Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kate has a birthday!

There she was just a-walkin' down the street, singin' do-wah diddy-diddy down, diddy-do, snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet singin' do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do.

I'M HERS, SHE'S MINE want to be near all the time. Singin' do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do....

Yeah, that's our Kate...flowers really do come flying out from her footsteps...and today she is having a birthday. I shall release a balloon in her honor and thank God that our sixth child was as special and gifted as all the rest...and with a certain flare of magic.

I love you my darling, Kate...from the bottom of my boogidy, boogidy shoo .
Happy Birthday!
from Mama

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Monday, April 27, 2009

News Update....

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Well the good news is: Joe has been at the top of his game lately, pitching flawlessly and helping his team to victory. Then last Friday night after pitching a "stellar" game, (striking out 5 out of 6 and pitching 2 scoreless innings), Joe was sliding into third base near the end of the game and landed a little too hard on his left wrist and had to be taken out of the game. Later, at the doctor's office, he learned that he indeed had a fracture in his wrist. Now that's BAD news!

Hang in there buddy, heal quickly (and completely!), your team's going to miss you. I was so glad to see your spirit high. I'm sure you will pass that onto your teammates, too!

While visiting Joe we found Mom, Mary, rushing around, preparing dinner for a pre-Father/Daughter dance gathering, checking book reports written by both children, coaxing Issy dressed and towards the car to be taken to her soccer game! She later worked her magic, with no time to spare, turning Issy from soccer player to princess and hosting eight for dinner!

Mimi and Grandad spent the weekend with the "Best Lawyers in America"! We attended a dinner at the Atlanta Aquarium, a brunch and art discussion at the Four Seasons, lead by Pulitzer-Prize winners, Steve Naifeh and Gregory Smith. Then a we attended a tour of the High Museum and lectures on "Masterpieces". Terr spent the day on Friday, attending CLE programs put on by the same group, which he described as "stimulating, as much for the comments from the group as from the speakers".

After all this, we proudly added new, signed copies of The Best Lawyers in America, to our library. :)

(We are all looking forward to Kristin and Alan's engagement party, at the High Museum, in two weeks!)

Monday, April 20, 2009

No Joy in Motherhood from Croft on Vimeo.

Honk had a successful run and Andrew definitely broke a leg!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Honk! ~ Dress Rehearsal

Tonight's dress rehearsal proved that Andrew and the other cast members of the Wesleyan Junior Players will have a very successful run this week of the musical production, HONK!. Honk! is the story of the ugly duckling. In the opening scene, Andrew appears as Drake, the father of a clutch of incubating eggs, with one seemingly very large and odd egg, sitting in the middle of the nest. Andrew has several solo parts and does a great job as the not-so-enthusiastic father of what appears to be a not-so-perfect son, among the four other ducklings.

Dancing with the Stars has nothing on Andrew!! I give him a 9.99 (just so he'll have something to reach for in tonight's show!)

Andrew's ability and confidence on stage never cease to amaze me. He is a joy to watch perform, a disciplined thespian and a great team player (like his sister in the Easter Play at the Lower School, where she too had a solo part and sang like an angel!). I hope you get a chance to see him in action! So Andy, take a bow and...


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Terr has a Birthday!

The ageless wonder...

The ageless wonder is still at the top of his game! He is keeping the peace by mediating countless cases from year to year. He out cheers everyone at countless ballgames played by Ford and Joe (and every game he can find time to watch on television or otherwise!). Of the other grandchildren, he attends every play and special event when ever possible. He reads, keeping up with the changing times so to try and be a wise investor of our future. Nightly, he prays with me at dinner, goes to weekly bible classes with me and church on Sunday. He is a lawyer's lawyer and gives back to his profession. He holds my hand when it needs holding.

Again this year I can say that I am the benefactor of his birthdays...all of them...and I am grateful for what the years have taught him and therefore what they have given to me. Today, I celebrate Terr, as a husband, a father, a lawyer, a citizen of this great country and a child of God.

Happy Birthday, Terr! (Oh, and I want to tell the world that I love you and will until the end of time.)

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Morgan has a birthday!

Morgan is catching up with Emily and Keegan today...she is 10 years old! Was it really that long ago that she and Emily shared baby sitter, Rebecca, got tattoos and talked baby talk together?

Was she really one of the members of the early Kid-Pack (Keegan is missingin photo) before Isabelle and Aidan and of course William, came out to play?

Boy, how time has flown by and I don't want to miss another minute of it! Happy Birthday Morgan. Grandad will miss you today, he really likes sharing his birthday with you. Have fun at Disney and make it the best birthday ever!

I hope you dance, darling girl, I hope you dance.

With all my love and best wishes for a Happy Birthday,


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Easter Blessings...

Hope yours was filled with blessings.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Past

Joys of Easter from the faces of yesteryear. I look forward to creating more memories tomorrow.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday...

Just three more days and we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks Be To God for the Gift.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Joe is ELEVEN today!

Can it be that JOE is turning ELEVEN? YES! YES! YES!

Knowing that Joe would be busy on his birthday, Grandad and I took a few minutes on Sunday afternoon to pay him a visit and wish him well. I entered into Joe's exciting red-and-black room, got the tour and talked with him for a few private minutes. As you can tell, Joe is a huge UGA fan! It is easy to see what his college goals are and where his football loyalties lie. Of course, it helps that both his parents are UGA grads.

Joe tells me that everything is good. School is good, his team is 3-0 in the current baseball season, he is looking forward to turning eleven (he is having some guys over to spend the night and go to some racecar driving place) and that he is happy. I can tell you that he was delightful to talk to, his room was amazingly clean for an eleven-year-old boy and that he greeted me and said goodbye to me with really warm, sincere hugs. It was good to catch up with this fine young man who has a special place in my heart.

Happy Birthday Joe!

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Hello in There

Every couple of weeks or so I go the Brian Care Center in Powder Springs to visit my great Aunt Lillie. The center does the best it can, but it isn’t an upscale nursing home by any means...though it seems like even when they're good, nursing homes can’t be a great place to be. The facts are, it’s a hard place for me to go - and on the other end, and it’s a hard place for me to leave. My visits usually end in tears streaming down my face all the way home. The tears are for many reasons: the loss of the person you once were, your memory, your loved ones, your status in life, freedoms, abilities, privacy and health. I guess if you stop and think about it, what’s not to cry about! Except the fact that Aunt Lillie accepts what she has - she laughs, and doesn't complain, ever! These are life lessons that I am learning from her with every visit I make to the nursing home.

Yesterday my Mom, Uncle Kenneth, Steve and his dog Sprout came to see Aunt Lillie, bringing with them gifts and memories of family to share.

I brought a small picnic for us to enjoy, while we visited outside in the sunshine. There isn’t much room in her small quarters, so I was grateful for the good weather, even if the air was heavy with springtime pollen.

Lillie was overwhelmed with the company and many beautiful gifts. I know she couldn’t wait to get back into those boxes when everybody left and she was free of social responsibilities so she could indulge.

We gave her moments of joy, I’m sure, yet I could see in her face the struggle to hide personal physical problems and memory problems that she was trying to cover up. She worked hard to be her old self, always covering her confusion with a smile on her sweet face.

Yesterday was a good day, yet also sad...after all, I also got to see my lovely Mother, Uncle and Steve…but it took a turn when I walked past Leonard’s room. I wanted to introduce him to Mom and found his name missing from the name slot at the side of the door. Do you remember Leonard? I wrote his remarkable story a while back (http://familychatterbox.blogspot.com/2008/06/giving-half-of-all-you-have.html). I found Leonard gone, someone else in his bed, and all I know is that Heaven has another saint added to its number and that the world has lost a good and Godly citizen.

I write this just to make you aware of the place where we could also be, tomorrow. To remind you to look at the elderly and know someone is inside longing to be recognized. There is a song that comes to mind that I want to share…

Y'know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say,
"Hello in there, hello."

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care; say,
"Hello in there, hello."

Goodbye, Leonard. Thank you for sharing half of all you had with me. I will never forget it. mpc

P.S. The last time I saw Leonard, maybe two or three weeks ago, he was quietly laying in bed listening to old church hymns on a tape player/radio beside his bed. I started singing, softly to the music and he joined me, looking me straight in the eyes. After a few bars I asked how he was and he said, "I'm just ready to go home. Thank you for coming by."

Sunday, April 05, 2009


A Sunday afternoon walk in our neighborhood with my man and other gifts from God. Not much can beat the beauty of Spring in Atlanta.
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Palm Sunday at Apostles

The children at Apostles took a journey through Jerusalem today, experiencing the sight, sounds and aroma of the city 2000 years ago. Strangely enough the Shepard family looked very familiar!