Monday, October 31, 2011

Missing the College Boy!

I am missing the college boy so much!  I know we are supposed to raise them to leave one day & I am so excited that he is in college and doing well but goodness gracious I miss him!
Child #2 "College boy" performing at an outdoor concert
And no, that's not a wedding ring on his finger, it's a purity ring.  He is a young man of God who makes it clear he is striving to live out his faith.  He loves to play the guitar and lead in worship services with the praise band. He has also had a chance to do some recording with the group below called "True Vine".
Child #2 playing with the group "True Vine"
He's on the pre-med track in college and staying really busy studying (too busy I think!) But he's coming home this weekend, so Mama's gonna make sure the college boy has a good time at home and spends some time laughing and having fun with his family.
Already looking like a doctor
CHILDREN #4,#3,#2
I can't wait for him to come home this weekend and crank up the electric guitar. Oh, and I will be fixing up one of his favorite meals, Shrimp & Grits. Y'all come on over!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Festival

We enjoyed helping out at the Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat last night at church.  Child #3 helped to make sno-cones.
Child #3 assisting with sno-cones

Middle son helped with one of the games.
Child #4 & #5 playing a game

All while our youngest son helped himself to several sno-cones.
Child #5
Thankfully the sno-cone operators refused to give him a third one.
Child #3 & Mrs Christy
We had a good evening with friends & got to see some really adorable little ones in their outfits! Sweet!
Cute as pie!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Benefits of Blogging

I started blogging several years ago not to necessarily become a "Blogger", but to develop my writing skills and for a way for people that know us from all over to keep in touch with the things going on in our lives.  I never imagined all the good that would come out of my rambling posts and unprofessional photographs. Here are a few amazing things that have come as a result of my blogging.  Some of you may know that I was very distressed about the state of disrepair and abandonment of Laurelwood Plantation that belonged to my family for almost a decade.  See, I really am a true southern belle!

Laurelwood Plantation
 In 1994 the house was sold after it had been in my family since 1908.  Not sure exactly what happened with the new owners but the house & property became neglected and eventually abandoned for years.  The Palmetto Trust acquired the house in an effort to save it as it is on the National Register for Historic Homes.  I contacted the Palmetto Trust with concerns about the property which led to the director asking me if I would consider writing a blog about the house.  I really didn't realize at the time that his hopes were that my blog would attract a buyer.  I just began writing about Laurelwood and hoped that my love and passion and memories of the property would be relayed to the readers and that they would catch the vision for what a special place Laurelwood is.  Well, Laurelwood now has a new owner and I couldn't be happier. In fact he told me recently and I quote the new owner as saying to me "in reality the only reason we went to look at Laurelwood was because of you and your blog".   I can't tell you how good that made me feel, just knowing that I branched out in an area I was a bit quite uncertain about but tried to share my thoughts anyway and that it made a difference.  Of course, I am in no way responsible for the sale of a house or the saving of Laurelwood I am just glad to know that in some way, I made a difference.  The day the house closed we had a gathering at the house that connected descendants of the original builder and first owners to my family and the new owners. It was great! You can read about it here.  
   Also as a result of blogging I have met family members that I did not even know that I had.  We
I'm on the right holding the painting of my Grandfather

have been connecting and getting to know each other and it has been GREAT!  Last night some of my

"new" cousins and I had dinner together and Florence who found out about me from my blog presented me and my cousin Becky paintings that she painted of our grandparents. My Grandfather and Becky's Grandmother were brother and sister. Florence's husband was the grandson of another sister of my Grandfather's. Florence is in the middle and Becky is holding the painting of her Grandmother.  What a blessing!!!! I certainly have benefitted from blogging.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Look what I saw today in the road near my neighborhood and just down the road from the local middle school!  At first I thought it was dead and then I saw his tongue flicking in and out.  I think it must have been warming itself on the asphalt as it wasn't the least bit bothered that I was gawking at it and taking pictures.  I am just glad that I was driving the car instead of being out on a walk and stumbling across this snake.  If I had been out walking and came upon this snake I would have quickly taken up the sport of running and wouldn't have stopped until I was safely home.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Pickin' Time

Family outings are the best, aren't they? Taking a break from the daily routine to go do something together that is fun and memorable can strengthen your family relationships.  Every Fall we have a family outing to our favorite apple orchard in NC.  We have been going to the same place since our children were real small. We always have a great time.
Our children
 We were a little later than usual taking our annual trip and we missed some of our favorite apples but there were still plenty of fuji, granny smith and golden delicious apples to pick in the orchard.
 My husband and I always enjoy the chance to have all of our children together at the same time.  Having two in college now makes it difficult to all be together at the same time.  We dropped by our son's college on the way and picked him up so we could all be together.
Me and my handsome husband
 I can't believe our firstborn is 21 years old now. Whew! Where did the time go?
My husband and our firstborn

My husband and our middle child

Our oldest 3
We picked a lot of apples.  Once the baskets were filled nobody wanted to carry them back.  They were heavy with some of the largest apples I've ever seen.
Me with our three sons and a scarecrow
 It was the most beautiful Fall day with a crisp breeze in the air.  We love going to Stepps Apple Orchard and look forward to it every year.

I made homemade apple butter again this year with the apples we picked and even canned some using the Candy Apple Butter recipe from Sugar Pie Farmhouse.

Monday, October 3, 2011

I saw this sign in the SC Museum shop the other week and loved the saying.
The South
The place where...1) Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter 2) Summer starts in April.  3)Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable.
4)Front porches are wide and words are long. 5) Pecan pie is a staple. 6) Y'all is the only proper noun  7)Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy. 8)everything is Darlin' 9)Someone's heart is always being blessed.