Silent Sunday: Cousin-Time Kids

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Tardy Pass

My brother is going to be a day late getting to the Reunion. In my world of high school being late calls for a Tardy Pass. He’s definitely going to get an excused tardy and I won’t even require a doctor’s note although he should be able to provide one.
For some reason David thought yesterday would be a good day to follow in our dad’s footsteps by developing, and passing, a kidney stone.
Daddy passed 3 kidney stones on Christmas afternoon 1967. Was David’s passing his stone just days before his birthday yet another way to follow in Daddy’s footsteps?
Either way…Ouch!
When David called yesterday evening to tell me he was in tremendous pain and at the ER I asked a few questions, told him we’d pray, told him to call when he heard something, and told him I loved him. When I hung up from the call I cried when I told a couple of cousins what he’d said.
David and I have survived our baby brother and our parents. Danny’s death was the biggest shock and Mama’s was the saddest (dementia is mean and horrible) but it’s Daddy I miss the most. For many reasons I am not prepared to lose David. He is the only person with whom I share “our family” childhood memories. The only person left who sat at our dinner table each day. The only person left who shared my first trip to Yellowstone. The only person left who knows the stories of driving to and fro the summers we worked at Six Flags.
I am not ready to be an orphan AND to have no siblings.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for delivering him from the pain he was in earlier this weekend.

Flashback Friday: Remembering Caty and Glen’s Wedding

My best friend and her beloved on their wedding day, September 19, 1987 at Norfolk Lake, Arkansas. What a gorgeous setting. They got married on a ferry on the lake and under God’s stars. Breathtakingly beautiful.
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Bride and Groom and their parents.
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Terry, Katie and I left the two Little Ones (as we called them in those days) with friends as we traveled to Arkansas that weekend for the wedding.
I made Caty’s wedding cake here at home. Katie shared the backseat with the Tupperware encased layers on the way to Mountain Home. Once there I turned those layers into a wedding cake by decorating them in Glen’s mom’s kitchen.1987, Sept 19 Caty and Glen
I baked and decorated Glen’s groom’s cake there in his mom’s kitchen, too. It was German’s Chocolate and looked a bit more like a mountain than a cake…high altitude issues…but both cakes were well received. It was such fun to get to make those cakes for my best friend. The other thing I did for her wedding, besides giving birth to her Rice Bag/Bird Seed Girl, was style and decorate her hair. Caty’s hair was, and remains, extremely long and thick and beautiful. When finished, she had the largest French Braid I’ve ever seen, much less created. I doubled the braid under itself and secured it before putting Baby’s Breath in her braid to dress up her hair just a bit. She made her own dress and, as you can see from the photos, it was gorgeous. She’s one multi-talented lady.
Terry and I love Caty and Glen and wish we got to spend more time with them. One of the many reasons I’m thankful for our time in Alaska this summer is time spent with our best friends.
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Happy Anniversary, Caty and Glen! We love you!

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