november 28, 2018

“Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.” ~ Shakespeare     These two, lawzee, they love their phone cameras. I’m pretty sure they took more pictures than I did at Thanksgiving.

november 22, 2018

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

october 23, 2018

“Quit letting other people decide who you are.” ~ Bob Goff     AJ Watkins has been an expressive boy from the very beginning. The day he regaled us with Elvis songs dressed as The King himself is one of my favorite memories. He might have been seven then. The fact that he’s now driving and working has not changed his ability to emote as you can see. But no

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 29, 2017

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

march 25, 2017

“Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous.” ~ Unknown     It’s been quite some time since I met up with the cousins for breakfast, so this morning’s meet-and-eat was long overdue. As always, we had a wonderful time being in communion with one another. I snorted with laughter when Renee shared a video of the aftermath of her son AJ’s wisdom tooth extraction. That kid is hilarious when he’s sober, but

december 12, 2015

“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     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

october 25, 2014

“The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.” ~ Unknown     For a forth year the Terry Family met at Uncle Harold’s farm near Stacy Fork. And for the forth year a good time was had by all. We took our hay ride, played corn hole, and spread enough food to feed the county. Apparently, word got out that we have a big time as

june 15, 2014

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” ~ William Feather     I have many cousins on dad’s side (less than half in the photo below). I remember the first time I saw Missy (above left). She was just a little thing with the most beautiful white, curly hair I have ever seen – still. As she grew

august 10, 2013

“People don’t run out of luck. They run out of try.” ~ J. Hackett I met my cousins for breakfast. We’ve tried to meet for dinner a number of times, but between my usual too much to do, and their having young kids, dinnertime is hard. We found this morning, however, that breakfast is pretty doggone perfect. We always have so much fun laughing and talking. It was totally worth