Sunday, February 15, 2015


OH DEER! ALYSSA & MOM having some Christmas FUN last year!
ALYSSA is "All Smiles" Celebrating CHRISTMAS with FAMILY in TN!


Alyssa LOVES Ladybugs!

From a very early age, everyone knew that Alyssa was full of LIFE!

In following my tradition of "Blogging" for my grandchildren's birthdays, I'm going to introduce Ewe to my beautiful Alyssa Nicole, our beautiful granddaughter, who happens to be Abby Grace's younger sister. I hope Ewe enjoy her as much as I do! She is a bundle of Joy, & has had, at the very least, an extremely "Adventurous" 13 years!

I am Alyssa's absolute favorite Lady!
Alyssa is very Helpful to her Mom, just as Ladybugs are to farmers!  
Alyssa loves Water but it really BUGS me!
First of all, Alyssa Nicole is a very joyful young lady. Webster defines Joyful as:" Experiencing, causing, or showing joy; Happy. " Alyssa Nicole is the "Life of the party" at home, having a sense of humor that keeps her family in "stitches"! Her joy is also contagious at church, where she loves worshipping her God through song! This past July 4th, Alyssa was baptized in the family pool! I was Blessed to be a part of this special event in Alyssa's spiritual growth! What a Great way to spend Independence Day!
Alyssa Nicole Loves Life!

Alyssa's motto is: "Don't Worry, Be Happy"!

ALYSSA  definitely lives "Outside the Box"!
It takes Alyssa less muscles to Smile, than to Frown!

Next, Alyssa Nicole loves to express her Joy through "dancing like a ballerina"! She also enjoys gymnastics, soccer, running, & swimming with her friends & family. Her favorite colors are red & yellow

Expressing Joy to others keeps Ewe "On Ewer Toes".
Dancing is really "Hip"! Oh, why don't Ewe join me?

While playing soccer, Alyssa has a "Tiger in her Tank"!

Alyssa & a friend were a "WINNING" combination!

Alyssa's favorite thing to do is Swimming in the Pool! 

Also, Alyssa Nicole reveals her "zest for life" through outlandish displays of Fashion! Creativity abounds in this hip fashion" diva"!

"DRESSED to the Nines" at Christmas Time!

ALYSSA with her "FAM" for the first time at DISNEY!

Ewe know I Look Good! Just call me Princess!

I Love the material in this outfit! It's " Shear Delight"!
Stretch the Limits of Ewer life- Be Joyful

Alyssa Nicole lives a "Purr"- tee "balanced" life!
Finally, Alyssa Nicole loves her family. Alyssa is very obedient to her parents, compassionate & kind. She enjoys going to church, Sunday School, & loved "Awana", where she earned how to study God's Word. Alyssa treasures spending time with her older sister, Abby, as well as beating her "Grandparents"at "Back Alley Bridge"! She also enjoys Math & Reading A.R. in school!  I think Ewe will all agree, Alyssa Nicole is a "one-of-a-kind" design!
Alyssa is ,"Quick as a Cheetah", when memorizing God's Word!
Alyssa enjoys "Scooting" around visiting neighbors.
Alyssa loves eating Spaghetti & Meatballs!
Alyssa must remember to "stretch" before Gymnastics!
Sheep are the happiest when the Shepherd is in close proximity! They know the "secret" of JOY that Alyssa Nicole, whose name means "Honorable", has discovered & practices. The Scripture teaches: "In the presence of the Lord there is Joy forever more."

God is Good! Being around my Shepherd makes me HAPPY!
EWE are so PRECIOUS to me & bring me such JOY!
EWE just hang out with Alyssa & Ewe become more "Colorful"!
Joy is the by-product of a heart fully trusting in the Good Shepherd. Enjoy His presence today as Ewe draw near to Him, just as his child, Alyssa Nichole, does!
..." Hear me, Oh Judah & the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God , & you shall be established; believe his prophets, & you shall prosper." 2 Chronicles 20:20b

Alyssa recently enjoyed a Family Christmas Celebration in "Royal" fashion!

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Alyssa with her cousins at our 2019 TN Reunion !



ALYSSA LOVES LEARNING & it's an HONOR to know her!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Who is Abby Elizabeth Grace?


ABBY "GOOFING" with her Cousins at CHRISTMAS in TN!

Guess who finally got her license?
Abby with her Family at this summer's Family Reunion in Tennessee!

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ABBY is graduating high school this year & is going to college to study Education!

4 YEARS ago, ABBY got a  HAIRCUT to start HER 14th year!
Continuing with my tradition of blogging for my grandchildren's birthdays, I'd like to introduce Ewe to Abby Elizabeth Grace, a wonderful young lady of character. She is someone who inspires me, & hopefully will inspire Ewe. Today, February 8th, She will officially be 18 years old chronologically, however, she has displayed wisdom that extends beyond her present age. By the way, I must tell Ewe that because she is my granddaughter, I'll have to try very hard to remain as objective as possible!

Puppies are one of Abby's favorite animals
I will still love Abby, even though she's a TEENAGER!
 At 16, ABBY still  loves to "cuddle" with a good BOOK!
First, Abby has grown up knowing what  "Responsibility" is, as the oldest sister in a family of six. Webster defines Responsibility as: "condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability." Abby is very aware of the fact that she has three younger sets of eyes, "watching" her every move & embraces her role wholeheartedly.

Being "Responsible" for younger siblings, at times, drives me Crazy! 

We love following Abby around  during her many Adventures!

Sharing with siblings can be really sweet!

Abby Elizabeth Grace also embodies the character quality of Compassion. When Abby notices someone at school being left out, she's quick to rally by their side & include them in whatever she is doing. She "roots" for the underdog & tries to elevate the downcast, empathizing with the outcasts. Five years ago, Abby's compassion at school lead her to tutor kindergarten & 1st graders, assisting them in any areas of academic difficulty. Abby also enjoys sharing food with team members who are really hungry! (or forgetful.)This year she was selected as Drum Major for her Award- Winning school Band! I'm sure that her role as leader has given her Plenty of opportunities to be Compassionate! We  actually got to observe her in action on Senior Night at the Football game & were very impressed & Blessed!

Helping one another is a pathway to genuine kindness!
Abby enjoys helping those in need, even if they are a little "Different"!
Abby has compassion on both the large & the small.
Abby Elizabeth Grace is also very faithful in her pursuit of God. Each week she faithfully attends church, & has participated in an Awana club, which emphasized the value of  memorizing God's Word. Abby also has volunteered in the Kids Zone at church, helping to watch and teach the younger kids! Four years ago, she
also had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti with her Dad. She fell in love with the people & couldn't believe how happy they were, even though they had so few possessions.  As an added bonus, she was also able to meet an orphan child that her family was supporting! God is truly GOOD! This past summer, on INDEPENDENCE DAY, Abby & four other of our grandchildren took part in a baptismal service, in which I had the privilege of participating, TALK about "CHILL-BUMPS"!

Always be Quick to help others! I go from 0-60 in 3 seconds!
Love one another because "Family" is #1 in my book!
Abby knows that everyone needs a "HUG"!

Finally, Abby's name means , "Source of Joy"! Her life verse is John 15:11- "These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you." Besides being a "Source of Joy" at home & at church, Abby also loves playing a trombone in the school band, as well as being selected as the Drum Major. She also went to camp this past summer in order to prepare for her new role! Playing soccer, running cross country & track, & reading are other activities that bring Abby real joy! Abby's favorite color is the color PURPLE, & her most inspiring personal verse is:" The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1b

ABBY has a tender heart that feels the hurts of others!

Abby loves playing Trombone with the Band!
Abby enjoys playing SOCCER!
ABBY believes that, " Long Distance is the next best thing to being there"!
ABBY enjoys running Cross Country!

Sheep enjoy the comfort of knowing that they are part of something bigger than themselves. The herd offers some sense of security, but not the same kind of protection offered by the Shepherd on a daily basis.

I "herd" It's safer to hang together!

Loving one another is Un-Be-"Leaf"-Able!

Abby is HAPPY,HAPPY, HAPPY, when being carried by the Shepherd!
When we see young people of character, such as Abby Elizabeth Grace, who love & respect both their family & their God, we can rejoice! The Good Shepherd is still on the move in the hearts of men & that should bring all of us Hope!

But Jesus said "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Mt. 19:14

Abby likes playing the TROMBONE, but refuses to blow her own horn!

ABBY loves spending swimming with COUSINS!

ABBY  having a "BALL"THROWING to her Cousins in TN!