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Monday, February 15, 2010

Post Valentine Report

We arranged for the kids to stay over Friday night with various friends, and Kelvin and I headed to East Texas to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday. (She has Altzheimer's, so we thought the kids might overwhelm her just a bit. We were smart to leave them behind.) So, we dropped them all off Friday afternoon and headed east. The drive ended up being just lovely! After about 2 hours, we started driving through snow. It was like a postcard...white-tipped pines, snow-covered pastures and ponds, and barns with white roofs. We loved it. (Keep in mind, we live in Texas and don't see snow much.) We drove straight to a gorgeous restaurant and ate a delicious dinner with my aunt and her precious boyfriend, then headed to our hotel. About an hour later, our beautiful evening turned very ugly! We were both struck with the stomach virus from hell! Neither of us had ever been this sick before. The good thing about it was that we didn't have to worry about taking care of the kids. The bad thing about being in a hotel was that we only had one bathroom. YIKES!! Well, after calling the ER and checking to see if anyone else from the restaurant had reported being ill, we learned there was a horrific stomach virus across the entire region. I can't imagine how both of us came down with it at the same time, but I'm glad we got it over with together. We ended up staying an extra night because we couldn't possibly drive home in our condition. We have some really great friends who took on our kiddos for two nights in a row!

Sunday we woke feeling much better. Whew! We got to spend some very cherished time with my grandmother. My aunt met us there and was able to help us navigate the conversation with such grace. What a picture of honor for a parent. Several times my grandmother would bust out in song and we would all join her. It was a treasured moment in time I hope to have eternally. We shared favorite hymns and she would remember most of the words. I could tell she really wasn't sure of who Kelvin and I were during most of our visit, but near the end, she said something about Evelyn, and I mentioned she was my mom. Grandmama stopped and looked at me, smiled, tilted her head, and said, "Christy, is that you?!" It was precious. Every sweet moment was very fleeting, but all were just as precious. Kelvin said on the way home how beautiful it was that the things embedded in her inner most being were her love for the Lord and faith in Him. What a fabulous legacy she has left her family. I will miss her.

Wishing you all health, happiness and love this day after Valentine's Day.


  1. Christy,
    Glad you and Kelvin were able to get away. Sorry for the stomach virus though. Yuk! Glad you both are feeling much better.
    Hold onto that memory of your grandmother, because unlike me, you will have that specific moment of your grandmother remembering you. When my granmother was so sick, I remember asking her if she even knew who I was and she said "NO". That has always stayed with me because I was the one who cared for her the most. My dad was not always there for his mother and I loved taking care and doing things with her so. How I miss my grandma. Cherish those moments of your grandmother. It is so wonderful to have grandparents and to have such cherishing moments of the past.
    I pray for you daily.

  2. I am glad you guys go to go see your grandmother and get away but so sorry you were both sick!! I guess though what better time then when you don't have to take care of kids and in a quiet hotel room.

  3. Christy,
    I have caught up with you posts. Sorry you and Kelvin caught the bug on your visit to your grandmother's. Glad you are better. I like-wise am so sorry for your new membership into the club of parents without their children. This is also a club I never thought I would have a membership in either. As a grandmother of the club,it is hard watching your children walk through such a valley. I am thankful you and Kelvin are filled with the Grace of GOD and allow HIM to give you support when you feel like crawling in a hole. Know your are being thought of and prayed for each and everyday by "members of the club". Each day is, I wish I could say easier, but it is a day in which your thoughts and memories don't sting as much, and then there are times they hurt like new all over again. Emma will forever impact lives and be a blessing to many and an inspiration to many that never had the honor to meet her. Always remember you and your family are loved by so many and your personal testimony just increased into something only a "member" can identify with. Family, friends and strangers. know you, love you and support you, today and always.

    Sonya "Hale" Crowder
    Noah's Grammie

  4. I am so sorry for the bug you both caught. But what wonderful moments you spent with your grandmother. Praying all her days are peaceful. Sorry I haven't written but do think of you both so often.

  5. Yuck Bug! Ohh not so good, so sorry to hear that you caught this! Glad you are both better and had such a wonderful time! Snow in TX? Whoa, what a site that must have been, I bet very still and quiet. I am glad the Lord blessed you with such awe moments! You are both still on my heart! Think of you often, come back often just to see Emma's sweet face. Praying sweet couple, still praying.

  6. Oh, Hate to hear y'all were so sick. Thats not away to spend the weekend. Hope y'all are feeling better. Let me know when you are up for company. I still would like to come by and visit.

    love ya,


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