Monday, July 18, 2016

My sister Bev and son-in-law Rob shared the same birthday this past Saturday.  We wish the best to both of them. They are both on my list of favorites and I think on the list of favorites of the people who know them.  Bev is a very bubbly person and you couldn't ask for a better son-in-law than Rob is to me.

Happy Birthday to My Sister Bev and Son-in-law Rob!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Last week my cousin Mark visited with his family.  I don't see Mark very often so we had a lot to catch up on.  We all had a wonderful time just getting to know one another. It is strange how quickly time goes by.  We get busy and before you know it years have past.  The last time I saw Mark with his kids was about 10 years ago.  His kids were very young.  Somehow time stands still when you haven't seen someone. For instance, Mark's kids were still young in my mind. In reality they are young adults now.  You can't make up for the time lost but it is never too late to make a better effort to stay in touch.  

Cousin's Mark's Family, Catherine, Nathan, Mark and Sarah

Cousin Mark and Bob

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rest in Peace Millie Philips

Millie, (on the right) went to heaven today after a long fight with Cancer and heart trouble.  I knew her through our mutual friend Helen. (on the left)  Millie was one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  She was full of love, vitality with the most bubbling personality.  She will be missed.  RIP Millie.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Last week our friend Tamara (like a daughter) had a new baby boy.  They named him Lake. Lake looks much like his sister Sydney although babies seem to change their looks several times as they are growing. Our Congratulations to Tamara, Bill and her family.

Bob also celebrated his birthday.  It's funny how birthdays become even more valuable the older you get especially if you have had a severe health threat.  Bob is doing pretty good.  I will soon post some pictures and videos of his progress.  Even after almost two years from his stroke he still regains the use of what may seem to one to be small but to him is huge.  These things have been through so much hard work with therapists and at the gym. So, Happy Birthday Bob!  You are such an inspiration to me.

It was Bob's Birthday Last Week

Tamara and New Baby Lake

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Jake and Congratulations on Your 8th Grade Graduation

Grandson Jake had a birthday this week.  He turned 14.  It is so hard to believe he will be in high school next year.  Where has the time gone!  We all love and miss you Jake and wish we didn't live so far away.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Our 30th Anniversary!

The tenth of May marked our 30th anniversary.  It's hard to believe that much time has gone by.  We celebrated in Branson last week and mostly relaxed.  The only show we saw was the "Texas Tenors." Their show is fantastic?  I love their wonderful blend of harmony.

Bob and I have been through a lot in the past 10 years with the challenge of illnesses.  Both of us are fortunate to be here.  God has blessed us with some extended years and I think it made us realize what life is all about. We are both thankful.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


I have been keeping this blog for the past nine years and this post is the most painful post I have had to make.  My blog is mainly a family and travel blog.  My brother Tim passed away a couple of weeks ago.  In the past 9 years Tim has had about 4 open heart surgeries and in the past 8 years he has been having constant treatment to fight cancer.  And, a fighter he was!  I have never seen anyone fight so hard to live.  He told me once he wanted to stay alive to see his grand-children.  He was a great brother, brother in law, husband, father, grand-father uncle and cousin to many. Tim had a warm personality that brought his true spirit to surface. Growing up, I shared music with Tim and my other brothers and sisters by playing instruments and singing together.  Music was our bond.

Tim served in the Army and fought in Vietnam.  Wounded just three weeks before coming home from Vietnam he earned a bronze star and two purple hearts.

Tim was a family man and also belonged to Green Street Harmony, Tippicanotes, and Sound Sensation Barbershop groups. Tim loved singing.

Tim's wife Linda, Four boys, Aaron, Michael, Matt, Scott, and seven grandchildren survive him.  Tim was my first sibling to come into my life and the first sibling to leave my life.  We were very close and he is going to be missed. My heart is broken.  Rest in peace Tim.