging to lead, guide, nurture, and discipline HK with a heart of love, etc.) which was quite moving.
HK was brought forward for this part
of the ceremony.

Look how our family has grown
through the years!

Our  DIL (on the left) and our daughter (in the middle).
I could not have done all the things we did for the
wedding without their help.

Then there was my "Bestie",
right by my side during the wedding day doing what Besties do.

And look at how our Granddolls have grown!
So blessed to have them participate
in the wedding.

No time to linger as HK is here while
Mom & Dad are on their honeymoon.

We are a happy family!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Laugh or Cry?

Look at the weather for Saturday.
We wanted sun.  Looks like we'll get it.
Now we need the temps to rise.
? ? ? ? ?
Planning an outside wedding
is an adventure.

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Ah.  Do you smell it?
Nothing says "Spring" quite like the scent of self-tanning lotion.  I slathered that stinky stuff onto my glaringly white legs today.  It will be interesting to see how it looks in the morning.  One never knows what to expect.  It's kinda like the weather, huh?

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Things are actually quite low-key here today.
It makes me think of the country song,
"If I Knew What I Was Doing I'd Be Doing It Right Now".

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I'm looking forward to seeing all my family.
Besides being Lil' Mama's wedding
it's sort of gonna be our last 
"Big Hurrah" here in my beloved state
of Louisiana.
Can't decide whether to laugh or cry.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

50 Shades of Grey, etc

Maybe it's a good thing I have lots to think about these days ie a wedding in 11 days and a move to another state very soon.  Mental diversions can be good. We've had almost a solid 2 weeks of rain (today was an exception) and rain is predicted for the next 6 days.  If you're still buried in snow I know you have no sympathy, but we're just a few steps short of needing an ark.  "50 Shades of Grey" means weather to me - nothing else.  Nothing.

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Some of you have asked where we're moving.  Let's see if you can figure it out.  "__________________ where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain..."

Nuff said about that for now.

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Happy! Happy News!
Our 4 typed pages of "To Do List" for the wedding is getting smaller and is now down to just the things that can't be done until the last few days before the wedding...Only 11 more days!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Two more weeks!

Have you noticed when you have time to blog, nothing much is going on to blog about, but when you get really busy and have all sorts of things to share there's almost no time to blog.  Ahh, the life of a Blogger.

We made the long drive to Tulsa last weekend, but as usual we had such a good time that it was worth the angst of the drive.  Our oldest daughter, Amy and my forever friend, Deniece (friends since we were 15 yrs old), gave Lil' Mama a Bridal Shower.  It was so much fun to be in the same room with family and friends that I don't get to see on a regular basis since we live so far away. (that will be changing before long, ya know.)  You'll notice I have no photos of Lil' Mama opening her gifts which means I was yapping.

I just couldn't seem to wipe this cheesy smile off my face.  The hostesses placed a veil on Lil' Mama's head.  She was wearing a white lace dress so it looks like she's already a bride, doesn't it?!

Shower's are all about the details aren't they?
This was a kitchen shower and they received so many things they'll use for years to come.  Showers are a real blessing when you're starting out.

We are at the two week mark, pre-wedding.
I feel we're right on schedule. 
I sure hope I can still say that a week from now!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yes, I will. And I do know it.

I like to keep my blog on the upbeat.
I like to keep my self on the upbeat.
So forgive me if this post sounds a  little on the downbeat.  Sometimes I think a person has to "own" their feelings before they can move on to better ones.

Today I ran a few errands.
I love the way I know how to make a loop through a somewhat rural area to get to my "need to" places.  I know how to go by the bank, the dry cleaners, the grocery store, Sonic, the post office, and my favorite dollar store, all in a single loop.  It's one of the many things I like about living where I do.

I also like that winters are mild and Spring comes early to the South.  I like to be called "Honey" and "Baby" by store clerks (it's a Southern thang).  I like that life is slower here, gentler.  I like that no one feels the need to "dress to impress" and that money doesn't determine who you are or who you're not.  I didn't know that such a place existed until I moved here almost 12 years ago.

I like my house.
I like my safe neighborhood.
I like my neighbors.

I like my friends - especially my "Shopping Buddy".

No, it's not perfect here, but it "feels" perfect to me.

Now I'm gonna move.  Soon.
I will be just fine.
But this Trace Adkins' song chorus is stuck on replay in my mind today.

"You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days 
hadn't gone by so fast.
These are some good times
So take a good look around,
You may not know it now,
But you're gonna miss this."

Yes, I will.
And I DO know it.

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