Sunday, January 19, 2014

Home of the Soul

How many times has a song taken me back? Triggered a memory? Never like this morning at church.

When the choir started singing this song, I didn't think anything of it. Then the last chorus hit, and I was back in the old sanctuary at Leagueville Baptist. I could hear my grandmom singing this song, lead alto.
Words:  James Rowe
Music:   Samuel W. Beazley
If for the prize we have striven,
After our labors are o’er,
Rest to our souls will be given,
On the eternal shore.
Yes, a sweet rest is remaining
For the true children of God,
Where there will be no complaining,
Never a chast’ning rod.
Soon, the bright homeland adoring,
We shall behold the glad dawn;
Lean on the Lord till the morning,
Trust till the night is gone.
Home of the soul, beautiful home,
There we shall rest, never to roam;
Free from all care, happy and bright,
Jesus is there, He is the light!
Oft in the storm, lonely are we,
Sighing for home, longing for thee,
Beautiful home of the ransomed,
beside the crystal sea.
I couldn't help but cry during the entire church service. How I miss hearing her sing this song! Especially the last chorus. I must have heard her sing this song a thousand times, but never did I think it resonated so deep within me. 
Grandmom would be so proud of my kids. She would be crazy about Riley and remind me that Riley is just five years old. Grandmom wouldn't mind all of Riley questions. 
Grandmom would get a real kick out of Ella Rae. She would say that Ella doesn't "give a rat's butt" about anything. 
Grandmom would hold Nolan all of the time. I wouldn't have a tend to him at all! I like to think that Grandmom would give me baby advice, whether I wanted it or not. 
I think Grandmom would tell me to love Henry forever. She would know that he's a good man and that I do deserve him. 
I think Grandmom would tell me to take time to enjoy my kids. To love being a mom. I think Grandmom would wrap her arms around my neck and tell me how much she loves me. 
And I still think, even now, that Grandmom would get after someone with the fireplace poker if they messed with me. 
Alzheimer's has been the cruelest game of all. I know she will one day have a beautiful home beside the crystal sea. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

December 2013 newsletter


I don't think there's ever been a more mature 5 year old big sister. You are so grown up! When you're not playing with your Monster High dolls you love to play with Ella. You really love to play with her! Y'all are best friends.

I think you're the happiest that your daddy is home. You pal around with him all day long. He's remodeling our storage building right now, and if he's out there, you're out there. You are his big helper.

You also love to help me cook. It's hard to slow down and let you help me all the time, but it makes you feel very important to help. At times you do too much, like the other day when you got on top of the counter to put up dishes and accidentally knocked the coffee pot into the floor, shattering it into a million pieces. We had no idea you wanted to help clean up that bad! And other times I'll ask you to clean your room and you'll tell me you will do it later or tomorrow. Ha!

Ella Rae,

Well hello, Miss Talkative. You've really turned it on this past month. You can say: mama, dada, Riley, Nolan, no-no (meaning Nolan), no!, bye-bye, more, puppy, paw-paw and nana (meaning banana). I love hearing you talk! I think even more so since you didn't talk for the longest.

Several weeks ago I taught you two different signs to make when you wanted milk and "more." You picked up on both of these so very well. Your daddy couldn't believe it when he came home! He wanted to know if day care taught you that. Well, no. I did! I'm proud too. Whenever you want milk, you make the sign. When you want more, you make the sign. It's made life a little easier knowing what you want sometimes. Other times you still whine and point, but you're making great progress. We're working on a couple other signs now.

Ella, we think you're the most compassionate little girl ever! You hate for Nolan to cry. I had to use the nose bulb on him the other day to remove some snot. You were sitting right by us and when he started to wail, you started to wail. You were just as unconsolable as he was and it wasn't even you being worked on! You're also good about giving him his paci when he needs it, as long as you don't want it.


You're just the best baby! You get lots of compliments about it too. You don't cry much. You like to sleep. You love to play. I think that's the biggest development with you over the last month: play time! If you're hanging out, either on the floor or in someone's lap, you MUST have a toy. It goes straight to your mouth.

Laughing and smiling. That's about it!

I'm not sure at what point things around this house will get easier. I get bogged down in laundry, keeping the house clean enough, dishes washed, etc. It's hard! Even with Henry's help there is always someone who needs something and always something that needs to be done. I enjoy the time to myself and with Henry when every one is in bed. It's peaceful! 

We love our babies. 

Love you babies.

Love, Mama