Thursday, March 10, 2016

The family station wagon

How many of us grew up in the car in this episode?! Ours came from "Downtown Motor Company", otherwise known in my family as Granddaddy's car lot. If the sun hit the door just right you could see where it once said "Sisters of the...", because it used to belong to a convent.

Many wonderful memories were made on trips in that car!

Take a coffee break and watch:

Friday, January 29, 2016

One of my favorite gifts of 2015

My lifetime friend Joyce is married to Tim, a brilliant cardiac surgeon. Tim also happens to be a very talented photographer and he snapped this photo of Amber and me at Lisa's wedding a few years ago. A week or so before Christmas I received a framed copy in the mail and it now has a special spot in my living room.

Thank you Tim and Joyce for capturing this special moment/memory on film!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Message on a napkin

I was having a rough day, and then I found this in my purse. Morgan, my middlest grand-girl has the sweetest heart!

Last week we nailed down the date for our annual family vacation, and as you can tell they are a little excited.

Another sweet sign

One of the charity events that we always love attending each year is the Holiday Howler. This event is put on by the Brown Dog Foundation, and they use the funds raised to help families with their furbabies medical expenses. 

I had some money to donate in Amber's memory and gave part of it to this great charity, and a couple of weeks later I received an email titled this: 

For those of you who grew up in Henderson you'll remember Leo was the name one of Amber's favorite pets. Her beloved Weimaraner! 

In December Leo was also a sweet dog in California who has diabetes and he and his owners needed some help with his medical expenses. The donations from this year's Holiday Howler helped Leo get the lifesaving medications he needed. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Always in my heart

If you've read any of this blog, you know I am a believer in signs. I never know exactly where they come from (God, the universe, mother nature), but I enjoy them and they are comforting to me. 

A few days after Amber's death I realized I needed to get out of the house. The thing about grief I've found is that you just want to curl up in a ball to cry and sleep and if anyone would tell me to snap out of that, it was Amber. So I got up, got dressed and headed to wander some of our favorite second hand stores. We had several stores in Florence and Nashville that we always explored when we were together. These stores don't have "new" items so you never know what you might find, and that is why we loved them so.

I walked in the door and the first thing I saw was a rack of Christmas ornaments and the first one was this:

Of course I burst into tears and went back home. After a few days I went back and the ornament was still hanging there waiting for me, so I came home and put up a tree to remind me that Amber is with me this Christmas. The thing is, she will always be with me, because she's in my heart and that is where I will hold her close for all of my days. I know I will cry when I think of how much I will miss her, but I will also laugh when something triggers a wonderful memory and I am so thankful I have plenty of those to treasure. 

Friendships should be cherished

We camped, we rode bikes, we laid in the grass looked at stars and dreamed, we survived zits and bad haircuts, we went to concerts, we loved Wonder Woman, we double-dated, we saw Raiders of the Lost Ark 6 times, we debated who would marry Starsky and who would marry Hutch, we were terrified of Jaws and Jason, we loved high school football games, summer camp and singing about heaven, we studied (some), we ate a lot of chicken fingers and hot fudge cakes, we sang a lot of 80s songs, we were part of the 4 musketeers (Kim, Allison, Amber, Laura), we planned reunions, we got married, we became moms, we loved watching our children grow, we had surgeries, we changed each other's dressings, we snuck each other out of the house (before medically recommended), we both dealt with cancer on our own terms, we always supported each other's decisions, we cherished our friendship, we cruised, we danced on the beach in Mexico, we rode every coaster in Orlando, we laughed a lot, we cried some and we loved each other through the ups and downs of life. 

Thank you Amber - my life was better because you lived. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cruisin with friends

January 29th-February 2nd:

Amber has some fantastic travel agent sisters, and they arranged a cruise for some of their high school classmates to get away, relax and reconnect. 

We started our adventure in New Orleans at Hotel Monteleone, had a great Cajun dinner and explored New Orleans. 

The next morning we boarded the Carnival Elation for lots of great dining, music, comedy and fun!

The Carnival Elation took us from New Orleans to Cozumel and back and while in Cozumel, Phyllis arranged for a private catamaran trip with snorkeling.

What an awesome trip with lifetime friends!


If you need a great group trip arranged, contact -Phyllis Leigh Simpson:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve in Florence

Florence, Alabama - not Italy

Bryan and I were unable to arrange to be in the same state for New Years Eve, due to work schedules, so I headed to Florence to ring in the new year with Amber, Bam and Connor. 

We celebrated with a delicious dinner and awesome southern rock music at Flobama.

Happy 2015!

Hap Hap Happy Holidays 2014

Annual shopping trip to Phillips Toy Mart

Bryan flew up from Florida and we spent the holidays with family and friends. 
Morgan, Anna Belle and Emri

The Hodges were out of town and graciously offered us their house (and doggies) so we could have plenty of room to celebrate. 

Chassi and Josh, Alex and Jenni
Thomas and Hall celebrations!

We are very blessed and it was a super holiday!

Anzel - the newest family member

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thanksgiving in Florida

Jenni, Alex and I drove to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Bryan. 

We also fit in a trip to Universal while we were there! 
Entering Diagon Alley
It tastes exactly as you would expect.