Tuesday morning I found comfort in the scripture readings for the day.....
as I do every day!
God has a way of working things out! I KNOW that but it still feels good to read it!!
It's been beautiful here in North Texas this week!!
Louis Dean cooked us up a big breakfast and we ate it outside on the deck.
We spent all morning and until early afternoon out there. He was working on taking down the gazebo and I was working on the flower beds along side the deck.
After 1:30 or 2:00 it is TOO sunny to be out there so Mother went in to watch TV and I went off to do some errands.
I have found our new gazebo!!!
It seems to be made of more durable fabric than our other ones and comes with screening and rain curtains. Win! WIN!!!
You can even mount a fan in the center!!
It may be a shade bigger than our previous one but Louis Dean can make it work!!
SINCE I was out and SINCE it WAS Tuesday, I dropped by Goodwill!!!
I picked up this cute pillow for a chair that sits beside the kitchen pond.
Another cushion for one of the metal chairs.
Two Thirsty Stones!!
Four sweet dresses and an Old Navy blouse plus a top for Harrison!
I had to look long and hard to find something for the boy but I couldn't leave until I had!
I even bought two tee shirts for me!
We had our normal evening glass of wine out in the gazebo - but it just wasn't the same!!!
This morning we were blessed with four little rays of sunshine!!!
Mother just loved getting to spend the day with them!!
We took the quads on a tour of the 'damage.'
The kids see the broken gazebo!
We promised them we will get a NEW one pretty soon!!
Kailey brought her mother her car keys and suggested she leave!!
Logan had already told her mama, "When you are finished talking to MeeMaw, you can go home!"
They aren't being mean or tacky! They just love being here by themselves!!!And I am ever so grateful that they DO!!!
Kailey was especially fond of Grandma!
Harrison announced that HE was NOT going to call her GiGi!!
He said, "She is GRANDMA!"
And so she is and that is what all four call her!
Lots of hugging going on today!
Louis Dean grilled hot dogs outside for our lunch!
We ate out on the deck before going in the den for reading and naps!
As soon as everyone was awake, we freshened up and walked around the block to visit our neighbors!
Tamara had invited us over to do a little gardening project!
She was amazing!!
There were four hanging pots of garden soil just ready for planting a 'baby' from a huge Spider plant!!
She let each one chose their own!
The kids loved it!!
Louis Dean and I loved their back yard and gardens!!
Our houses have the very same floor plan so it was interesting to see how unique we have both made our homes!!! They are far from the original houses built back in 1958!
They have added so many clever features!
We sat with our wine and snacks at a little tray shelf - that can be moved from one side to the other - and I LOVE the wine holders!!!
Tamara had a whole spread of snacks - watermelon and cantaloupe, strawberries and cheese and crackers! And wine. She had me at wine!
I could have spent HOURS in their gardens looking at everything!
Harrison found the bluebonnet!!!
Thank you, my sweet neighbor, for a lovely afternoon!!!!
There shall be other visits - both at our house and yours!!!
By the time we walked back home, the deck was in the shade so that's where we went to play!
It was just a perfect day!
Louis Dean brought out his guitar and played and played.
He sang a song to Logan.....
and made up a special one for Trystan!
Little Trissy!!! A song from Granddad!
Logan got another session where she was singing along with him!
And then there is Kailey!!
She can really belt it out!!!
Froggie Went A'Courting is Kailey's song!!
We had a grand time!
LD got pizza for our dinner so it was an easy day all the way around!
Amber arrived to take the kids home. Harrison told Granddad that HE didn't get a song with him so Louis Dean made one up especially for him!! I think it went something like this.....
"Harrison is the best little boy in the whole world!!"
These kids sure did brighten up our day!!!
I must say we were in a rather fragile condition yesterday.
Nothing major.....just the constant stress of life and challenges.
Children have a way of chasing away the clouds and showing you the joys of life.
Louis Dean is STILL singing and playing!!!
Mother is enjoying our private concert!!!
She was in the den watching TV and heard the music.
She gathered up a small blanket and set herself down to listen!!!
God is good and I am grateful to feel more calm and relaxed this evening than I have been.
Yesterday I felt all jagged and unsettled and at the verge of tears.
It's good to remember that feelings are just feelings.
Not right or wrong. Just feelings.
We deal with them and sometimes just hang on until these feelings fade and are replaced with better ones.
We made some good memories today!