Monday, April 28, 2014

Mother, Grandmother, Gigi

All of these names refer to Evelyn Grace Darsey Hardeman.  We knew her best as Grandmother or Gigi.  And, early Saturday morning this amazing woman was healed of all of her earthly pain.  She met Jesus face to face.  Oh what a day of rejoicing!
 
I met Grandmother 12+ years ago and was welcomed into her home immediately.  She treated me as a Granddaughter from day one (as did Granddaddy and Grandmother Mom).  I was so blessed to know and to be loved by all three of these amazing grandparents.  My own grandparents all passed away long before I met Jeremy and these three became my grandparents.  They became the older generation that told stories to me about everything from the years after the Depression, their involvement and contributions in World War Two, life in Atlanta in the middle of the twentieth century, working for Isaksons of Northside Realty, and story after story of my own in-laws, husband, and his brothers.  I was too young to appreciate those type of things from my own grandparents before they died, so I am so glad that I had the chance to experience that generation through these three loving grandparents.


During the week that Granddaddy was hospitalized prior to his death in 2011, I spent a few days with Grandmother to help her around while Ann was spending time at the hospital with Granddaddy.  Though her mind had started to go at that point in that she repeated conversations over and over and often forgot things that had just happened, she still had her long-term memory for the most part and told stories of different people and things that happened throughout her life.  I loved having that time with her.


The one word that I could use to describe her is SERVANT.  Grandmother was a servant to others, to her husband, to her family, to her friends, to strangers, to the Lord.  She loved serving others!  Grandmother was an amazing cook. She used to send everyone home from Thanksgiving with small pound cakes.  They were so good!  She made delicious made-from-scratch dinners and desserts, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was a perfectionist and wanted everything that she did, said, and wore to reflect a Godly Lady.  The preacher at her funeral today said that she was a Lady.  Yes, she was! 


She was a Proverbs 31 Woman.  Proverbs 31: 10-31 describe a woman with attributes that are valuable in a Godly woman.  Grandmother was such an example of these things.  "Her husband has full confidence in her" (vs. 11).  "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls"  (vs. 15).  "Out of her earnings..." (vs. 16) (Grandmother worked full-time while raising a family).  "She sets about her work vigorously" (vs. 17).  "She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy" (vs. 20).  "She is clothed in fine linen and purple" (vs. 22).  "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" (vs. 25).  "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness" (vs. 27).  "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her" (vs. 28).

Grandmother will be missed.  She will always be loved.  And, I will always be grateful to be considered a granddaughter for the last 12 years.  


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Love These Two!

Aren't they so handsome?!













I am so blessed to have them!

Homework

Homework...I dread it now as much as I did as a student.

Thankfully, Kindergarten homework is not much and it is really just to get them in the habit of doing it.  And, thankfully, our teacher provides a months worth of homework on a calendar at the beginning of the month so that we can work at our own pace.  Each week's homework is due the following Monday, but it is not checked daily.  This helps a lot!  We usually try to do the week's worth on the weekend (a whole week before it is due).  But, we are a little behind, so Connor did a couple of pages today.  He dreads it as much as I do, but he does great at it.












Only 22 more days left of Kindergarten!  I am so ready for summer and so ready to have Connor home every day, but the end of Kindergarten means we are closer and closer to 1st grade and big school and full days!  I'm dreading that!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from the White House!








He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Azaleas

The flowers, especially the azaleas, are so pretty this time of year in Augusta.  I took the boys for a walk around the neighborhood today and took a few pictures of the boys in front of the flowers.

Connor found some kind of flower part that he kept squishing up in his hand and then blowing it out.  Basically, he was blowing pollen in my face, which would explain why my eyes have itched and I sneezed a lot on our walk!  But, I liked the pictures!
















 Happy Spring!








Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Granddaddy!

Granddaddy's 80th birthday is on Monday and we headed to LaGrange on Saturday to celebrate!

We had a family dinner last night and my dad opened a few presents and cards.  The boys helped a little!














Today, we went to lunch to continue the celebration.  Nonnie and Uncle Dusty joined us along with two of Daddy's long-time friends.  My mom gave my dad a beautiful painting of the baseball stadium at LaGrange College that was named for him a couple of years ago as Williamson Stadium.  






Technically, Kyle is in this picture.  Look closely at the bottom of the picture.  Do you see his little hands!? 


Happy 80th Birthday, Daddy!  We love you so much and hope that you have a wonderful day tomorrow!