White Satin Shoes

Today we say good-bye. We say good-bye to my husband’s grandma, otherwise known to us “Ma-ma.” She was married at the age of 16, had 3 children, many grandchildren, great grands and great-great grands. She was a woman who worked hard to provide for her family. She was an excellent seamstress, helped her husband in his many pastoral positions, canned and froze the food they grew in their gardens. She loved her family, knew how to laugh at life and was just a good woman.

When we brought Cora to WV for the first time I loved how Ma-ma just held Cora and allowed her to lay on her lap for hours. Being a first-time mom I was afraid this would spoil or ruin Cora, and we’d have to work for weeks to get Cora used to not being held so much. Of course, that didn’t happen, and I realized Β it was perfectly OK for a baby to be held endlessly by her great grandmother as long as was possible. When we took Ben to meet his great grandparents for the first time I looked forward to having Ma-ma hold and love on Ben for as long as she wanted. And she did. She showed love to her great grandchildren just as she had her grandson, my husband.

When I got pregnant a 3rd time Ma-ma was so excited to know she was to have another great grandchild. When we learned we were having a girl, and decided on the name, David called Ma-ma and told her. We knew the secret was safe with her and she loved that we were using her daughter’s middle name for our daughter’s middle name. My sister planned a small baby shower for me before Rebekah was born and Ma-ma was most concerned to find white satin shoes for Rebekah. She said the baby girl needed to have them. David’s aunt searched high and low and finally found some to purchase online. They are beautiful little shoes. I took them with us to the hospital so Rebekah could wear them home.

While we were in the hospital having Rebekah we knew Ma-ma’s health was deteriorating rapidly. We were planning to go to WV sooner than we had originally planned. We took lots of photos with the camera and on our phones and texted those photos to my MIL so she could share them with Ma-ma. Ma-ma’s last lucid thoughts were of Rebekah. The last thing she understood on this earth was that she had had another great granddaughter and this little girl would be going home wearing her white satin shoes. Ma-ma will not get to meet Rebekah here on earth, but one day, in heaven it’ll happen. We grieve that Rebekah will not know her great grandma, but we have the hope of heaven one day.



Video Camera Needed

Last week while in WV for David’s grandmother’s funeral we needed a video camera. After the funeral and luncheon were over we all went back to Mammaw’s house to rest and relax. There’s a grade school at the end of the street with a great playground. David took Cora out (in the 65 degree weather, no less!) so she could run out some energy. I decided to join them later. As I approached the playground, which was surrounded by a chain-link fence, I was searching for the way in. I handed Ben to David and asked, “how am I supposed to get in?” David says, “Just climb the fence!” Seriously? The fence was about chest high and totally doable so I thought, “why not?” Mind you, I have not climbed a fence since?????? I get the giggles and try my best to get over the fence. It wasn’t pretty, not at all graceful, but I managed to get over the fence without ripping my pants–yes, this was a goal met! We played, ran around, climbed through a tube (at what age do our knees decide it’s not fun to be walked on?), went on the zip-line (at what point do our shoulders decide they don’t like to bear the weight of our bodies?), and then I realized Ben was really wet in the diaper area and needed to be change, pronto! I then realize I have to climb BACK over the fence and the drop on the other side is lower then on the play ground side. Oh. Boy. I try one way, no go. I try another way. No go. I finally decided the best way to get back over the fence was to lay on the top and sort of fall over the edge. This is what I did, laughing the whole time, really hoping NOT to rip my pants and wishing we had a video camera to document the whole thing.

More WV Fun!

While in WV we were also able to spend the day with David’s dad and step mom. Cora loves to run around the yard chasing a ball and the dog. She also is sure to find herself in the kitchen helping Mammaw with a cooking project or helping with a craft project! We had a good time while there. We felt THE earthquake, I got to take a long nap and everyone else had fun–I think, since I was sleeping I’m not sure! πŸ™‚

70 Years

We had the privilege of being part of a wonderful celebration last week! David’s grandparents celebrated 70 years of marriage and their kids threw them a wonderful reception! There were over 100 guests in attendance, lots of good food and lots and lots of laughter, reminiscing and just a good time was had by all. Who did we celebrate? Let me tell you!

We celebrated David and Jonnie Johnson. They were married February 21, 1941 and were both barely 16 years of age! If I remember correctly, they had to cross the county line to Fulton, Mississippi to get married! From there life went full steam ahead. Pa-pa joined the Navy and fought in the Pacific during WWII. Pa-pa was a pastor for many years in the South and then they moved north to Kentucky and finally settled in West Virginia. If you ask Ma-ma, she lost count long ago how many times they moved! They have three children, a son who lives with his wife in KY; a daughter who lives with them in WV; and another daughter who lives with her husband in OH, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great (yes 2 greats!) grandchild! Although my David was the only grandchild and Cora the only great grandchild present it is so neat to see how their family has grown and their family line has stretched beyond themselves.

Below are some photos from the reception. I hope you enjoy! David and I figured out that if we live to be married 70 years I’ll be 98 and he’ll be 96! Whew! πŸ™‚

David and Jonnie Johnson (Pa-pa and Ma-ma to most of us!)
Their kids–Jonnie, David, Charlotte

David has always had a soft spot in his grandmother’s heart–as you can plainly see! πŸ™‚ 

Here’s one of their great grandchildren with a small glimpse of the other one to come!

The whole family with spouses

The whole family who were able to make it! 

Weekend in WV, Part I

As I mentioned earlier we were in WV last week. Our reason for going was to celebrate David’s grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary (I’ll do a post on that later.)! We decided to go down a couple days early and spend a couple days with his dad and step mom as well. We had a great time!! The weather was GORGEOUS and helped us forget that it is only February for a few days. Cora LOVED being outside (I did too!!) and her Mammaw got out a red wagon which was a daily hit! πŸ™‚ We also celebrated Christmas with my in laws, Cora made cupcakes, and we just had a good time visiting. Saturday and Sunday were spent with David’s mom’s family and we had a great time with them, too! David’s uncle and wife came for the festivities and the last they’d seen Cora she was only crawling! πŸ™‚ A good time was had by all and I can’t wait to share about the anniversary celebration later! Enjoy some photos!

The red wagon! πŸ™‚ As Cora would emphatically tell us it was “MINE!”

Isn’t she beautiful? I just can’t imagine how gorgeous she’ll be on her wedding day…

It was warm (near 70 degrees!) and Daddy’s water tasted much better than her own! πŸ™‚ 

Christmas! We had actually bought this mug for Sue to give her 2 Christmases ago and with all our moving at the time it wasn’t found until we were unpacking boxes here in Bedford. πŸ™‚ Better late then never, huh? πŸ™‚

More Bob Dylan for Bill! πŸ™‚ I assured Sue I had nothing to do with this gift… 

Receiving a “floating” globe for his office

Handmade by Sue!

Yes, she posed for this photo! πŸ™‚ 

Cora has stood and walked like this for as long as she was able. See where she gets it from?

On our last trip to WV the train eluded us, but this time it came! 

After seeing the engine and a couple of the cars, Cora was tired of the train (which ran for about 5 minutes) and kept telling it “bye-bye!”

Molly, also, was not impressed with the train…

Cora with her Great Aunt J! 

Blowing bubbles with Grandma! (And Cora can say “bubbles”)

A “boy” who loves his Ma-ma

It’s the Little Things

We are currently in WV where we will be celebrating David’s grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary at a party for them on Sunday (that seemed unnecessarily complicated to say). We came down TH so we could spend some extra time with his dad and step mom as well as have plenty of visiting time with his mom’s side of the family. The weather is BEAUTIFUL and when we get home I’ll write more and share photos of our time here. Today I wanted to tell you of some relief David and I are experiencing.

You see, at our previous church we truly never knew if when we returned from trips to see family if David would have a job. We were laying in bed last night and David mentioned how nice it is to know that we are in such a church that we know no one is plotting against us, that David’s job is totally secure and we have no need to have added stress while visiting family. I told him I had been thinking the exact same things all day! Unless you have been in a similar situation I suppose you can’t fully get how wonderful it is, but let me tell you, it’s LIBERATING! God is so good to us and we’re just so thankful he’s seen fit to place us where he has.

Now, we can just enjoy family! πŸ™‚

Photos from the Weekend

After the dedication we had a picnic with family and friends. It was a great day to celebrate our little lady!

The Hardins

With Grammy and Grampy

Cora with Mamaw Sue

Cora with Grampy and Grandad

With Grandma

Three generations of Hardins

Four generations of Johnsons

Four generations of Reynolds

Four generations of Russells


First visit with Great-grandma Marie