Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend Competitions...

In her second year, therefore knowing what to expect, Morgan was relaxed and very confident at this year's first rock climbing competition which took place in Athens, this week end.

Morgan placed 3rd in the "difficulty" competition and 5th in the "speed" competition. She had never competed for speed before, so she was happy all around with her placement!

Way to go Morgan!!

Ford withstood two very cold, first Woodward baseball games this weekend. It was a double-header in which they lost the first but won the second. (I understand it was so cold that Shannon sat on the bleachers and froze all day! Good thing Grandad was nice warm at the Pinewood Derby...see below.) In addition to pitching well (four innings), he got on base a lot and had a few RBIs.

Meanwhile on the North end of town, William and his Dad entered their car in the Pinewood Derby Race. He proudly won a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the four elimination rounds he ran! William is the third child to be active in this wonderful family tridition.

Let's see, Mike and Joe hit golf balls today and are enjoying the USA Hockey game as I write.

Issy is playing a game with her Soccer team. (I'm waiting for the score!)

Emily and Andrew are working on their new blogs! (Check my side bar for later references.): and

Oh, and Grandad went for a spin with an old friend (the Judge) this afternoon after church. If you are not listed and have something you want me to post, send me an email!! Have a good week everybody. How about my California boys? How is play practic going? I know the show is coming up in a couple of weeks! Break-a -leg boys!! (I want to see pictures in costume...please!)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Birds in the Holly Tree

What an enjoyable morning! The Holly Trees are laden with bright red berries and feasting on them are flocks of Robins with the occasional Cedar Waxwing. This must be the day of ripening, for the berries and the birds are many. What a delight to watch! I encourage you to sit at your window and do the same, if you too have a Holly tree nearby.

Just in case you don't, I'll let you see mine!

Birds in the Holly Tree 2-26-10 from Merry Croft on Vimeo.

Have a great day!

My love,


Sunday, February 21, 2010

William's Birthday Camp out!

Untitled from Merry Croft on Vimeo.

For the record:

William's mom had severe medical problems during the week before his birthday, but with God's help, four units of blood and a wonderful husband who nurtured and organized, she made it to William's Birthday Party! Praise God...Take care Kim!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WILLIAM - 2/18/04


Kim and Tom's youngest child

Our youngest Grandchild,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Be Mine

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Molly and Morgan in the Washington Snow!

For Molly, Morgan and a school friend. plans to head for Washington DC, on a quick winter break, weren't affected by a mere blizzard! The over-night train got through; and the girls are now making tunnels in the deep snow, across their Mother/Grandmother's back yard. What a thrill it must be to be there, playing in over three feet of the white fluffy stuff.

Have a great time girls, stay reasonably warm and enjoy the time with your D C family.

Thanks for letting us be part of the fun!!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Lunch with Molly and Shannon

I just had the most lovely driver pick me up from my house and take me to pick up her husband, then off to a delightful lunch at a Thai restaurant called, Spoon.

After lunch we went back to the Joseph Brown Whitehead Health Services Building and had a quick tour of Dr. Shannon's office before his 1:00 patient arrived.

Needless to say this Mimi felt loved, appreciated and full of pride as these two successful children brought me into their working lives.

I saw Molly's office when she first moved into her new office so now I can say I know where they both spend their days. Shannon's office was distinguished by a couple of comfortable talking chairs, a few dinosaurs scattered about, Curious George sleeping in a Radio-Flyer wagon and a few other odd objects that tickle his fancy. I also noticed many awards (not so prominently displayed) and a green water bottle from our last Grayton Beach trip.

As I reflect, I think, "What a nice thing for them to do." Thank you Molly, for making it possible and oh, so easy. Thank you Shannon, lunch was delicious and with you and Molly, the conversation was easy.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Weekend Sunshine in February

Sometimes Sunday mornings can fill my heart with so much love and hope, yet those feelings can be so intense that it will also fill my eyes with uncontrollable tears (and I mean that in a good way!) .

This past Sunday was one of those times…

Our son, Mike and his wife Mary, brought their children, Isabelle and Joe, over to spend the night with us, on Saturday. They were going to St. Martin’s annual Spring Fling and would be quite late getting home. Mike brought tickets for Grandad to take Joe to an exciting Thrashers’ game while Isabelle and I hung out making cookies, playing chopsticks on the piano, rolling her hair in rags and watching Little Women.

We all had such a good time together that we didn’t want to stop what we were doing to go to bed, but we needed to get up early on Sunday morning, because the children’s Sunday School Apostlelot performance was to include four of the S-C family. ("Apostlelot" (2nd through 4th Grades): All children gather together at the end of Sunday morning classes for "Assembly" where they visit the land of "Apostlelot". Kingdom characters (and your kids!) learn how to work through real life dilemmas each week. The drama presentation focuses on the lives of faithful men and women throughout history and the godly character evident in their lives. ) The S-C family has been faithful members of the Apostlelot Kingdom for many years. Their characters remain the same from performance to performance.

Well, we managed to get to bed by midnight and also to enter the gates of Apostlelot on time.

The story this week was about the faith of young George Washington (i.e. Andrew) as told by the kingdom wiseman, Sage, to the Knight (Tom), Fair Maiden (Kim) and a couple other kingdom residents. The lesson all came to light when a beautiful messager (Emily) brought a written message from the King as well as verbal instruction.
Grandad, Joe, Isabelle and I were an attentive audience among the large gathering of 2nd-4th graders!

The church sermon was about the power of forgiveness, the music was uplifting and the joy immense as I sat with seven of my dear family members.

We lunched together afterwards, parted ways as we went off to our own Sunday afternoon activities...but the sweetness always does when I get to spend time with any of my clan.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Artful Tennis Shoes, Hobo Dinners and A Slumber Party!

Emily's friends gathered to honor Emily and celebrate her birthday. They cooked their own dinners, received tennis shoes to decorate, played games, watched a movie and ate a plethora of delicious treats...

All the components of Emily's eleventh birthday party made it a tremendous success! The only thing that would have made it better would have been that Morgan hadn't been too sick to come. She was sorely missed.

Kudos to Mom and Dad, Andrew and William for doing such a great job for Emily!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Happy Birthday Keegan and Emily!

Has it really been a year since Keegan and Emily had a birthday? Are the twins of the combined Regas/Croft family really turning ELEVEN years old? YES, YES, YES!

In 1999, from the West coast to the East coast our daughters gave birth to two special blessings on the 3rd and the 5th days of February and we are still celebrating. Birthday wishes go out to Keegan and Emily, our hearts filled with gratitude for the day you were born. You help complete this family and we wish you much joy on your eleventh birthdays!

My God continue to bless you and grow you strong.