may 12, 2019

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“Courage is knowing it might hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same. That’s why life is hard.” ~ Jeremy Goldberg


Number 1


This is one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of my mother. It’s hard to catch her being natural, but catch her I did when we stopped yesterday to photograph the covered bridge. She was enamored with the gorgeous purple wildflowers growing near the road. By the time I got to her, she was trying to pull a bunch up by the roots to replant them at home. She thought better of it when they didn’t pull up with ease. They quickly turn to be a lot more trouble than they were worth. (If anyone knows what they are, tell me!) Even without the flowers we had a great Mother’s Day weekend.


Birthday Girl


The whole day was such a great time. We all slept late, then took to the roads for nearly eight hours. We ended our day by celebrating all-in-one Janet’s birthday (Monday the 13th) and Mother’s Day (today). She loves anything with peanut butter, so we snagged an incredible peanut butter pie from the Amish Store in Flemingsburg. The four of us ate the entire pie! It was a 9″ pie mind you. Despite how Janet looks in the pictures, she really did have a great time. She’s gotten so she doesn’t like the camera. Really, she never did, though she has humored me a great deal over the decades. One advantage to aging is that you no longer feel compelled to humor anyone, not even your niece. Meanwhile, Dad has taken to photo-bombing as he’s aged (see below). We ended our night by attending church service with Janet. Local preachers take turn about holding service every night for the residents, and we finished our pie just in time to join in. It was a… spirited service. We left feeling thankful to enjoy one another’s company for another Mother’s Day/Birthday celebration, and it’s always a blessing to spend time with Janet. 


and Mother’s Day

may 13, 2017

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt




Today was Aunt Janet’s 78th birthday. Mom, dad, and I were joined by Martha Conley to help her celebrate. It was hard for her to celebrate what with being in a nursing home, but she tried, God love her, and we all enjoyed our fellowship with one another despite where we were. I’m grateful for another birthday to celebrate.


party hats



may 11, 2014

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“The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live
is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.”
~ Pliny the Elder


my sweet mama
my sweet mama


I went to West Liberty, KFC bucket-O-chicken in hand with all the sides, to spend a few hours with my dear, sweet mama on this Mother’s Day. She’s been real sick lately, suffering multiple bouts of pneumonia and pseudomonas in her lungs. She’s not out of the woods yet, but she rallied for a day of communion. Poor thing went from a barely audible voice to a whisper by the time I left, but look what a sweet smile she gave me despite it all.


pretty on her birthday
pretty on her birthday


It was also Aunt Janet’s birthday! We celebrated with a free cake that came with the KFC bucket, which left her box of Mother’s Day chocolate for later deliciousness. We also celebrated by singing Happy Birthday to her when Stanya Franklin Terrill and husband, Chris, arrived.




We ate, we sang, we laughed, we talked. We celebrated Janet and we celebrated mothers, future, present, and past. Happy Mother’s Day to three incredible mothers: Janet Adams Vest, Stanya Franklin Terrill, and Shirley Adams Terry.