Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
1. Picnic in the Orchard at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (where Kate and I had made plans to lie under the cherry trees and take pictures).
2. Roof Party at Love Lane (parents of a friend of Jeremy and Kate's that went to the same prep school that Terrence did. Kate also thought to make and bring along a delicious cake offering for our hosts!).
Second Day: Retrieved from our hotel at 8:30:
1. Tour of the Greenmarket to buy ingredients for breakfast.
2. Tour of Kate and Jeremy's neighborhood and of their new home, then a wonderful breakfast made by Kate.
3. Visit to the Frick Art Collection.
4. Sketched in Central Part.
5. Chinatown for dinner (to try soup dumplings!).
6. And a Mainstage performance at an NYU theatre.
Third Day: We were picked up by Kate and Jeremy at 10:00:
1. Taken for Kate's Birthday Brunch at their favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. After a leisurely time together we were escorted back to our hotel to get our bags and freshen up a bit for our trip home. A car had been arranged to take us to the airport.
We were totally taken care of the whole time we were there. Relive the visit with us by way of these pictures...and thanks to all who sent special birthday greetings, wishes and gifts to New York along with us. From time to time each day, I would pull one out to give to our birthday girl. It made for many special moments and it was so much fun!
Today is Kate's real birthday date. She had to listen to her birth story (yet, again) while we were in New York (and that of her siblings!) It was a sweet story, and still is...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
(note the scripture, left bottom: "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."- Matthew 18:5)
When you go, and I know you will (you have from now through May 11th to see for yourself), just stand in that room for a little while and listen to the lovely things that people say as they enter the space. It will make you proud too!
Don't miss the special touches that Kim added to her room: photographs of her inspiration, crystal kisses on the bedside table, Gayma's tea set, scripture on a silver bracelet...and a painting, done by her mother, in the center of the double window surrounded by beautiful draperies over a luxurious daybed. I mention these things because they could have been replaced by much more elegant pieces of art and decorator extravagances, but she put her heart in her room as well as her talent. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed my name (and those of other family members) in not one, but several printed acknowledgment statements. I was humbled and touched at her generosity. A decoratored room with a heart and soul... It was obvious that that room had been prayed over.
Kim's page inside ->
Tom and the children were a big part of what happened in this beautiful room. As I said earlier those "photos of her inspiration," the children, supported in more ways than they know...and Tom, well, he is a hero. I've never known a man so supportive and helpful. Today, Kim ran out of the above printed cards for guests to take home (ones Tom helped create for Kim). Tom put the children in the car and drove the 30 minutes it took to deliver another box to the show house. This has been a team effort, as it has to be with a family that has three children, and they worked perfectly together.
In showing you some of these pictures, I hope I don't take away from the thrill of seeing the room for the first time for yourselves. Kim has put months of time and effort into this project, she has grown from it and would be honored to share it with the ones she loves.
Special Note to Kim: I wish you much success my darling daughter. I am so proud of you, your girl's room and the way you conduct yourself professionally, with genuine grace. -Mom
Saturday, April 19, 2008
In the Mountains, Spring is poking it's head out of the forest floor. It seems different than the way it presents itself in Atlanta, it comes more slowly for sure, but more than that, it comes in a more unplanned way. It is like a surprise that's to be savored and appreciated, so delicate and almost instant death if taken...yet it's free.
I love to walk the mountain roads looking for these treasures after a long barren winter. Like promises from God it nourishes my soul and gives me hope for a world of complex beauty and harmony. Even the decay of winter's leavings accentuates it's beauty. I know it's a little late for most places, but if you have a chance, don't miss Spring. It will inspire you and make your heart glad.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tomorrow (the 13th) he will wake up to a much different atmosphere... just me, a card, a gift (+ the one Tom and Kim left behind for him) and a wish to share many, many, many more birthdays with the man of my heart.
The first thing we will do in the morning is call Morgan (remember, it's her birthday tomorrow too!). I understand that she had a Volcano Party (something to do with an eruption?) today with her friends. Can't wait to hear about it! Last week end Joe had a party with his classmates at school. They went to a place and played Lazar Tag!