Our precious Mema went to be with the Lord on Dec 16...just 3 short weeks after Nanny. This has been the hardest month of our family's life and we miss those 2 ladies terribly. BUT, we rejoice that they are together in heaven and their bodies are well again!
Reflections about Mema:
-We have always referred to Mema as a saint because she truly was. She was an amazing Christian lady and she lived it out daily.
-She was the biggest prayer warrior I knew, and she was such an inspiration to me.
-She was my hero because she raised ALL (4) boys and did a great job!!!
-For 2 years, we had such an honor of being able to attend the same church with Mema and Papa. When we lived in Indian Land, I was the Children's Minister at their church and it was such a special time. Tyler was a baby through age 2 1/2 and she loved helping me with him and seeing him at church. Scott came along during that time until we moved here when he was 9 months old.
-Mema made the absolute best chocolate cakes and everyone knew it!! I remember as a child helping her make biscuits. She was a great cook and made the best corn in the world straight from their garden!
Here is a sweet, sweet picture of my 2 amazing gradmothers whom I miss more than ever! This was taken 5 years ago at Mema and Papa's 80th birthday party. Aren't they beautiful? :)
Despite our sadness, we have had some really fun times together as a family. Andy, Tiffany, Anna and Caroline have been here since the 17th and it has been nonstop fun! A couple of weeks ago we helped Memaw (Robbie's mom) decorate her Christmas tree. The boys also had their church choir performance a few Sundays ago. Here are some pictures over the last couple of weeks!
Snuggling in front of the Christmas tree
Scott's school program (he is 3rd from the right on the front row)
Tyler's choir at church (he is on top row 2nd from left)
Christmas picture in front of tree at church
Aunt RaRa helping Scott decorate Memaw's tree
GreyGrey enjoyed helping, too
Memaw lifted Tyler up to hang an ornament at the top
Scott's party at school
Tyler and his buddy Jack at their class party/pajama day
Silly Katie and Scott
Papa and some of his grandchildren and great grandchildren! I feel sure Mema was smiling down on this picture!!
Fun with Mimi dipping pretzels in white chocolate
Greyson thought he needed to sample a few
Oldest and youngest cousin/grandchild (for now....Katie is pregnant!!!!!!!!!)
Sweet cousin picture
Me and my sweet sister in law, Tiffany
Our trip to the zoo...Anna feeding the giraffe
As many times as we have been to the zoo, we have never been inside the bird cage! Tiffany was sweet and bought Tyler a cup of nectar to take inside. He loved every minute of it! Scott and Anna weren't quite sure about it!
I love this picture! :)
Such a cool experience!! I'm so thankful we live in a city with an amazing zoo!
Last night we went to Carrabas and did a fun gift exchange with my mom's sister and her whole family! This was the 5 of us at Carrabas!
Greyson and Caroline! :)
Fun gift exchange at our house
My cousin Sally, Tori (my cousin Drew's girlfriend), and my cousin Amanda
Look what Robbie ended up with at the gift exchange....plus a pair of boxers that say One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish....hahahaha!
A cute picture this morning after our sleep over with Anna!
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...