Where do I even begin? November was here and now almost gone in no time. It's been a very hard month for our family, but in the midst of our hard times, God has once again been faithful. He has brought us times of joy and laughter amist our sadness of losing a precious, precious lady in our lives. Our sweet Nanny went to be with Jesus last Monday, Nov 22. We are going to miss her terribly, but we have the hope of knowing that we will be with her again in heaven for eternity!
Over these last several weeks I have had lots of time to reflect on Nanny's life and the wonderful memories I have of her. I'm going to share just a few:
-She was a faithful, loving grandmother who was there for us as often as she could be. She and my grandaddy attended many of our choir programs, dance recitals, etc over the years. They even traveled to Disney World when my dance team performed there in high school. When I was 13, she and my grandaddy took me on an unforgettable trip to England and Scotland!!
-She was a believer and shared with us her love for God throughout her life.
-We loved going to her house as children and even into adulthood. She knew how to entertain and was very hospitable.
-She was there for the birth of all 3 of my children and that is super special to me. She held my babies, rocked them, bathed them and absolutely loved them! I feel so honored that they knew her and were able to spend time with her over the years. We will share with Greyson as he gets older about how special she was and how much she loved him.
-She allowed Robbie, Tyler and myself to live with her for 4 months when we moved up her way. Tyler was just a baby and it was such a special time for me. She thoroughly enjoyed the company and she was so gracious in allowing us to be there. I have so many great memories of that time.
-Over the last 10-12 years, Robbie has thought of Nanny as his own grandmother. She adored him and loved that he was an educator. Robbie has many fun memories of Nanny. He loved her homemade pimento cheese and loved having her make his lunches when we lived with her. She loved to fill his belly! :)
I miss you and love you, Nanny!!!
Our Thanksgiving was different this year, but we were together and that's what matters. We have a lot to be thankful for!!! This past weekend, we spent time decorating for Christmas! The boys have been super excited and loved helping with the decorating. Here are some recent pictures:
Robbie and Greyson on a "tractor" ride around Memaw's yard
Tyler wearing the blower and blowing the leaves in Memaw's yard
Me and my boys
Robbie and his boys
Memaw and the boys
Al (Robbie's uncle) and the boys
The 5 of us!
The 2 of us!
Mimi and her boys
Pop, Mimi and GreyGrey
On our way to get the tree!! They all 3 wanted to sit in the "way back" together. It was cute and Greyson thought he was big stuff!
Picking out our tree
Robbie strapping it to the top of the van
Yay! The tree is up and decorated! The boys had fun! They have their own little tree upstairs in their room this year, too that they are proud of.
After our backpacking trip, we drove to Columbia and then spent 10 happy days with all of our Hogue family. The kids are 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 14 now, wh...