About me...

Pop the lid on my Mason Jar and meet my family. Jim {Jimma} and I have four kids, Creston (Ashley), Jami (Matt), Brandon and Chance. Our grandkids, Cade, Kirby, Eisley, Beck and Reed bring us more joy than any Mason Jar could ever hold. I am counting my blessings over and over and thanking God for His amazing love and grace.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweet Cade

Our ten year old grandson, Cade, has to be the sweetest, most considerate, well-mannered little boys there is, bar none! He is such a pleasure to be around and makes quiet the impression on the people he meets, including my friend Jerry. She really got to know him this summer when we spent a lot of time fishing and shrimping on her dock.

One day while Cade was staying with us, we invited Jerry to come over for a home cooked meal he helped prepare. Yep, the boy even knows how to cook! Chef Cade fixed some delicious steamed shrimp and fresh green beans, that he hand picked from the produce department, for Miss Jerry’s lunch date. I must say we were all impressed!

I think Cade really won Miss Jerry’s heart with the thank you note he recently wrote to her. It’s just too precious not to share, so I made a copy before I mailed it and thought I'd share it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Deployment #2

It’s official. As of the end of July, Chance is back in Afghanistan for his second deployment and time once again, seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. Yes, it is true, time is too slow for those who wait!

Jim and I went to Kentucky to spend a couple of days with Chance before he left, and to see him off. I wondered if it would be as hard and emotional as it was last time, and it wasn’t quiet as bad. Almost, but not as bad. I was determined not to cry at the airport and almost made it, but at the last minute I felt the tears welling up in my eyes. Both times, Chance made it a little easier, leaving with a smile.

The ride home wasn’t near as bad either. Jim and I were in better spirits this time around and even talked. (If you read my post on 7-09-09, you’ll see where we couldn’t even talk on the way home last time.) I think knowing what to expect and how often we were able to communicate with Chance, has helped us as we face “round 2.” I used to joke about how we look like two crazed idiots when he called, sitting side by side with the phone on speaker phone, so we could both hear what he was saying. We’ve already started the “crazed idiot” thing when he calls. Guess it’s going to be a precedent for us when he’s over there.

As we survived before with a lot of faith and prayers, we will survive this deployment the same way, only this time we’ll have a little more faith, being made stronger through our past experience.