Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
They were married on December 27, 1931. This photograph was taken at the wedding of H.P. and Catherine Terrell. H. P. was Opal's youngest brother.
November is a month when many focus on gratitude. For several years, I have kept a daily gratitude journal to use as part of my morning meditation time. I write down 5 things for which I am thankful. Some are very small things - a bird at my kitchen window, the way morning light casts a lacy shadow on the wall, a phone call. I say thank you, too, for the biggest things in my every day: God's faithfulness and love, for the way he is working in my family's life. I give thanks for food and shelter and good hugs from Joe and our sons. I am grateful for my daughters- in- law, and my granddaughters' laughter.
I was born on November 14, 1940, so today is my birthday. I am grateful for my parents' life and love which began my life. Thank you, God, for Opal and Howard Teal. Thank you, Mother and Daddy, for loving each other and for loving me. I never doubted for a moment that I was cherished. Your faith and love and your hard work to provide good things for me continue to sustain me. You live on in me, in your grandsons, and in your great grandchildren. You are part of everything I ever write down on my gratitude list.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
We boiled extra eggs to have plenty for deviling.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Two weeks ago, those in our family who live in this part of Texas gathered to enjoy the hospitality of our son, Sean, his wife, Teion, and their daughters Lauren and Skye. We enjoyed the traditional New Year's Black Eye Peas and Cabbage (with a twist of Indian seasoning) as we welcomed the beginning of another year and thanked God for the blessings we share as a family. Forty-five years ago, Joe and I celebrated the beginning of 1968 in San Antonio as we waited for Sean's birth. The morning of January 13, 1968 was blustery and cold as I struggled into a coat I had made for myself that no longer would meet in the front to button! Our lives changed forever with his birth, and we celebrated it with joy. There is even deeper joy as we celebrate his life after these years shared. Each year, New Year's thoughts and plans will always include our pride and gratitude for him.