Friday we visited family in Mineral Wells.
It was a nasty weather day and the traffic was slowed by accident after accident.
We were just grateful that we were not part of one.
I've asked prayer for my cousin's granddaughter who is the same age as our Amber with a son just one day older than the quads. We dearly love our cousin, Joyce, and her daughter, Pam, as well as Pam's daughter, Danna. Our hearts are breaking for them and at the same time we are rejoicing.
It is amazing what this young mother has already accomplished in her young son's life.
She was bound and determined to live long enough that he would remember her.
From Danna's Facebook post.....
"So this morning some hospice lady that talks to children came to talk to Ricky and she said he is the best that she had ever talked to and that he is about 2 years above in his understanding about life and death and God and Heaven. He says he's scared because I am dying but he also knows that we will be with one another again someday. Made my heart happy."
"If I ever did one thing right except give The Lord my heart this is it. This just makes me cry and cry."
Danna has an amazing testimony and so does her mom.
They continue to celebrate every single day and hour they have together.
Pam and Danna and the whole family has been such an inspiration to all of us.
Ricky took this picture of Louis Dean and me.
Louis Dean was so impressed with Ricky's musical ability.
I wished I had taken a photo of Ricky playing his drums and singing a praise and worship song - at the top of his lungs and with such emotion! And he can strum that blue guitar like no body's business.
He's going to be famous someday....
As we had prayer together, Danna and I, before we left, I assured her that the entire family would remain a presence in Ricky's life and continue to build on the foundation she has laid for him.
After we left Mineral Wells, we drove to Benbrook to see Mother.
This was our first visit this year!
Louis Dean brought her roses.
Mother's health is fine but she has slowed down to the point that she seldom leaves her suite at Deanie's house except to get her hair and nails done or visit the doctor.
We ended that Friday with dinner at The Cotton Patch.
It continued to be pea soup weather all the way home.
Saturday dawned a pretty day!
We then drove to Mansfield to the housewarming party for our Dear Leah ( Nita's daughter) and her husband, Patrick.
Leah is as beautiful inside as she is out!
They make such a handsome couple!
Leah and her Mama!
Notice the cat back there?
That's Mia. Isn't she pretty??
Nita and her handsome husband!
Mike reminds me of Alan Jackson!
It was SUCH a fun party!!
Summer and Sabrina came! First time to see them this year!
Summer didn't get to stay long as she was in a lot of pain.
She smiles for the camera but she can't keep it up for long.
We arrived the same time Amber and Mike did so the party grew a good bit right then!
Leah even had a play room set up for the young guests.
Although a few adults seemed to find coloring to be a soothing activity.
We decided to eat at Texas Roadhouse together after the party.
That was like another party in its own way!
The kids love those peanuts!
They were pretty much the charmers as we waited for our table.
Kailey has been missing her Granddad!
It had been exactly three weeks ago that we last saw them - on Christmas Eve!
We brought Kailey home with us to spend the night!
First pic- bedtime!
Second pic - morning.
Third pic - dressed for church!
We all had coffee and cinnamon rolls before going to church.
Kailey's milk was laced with a tablespoon of coffee!
Church service was good and Pastor even used the quads as an illustration.
Every morning after we get them from their class, they ALWAYS seek Pastor Doug and hug him and they tell him they are praying for him. He recently had eye surgery and was wearing a patch like a pirate so that has stayed in their mind that he needs prayer!
When we got to Quadville, the kids wanted to show us their Christmas presents!
They are such big kids now!
And then there was the hula hoop!
Harrison has got it DOWN!!!
Kailey could do it around her neck!
Trystan gave it a shot!
So did Logan.....
And then it was MY turn!
I tried! Once upon a time I could actually DO this!
Perhaps I need to buy my own personal hula hoop and practice!
Amber gave it turn!
We need more hula hoops!
Even Granddad gave it a whirl!!
Wasn't MUCH of a whirl but it was something!
Mike was the champion!
He said he learned to hula hoop in elementary school and apparently he never forgot!
We packed up Logan's bag and headed back to Irving where I put some BBQ wings and roasted veggies in the oven and then Logan and I went off to visit my friend, Reaoma.
We took her a chocolate shake and, of course, Logan got one, too!
Our calm, quiet Sunday ended about then.
The Cowboys played the Packers and it was an intense game!
The Packers won in the last few seconds and I was totally worn out!
During the game, Logan helped me undecorate the den.
She worked slowly and calmly while I was tearing down things like a mad woman.
Game over, Logan was tired so I put her to bed and we settled in with Alaska, the Last Frontier to calm our nerves. Just as we got into it, the emergency sirens started going off and I got a message on my phone that we were to take shelter NOW!
Louis Dean started throwing all the covers, blankets, bedspreads and pillows out of the den closet and I went in and woke Logan up and carried her in there.
We sat huddled up together for nearly a half hour before the all clear signal was given.
I think it's time to call this a wrap and go to bed!!!