Hello friends and family! I realized this morning that I really should post something recent. I cannot believe that it is already July. We had a terrific 4th with the Shipleys and Teagues (Sherry Shipley's folks) at the Teague's farm in Van. Jill Shipley Rodgers was there with her husband, Adam, and his parents Mark and Stacie. Mandy Shipley Riordan was also there with her husband, Jeff, and their beautiful children, Jonah and Kendyl. Jonathan, Becky and sweet litle Clara Helvey were also in attendance, so we had a crew of little ones! Our good friend Chelsi Middleton, who is also Jill's life-long friend, joined us, too. Ben Shipley cooked burgers and hot dogs and then we had our own spectacular fireworks show! The Rodgers provided the fireworks and Adam, Josh and Jonathan created the show. I cannot remember a more enjoyable 4th of July in recent years. If Matt Wright stays out until almost midnight, it has to be a good time!
I have been trying very hard to speak Spanish to Lindy since Lisa, Josh and the girls moved here in late January. She often repeats what I say to her and surprisingly, she responds to commands. We were in the dentist's office one day and I was in the waiting room with the girls and speaking only Spanish to Lindy. The receptionist said, "Oh...she is learning Spanish! How nice. Are you their nanny?" I said, "No...I'm their Mimi!" I then expained that I was formerly a Spanish teacher and my daughter and her husband wanted the girls to learn Spanish. Lindy "sings" in Spanish sometimes and it is so cute. Trey and Jinnifer Duncan were here last week with their girls and I asked Lindy to "come here quickly" in Spanish and she immediately responded. Mallory and Macey said, "How does she know what you are saying?" For the first time, I realized that she truly is learning! It is true that children's minds are like sponges at her age! I just wish I had been able to see that kind of progress when I taught in public school!
For those of you who remember that wonderful television show (back when there were wonderful television shows) called "The Waltons," we are considering changing our name and putting a sign on our gate that reads: "Walton's Hill" instead of Walton's Mountain. This weekend Josh, Lisa, Lindy and Lainy are moving in upstairs at our house. Josh starts his new job on Monday. We are thrilled to have them and for their sakes, hope the stay isn't long. We pray that their house will sell soon and they will be able to have their own place. There is a possibility that Kyle and Heather will be coming back to Lindale this summer and they may also need to move in for a little while. This sounds like so much fun! I always told my friends that I wanted a house full of kids and when that just wasn't possible, I was so disappointed. Well, I may finally have my heart's desire...at least for a time! Pray for all of us to be patient, loving and kind to one another.
I think that it has been over a month since I have logged on to the computer! Much has happened and time has flown and I cannot say where the time has gone. I have been to Abilene a couple of times and I have been busy getting ready for Christmas. Actually, Heather did most of the decorating this year. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, it rained all day, so we put up the tree and Heather did all the trimming herself! It looks amazing! My daughter and "bonus" daughter are both amazing young women. I don't know how they do all they do! Lindy loves Aunt Heather and she prayed one day "thank you God for UK marry pwincess!" She thinks that Aunt Heather looks like Cinderella in her bridal portrait...I agree! I thank God that Heather puts up with Kyle and his messy self!
Lainy Anne Stevens made it home yesterday by lunchtime!! Her Mommy was exhausted but happy to be home with Josh and Lindy and to have Lainy healthy. Lainy has done very well in the 24 hours since leaving the hospital for the second time in a week. She's eating and sleeping and looking much more alert. Today she even smiled at me when I said "Hi Lainy Jane!" (my nickname for her) Lisa looks amazing and she is amazing. She is such a sweet little Mommy! Josh is a real trooper and is a very "hands on" Daddy. He helps Lisa a great deal. She is truly blessed! I will head back to Lindale and Matt on Sunday...I miss my husband. I love this chapter of life!