Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hard to say goodbye

Just a few words to sum up my thoughts and memories of this special time as I prepare to leave Austin and Lila Rose, my baby's baby, in the loving, competent arms of her parents.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Is it the book or is it my state of mind?

I'm considering putting this on my all-time favorite book list:

but not quite.
It's such a lyrical tribute to mothers, both biological, and circumstantial, that maybe I was over affected by grammyhood, but I was moved to tears more than once and that means ***** for me.
Let me know what you think!

This is her follow-up book, nearly as good, certainly a satisfying read.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My other baby

here's Wyanne meeting Cath and Jim's recently rescued horse, Gulliver.
Two beauties - one black, one white.

Look what happens when Katie and I leave Lila with Daddy

I spent all morning trying to figure out how to put this on with Derek's comments which make it so precious.
Thought for sure AdobePhotoshopExpress would include the comments on this slide show, but no luck.
I'm just going to let you read this and figure out where what was happening.
"Mommy and Grandma go to church.
Daddy and I hang out.
He teaches me the Aggie "gig'em" sign.
He captures the beautiful Texas sky in my eyes.
I show him how I'll look riding my first bike.
We sing karaoke.
I play with lambie, picked out especially by my friend, Emily.
I get sleepy
so he gives me a bath and then it's back to sleep on a perfect Sunday afternoon.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Lucky Lila in her handmade finery

Her very own, from Joanne

A precious flannel quilt from Mary Ann, note the purple gingham tie in the corner

Two special softies from Paula

An intricately knitted dream from Aunt Lynne

hearts abound!

Originally uploaded by kelly rae roberts

You can see Kelly Rae's whole set here:

August 2008 Graduate Video

This is my answer to all who ask, "how can you give them up?".
These are grads and pups in the midwest. Our graduation is tomorrow, and while I can't be there in person, I wish all well, especially Tara.
I'm so grateful to be part of this extraordinary organization.

August 2008 Puppy Raiser Video

Godspeed, NC pups, as you begin the next step in your journey to greatness!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

God is so good

Some of you who read this blog know my beautiful (inside and out) friend, Rose and some of you met her briefly at Katie and Derek's wedding, some of you only know of her. She's a loving, giving, energetic woman and I want you to thank God with me that all signs of her cancer are gone.
It was a devastating time last February when she was on death's door, but we all know miracles happen.
She's a fighter and she won. So many prayed and are still praying, as we must continue to do, but now we can make them happy, Thank you, God prayers!
We've shared many fun times together in the last few years, so many laughs when we worked together in first grade and so many laughs and hugs since.
This picture is from a 'back to our roots' day when she and I raided Pam's plum and apricot trees and went home and made jam.

Another day we shared was a chemo day and we visited with another friend and chemo recipient, Vern Pritchett. Over the weekend God called Vern home. I will always remember him as a gentle gentleman with a ready smile, and will pray for his family as he will be sorely missed.

some of my favorites from Derek's collection

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Austin IS the live music capital of the world

Rod and I had quite an exposure to what Austin has to offer in the way of live music, but it was quite different than we expected.
We started off our morning at a different church than we've gone to in the past, St. Theresa's.

Well, let me tell you, we got quite lucky. It just so happened the parish was celebrating their 40th anniversary and mass was being con-celebrated by the Bishop of Austin and 9 other priests.
St.Theresa's has a colorful history, which the bishop eloquently related. There was a full 25 piece orchestra and 30 member highly rehearsed choir.
Mass concluded with a rousing rendition of Beethoven's Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.
From there we headed to a downtown legend, Stubbs' BBQ,

where we had front row seats for brunch and the music of the Gospel Silvertones, Doesn't get any better. "Jesus is good to me. AMEN"

some new favorite photos

my lovely swing from auntie laur

getting in shape for 2024 olympics-look at those muscles!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008