Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

A look back . . .
Our home after Katrina (I wasn't married yet and still living at home)

We evacuated to Tickfaw to stay with family. Our make shift shower!

Part of the shower!

No electricity so we washed our clothes in a bucket and hung them out to dry.

It was so crowded where we were and hot inside so we slept in tents outside.

This is how we cooked!

Then we decided to go to Maryland to be with church family!

We stood with an awesome couple - the pastor and his wife of the Maryland church.
While we were there we made the most of it! Visiting Washington DC.


My 2 nephews went to school and I took online courses.

Waiting for the school bus!

Eating crabs Maryland style with Sis. Libby!

Kevin with his bib! lol

Some of the Chalmette church folk that evacuated to Maryland also!

It was during Katrina that I realized that I couldn't live without Kevin! lol. When my parents told me we were going to Maryland I was heart broken! Kevin was with his family in Baton Rouge but because he loved me so much he left his family and followed us to Maryland.   : )   We left Maryland a few days after Thanksgiving. 6 months later I graduated from college and a year after that Kevin and I were married!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

If you don't know by now . . . Dylan loves Monkey and Monkey loves showing up in all kinds of places!

Monkey's got a bo-bo from Dylan biting his nose :(

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just a thought

Some reason, lately I've been thinking about my friend Sam (I don't want to use his real name so Sam it is). He committed suicide a few years ago.

We rode the same bus in kindergarten, walked to school together in elementary, played with the same neighborhood kids. He would harass me like all boys do girls . . . you know like chase me and pull my hair. Eventually my family moved away but we would still see other when I was at my grandparents' house. He still hung out with my cousin and we talked when he would come over. He was a childhood friend.

Then my brother was murdered. Alot of friends and family came over for support including Sam, but he never once looked at me or told me hi or anything at all. I thought that was odd but later understood.

Sam was there when my brother was murdered. It was my brother, him, and the murderer that night. He knew my brother was dead and where his body was way before the cops discovered his body.

He became a witness when the trial began and a few days later he killed himself.

We would see him in the court house, occasionally make eye contact, even rode in the same elevator. We didn't hate him or try not to be in the same room. Sure I was upset but never once did I hold hatred for him in my heart. But neither did I tell him that.

Sometimes I find myself thinking what if. What if I would have talked to him after he testified. What if I had made it a point to tell him that I forgave him and that God could forgive him if he asked. What if I would have shared God's love with him.

He didn't kill my brother, but I'm sure he felt guilty knowing that he could've went to the cops or done something different but didn't. He probably had alot of what ifs too. 

There's nothing I can do now but think about what I could've said but didn't. I can't go back but what I can do is make sure it doesn't happen again.

Don't wait till tomorrow to share God's love and forgiveness . . . do it today.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Our trip to Panama City Beach, Florida!

Two weeks ago we went to Panama City Beach, FL with my parents and two nephews. The beach was beautiful and it wasn't crowded at all. It had rained a few days before so there was plenty of seaweed in the water on the first day, but each day it kept getting clearer and clearer - and even with the seaweed, that didn't stop us from getting in and enjoying the water! Dylan loved the water . . . he just didn't like the sand! No sand castles for us :(   Here is a peek of our trip. Enjoy!

@ Baskin Robbins the night before we left!


On our way! Even Monkey got to go!

Getting comfortable!

The view from our balcony!

Splish ...


Swimming with daddy!

That's my dad floating in the back! lol

We even got my mom to come in!

He didn't like the sand :(

But he loved the water!

Beach Bums!

Dylan and mommy!

He had just woke up from a nap! lol


The pool at night!