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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in Louisiana

This year we spent Christmas with our family in our "hometown" of Ruston, Louisiana. Fletcher and I grew up in Ruston, and so it is a family tradition that we gather there with our families each year at our parent's homes to celebrate Christmas. Our parents live about a mile apart, so there is always plenty of room for a big crowd and we go back and forth between their houses to eat, sleep, and visit. Since our children have grown up, we cannot always have everyone there, but most of us were able to be there this year. Jennifer and her fiance' Jarred drove in from Austin and College Station, Texas, and Amy and her boyfriend Josh drove in from Atlanta, Georgia, and we drove in from Bentonville, Arkansas. On Christmas Eve we attended the Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston where both sets of our parents are members, and then we celebrated Christmas Eve at the Scott's home with one of Fletcher's brothers and his family. Then on Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents and my sister and her family at the Gullatt home. It was chaotic and crowded at times, but that's just part of Christmas. Being together with our families is the best part of Christmas, and we are so thankful that we can still make that trip to Ruston and spend time together as a family remembering the birth of Jesus our Lord. We are so thankful to have Christian parents that raised us in Christian homes and taught us to love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our strength, and all of our minds, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The traditions we share as a family are based on the Biblical teachings of Christ, which is the basis of our Christian beliefs and the way we live out our daily lives. Thank you Mom and Dad for teaching us about this one special gift of Christ which lasts for all eternity, and for living Godly lives as Christian examples for all of us. We love you and appreciate you so much and all you do for us each year at Christmas time and the whole year too!

Here are a few photos taken during our family Christmas celebrations:

Jennifer and Jarred preparing a special dip.

Josh and Amy drove from Atlanta to be with us for Christmas.

This is my Daddy aka "Poppy"

Jennifer, Jarred, Josh, and Amy

Me and Fletcher

The table is set for Christmas Eve dinner at the Scott house.

Vernaughn's (aka "Grandma") beautifully decorated Christmas tree!

Amy and Josh going through the dinner line at
the Scott's house on Christmas Eve.
Amy is dipping into Grandma's cornbread dressing!

Fletcher in the dinner line on
Christmas Eve at the Scott house.
As you can see, there was plenty to eat!

A close-up of the tree and gifts at the Scott's.

Jennifer and Jarred just opened a gift from Dan and Kim who were not able to be with us
because they were in Georgetown, Texas this Christmas with Kim's family.
This piece of dinnerware is from Jennifer and Jarred's wedding registry.
They are getting married in January 2012. Dan and Kim, they loved the gift! 

This is Jennifer with her new puppy Bella at the Gullatt's house.
Bella had a great time with everyone!

This is a snapshot of Poppy and Memaw Gullatt opening their gifts.

Poppy and Memaw are all smiles!
Merry Christmas!

Jarred and Jennifer will be getting married in just about three weeks
in College Station, Texas on January 14, 2012.
Best Wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of love and happiness!

Here is a photo of Dan and Kim taken at their home before Christmas. I got to visit with them while I was in Houston, Texas recently. We missed them at Christmas, but I know they enjoyed being with Kim's family in Georgetown, Texas and we'll see them soon at the wedding in January. Love you Dan and Kim! Thanks for all of the wonderful gifts!

Thanksgiving 2011

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving in a very different way, we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to visit our youngest daughter Amy. We left Bentonville, Arkansas on the day before Thanksgiving and spent the first night of our journey in New Albany, Mississippi. That night we decided to have dinner at Kentucky Fried Chicken where there was advertised to be a "buffet," but when we arrived the buffet was out of chicken, so we decided to leave and go somewhere else. But just as we were walking out the door, we heard the manager call from behind the counter that he had suddenly discovered more chicken! Then, as we were paying for the chicken buffet dinner we noticed that five or six other people in the restaurant started moving toward the buffet line. (I guess they had been waiting for more chicken to come out on the buffet) So, it was a scramble to see who would get a piece! This was my first experience at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Buffet, and needless to say, it will be my last.

The next day we drove the rest of the way to Atlanta. We had Thanksgiving Dinner at Wendy's in Moody, Alabama. It was delicious! Wendy's is one of our favorite places to stop whenever we are on a roadtrip. We arrived in Atlanta around 4:00pm and went to the apartment where we would be staying. This apartment was leased by Community Coffee Company as a place for the employees to stay while they were working in Atlanta, but since this was a Holiday none of the others would be there, so I was able to stay there with Fletcher. This worked out great since Amy lives in a very small one bedroom apartment.

That evening we got to visit with Amy and Josh at her apartment and we also spent the next three days visiting with Amy and seeing and doing fun things in Atlanta. Here are a few photos taken during our visit:

Lunch on Friday at Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta, GA
Located on Ponce de Leon
We had turkey and dressing and bread pudding for dessert.
It was delicious!

Saturday, we had lunch at The Flying Biscuit!
It was a cute restaurant in Buckhead.

Shopping at Phipps Mall in Buckhead on Saturday.

Amy's sweet and very patient dog, Bailey.

Amy's Christmas tree at her apartment on Peachtree Hills Circle.

The view from Amy's apartment balcony.

This is where Amy walks Bailey behind her apartment.

One of the highlights of our visit was on Sunday. We attended church with Amy at Passion City Church in Atlanta. This church is located just around the corner from Amy's apartment. The worship leader is Chris Tomlin and the pastor is Louie Giglio! It was one of the best worship services I have ever attended! I am a fan of both Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio, and I never thought I would see either of them in person. It was like attending a Passion Conference. The message brought by Louie Giglio was from John 10 - Jesus the Good Shepherd. It was just about the best sermon I've ever heard in my lifetime. Wow! I can't even imagine what it would be like to be able to go to church there every Sunday! They were both outstanding!

We are so thankful that we were able to visit Amy in Atlanta for Thanksgiving, and we enjoyed our time spent together with Amy and Josh. It was well worth the long drive. Amy will be moving to New York City in January, so we especially enjoyed getting to spend this special time just with her, and to be able to get to know Josh better. We have enjoyed all of our visits to Atlanta to see Amy for the last two and a half years. Atlanta, Georgia is a beautiful southern city!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

EARTHQUAKE! Rocks Northwest Arkansas!!

Well, we experienced our very first earthquake last night! It happened after we had already gone to bed around 11:00 pm, and we had just finished watching the #1 LSU Tigers beat the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide in overtime, when suddenly we heard and felt something strange and unusual. At first we thought it was the wind blowing really hard outside, but then we realized it wasn't the wind. Fletcher jumped out of the bed and said, "What is that? I think it might be an earthquake! Listen!" The strange sound we had heard was the bedknobs shaking on our four-poster bed, and what we had felt was the bed shaking! It lasted for at least an entire minute which was long enough for us to realize something was happening, turn down the sound on the TV, and for Fletcher to jump out of the bed in alarm! It was the most awesome thing I've ever experienced! We weren't really afraid, just mostly surprised! Fletcher did a quick walk through the house to be sure everthing was okay.

Another funny thing about this was that when this happened, the channel we were watching on TV was reporting an earlier earthquake in Oklahoma yesterday which had happened in the early morning hours when suddenly this earthquake hit while they were reporting the earlier earthquake live on TV! What timing! Ha! The first caller that called in to the television station to describe what happened said, "I had just returned home from attending the University of Arkansas Homecoming football game, in which The Arkansas Razorbacks had beaten the South Carolina Gamecocks, and I was sitting down reading a bow hunting magazine, when I felt my chair begin to shake!" Ha ha! I thought that was funny and a typical story from Northwest Arkansas!

Today Fletcher walked around the outside of the house to look for any damage. He found a couple of cracks in the bricks, and a couple of loosened bricks at the corners of the house, under windows, and just under the roof line. Well, you just never know what might happen around here.

This earthquake was centered in Oklahoma, northeast of Oklahoma City, around the area of Prague, Oklahoma and Sparks, Oklahoma and registered a magnitude of 5.6 on the richter scale. It was also felt as far away as north Texas, where my sister, Rhonda, and her husband, John, felt it at the same time in Frisco, TX as we did here in Bentonville, AR. Since the 11:00pm earthquake, at least one aftershock has been felt that I know of in our area. It was reported to be around 1:30 am this morning.

We are so thankful that this earthquake was very minor and we have little or no damage to report at our house.

Monday, October 17, 2011

One Year Later...

Well, I know I haven't written here in a very long time, and to be honest, I just haven't been very motivated. But today, I wanted to mark this significant date in my own life, because I am officially, as of October 14, 2011, a One Year Survivor of Breast Cancer. I'm  fortunate because it was discovered early through a routine mammogram, and it was very treatable, and hopefully I will never have another episode. I am thankful to still be alive and well and surviving with very few after affects from treatment. Many others are not so fortunate and are still dealing with this horrible disease, and many are still dying from it every day. My prayers are for those that are still suffering to be cured and completely healed. As a result of this experience, I am now a devoted supporter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Thanks to the improvements that have been made due to research and better equipment, breast cancer can be detected at its earliest form and, if treated early, it is possible to be cured. So my recommendation to all women over the age of 40 is to have your regular mammogram screenings each year so that if something is found on your mammogram you will have a much better chance if it's caught early. I will have my 1 yr. mammogram this Wednesday, and next Wednesday a follow up appointment with the breast surgeon in Fayetteville. These are just standard procedure follow up visits and I don't expect them to find anything new. I am so thankful to have survived this year!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dan and Kim's Wedding Day! February 5, 2011 Georgetown, Texas

Here are a few "snapshots" from the day of the wedding.
If you would like to view all of the
wedding photos taken by the photographer,

Well, it's all over and the knot is tied!
We had fun seeing everyone
and getting to spend a few days together
laughing and remembering when...
I wish I had a picture of
everyone that was there,
but I just didn't get to take as many
pictures as I would have liked.
Thanks to my mother for helping take
some of these and other pictures. 
 Anyway, I had a great time,
and I hope Dan and Kim will
have only good memories
of their very special day!
Love to all!

Rehearsal Dinner for Dan and Kim

On Friday, February 4, 2011 we hosted the Rehearsal Dinner for Dan and Kim at Wildfire Restaurant in Georgetown, TX. Here are a few pictures from our time together the night before the wedding!

Kim and Dan

Rick and Grandmother Judy

Jarred and Jennifer

Fletcher and Me

Amy and Josh

Grandma Vernaughn and Pawpaw Clint

Poppy Billy and Memaw Gloria

Patty and Roger Bonnet

Friends of Kim and Dan


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tomball Shower for Dan and Kim

Thanks so much to our Tomball friends for showering Dan and Kim with well wishes, gifts, and Texas BBQ ! We had a great time in Tomball, at the Spring Creek Bar-B-Q Restaurant on Sat., December 12 where a couples shower was held for Dan and Kim. They were overwhelmed with love and gifts from so many of our friends and family. Thanks so much to those who planned this shower and coordinated everything to make it happen. Thanks to everyone who came to the shower which made it so special for us.
We love you all so much!

 Kim and Dan

 The gift table

 This was a delicious cake!

 Family members

 Opening gifts

 Knives from Aunt Rhonda and Uncle John

 Dan and Kim

Special Ladies!
Charlotte, Lynda, Tracey, and Sarah
Thank you!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scenes from Christmas 2010

We had a great Christmas this year in Ruston, Louisiana! Ruston of course is "home" to me and Fletcher, and the kids still remember when we lived there as a family. The Scott and Gullatt Grandparents still live there so there are lots of places to sleep! We turn their homes into "mini" hotels! And the food is always the best! I need to give a big THANK YOU to "Grandma" Vernaughn and "Memaw", my Mother, for doing all of the cooking! We had Christmas dinner twice, so you know what that means, double dressing and double desserts! Yummy!! I have never made the cornbread dressing because my Mother and Mother-in-law make it so well, and I know I could never make it as well as they can. So, I am very grateful for all the effort that goes into the shopping and preparing of these delicious meals. I usually try to help out with the dishes after dinner, and sometimes I get to help a little with the cooking, but not too much. We love spending time with our Parents/Grandparents at their homes in Ruston, and we love being all together there for a few days.
Here are a few "scenes" from Christmas of 2010!

 Amy, Jennifer, and Dan

 Dan, Jennifer, Amy, me, and Fletcher

 Dan, Kim, Amy, Jennifer, Jarred, me, and Fletcher

 Dan and Kim

 Jarred and Jennifer

 Bailey and Amy

 Memaw and Poppy

 Grandma, Uncle C, and Pawpaw Scott

 Austin, Emily, Mary Katherine, Melanie, Laurie Anne, and Christopher

 Pawpaw and Grandma

 Austin and Emily
Engaged to be married on May 21, 2011

 Poppy and Memaw


(Not allowed inside the house!)

 Jennifer and Jarred and Tommy

 Bailey and Poppy

 Jennifer and Amy
Sister love!

 Kim (Soon to be the Bride) and Dan (Soon to be the Groom)
Wedding on February 5, 2011

 Amy and Tommy

Jarred and Jennifer
Engaged to be married.

 Pawpaw Scott
Ready to open gifts on Christmas Eve!

 Grandma Scott
A new cookbook for the cook!

 Poppy loves nuts!

Memaw and Amy
on Christmas morning

Jarred, Jennifer, Kim, and Dan
Christmas morning!