Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

Last minute plans took us to Hattiesburg this past weekend to surprise Jon's family. We were not going to tell anyone and just show up on some one's door step Friday night but once we got on the road, we decided that we should tell someone we were coming. So we called Hugh and Becky since we were gonna stay with them this time( we have to be on a rotating schedule between them and Emily!) and then decided we should let SuSu, PawPaw and Uncle Will know since they would have to come in from New Orleans. We wanted to surprise Emily and Harrison too but decided to call just before we got there.We kept it a secret from Nenie until we walked in her back door Saturday morning! She was so surprised and excited to see as all there, it was a wonderful thing! Nenie is currently having some heart problems and we would appreciate you remembering her in your prayers. As well as the rest of the family.The twins did okay on the ride there and back. It could have been worse but then it could have been better! Audrey was in some sort of state pretty much the whole time we were there. She was extremely clingy to her old mama and if mama didn't have her she wanted Aunt Emily or Aubrey. Which made those two very happy but left the others feeling left out and sorely rejected! She did allow her SuSu to read a few stories to her and Issy play footsie with her!Master James on the other hand was like "mama who?" most of the time. Just like a man he loves to be petted on and it doesn't really matter who just as long as they pet. It happened to be PawPaw's birthday Sunday which just added to the joy of being with them. I tried to get a picture of him and all his grand kids but it didn't work out to great. Oh well at least we will know they were all there with him! We love you PawPaw!And another joy of going out there this weekend was getting to go to church with them at Ideal. We had a wonderful service and it was great to see everyone again. How thankful I am that on both sides of our family our children get to experience the love of the church intertwined with the love of family. It really is a glorious thing!After church we went out to eat at Chili's where the wait was almost too long for the twins to handle. But once we got a table and got some food in them they were cool. They also got to show off their lemon eating skills to the fam! Then we had to say goodbye and get back in that minivan that is slowly but surely becoming more "mini" as the days go on!

9 comments:

Dana said...

I have to say I have never seen you so radiant as in the pictures where you are with your whole family! You glow with happiness and I couldn't be happier for you!

Emily said...

Oh what fun! You and Jon give us hope! If y'all can run all over creation with two babes, surely we can maintain our see-all-of-Brasil-in-three-years habits with just one lil' one in tow.

You make it look and sound so easy. And before you go correcting me, I don't care if it's not as easy as you make it seem - let me believe it, please! Ignorance IS bliss! ;)

And you look incredible, BTW!

Dianne said...

What a sweet reunion that was. A surprise reunion. Be careful with Nenie...we'll remember her when we pray. What a godly matriarch she is.

The twins LOOKED delighted to be there and I know the "visited" were delighted!

You are a blessed kinship. A close natural family is a wonderful blessing, but even moreso when all are entwined in a close church family.

So glad you all managed this impromptu getaway.

~sydney~ said...

We had so much fun!!!!!! PLEASE surprise us more often! ANYTIME!

Dani said...

I really love the picture of James eating that lemon, just priceless.

su said...

All I can manage is sniff, sniff, after that one! My daughterinlove is something else, huh? And some famous person said this, "it just don't get no better than that!"

Becky said...

Amen, Su. What a blessed weekend! For those of you who may not realize just what these wonderful children did...

Jon and Amanda packed their babies (and all the stuff involved with taking two babies away from home for two days), drove nearly seven hours to Mississippi (arriving at 9 p.m. Friday and staying up til the wee hours of the morning), got up early to surprise Nenie Saturday morning, visited all day and most of the night (into the wee hours of the morning), got up early to go to church (where Jon preached the best sermon I think I've ever heard him preach), waited for nearly an hour for a table at Chili's (with sleepy, hungry babies), then drove nearly seven hours back home. All because they knew Nenie needed to see them.

Now, you tell me these two aren't the most unselfish children you've ever known!

We're forever grateful for this perfect weekend.

Dianne said...

Sister Becky,

You are preaching to the choir. I know what a gift both of them are to folks that aren't naturally kin but are spiritually bound together. And, I count it a blessing, often!

Amanda said...

Thank you Becky for your sweet words and kind encouragement. But we didn't do anything that any children or grandchildren wouldn't do. We had a wonderful time and miss you all so much!