Made it to South Carolina last night! 10 hours of solid constant rain, fog, accidents, and horrid traffic. It took 10 hours for a normal 6-1/2 - 7 hour drive. I resolve to be calm and enjoy this holiday with my son and daughter-in-law. I am SO happy to be here. Jake did well on his first long trip. He's never been any further than Roanoke. He was very good but would NOT leave my lap.He snuggled deep into his blanket and seemed content to be there. We made a LOT of stops for his sake, just to be on the safe side. I had hoped he would curl up in the back of the SUV, but no way was he leaving my arms. I know ~ we've spoiled him. I really didn't mind holding his 5-1/2 pound little body, knowing he was happy. After Casey finishes his morning run, we are taking off for downtown Charleston. There are 2 shops I go to when I visit, to reload on T-shirts ~Fresh Produce and Life is Good. They have the greatest colorful shirts. It is unusually cool and wet here for this time of year. I'm sure the storm that rolled across the country recently had something to do with it. I don't care ~ just filled with joy to be here. Signing off! Much to do today. Amanda and I have chatted away the morning and now it's time to get moving!
I'm sure you know, and understand why, the mail from Virginia will arrive in your mailbox late. ):
But, I can send you wishes right now that your day will be special in every way. Know that I will keep you in my thoughts while you celebrate the day you were born ~ a lucky day for all of us who know you and your big beautiful heart.
I hope you are enjoying your sister's visit. It's always more fun to celebrate a birthday when loved ones are there to share it with you. Sending wishes that your day will be joyful and the year ahead will be filled with all good things.
You graced this earth with your presence for 96 years, Mom. You were the best!! Your children and your home meant everything to you and you did a beautiful job of raising us and making a comfortable home for us. Your belief and love of God was of the utmost importance to you and you passed that on to us. You suffered financial pain and physical pain throughout the years, but you were always a fighter with a strong constitution. You always managed to bounce back.
It comforts me to know you are now with Patrick, Grandpa, Uncle Steve, Uncle Andy, and all the other loved ones who went before you. I will miss you so much, Mom. Please watch over me, guide me in the right direction, and pray for me that I remain strong in my faith and always make the right choices.
I hope the weather holds out up there in Ohio so you can enjoy one of your favorite things ~ golf ~ for a while longer before the snow flies.
Since it's your special day, I should tell you that I've enjoyed having you for a brother-in-law. Our trips to antique malls are such fun and it always brings a big smile to my face when I hear you rattling the pots and pans in the kitchen. This tells me that I have the day off from cooking!