Monday, July 13, 2009

Mammaw's 82nd Birthday

Last Thursday my sweet little Mammaw Frances celebrated her 82nd birthday!
Way back in October, I probably would have told you that she wouldn't have made it to see her next birthday. Because when I walked in her house and found her lying on the floor, unable to get up, I remember thinking that she probably wouldn't make it much longer. As a matter of fact, as we were following her in the ambulance to the hospital, I told my daddy and my little sister that this was the beginning of the end. She proved my thoughts wrong praise God!
My Mammaw Frances has dementia. It's linked with Alzheimer's disease and it's a monster. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you've read about my sweet mammaw.
As her birthday was approaching, I had been trying to think of something special to do for her. I ended up deciding that we would all meet at her house and have supper which would be followed by cake and ice cream.
I called everyone up and laid the law down to my brother. He's mammaw's favorite (seriously) but he hasn't been to see her since Thanksgiving. UGH! He only lives about 40 minutes away but he's too busy to come and see her. And the poor thing.....everyday she asks me if I've heard from him or she tells me that she can't remember the last time she saw him. It makes me very angry at him and I have to pray daily for God to remove the anger from my heart against him.
Anyway---my brother and his wife and their son did end up showing up about an hour late, which is so typical.
We had a wonderful time. Me and my sister cooked hot dogs with all the fixins. That's one of Mammaw's favorite things to eat. Afterwards we made homemade ice cream and we all got our bellies full! Of course, my daddy brought some ears of Silver Queen corn from his garden and we had some good corn on the cob, and I mean so good that I had 3! I hope you enjoy the pictures from her party!
Mammaw, Me and my sister, Amanda (lovingly named Doodah)
Mammaw, my daddy, me and Robbie
The whole crowd! Ain't my Big Daddy cute in the back?
For Mammaw's birthday present, I gave her a pedicure while she wore her "Happy Birthday" crown. Those fresh flowers on the end table beside me are from her sister in law and brother in law. He is my Pappaw's brother. They've sent her flowers as long as I can remember on her birthday because they were at a funeral together and Mammaw made the comment that she didn't want a bunch of flowers around her when she died. She said she wanted to enjoy them while she's here, so they do that every year! They're so sweet!This is probably one of my most treasured pictures. I'm glad the Lord has let Robbie get to know Mammaw. He absolutely adores her and her piano that he plays everytime we go to her house. It wears on my nerves, but Mammaw always says, "Just let him play--I love hearing it!"
On another note...
Me and Robbie are going "thrifting" tomorrow. I am having thrift store withdrawals, so I am excited! The girls and I have decided to leave Wednesday night instead of Thursday morning for our Girls Only beach trip to Wilmington! WOOHOO!!! Now--hopefully I won't get a speeding ticket since I like to drive fast and those "bears" like to hide at night.
I did another jewelry party tonight and made around $100 for just 2 hours! I love this company and their jewelry and making that extra money on the side ain't too shabby either! You can look at the catalog or find out more information about Just Jewelry by clicking HERE.
Ya'll have a great night and be blessed!


Ginger said...

This is so sweet! Don't you just treasure every minute? Happy Birthday to you Mammaw! She is darling and loving the party!

I love all of your pictures...especially the pedicure! :)

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

You have such a sweet heart, Michelle! I'm so glad you made your Mammaw's birthday extra special for her..such memories to have for a long time to come.

Have an absolutely great time at the beach, girl!! Enjoy!!


Cat said...

The pictures are too sweet! What a precious birthday! Looks like I may be leaving with you guys on Wednesday night praise Jesus!!!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Hi, Michelle. Your grandmother has such a sweet face. I enjoyed visiting you today. I came because of your very descriptive comments on Ginger's blog today about summertime smells. Nice sensory images!

Amanda Beaty said...

I have a correction, that one picture is missing Chad...The whole crowd minus one...oh well...had to mess with ya! I'M READY TO GO TO THE BEACH!!!!! 2 days down, 1 to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garry / Cheryl said...

Love your pics....Happy Birthday Mammaw! Bless her heart, 82 years and it looks like she had a wonderful time.

Going to Myrtle Beach Thursday to Sunday. Will send a bottle w/ message down your way. Have a great time!!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

You know what, Michelle? This is one of the many things I like about you. You are a TAKE CHARGE kind of gal who gets people moving and gets things done. Also the qualities of a good teacher, which I know that you are!