november 28, 2018

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“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

 

snappers 1

 

These two, lawzee, they love their phone cameras. I’m pretty sure they took more pictures than I did at Thanksgiving. Of course, they have kids so, there is that. Otherwise, I think they might need an intervention. I wouldn’t change ’em for nothing, phones and all. 

 

snappers 2

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

october 23, 2018

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“Quit letting other people decide who you are.” ~ Bob Goff

 

when he’s happy

 

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 matter what kind of face he makes there’s one thing that’s always true about AJ; he’s a good guy. He’s smart and funny and cute and sweet and talented. He’s going to do great things and I share in the pride his papaw Phillip, mama Renee, and brother Adam have for him. The whole family loves him, rightfully so.

 

the fun bunch

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! 

march 25, 2017

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“Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous.” ~ Unknown

 

the fam

 

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 give him some nitrous and whatever else they had him on for pain, and he’s better than any comedian working today. I sure do love this bunch, and I’m always grateful to share some time with them.

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

october 25, 2014

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“The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.” ~ Unknown

 

a dog and his boy
a dog and his boy

 

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 this dog decided to join us. He was a great dog, too. Young and full of life. He particularly liked the corn hole bean bags, until AJ managed to distract him with a stick.

 

family reflections
family reflections

 

About the only way I can get in any pictures is a self portrait through cousin Brian’s glasses. Here, I’m sandwiched between his son, Austin, and his dad, my Uncle Harold. Brian is a hoot. He wore a shirt that said “I pooped today.” He said he got it at a retirement home. I nearly spit out my food. The gif below of cousins Lanelle, Missy, and Renee is pretty dang funny, too. I love my family from the bottom of my heart, and I am so very, very fortunate to have been born into a gang of kind hearted souls.

 

nutty cousins
nutty cousins

june 15, 2014

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“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

 

cousins (props to cousin Lisa Terry [again])
cousins (props to cousin Lisa Terry [again])

 

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 up she was sweet, and quick with a smile. She’s still that way. I was about 10 years old when I answered the phone from Uncle Phillip saying he and Aunt Linda had a girl, their first. They named her Renee (above right). It was a really exciting time. I felt like I had a sister. As an adult, I haven’t always been around them. I was traveling when they were off dating and getting married and having babies. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to cherish the time we spend together. We always laugh, and there’s a feeling of love, forgiveness, hope, and genuine caring. I adore all of my cousins, more that they realize I’m sure. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, they rank at the top of my book.

 

poor brian's the only boy
poor Brian’s the only boy (props to Aunt Lois)

august 10, 2013

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People don’t run out of luck. They run out of try.” ~ J. Hackett

cousins
cousins

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 the calories. We’re going to try to do it once a month from now on. (L-R: Renee Terry Watkins, son Adam, husband Aaron with son A.J. in the Champions cap at bottom, along with Mike and Missy Wilson Moore whose two daughters didn’t join us)

outhouse with a front porch
outhouse with a front porch

Meanwhile, we’ve had a new entry in the outhouse contest. These come from Mindy Cardenas in Wisconsin. They feature the outhouse that inspired the name of this blog. It was the outhouse that serviced the big farmhouse north of Stamping Ground, KY where I lived for a short time along with Angie Bliss Fanning (seated), Kiya Heartwood, and Miriam Davidson (with camera), all pictured here with Mindy and my beloved dog, Sadie (circa 1998). Let me tell ya, it was a beautiful little thing, but most unpleasant in winter.

Mindy leaves a load off
Mindy leaves a load off

Sadly, the outhouse is no longer standing, but the new farm owners saved this fabulous stained glass window that offered a fantastic view from the seat across a rolling ridge. It’s now hanging in their home.