december 18, 2018

“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” ~ Ben Vereen     Aunt Charlene and Uncle Tony invited us Lexington Terry transplants over for a pre-Christmas meatloaf

october 14, 2018

“Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one.” ~ Unknown     We all had such a good time yesterday that I caught not one, not two, but three smiles from Tony Adkins. He’s the sweetest man ever was, but he rarely smiles even when he’s super happy. So, when I caught the first smile I thought it was an anomaly. It wasn’t.

october 13, 2018

“Never underestimate the power of kind words” ~ Unknown     We had our fall family gathering today at Uncle Harold and Aunt Phyllis’ farm in Morgan County (that’s Eastern Kentucky for those unfamiliar). Fall’s brisk weather finally swooped in and made the day crisp and overcast. Perfection. We ate hearty foods, drank hot coffee, had our annual hay ride, shared birthday cake for Dad and Aunt Linda, and told

october 3, 2018

“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.” ~ Ron Hall     Dad’s sister, Barbara Ann, gives him a birthday kiss as their great-niece Macie looks on. Dad loves his family so much and they sure do love him back. I’m still so happy he had a birthday dinner that so many of the family could be at. 

october 1, 2018

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner     Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his

july 2, 2018

“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.” ~ Unknown     Tony and Charlene are having a large yard sale tomorrow in West Liberty. At the last minute, not wanting to miss out on the upcoming holiday extravaganza, they threw a summer dinner for the family who could get to them in Lexington. It was a great way to spend a Monday evening, and the food was,

march 27, 2018

“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha     We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy

january 7, 2018

“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” ~ Tibetan Proverb     I had the great fortune of dining with some of my family to finish off the birthday weekend. I only get to go to Longhorn Steakhouse when mom and dad are in town, so that’s where we headed. I swear, even though they’re a chain, they make

december 29, 2017

“The best things in life aren’t things.” ~ Unknown   Due to illness, we delayed our cousin Christmas party until tonight. We ate, we exchanged gifts, we laughed, we watched the end of the UK Bowl Game, and we managed to take this family photo. The older I get, the more I love this bunch. They’ve raised great kids and they’re a pleasure to be with. “The best things in

november 1, 2017

“Life is short. Stay in touch. Take time to be together. Don’t worry about the stuff over which you have no control.” ~ Marlon Hurst     The kids get older every year. Dad gave them candy anyway. These two sure know how to have fun.