28 years ago on 09/09 at 9:04pm Ritzy and I were blessed with our 2nd child. A baby girl. Our son was a little over 2 1/2 yrs old. I decided before this child was born that I was only going to have 2 children. I knew that was my "limit" - haha! We were so happy when we saw that this one was a little girl. I could have known the sex of the baby before hand but decided to be "surprised". The son looked so much like his dad that I thought that no one would ever believe this child had "indian blood" in his veins. He was a towhead and light skinned and very handsome. But.......when the daughter was born, she showed the indian side of the family. I thought ok, I have at least one child that looks a little like me, haha!! Years ago, I knew that if I ever had a little girl that I was going to name her "KERI". A friend of my parent's named their daughter that when I was about 15 or so and I fell in love with the name. It was just spelled different. I thought it was such a pretty name. Well I got the chance when this little bundle came along...I just wasn't sure about her middle name. Right up until the moment she was born she was gonna get my middle name "Ann" but when they asked for her name I decided to give her my dad's middle name "Joe" without the "e". I knew I had made the right choice - it just felt right....
I just can't believe that it has been 28 years ago.....WOW!!!!
In our mother/daughter relationship there have been great years, good years and not so good years but right now we are in a great place. I try to tell her to enjoy these years while her boys are growing up because you blink and the time is gone......
All I have to say is "Happy Birthday Keri Jo, I love you!!!"....Mom
That is how I feel my summer has been. Heck, that's how the past few years seem to have been.
|Calvin & Braedy|
|Braedy & Calvin|
Today.... July 30, 2014 .... marks 31 years that Ritzy and I have been married. It has been a time of delight, sorrow, amazement, wonder, but mostly a time of loving God and each other and being there for each other.
I cannot believe how time seems to fly/drag by at different stages in life. When Ritzy was still in the national guard and deployed in the homeland twice and overseas once....the time seemed to drag on and other times the time just flew. Oh you don't necessarily notice it daily, but when you take a moment and think in terms of months or years...where did it go??
31 years ago Ritzy and I held our ceremony on my Aunt & Uncle's covered patio. I wanted a simple outdoor ceremony. They also lived next door which made it very convenient.. I had played the piano in several fancy church weddings and I was ready for something different. My mom sang and I even played the piano for my own wedding. I had "taped" all the music on cassette (I am telling my age), and the ceremony was perfect. I have seen where hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars are spent on the dress alone. We spent about $200 total on this wedding. My dress was one I found in the Sears catalog with a cost of $25.00. It was perfect for me. It did and does not matter how much or little you spend,, what matters is your level of commitment to God and each other!!! You have made a choice..now stick with it....and, I might add.....if your relationship with God is where it is supposed to be, then your relationship with your spouse will be where it needs to be!!!!
It had been a hot July and this day was no different but about 2-3 hours before the ceremony a cold front came thru with a little bit of rain which cooled the temps down to where they were in the 70's. God is so good!!!
The blessings that have followed are: a son, a daughter, a son-in-law and two precious grandsons!!!
|Braedy & Calvin|
Here is where the time is flying....these little boys are almost 2 1/2 years old. They look so grown up. I love spending time with them. They love "Ni-maw's/Ritzywife's" house. They always say---go to ni-maw's house???? and if I am over at their house....they, especially Braedy comes to me and says with such a serious look ---ni-maw no go home. Melts my heart!! But......as much as they love me, when Ritzy or "P-pa" is around, it's like Ritzywife is yesterday's news. They do love Ritzy and love being around him. He is always letting them just follow him around and also taking them next door to the bait/convenience store to get ice cream. The owner, who is a good friend of ours, told Ritzy when they were only a few months old to bring them over for ice cream anytime. They love it!!
Ritzy and I may not have much else to invest ......but we certainly have the time and love to invest in our kids and grandkids....... and I believe those two things are the most important investments a person can make. We all, especially children, have a desire to know that someone loves them and wants to spend time with them.
Ritzy........I love you and look forward to our future!!!!
Well the daughter finally did it. She took Braedy & Calvin to get their first haircut. They were 2 years old in February. I must admit it did change their looks. They now look like little boys instead of babies/toddlers. But...they are soooooo handsome!!!!! Ni-maw thinks so anyway...
Here's a look:
They are growing up so fast. It amazes me how much they pick up on and how much they know at only 2 years of age. Their little minds are constantly going....that is until they crawl up into Ni-maw's lap and go to sleep. And on that note.....as long as they still thinks it's "cool" to crawl up into this Ni-maw's lap... she is gonna let them ;-)
Today - June 6, 2014 - is my Mom & Dad's 56th Anniversary. I am so blessed to have them as parents and to have them here so long. As a child and young adult I always prayed for them - that they would be able to live long enough to enjoy their retirement years. They both worked hard to provide for us and raise us in a loving home, although we didn't really have any idea what that entailed until we got families of our own. I'm not saying we didn't have differences sometimes but we always knew the love & support was there. I believe that love and stability in a home is the most important thing a person can give their kids and grandkids. To always know there is a safe place to be or go is a both blessing and a need that we all have.
My fishing this year is not at all what I had hoped. It was terrible. I don't know if it was because the weather was not quite right or if the water level in the lake was lower than normal, but the crappie did not come up into the creek to spawn. They are doing it in deeper water which means a boat is necessary to get to them.
I did catch a few (very few), most were given to me. Just enough to have a couple of "messes" to fry up and eat. They sure were delicious!! Oh well, there's always next year.........But I have a brother that I can bum some off of.....maybe.... if I can get him to feel sorry for me, (his oldest sister), haha!!
Well I guess that's about it for now... Ritzywife out.....................................
I cannot believe how fast time seems to fly by. I notice it's been a while since my last post. Since then Ritzy and I have been busy in the garden, yard and spending time with grandsons. I have been doing a little fishing. This year has turned into a big disappointment as far as fishing goes. The weather was slow to warm up and the lake has been lower than previous years so the fish just aren't coming in to the fishing hole. I have only caught a half-dozen or so fish and that's sad. Although one evening I was down there and I had not caught a single fish but came home with 22 nice crappie. Some friends and family gave me 3-4 fish at a time and by the time 5 or 6 people gave me the fish they did not want to clean, I ended up with a nice "mess" of fish, take a look.............
And with that being said........Ritzywife is out!!!!
54 it's been nice knowin ya.......
March 31, 1959 -- 55 years ago I was born. Celebrated my birthday yesterday with family. My sister-in-law took me out to eat at a mexican restaurant in claremore. (did you know that mexican was probably my favorite food of all). While dining the daughter texted me and told me they were coming out to fish. i thought that was a good idea cause i would get to see the grandsons. well later in the afternoon she texted me and told me they would be bringing out pizza. Cool - Ritzywife doesn't have to cook on her birthday ;-)
Well they arrive and no pizza, she tells me the son is bringing it so i thought - OK......well when they arrived they let the two kids loose and here they came running as fast as those little short legs would carry them to ni-maw. I loved it. We stayed outside and enjoyed the warm evening watching the boys run all over the yard, play with their toys and get in the sandbox. Also watched Ritzy grill our supper...He did an excellent job. We had steaks, veggies, salad, and cookies, cookie cake and Klondike bars. YUMMY!!!! Those steaks were heavenly. We all ate till we were very satisfied. Those two little ones have expensive taste. They love steak!!!!
We all enjoyed the warm evening, shooting each other with nerf guns and dodging the boys shots. It was one of the best birthdays Ritzywife has ever had. We gave the boys their bath and before we knew it it was time for them to go home. We said our goodbyes and came inside. A wonderful end to a wonderful day!
Ritzy is taking me out to eat this friday afternoon. Ritzywife is one blessed woman!!!
I have just finished reading "ONE THOUSAND GIFTS" by Ann Voskamp. It shows me there is always something good to look for in our lives and circumstances. A life changing book if we will let it be. I am trying it anyways. Writing down anything and everything I am thankful for or see as a "gift" from God. It doesn't necessarily have to appear good to the "eye" to be considered "good" . Truths I have heard all my life, but until I see it in action - it means nothing.
Well, I want it to mean something in Ritzywife's life. I want people to look at my life and wonder "what's up with her & why is she so happy".......
With that Ritzywife is out........................................................