Friday, March 25, 2011

A tribute to a wonderful man...

I've been working on this post for several days now.  I found it therapeutic to write, and by posting my thoughts, maybe someone out in cyberland can catch just a glimpse of the special man I was fortunate enough to spend 25 years of my life knowing.

To start, I feel certain that I have been blessed to know one of the greats. I believe that God places leaders among us to lead us on to the path we ought to go. Cue my granddad, John.

A faithful husband of nearly 55 years, a loving father and grandfather, a friend, a Vols fan, and most importantly, a Christian—my granddad was someone I was very blessed to know. If you knew him, you would agree, Heaven gained an extraordinary man this past Sunday. 

Over the past several days, I have been a part of many conversations regarding my granddad.  His life story has been told in various chunks from several different people, yet all stories give me the same picture.  Granddad set his sights on serving others and loving those he came to know.  What an example he has set for us.  The stories my dad and his siblings have told have all described a patient, fair, and loving father that wanted the best for his children (better than he had).  All of the grandkids have also had the same feel to their stories.  My granddad was a man of few words at times, yet none of us ever questioned his love and devotion. 

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For those that may not know, my granddad was plagued with numerous health concerns for some time now.  I am proud to say that he outlived EVERY doctor's timeline for his life.  I believe his endearing love for my grandmother and his family kept him fighting for as long as he did.  The last couple of years have been especially hard for him, but he fought hard each day to get up make the best of his life.  My sole comfort in losing my granddad is knowing that he has gotten to trade in his tired, sickly body for a new one.  He is whole again and is free of pain. 

Isaiah 40:18-31
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

My granddad's favorite verse was Phillipians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."  Very appropriate, don't you think?  I've also found comfort in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith."  You sure did, Granddad.  What a legacy you have left for us.  I have a renewed sense of purpose in life.  I must stay focused on my course and hold true to my Christian values because I cannot wait to see you again. 

John 14:1-4
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite contemporary Christian songs, "I Will Rise."  The song is by Chris Tomlin, and it really captures the hope that we have in life after death.  When my dad and I first discussed putting a slideshow of pictures together for Granddad's funeral, I begged him to use this song.  It is so comforting to know that Granddaddy has risen to the heavens and is now free of worldly pain--what hope we have.

We will miss you dearly, Granddaddy.  Save me a spot up there.  I'll be the one in orange. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

This really NEVER happens to me...

While out and about with my mom and sister today, I happened upon a steal of a deal.  I really wasn't looking for fabric today, but when the right fabric finds you for just the right price, you just have to go with it.  

We made a stop at Old Time Pottery to browse for a garden stool.  I've had my eye on them for a while, but I refuse to pay a lot of money for one.  I may be looking forever. :)  But while there, I stopped by the fabric scrap table expecting to find what I usually do: Nothing.  However, a scrap at the bottom of the stack caught my eye...

I knew I had seen an ikat pattern like this one before, but I couldn't really place it.  I had a seen a pillow cover on Etsy this week that had a similar feel to it, but I just knew I'd seen the pattern elsewhere.

The beauty of this particular scrap table was that each piece was $3.98 a yard.  A major steal if you actually find a piece you like.  I still wasn't quite sure if I should go ahead with it, considering I have no clue how I want to go about decorating the next house.  But then...

My mom came to my rescue and looked at the brand.  First, the fabric is made by Braemore, which according to my decorator madre, is a very good brand of fabric.  However, if you continue studying the itty-bitty writing, you will see that the design came from none other than West Elm!  Then it clicked.  I've seen this same fabric on their chairs and ottomans!

Well, at this point, it was a no-brainer.  I was able to purchase 5.6 yards of the fabric at $3.98 a yard, so with tax, I spent approximately 24 bucks.  When I got home, I researched the fabric for fun, just to see if I really got a deal or not.  As it turns out, this same fabric sells for $30 a yard on West Elm's website!  So, as my lovely accounting husband says, I got somewhere around a 90% discount!!! 

I have decided that this will be my one and only fabulous fabric find at OTP.  It will never happen again.  I can die a happy girl. :)


We also made a stop at Pier One...

I really couldn't help myself!  Aren't these just adorable?  Loving the trellis patterns out there...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hiking and Tater Tots

So, it's been a while.  Do I need to re-introduce myself?  Do I need to mention again that we are selling our house?  It's been a bit wild.  Like tonight.  We had a showing scheduled from 5:30-6:30.  So, I leave work close to 5, run home to grab the dog, start some music, and turn on some lights.  Then Duncan and I do our usual and drive around.  We make our final stop at our favorite "we can't go home" restaurant=SONIC.  Why Sonic?  First, Duncan loves their tater tots.  No, really.  And more importantly, you can sit in their parking lot for the majority of an hour and not get kicked out. :) 

While on the topic, here are a few pics from a Saturday showing when Andy and I both took the little guy for a spin to Sonic...

"Duncan, I'm going to let you have a little bit of water, okay?"

Enjoying a few casual sips of water...

Really diving in the fun...

Yay!  The little guy is watered!

Later on that day, we learned a little something new about our furry friend.  He knows how to roll down the back window!
HAHA!  Look at that face! 

"What?  Who doesn't know how to roll down a window?"

So, as you can see, we've had some good, quality time in the car lately.  Good thing gas only costs $3.50 a gallon, right?  When did that happen???

Back to our showing tonight...we finally finish our time at Sonic and head home only to find out that the house is STILL being shown.  We were already pressed for time to get to church, so naturally, we were crossing our fingers they would hurry up.  No such luck.  The supposed 5:30-6:30 showing lasted until 7.  Meaning, not enough time to get across town to church and not be REALLY late.  Awesome. 

This is Showing #11, people.  Not to mention Open House a couple of weeks ago.  The odds are in our favor that someone will send an offer our way soon, right?  Cross your fingers!


On a completely different note, I have yet to share about our recent trip to Gatlinburg.  We had a blast AND were able to take our son, Duncan.  We shopped, ate good food, relaxed, and spent quality time with family.  One of the highlights on the trip, as usual, was a hike.

We were able to see these falls along the way...

So, naturally, Andy washed his hair...

And I jumped in as well. :)

We had great views of the Smokies and got some exercise as well.  It was a great trip!

Well, that's all for now.  I hope to be back sooner rather than later.  It seems that I don't have much to share now that our home is "finished."  Anyone need help around the house?  I'm dying to decorate something!