Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cecely's 9th Birthday

The Cookie
The Birthday Girl!

Cecely turned 9 years old on August 20th.  Every year on her birthday, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have her.  She was born early and with many complications, and it would have been very possible for her to have had severe permanent injuries or to have not have made it at all.  Thankfully, when she was born, we were blessed to have an amazing medical team surrounding her, who worked immediately from her arrival where she was not breathing to delivering her back to Mark and me in our hospital room.  Cecely does have some developmental issues.  There are days when her limb tremors are so evident, and she struggles to complete simple tasks.  There are days when her mind and body are not on the same page.  There are days when her little body is just worn out.  But, she is here.  She is a miracle.  She is a blessing!
This year, I had initially planned a celebration at home, like we do most years.  But, Cecely had a different plan in mind.  The girl loves to shop, and that is what she wanted to do.  So, we gathered for lunch at Hickory Tavern at Biltmore Parke.  The set-up there is great.  The kids were able to play in the yard while the adults visited.  We had a great lunch and a big cookie to share, per Cecely's request.  For gifts, she made out with lots of gifts cards to Charming Charlie's, Barnes and Noble, and cash to supplement.  So, that little lady was ready to hit the stores.  After some shopping, we went to the movies to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green (which was great!).  I think it's safe to say that her majesty had an excellent day!

Dad's Birthday

Titus, Grandad, and Cecely
 Dad's birthday just passed a couple of weeks ago.  We had a great time celebrating with him and Mama at West First Wood-Fired Grill in Hendersonville followed by dessert at Marble Slab Creamery.

Dad is technically my step-dad, but I am not at all a fan of that word.  From the time I met Dave Dupree, I instantly liked him.  My parents had gone through a divorce, and not long after that my Daddy passed away.  I was extremely protective of my Mama, especially since she had dated a big wacko that none of us liked.  Dave asked me to meet him at Chick-Fil-A in Kinglsand, GA, where Mark and I lived at the time.  He was on his way back from a convention for worship pastors at Disney World.  I had friends staked out all over Chick-Fil-A...just to keep an eye on me so I didn't go crazy if I didn't like the man I was about to meet who was dating my Mama.  But, Dave won me over from the get-go.  He knew his audience.  He brought me a very rare pin from Disney World...yep, he knew how to win me over!  As Dave and my Mama dated, I got to know him better and better.  They lived in Columbia for the first part of their marriage, then they moved to Greer.  Once they moved, and we were able to spend more time together, I really felt that I was growing closer to him.  Dave made sure that I knew he was not trying to replace my Daddy.  He has always been kind enough to listen to stories about my childhood and my Daddy.  One day, I don't remember when, I called and left a message on their answering machine and said "Hey, Mama and Dad...".  He called me back later that day and thanked me for calling him Dad.  Since then, he has been my Dad.  He is an excellent listener and encourager.  He is a phenomenal Grandad to Cecely and Titus.  He cares about my siblings and me as if he has always known us.  He is overflowing with generosity.  And, he radiates with the love of Jesus.  It is an honor for me to call Dave Dad.  It is always a joy to be able to celebrate life with him.  I love you, Dad!
Opening birthday goodies...

A gift all the way from Canada!

A little something hand-made...

Me and my Dad

Friday, August 17, 2012

Back to the Daily Grind

Wow, it has been awhile since I have been on here.  When Titus and I got back from Canada, we hit the ground running.  Cecely had been away at camp for a week, and she had brought back a stomach bug with her.  It ran it's course through our family, save Titus, and put us out of commission for a few days.  Since we've been home, and gotten over the sickness, we have been busy with a yard sale and cleaning out the house.  We had decluttered aplenty!  I had a major project due for a class when I got home...this professor wanted a 15 minute power point, an 11 page paper, hand-outs to accompany the power point, and lots of graphs and charts.  The work was not hard, but it was extremely time consuming.  I am happy to report I received an A on the project and for the class!  I have just started my 3rd to last class towards my Master's!  WOOO HOOO!