november 23, 2018

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“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~ Franz Kafka

 

aunt love

 

Despite the way it looks, AJ really does love his aunt Jessica. He tries really hard to not be a hugger; to avoid affection, smiling, you know, all those things that you think aren’t cool when you’re a teenage boy (or girl). He ain’t foolin’ nobody. We see how he looks after his little brother, minds his mama and daddy, cares for his mamaw and papaw, hangs out with his cousins, and talks kindly to the family. He’s a good kid even if he doesn’t like hugs anymore, but he’ll come back around. We all do.

november 22, 2018

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but grateful for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus

 

gang of four

 

Once more Aunt Lois opened her home to the family so we could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Last year we had over thirty of us. Mike Moore’s brother came along. This year we had a smaller crowd, no less grateful mind you, and Aaron Watkins brought his grandfather along. I love it that folks once removed join us for dinner. For instance, Lois’ neighbors, Vidia Marshall and her son William, always join us. They’re just delightful as can be and I look forward to being with them every year. The more the merrier I say, but actually, we all say that. There’s close to 100 of us in the immediate family, so we do the-more-the-merrier better than just about anyone. Plus, they let me make the ham and pies; recipes I’m perfecting with every holiday. I had a great time and I especially had a good time with cousins Renee, Jessica, and Missy. We howled with laughter more than once. All reasons to be thankful.

 

grace

december 29, 2017

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“The best things in life aren’t things.” ~ Unknown

a few of my favorite things

 

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 life aren’t things.” #Truth

november 29, 2017

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“It is possible to choose peace over worry.” ~ Unknown

 

three

 

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a pretty big family. Yesterday I said my Aunt Virginia’s oldest, Ann, brought her to the Saturday festivities. This is Ann (standing) with Uncle Phillip and Aunt Linda’s daughters, Renee (lf) and Jessica (rt). You first met Ann back in 2015 when her brother Richard got married. She was named after our great-grandmother Elizabeth Jones Terry (1890-1938) who died in 1938 just before her dad Greg was born. Ann and her husband Danny have two grown sons, Austin and Dylan. Austin just got married, so now we wait for the next generation to begin. If they’re anything like their Mamaw Ann, they’ll be gooduns! 

october 9, 2017

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“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie

 

kids

 

This is my first cousin Jessica and her husband Eric Stigall. Aren’t they cute? I love their silliness with each other. They’re good people, too, raising equally good kids. We got lucky when we got them in the family.

december 12, 2015

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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

after all these years
after all these years

 

Me and the Terry cousins get together every so often for breakfast or lunch. There are so many of us, and we’re spread across so many states, that it’s usually just us locals that manage to meet. That was the case today. (L-R: Renee Terry Watkins, Jessica Terry Stigall, me, Melissa Wilson Moore, and honorary cousin Rhonda Wilkirson Dedic) We needed to gather for the Christmas holiday, too. So, we met at Frisch’s for breakfast. The kids exchanged gifts while the adults exchanged jokes. We talked a little about politics, a lot about DNA testing, and a ton about our family genealogy. I enjoy our gatherings so much. I always learn something new. I always laugh. I always come away feeling renewed and appreciated. I wouldn’t trade my cousins for anything.

 

there's always one
there’s always one