Friday, March 14, 2008

An Afternoon Out...

Today we {Mama, Katie, Dorothy, Martha and I} had the great joy of all going out to lunch and spending the afternoon together!!! What precious memories were made, and have been made, in the past, on trips like this one....God is so good to give one such a dear mother and sweet sisters to spend the days with!!First we stopped by a little nursery here in town to pick up a few flowers and herbs for D's garden before heading to lunch~we stayed there forever looking at fountians and pots, and frightening the staff by taking pictures of the strangest little things...LOL, poor folks... Using the readily available flowers as photo backdrops...Here's to Martha and geraniums!!A cunning little fountain... Mother dearest...Some lovely hanging stuff...Some more flowers...Oh. These were so precious. Tiny little pot, there. Goodness knows what you would plant in the thing, though. A pea, maybe. Yours truly...Lush perfection...The Lord's creations are such a delight to look at!! The colors, textures, shapes~wow. Each a masterwork. The mouth taping didn't work, honey. This one's still at large. What a beautiful Flower...the lady, that is... Aren't these fruit things cool? I thought so.

Fountain detail...
Marigolds, any one?

I'm so proud of Dorothy~She has this really spectacular garden growing, and works it with such diligence and skill~today she got a flat or two of delightful plants, the fruit of which we are all looking forward to in the coming months! Three cheers, dearest!!"Wow. Man. It's Dude Crush." {Little movie line~Also, notice the helpless rabbits behind their scoffing dictator}
Inside the delightful establishment, we found two entire shelves dedicated to pest control~take your pick, friend.Our loot. Looks like we've wreaked enough havoc on the place for one day. Not to mention, the next time we go there, it's probable they may have a "WARNING: NO PHOTOGRAPH SESSIONS" sign up. Just for us. Because we are special.

"Now it's off to the museum!!" Err, restaurant, actually. Little movie line there. On the way in...thanks, Katie , for taking the pic

And on the way out... {many thanks to the waitress who took this picture}
And the delights within...
This picture has a very dear meaning to me and my dear Mama and sisters~LOL, it may sound sort of silly, but used to, when we were all still at home, before anybody was blessed in marriage, on every saturday, Daddy would have all eight of his sons with him on the job, having a daddy 'spend time' and all we girls would go out for the day. We always went to the same restaurant and always ordered four teas and a sprite! :) So now it's sort of an endeared term amongst us... :)
We sat around our little table for hours, Mama speaking into our lives, mentoring us in her loving way. She told us stories, gave us instructions about things to do in the future when/if certain things happen...we talked a lot about our dear late Grandmama, remembering things, laughing a lot, and occasionally tearing up over a was one of those times when you look around and think "Wow. Thank You, Lord, for what you have given me in my family..." One of those huge moments in life that are so huge beacause they are so small, and precious. Those 'everyday' times together are and will be some of my dearest memories... Now it's to Durhams!! {a jolly old feed 'n seed store that's as quaint and down home as this town is it...} D. needed a few other ditties for her garden, so off we go! Yours truly pocketing the plant stakes for artistic uses back home.... ;) No, I'm kidding~here, I am smelling lavender. Really. A classic pair we saw picking out tomatoes...We thought they looked so rustic...I'm sure they would appreciate that.
"What do you think about this?"
Martha's feet....
Finished with plants!!
Lady Cream Pea seeds inside...
"The method of determination"...Cute old scale, that.
After we left Durhams, we all went over to the cemetary where GrandMama dearest is buried.
We just stayed there a while... Talking about her, laughing over stuff...What a peace there is when you know you will spend eternity with her and the Lord in heaven, by the grace of God. It was neat, all sitting by her stone, wondering if she and the 'cloud of witnesses' could hear us laughing and talking, and if she was laughing, too...
It's amazing how short life is...To us, the day she died, it was sad, we cried, we had a funeral, tended to the details, but life still goes on ...there are many thing we have to do~but for her, she died. She finished up, closed her book. She will never be on this earth again, will never be able to live here, speak to people, walk around, be with her children when they are still alive, or tell others about the Lord. Whatever you want to do, you'd better have done it already, because, when you die, you die. If eternity is a thousand miles, you have 1/4 inch to determine how the other thousand miles will be.
We all need to number our days, and turn our hearts toward wisdom, because all you've got is a little '--' between two dates.
And I'm so grateful I got to spend this day with my mama and the girls, and for days in the past that we've spent with Grandmama, too...I am so grateful for the life and legacy that she left us to carry on, by the grace of God!


Mama Ant said...

Movie lines guess...
Finding Nemo on the first one and Night at the Museum on the second????

Your words and thoughts about your grandmama were beautiful. What a wonderful testimony to her love for the family and the Lord.

Sanders said...

Thanks for the post, Addie! You do such a fabulous job of retelling y'alls adventures in such an interesting way. Looks like y'all had a wonderful time.

See y'all soon!

Much Love,


Lauren said...

What a sweet post! It looks like you all had such a wonderful time together!

I'm savoring every second of my last 45 days at home, before I get married and move 4000 miles away!

Blessings to you all,

P.S. Oh, and thank you for posting a picture of Rachel. I've been wondering how she's doing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mortons:

That was BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing such memories and a reminder. It is sobering to realize that I just celebrated my birthday and the very possibility my life is half way over on this earth (or more).

God Bless.

Kathy P. in the Hills of Tennessee

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful legacy you have with your grandma to pass on. Chuck's father just passed away yesterday, March 18th, and we all stood around him and told stories about him. It is sad to loose a loved one, knowing that they can't tell us their stories anymore. All we have are the memories and few written things he wrote about his life to pass on to the next generation. May we pass on their legacy.
God bless,
Mrs. Vawser

Anonymous said...

you made my heart cry Adeline. What a precious family I have.
I wish Rachel and Kressy could have come with us. I love you all and had a great time! Here's to many more sweet memories.
love kate

Anonymous said...

Hello, Adeline, you precious girl. I love the picture of Rachel and Baby, and you, your mother and sisters are all so lovely.

Hugs to all of you ~

Your Alabama friend,

Ashley said...

I've been lurking for quite some time now..... My Momma and I really enjoyed this post! Neither one of us have grown up with sisters so it's a real treat to see how much fun sisters can have! It's neat to see how much y'all love and support each other!!
Your tribute (and reminder about numbering our days) to your Grandmother was very touching.
Thank you for sharing your "Afternoon Out" with us!

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