Monday, June 30, 2008

Thought for the day and a poem...

" The light of a hundred stars doesn't equal the light of the moon. "


At the foot of the dune
turn toward the sea
as it rushes on evermore.
Crushed cockles, clams and slipper shells
lay a carpet ‘cross the shore.

Hold the moon in your hands.
Let stars spread a path
along water’s foamy fringe.
Light the way as you trod silky sands,
lacy and ivory tinged.

Lay a blanket of sea grass to rest upon
‘til the early morning comes.
Horizon’s sun will glow and rise
coaxed by beams held in your hand
borrowed from island skies.


From my mini-book of poetry published in The Baker's Dozen: The Cole Foundation Collection: Volume II. (See sidebar)


My granddaughter, Kathryn, came to me one day with her little empty
hands cupped and asked, “Grandma, would you hold the moon?”

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I must go...

I'm headed back home today. Since June 11, I've been in Virginia at my daughter's home. June 13th, our little Andrew Stephen was welcomed into our family and it's been a true joy to hold him each day since. Today, however, my time with him and his 'big' brother, 22-month old Coy, comes to an end for a few weeks. I will miss them terribly.

My blogging should resume when I get back to my own computer. I hope you will all stop by to visit me then.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What is your name baby boy?


My late brother's name was Stephen, so I was very weepy when we were told.

Andrew and Mommy will be home tomorrow!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

He has arrived!

Grandma and Grandson

Our fourth grandchild - third grandson - was born Friday, June 13 shortly after 9 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. It's been a very busy two days thus far with another little one, just 22 months old at home.

Mama and baby are doing just fine after a pretty hard Friday for Mama. She's feeling much better today.

Believe it or not, we don't have a name for our littest one yet. He should be coming home from the hospital Monday and I hope to know a name by then!

Thank you all for waiting with me as I awaited the birth of our latest little angel. He is PRECIOUS!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

~A Grandchild's Blessing~

Prayer for a Newborn

May your eyes see the beauty of Mother Earth
May your ears hear the music of life and the sounds of laughter.
May your mouth always speak truth, presented with a kind heart.
May your heart always be full of joy
May your hands one day grasp the hands of your own grandchildren.
May your arms always welcome friends and family.
May your feet always walk a straight path.
And if your feet should ever stray from your path,
may Creator always lead you home.

(copyright Carolyne Gould)

"Hopi Grandmother and Child"
American artist Clifford Beck

ONE day until we are blessed with our fourth grandchild!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Two Days and a Tag!

The Cradle (Le berceau)
French Impressionist Berthe Morisot

"Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man."
Henry David Thoreau

We have left for Virginia to welcome our newest grandson into the family in just two more days! I'll post from there.

Now for a Meme Tag:

ROSIE at Rosie's Whimsy has tagged me with a meme. I am supposed to inform you concerning these five things. (I actually did this part yesterday and saved it to post today)

a) What was I doing 10 years ago?
Trying to rest up from daughter #1’s June 6 wedding.
Getting ready for daughter #2’s August 15 wedding.

b) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today.
Take care of our grandson for the day.
Take grandson to his swim lesson.
Trying to stay cool at the pool – out of the water.
Recovering from being at the pool for one hour in 100 degree real temperature.
Pack for our trip to Virginia on Wednesday to welcome our newest grandson on Friday morning.

c) Snacks I enjoy:
Greek yogurt with almonds and honey
Shortbread cookies
Peanut butter and crackers

d) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pay off any debts for everyone in our family
Insure our grandchildren’s college educations
Travel around and around and around and around the world

e) Places I have lived:
Charleston, West Virginia
Raleigh, North Carolina

Now I should tag four other bloggers to do the same thing.

So here goes!
JEANNE at Backyard Neighbor

MONTEE at Palmentto Girl

LYNN at A Mother's Journal

VANESSA at Vanilla Lavender

Consider yourselves tagged and have fun gals!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

~Three days!~


French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir

"A sense of worthiness is a child’s most important need."
Polly Berrien Berends

Monday, June 9, 2008

~Four Days~

Baby Reaching for Apple
American painter Mary Cassett

"A mother's love liberates."
Maya Angelou

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Five days...

"Mother and Child"
French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir

"Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done,
she becomes a grandmother."
Edward H. Dreschnack

Saturday, June 7, 2008


BEVERLY at How Sweet The Sound is hosting PINK SATURDAY...each and every Saturday!...and I forgot! I've been cleaning house and forgot! I'm sorry, Beverly. But as they say..."Better late than never" - so here I am.

This pretty pale pink glass cameo box was my dear mother's. It has no markings, but I suppose she had it for around twenty years.

The pink rosebud vase is by Fenton. I love the ruffled top.

I hope you all will go over to BEVERLY'S and link your Pink Saturday item to her list of participants...and don't forget to post your pink pretties as I did!

Don't forget to count down to June 13th with me as I await the birth of our grandson!

Six days ...

"For mother's sake the child was dear, and dearer was the mother for the child."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet

French painter William Adolphe Bouguereau

Six days to go!

Friday, June 6, 2008

In my arms in seven days!

"Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here an hour I would die for you
This is the miracle of life."

Maureen Hawkins

"Sweet and Low"

American Illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith

Seven days...........

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

~Counting Down~

Children and mothers never truly part -

Bound in the beating of each other's heart.

- Charlotte Gray

Nine days until the birth of our grandson!

Austrian Painter Gustav Klimt

Waiting for new grandson

Watch the baby counter
below and wait with me!

Ten days to go!

French painter James Joseph Jacques Tissot
(1836 – 1902).

Monday, June 2, 2008

Waiting for another Blessing

I cannot believe that in only eleven more days I will be holding a new grandbaby in my arms! We'll be getting another grandson...that will be three grandsons and one granddaughter - which is fine by her as she wants to be the only 'princess' in the family. What a blessing it will be to welcome this child into our family. I'll keep you all updated!

Sunday, June 1, 2008


ROSIE'S name was drawn to win the Cottage Charm giveaway that I hosted here on my blog.

I want to thank all 125 of you who left comments here since the 21st of May. I invite you all back to visit with me again.

My thanks also to Kim who organized this Second Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway.

I, for one, am looking forward to next year's giveaways!

Congratulations Rosie!