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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Roadtrip to Atlanta! 2009

Our roadtrip to Atlanta began on Thursday, August 13, with an unexpected trip to the auto repair shop in Tomball. First, we rented a U-Haul trailer and loaded it up with the boxes Amy had left here and her mattress and box springs. Once everything was loaded and ready to go, we headed out of Houston on Hwy. 249, with Fletcher driving the '97 Suburban and me driving the Ford Taurus that we were taking to Amy. We didn't get very far when the red "check engine" light came on in the Suburban. That's when Fletcher called his friends at Michel Auto Cares in Tomball. They agreed to take a look at it, so we made a u-turn and headed back to Tomball. About an hour and a half later, and with all new spark plugs and a prayer, we began our journey once again. We were driving to Ruston to spend the night before leaving for Atlanta the next day.

When we arrived in Ruston, Mother had dinner waiting for us. We spent the night, and then we got up early to spend the day traveling to Atlanta, which is about a 10 hour trip from Ruston, LA. Mother and Daddy were going with us, and Tommy (our dog) was also going with us. Now, when you travel in August with a pet, you cannot leave him in the car or else he would die of a heat stroke in about 10 minutes, so we planned to have a picnic on the way for lunch. Our picnic happened at the Alabama state line rest stop as we were entering Alabama. And in keeping with tradition, the picnic included ants. Tommy had a great time on the picnic, which of course was all about him.

The drive to Atlanta was pleasant due to the nice weather. It was a beautiful summer day, the roads weren't too busy, the scenery through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia was peaceful and serene. We arrived in Atlanta around 6:00pm eastern time (crossed into the eastern time zone as we entered Georgia on I-20). We located our hotel in Sandy Springs, which was a Residence Inn (once again we had to find a "dog-friendly" place) unloaded the car, then set out to find a place for dinner. We ended up eating at Ruby Tuesdays which is just across the street from Lenox Square Mall, so after dinner with about an hour left to shop, we headed over to the mall. Oh, I forgot to tell you, Fletcher and I had left our "hanging clothes" in Houston, so we needed a couple of shirts to wear on the trip. At first I was pretty upset about this, but once I realize what a good excuse this would be for shopping, then it kind of worked out in a good way.

The Lenox Square Mall is a wonderful place to shop! It's very nice, more of a "high end" mall with some different stores than we usually go to here, so we made plans to return there tomorrow morning before Amy's plane arrived. After a quick shopping spree, we returned to our hotel which was very nice and spacious for 4 people and one small dog, then we went to bed.

The next day, August 15 was the day for Amy to return from her training in Jersey City, New Jersey to begin her new job in Atlanta, and move in to her new apartment! Fletcher went to pick her up at the airport, while mother and I finished our shopping at the Lenox Square Mall. Daddy stayed at the hotel with Tommy. Once Fletcher had picked up Amy at the airport, they went together to her new apartment where she signed her lease, got the keys, and took a quick look at the apartment before we started unloading the U-Haul. They picked us up at the mall, and then we picked up some lunch on the way back to the hotel. After lunch we all went over to the apartment and helped unload the U-Haul. We set up Amy's bed and helped put sheets and a blanket on it.

Once everything was unloaded we celebrated Amy's birthday together at her apartment. Then we went to Sam's Club where Amy bought her first flat screen TV. We brought it back to her apartment, and then we went out to dinner together at On the Border Mexican Restaurant. By the time we finished eating it was around 8pm, so we all went back over to the hotel visited there for a little while, then Amy went to her apartment to spend her first night in her new home, and we slept at the hotel.
The next morning, Amy came over to have the "American" breakfast with us at the Residence Inn in Sandy Springs and when we finished we packed up, gave Amy hugs and kisses and we headed back to Ruston and Amy went to her apartment. It was hard for us to leave her there, but we know this is what she has been working toward and she was ready to get started with her new life in Atlanta.

We still miss her, but we talk to her every once in a while, and everything seems to be going well for her. Maybe we can make another trip to Atlanta to see her again soon. On that Sunday, August 16, we drove back to Ruston, spent the night, then headed back to Houston the next day, August 17, with our youngest daughter now a grown-up adult living and working in Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday Supper in Livingston

This Sunday afternoon Christopher and Laurie Anne called and invited us to their home in Livingston for dinner. Christopher is Fletcher's younger brother, and he owns a State Farm Agency in Livingston. We enjoyed seeing them and their youngest daughter Mary Katherine, and being able to "catch up" on what's going on with their family. Their oldest daughter, Emily, has already graduated from Texas A&M and is beginning her second year of law school at Mississippi College in Jackson, MS. Their second daughter, Melanie, was an honor graduate from Livingston High School this year and is getting ready to start college this fall at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, and the youngest daughter, Mary Katherine, will be in the eighth grade this year in Livingston where she is a talented piano player, head cheerleader, and plays sports. Laurie Anne, is getting ready to start a new school year as a third grade Language Arts teacher in the Livingston ISD, and she is a wonderful cook! We had the most delicious dinner prepared by Laurie Anne! She cooked us a delicious dinner of smothered steak with rice and gravy, squash, purple hull peas, and her special cornbread! It was all good! Then to top it off, Laurie Anne baked the most beautiful apple pie! It smelled so good, and tasted delicious! It was so pretty I had to take a picture of it! Laurie Anne said this menu was chosen because it is one of Christopher's favorite! And it was one of our favorite too!

Today, Aug. 11 is their 25th wedding anniversary! Wow! It's hard to believe that many years have passed since their wedding day! Congratulations Christopher and Laurie Anne on 25 years of marriage! And, thanks for the wonderful time we had on Sunday at your house!

Here is a link to Christopher's Agency: http://christopherscottagency.com/

Amy's Birthday!

Amy turned 22 on her birthday this Monday, Aug. 10!

I don't have a picture because we didn't get to see her on her birthday this year. She is in Jersey City, New Jersey where she has recently started her first job since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a business degree in Finance. She is working for Barclay's Capital as an Investment Banking Analyst. Her job is actually in Atlanta, GA, but she has been in New Jersey since the end of June for the training phase before she begins working in Atlanta later in August. We missed seeing her on her birthday, but we are so proud of her and her accomplishments, and we know that this is where she is supposed to be right now, so there is comfort and peace knowing that she is fulling God's purpose for her life as she is moving to Atlanta, GA.

We talked to her on the phone. She spent her birthday studying for an important test that she has to take for work on Tuesday, and she had ordered sushi to be delivered to her apartment for dinner.
Sounds like she is all grown up! Here is a link to where she is staying in New Jersey:

We are looking forward to visiting her in Georgia soon!

A Taste of Texas!

Saturday night we met our friends Jo and Michael Wood to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary at " A Taste of Texas" Restaurant in Houston. It was divine! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Everything is done to perfection! Maybe we'll go back sometime!

Jo and Michael are special friends of ours because he serves as our "Interim Transitional" Minister of Music at FBC Tomball. We have been blessed to get to know them these past two and a half years. They are very talented people who have dedicated their lives to the ministry of leading praise and worhip in various churches in the Houston area and beyond throughout their marriage of 39 years! Wow! Jo is also a teacher in Katy, TX where she works as a Special Ed. Resource Teacher at Taylor High School.

We love them and appreciate them both for their work at FBC Tomball.

Thanks Michael and Jo!

Dan's Office

On Saturday we got a tour of Dan's office! He works at Ward, Getz, and Associates Civil Engineers Consulting Firm in Houston. He sometimes goes into the office on Saturday to work, so this was a great time for us to visit. We are so proud of him! Thanks for letting us stop by Dan, we love you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Wonderful Weekend!

This weekend we got to visit with Jennifer and Jarred
as they came to Tomball to attend the wedding of one of
Jennifer's former classmates and family friend.
On Saturday, Dan also came by to see all of
us, and then we all went to Spring Creek BBQ for lunch.
The wedding was beautiful and the reception was
great with good food and dancing.
What a weekend to remember!