The Wedding – Ty and Re Buck

Here is the wedding of my handsome grandson, Tyler, and his lovely bride, Rebecca. This makes Rebecca my new granddaughter-in-law! I have two granddaughter’s in-law now! I’m so glad I got to be there for the wedding! Ty & RE  It was beautiful!

Getting ready for the wedding is perfection! Jessica, mother of the groom!  Jessica dressed for a wedding      A special hair-do!    Jessica's Hair Rob and Jessica. Rob & Jessica  Haleigh and Elmise, sisters of the groom! Haleigh & Elmise   Armon and me! Armon is a brother of the groom and I’m a grandma of the groom!  Grandma & Armon

Sometimes the waiting is so hard! Waiting  But it’s worth it in the end!  Parker, a brother of the groom, sitting patiently, waiting…Parker waiting

The church was beautiful. The long aisle was also beautiful!  Wedding Ty & Rebecca  Tree twigs, gathered by Rob, Jessica, and Armon, and spray painted white, in tall vases, lined the aisle, covered with a white runner and flower petals strewn all along the way!  As a surprise to Ty and everyone else, instead of Rebecca walking down the aisle to the traditional wedding march, the theme from Lord of The Rings, was played! It’s their favorite and was requested by Rebecca!

Ty & RE  She’s been given to Ty, by her father, and the ceremony begins! Ty & Re We did it!  Oh, look! They did it! Ty and Re are married!   Here they come into the reception! 100_5876 100_5878  100_5880 Tyler and Rebecca, first dance, as a married couple!  100_5882 Father, daughter dance.  100_5883  Mother, son dance. 100_5872  Enjoying the reception: Christy, Megan and Cameron.  100_5873  Armon and Parker, brothers of the groom, but technically, not brothers of each other! Hmmm, interesting! Best friends!

The wedding cake! Perfect for the TyReBuck theme! 100_5871   Buck TyRe    Away they go, being showered wth flower petals, on the way! Ty & Re being flowered I love you, Ty and Re Buck!

Happy Birthday, Jessica

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

Jessica with Tulips This is one of my favorite pictures of you! Of course, I took the picture and the tulips are from my own back yard! But the most important part of the picture is you! You are beautiful! I miss you beyond words. I wish for you the best in your new endeavors: your new home, new job, new friends, new church, and more. I wish I could celebrate with you today! Talking with you earlier this morning, I know that you and Rob climbed Stone Mountain very early this morning and watched the sunrise! That’s a good way to begin the day!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jessica! Please bless her as she lives for You and then for her family. Help her in her work as a registered nurse. Please keep her safe in the Atlantic traffic, keep her well, be her strength as a wife and mother. Give her wisdom when trials come. She’s a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, and neighbor. I love Jessica so much and You love her even more!

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Rob and Jessica!

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Big changes are coming for you this summer. Tyler, your oldest son, is getting married so you’ll be gaining a beautiful daughter-in-law, Rebecca! Haleigh, your oldest daughter, will be enrolled in college. You and younger children, Elmise and Armon, will be moving to Atlanta. That’s a lot to handle, all in a three-month time span. But one advantage to moving to Atlanta is that you’ll be near Tyler and Rebecca and near Haleigh, at her college.

So, while we’ll miss you, to pieces, we’ll be praying for you every day, just like we have the entire nineteen years of your marriage.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Rob and Jessica! You have a plan for them so I’m trusting You to be with them in this big move they’re making. Jerry and I will miss them tremendously. But You have promised to be with them and with us. Continue to bless their marriage. Please keep them close to each other and close to You. We gave them to You long ago and trust them to You now. We love Rob and Jessica so much and You love them even more!

I Don’t Like Goodbyes

Time is going far too quickly. Goodbye is coming. The two most important families in my world, here in my city, are leaving…  Moving away…   Within the next couple of months, they’ll be gone. I’ll be here. They’re excited. I’m sad.

My youngest son, Rob; daughter-in-law, Jessica; granddaughters, Haleigh, 18 and Elmise, 13; and grandson, Armon, 10, who now live next door and have lived here for 19 years, are moving to Georgia!

My pastor, David, and his wife, Leah, are moving to accept a new challenge and position. They, having ministered here to us for 20 years, are moving to Kansas!

I love a challenge and I’m not one to back away when one is presented to me! But I’m the one being left behind. The future, in my world, looks blank.

Where would I be without my personal faith in my loving Saviour? I would be kicking and screaming, heartbroken and crying!

While I am sad, I’m trusting God to take care of Rob and Jessica and family. They’ll need good jobs (Jessica, R.N. has one); nice home; good schools; good church; Haleigh as a college freshman, settled into dorm life; good friends and neighbors. They are trusting God. He knows all about their family and their move. I’m trusting God for them, even though it hurts.

While I am sad, I’m trusting God to go with Pastor Dave and Leah. Pastor Dave having just earned his Doctor in Ministry, PH.D and will be pastoring a church and teaching ministerial students in a college. Pastor Dave will need just the right treatment for his MS. As far as delivering sermons, I think Pastor Dave is the best preacher I’ve ever heard! He is truly used by God.

Because I am a true believer, I’m trusting God to give us just the right neighbors next door and to send just the right man to fill the position of Lead Pastor of our church. Pastor Dave told us Sunday how God has been leading them to this point in their lives. So…is God working on just the right man to move here and minister to me, to us?

While I still have to say good-bye, I’ll be saying it with hope in what God has in store for me…for us.

Five Years Ago

Five years ago today a horrific earthquake hit the already impoverished country of Haiti. Time has flown by…haiti It greatly affected us, up here in Michigan. Two friends of ours had gone to Haiti to work. They had only been there a few hours and were killed instantly when the guest house, they were staying in, crumbled. One of our missionaries was also killed.

There were two little children, Elmise and Armon, in an orphanage, in Port-au-Prince, waiting to be released, to be adopted by our son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Jessica. It takes about two years for an adoption to become final! It also takes thousands of dollars! Our two precious grandchildren were among the first ones to be flown out of the country, after the earthquake! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I took this picture the day they arrived at home in Michigan. We were so anxiously waiting for them! The picture shows Tyler, Jessica, Elmise, Haleigh, Armon and Rob. They went from a family of four to a family of six! P1020415 Elmise  A recent picture of Elmise! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  A recent picture of Armon!

But, please, don’t get the idea that life is like a bunch of roses! No…is your life perfect? Well, neither is theirs. There are problems that come up every now and then. But they are still a beautiful family. I love each one of them, altogether and individually!

Sometimes it feels like they’ve been in the family forever! But, no, it’s been five years! How time flies, especially when you’re having fun! God is the head of their home and family and He is blessing them.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I, like so many Americans, have so much to be thankful for. And, like so many Americans, I take so much for granted. I don’t mean to, but it’s true. Our Thanksgiving dinner today was, roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes, baked beans, rolls and butter, salad and pumpkin pie. There was so much we couldn’t fit it all on the dining room table. This first picture shows some of the food on a folding table off to one side of the dining room. Everything turned out so good.

IMG_0312 (2)  IMG_0310 (2)  IMG_0311 (2)  These two pictures show the family around the table. Sydney took the pictures as selfies. We went around the table telling what each one was thankful for. It was a beautiful time.

I need to back up here.  Shortly before dinner was ready, two friends stopped over, Lily Kong, our Chinese friend. We love her so much and her boyfriend, Kevin.  IMG_0299 (2)  But Kevin is in China now. Lily brought a friend with her today. IMG_0297 (2)  This is a picture of our granddaughter, Sydney, Lilly and Cherry Chen. But they were headed to Chicago and needed to be on their way so they couldn’t stay for dinner. We’re glad they stopped by. They even brought us gifts of candy! Yummm!

FullSizeRender  This is our wonderful international family! Elmise, Bella, Sydney, Haleigh, Armon and Lily!

Back to our Thanksgiving dinner. It takes hours to prepare dinner and about a half hour to eat dinner! Then comes the clean up! Jessica, my daughter-in-law, insisted I leave the dining room and kitchen, go to the living room, sit down or lie down while she cleaned up the mess!

I actually laid down on the sofa and took a nap! But I must give credit here to some others as well. Rob cleaned the turkey off the carcass and even took the carcass out to the garbage can. Haleigh, Sydney, Elmise and Bella helped clean up the kitchen! Jessica deserves the most credit for washing the dishes and cleaning everything up. When I woke up from my nap, a cup of coffee was sitting beside me! What a family I have!

Later, Sydney gave me a private concert! IMG_0322 (2)  She’s an accomplished flute player!

After watching a movie the girls split up. Sydney went home with Haleigh for the night. Elmise stayed here with Bella for the night!

Soccer Season – Destroyers

Soccer season is over. FullSizeRender (75) It sure was fun while it lasted… FullSizeRender (76) Armon is the third boy from the left, standing.  The games were always on Saturday AM.    It was okay when they started, but then Autumn set in and cool temperatures.      IMG_0017 (2) IMG_0020 (2)    A butterfly was on the field! A woman rescued it and then sent it on its way before it got trampled by the players!                                                                                   Then really cold temperatures hit! FullSizeRender (49) Jerry and me.  FullSizeRender (44) Elmise and Mama.FullSizeRender (48) Haleigh on her iPhone!   IMG_5011 (2)  Mama and Papa.IMG_0014 (2) Jessica, Ki and Erin. Sometimes good friends came!                                                                      We loved watching the young boys play. Some were very good players and some were only there because their mother’s had signed them up!!! But even those boys got better as the season went by. Our grandson, Armon, shows great ability as a soccer player and as an athlete. He was determined and shows athletic ability! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  He was the goalie in a couple of games.  For these young boys, the positions were traded off so they each had a turn to play each position. In this picture, he was catching the ball just in time. In the next picture, he was down on top of the ball before FullSizeRender (47) it went in for a score! You can see him on the ground with the ball.  Winning or losing is not emphasized in this league, learning the game and learning good sportsmanship is what matters.  Here are the medals each boy earned and received today. I’m showing both sides of the medal. The name of Armon’s team was Destroyers!

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