|Jer retires from the USAF. Aug. 2011|
|downtown Prattville. Christmas 2006|
"It's not very far; you can always come back and visit," they say with a sad smile. Don't get me wrong; I can't resist that hopeful thought. On the other hand, I am a seasoned mover. I know that the day-to-day sharing of life with these people is over. It cannot be recovered. A visit will not make me feel better. I know, with a sad sinking in my heart, that I am surrendering something which I will suffer without. I am surrendering my happy life. I will have to find another one.
Once, in another place where I had found happiness, Jerry and I pulled up some old holly bushes. We learned about taproots. You see, the bushes had a large root from their centers which went straight down into the earth. I believe they went to China. Try as we might, we could neither dig up these roots nor pull them out. I have no idea how far down they went because, eventually, we were forced to give up and just break them off. It was the only way to remove them. It is the only way I will leave Prattville. Break me, Lord. I cannot let go.
|Christmas 2011, Autauga Creek and its |
bridge in the background
|Here we grew our own food,|
Some happy life moments from our 6 years in Prattville.
|Henry and Jer check out our new house, May 2006|
|Henry eats dots at the Montgomery Biscuits game, July 06|
|Henry starts kindergarden. Aug 06|
|my brother becomes a father Sept 2007|
|Henry ain't nothin' but a hound dog, Oct 2007|
|Henry rides his bike Jan 08|
|Bridget becomes a young woman. |
|Jer and I have lunch dates on Tues., since all of our kids|
are in school. 2008
|My mom marries Eddie 2009|
|We LOVE the parades in downtown Prattville!|
|Henry gets his bird, Sherbert 2009|
|We lead a youth small group in our home2009-2011|
|We fall in love with and "adopt" Willis, even though he has a|
perfectly wonderful home! Everyone loves the extra big
brother. He's the 4th child we never had.
|Snow after church, 2010. Snow causes great excitement in AL!|
|Watching our children grow. Here is Henry in a church Christmas|
|The Pride of Prattville Marching Band. About 260 kids, |
tons and tons of great fun.
|We've been hosting and loving 4th of July celebrations here,|
since Prattville really puts on a great show.
|We host the Thanksgiving gathering of the clan,|
which includes the annual football game
|we enjoy simple family moments in our super-cool kitchen|
| Bridget gets accepted to Liberty University, her dream|
|Kevin rocks the percussion section 2012|
|Jer baptizes Henry. Now all 3 of my children profess|
Christ. God is good. 2012
|Bridget and Kevin are both in high school and ride to|
school together. 2011-2012
|Having two children in the band is twice the fun!|
Kevin plays cymbals, 2011
|Bridget and her Seekers run the Operation Christmas Child|
distribution center for a whole weekend, after impressing the
lady in charge the year before. 2011
|Seekers, B's Bible Study, is a screaming success (as many as 50 students|