Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Room With a View

My grandmother had some health issues and was in the hospital for a week or so. Grandma Evelyn is 84, so the smallest issues can be very scary. I walked in the hospital room, I looked around, and I saw oranges and dates ready to give to doctors, nurses, and visitors. This is no surprise. It's actually quite normal. I laughed, took a picture, and sent it to some cousins and siblings. We are a farming family, lead by a great matriarch. During her hospital stay, I had the honor of sitting by her side for as long as I wanted, and I took full advantage. This is time to be treasured because my grandmother doesn't stay still long. I learn so much each time I am with my grandmother.

Here is just a taste of things I have learned from Evelyn Duke Berryman growing up:

~keep phone calls under five minutes
~take care of your teeth and feet (you only get one set of each)
~college is the only option
~boys can wait
~family first
~give more than you've got
~drive five under (tough one)
~animals make exceptional teachers and therapists
~treat everyone like they are the favorite (it's really me)
~she loved me first


Here are some things I learned in just a week's hospital stay with Evelyn Duke Berryman:

~no one turns down fresh oranges and dates
~kindness really does make a difference
~respect is earned
~don't wear too much makeup
~independence is invaluable
~choose your breeding stock carefully
~let them think they know
~grace and dignity are always appropriate
~I've made her proud

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Countdown

Last night Bobby and I were visiting in bed. Tiny was asleep between us. Bob and I had been quietly talking for about an hour or so and out of nowhere, Tiny raised his hand high in the air and yelled, "Seven more days!"

He didn't say another word. I guess someone is excited about his birthday.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Visit from Colorado

Josh and Clay brought their kids down to Yuma to escape the cold Colorado weather for a few days. I was just beside myself, but I tried to act calm. I am a little upset with myself because I didn't take too many pictures (Trust me, I was dying to.). We had a couple of good visits. I'm so thankful they came my way.

We, of course, had to put them in luchador masks and break out the camera.

NEXT TIME MORE PICTURES! I'm warning you guys.

Christmas 2013 Highlights




Sydney saw this car months ago and fell in love. Bobby told her someone bought it before he could get to it, and she was bummed. We had really bought it, and we are pretty proud of ourselves for keeping it a secret for so many months. Thank you to friends and family who kept in quiet with us. She was one excited girl Christmas morning.

The tree looked pretty slim as far as gifts went. Cars, dirt bikes, and electric guitars don't really fit under the tree.

My mom shocked me by getting the boys vintage boxing gloves for Christmas. Needless to say, they love them, and my mother was a nervous wreck all morning.

This picture probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me. My dad wore this shirt. It has my grad school on it! I took my graduate school courses online, and I didn't walk the line (a few years ago), so it's kind of like it didn't happen around here. Nothing pleased me more than to see my dad wearing my school's shirt. The parents gave me a Walden University jacket, too. Awesome!



My most touching gift was given to me by Bobby's parents. I had asked for a picture of Christ to hang in my home, and they came through with flying colors. I love it! Tears were shed. Thank you.

Christmas Eve



We have a Christmas Eve tradition or two. One is that the kids all sleep together, and I read them a new Christmas book before bed. A few years back, we started having them sleep in our room, so they don't get to the gifts without us knowing.

Christmas for Grandma


Katie, Mom, Dad, Sydney, Mallory, and I decided we had to decorate Grandma Evelyn's house for Christmas and put up a tree (December 7). Dad brought in a live tree, and I had forgotten how wonderful they smell and feel. Grandma fed us lunch when we finished. I think Grandma enjoyed the surprise, but I think I enjoyed it more. Isn't that how acts of service usually go?

New Table






Bobby made this table (legs by Uncle Phill), and it took many men and piano dollies to get it into the house. We love it. Now, I'm on the hunt for chairs and new light fixtures.

Makeover





Aunt Vickie gave us a bedroom set, and we, of course, had to add our touches to it. Thank you, Aunt Vickie! Ethan Allen never looked so good.

This is How we Roll!



I'm loving our new pup. I think Bobby surprised me(July 29)with her to get my mind off wanting another baby. I'll take it!