Sunday, May 14, 2017

“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Mother's Day treat -- lunch at Outback
Me and my peeps -- left to right: Kelly, Knox, Neil, moi, Jerry, Holly, Shelby, and Elijah -- Kerry couldn't join us because of work
Daughter Holly, granddaughter Shelby, grandson Elijah
Daughter Kelly and grandson Knox
Blessed with the best daughters on the planet

My daughters and hubby surprised me (can you tell by the look on my face?) with a new iPad Pro 
And they always manage to make me cry (happy tears) because they always give me the sweetest most loving mommy's day cards 
We always get silly because we can't help ourselves -- today we were marveling at just how tall Holly  is and not only because she was wearing high heels
The only thing that makes me sad with regret this day is not having a picture made with my grandchildren and daughters all together -- how did that happen?! It's a terrible first

My daughters both have a great sense of humor and know how to make fun of themselves (and everybody else -- tee hee) I do adore them and I'm so thankful for the blessing that they've always been to me -- I couldn't have asked God for more awesome children and that's the mom's honest truth.
They are fabulous mothers to their children, and I'm thankful for that, too. Wishing you both Happy Mother's Day! So glad you are mine!

My mom passed away two weeks before Mother's Day five years ago. Missing her especially today.
“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” 
― Mitch AlbomFor One More Day

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” 
― Washington Irving

“You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity.” 
― Criss JamiKillosophy

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” 
― Abraham Lincoln

“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you've got, say "Oh, my gosh," and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It's not a question of choice.” 
― Marisa de los SantosLove Walked In

“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.” 
― Barbara KingsolverPigs in Heaven

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..” 
― John SteinbeckEast of Eden

MERRY MONTH of MAY

“Sopping, and with no sign of stopping, either- then a breather. Warm again, storm again- what is the norm, again? It's fine, it's not, it's suddenly hot: Boom, crash, lightning flash!” 
― Old Farmer's Almanac

A sure sign this little boy is having fun ~ Grandson Knox at his cousin's baseball game
the barefoot artist
Some of us (me) like a little coffee with their (my) creamer
Pretty clouds
Pretty clouds through a dirty windshield
Grandson Knox (in the red shirt) and three of his Mother's Day Out classmates earned the title of Bible Memory Master this year ~ our minister announced their accomplishments before worship service on a recent Sunday ~ the list of Bible memory work is on the screen above them ~ these four and five year olds amaze me
Grandson Elijah's 5th grade spring band concert
Elijah plays flute ~ they all did a great job and improved so much since their concert in December
Granddaughter Shelby and her cosmetology class visited a school of cosmetology ~ Shelby got her hair done ~ so pretty!
Daughter Kelly joined the band at a local Mexican restaurant that was decked out for Cinco de Mayo ~ we were there the day before on Star Wars Day ~ May (the) Fourth (be with you)
Enjoyed the high school's production of Phantom of the Opera ~ this is the only time I've ever seen the play but I've heard that this amateur production rivaled any professional production ~ the talent at this school is impressive ~ who knew there were opera singers in high school?!
Congratulations to my niece Sarah who graduated summa cum laude from TTU last Saturday
Here's your sign ~ and yes please
JACOC church building foyer last Sunday
Grandson Elijah's 5th grade classes studied the different decades this past week at school and got to dress up to represent each decade ~ the first picture is the Fifties (greaser), the second picture is the Sixties (hippie), and the picture below is the Nineties (grunge)~ I don't have pics of his outfits for Seventies and Eighties (please send them Holly) Elijah had a good time putting his outfits together ~ he said his were the "most extreme" 

Lots of baseball games in May ~ Elijah plays third base for his team Game 7 and sometimes pitches

E at bat

Grandson Knox at bat playing T Ball

A little dab'll do ya ~ (I think you have to be over the age of 50 to get that reference)

Peeps



Shelby's cosmetology class group project ~ Disney-character-inspired make up, hairstyle, and outfit ~  Tinker Bell! ~ all she needed were wings and some pixie dust

Day lilies blooming in our yard

Lovely Shelby

Shelby and mom Holly ~ ready to head home after work

Knox is loving his tree swing

 Lilies ~ looking forward to the beautiful pink blooms

The kids in the back yard this afternoon ~ a little baseball training ~ (hubby Neil is the big kid on the left)





"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER 2017 FROM THE RANFT/MYERS/KIMBROUGH FAMILIES!


































This is us. Easter. 2017.

“The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn't the end. Jesus didn't escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.” 
― Steven JamesStory