As a tribute to my Grandma Smith (whom we buried yesterday beside my Papa at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church just a 1/4 mile from the house where they lived for most of their lives).
1. I'm never too old to hold my husband's hand. 2. You can turn an ordinary meal into an occasion by adding salad plates; each one filled with a leaf of lettuce, 1/2 a pear (home grown and canned), a dollop of mayonnaise and shredded cheese (but you have to shred the cheese yourself). 3. Even very young grandchildren can help fry chicken if you have a paper sack. 4. Girlfriends are important and the party line is way more fun than facebook. 5. Wear a floppy hat and your husband's old work shirt if you want to work in the garden. And do your garden work early before it gets too hot. 6. Tell funny stories. It helps to keep life in perspective. 7. Learn to laugh at yourself and you'll never be without amusement. 8. Listen respectfully to the daily Bible reading even if the eggs are getting cold and the chapters are long. 9. Write encouraging letters to your grandchildren when they go to college and sometimes send them with tea cakes or fried pies. 10. Always frost the tea cakes you make at Easter (and sprinkle colored sugar on the ones you make for Christmas). 11. Don't ever stop believing in Santa Claus! 12. If your grandchildren can't stop giggling when they go to bed at your house--just jump in bed with them! 13. When life begins to take you in a direction you'd rather not go--look for one thing you can appreciate; like a good road. 14. If you want to tell someone how very much you love them--feed them until they pop! 15. Take time to sit on the porch and watch the traffic go by.
Mikel couldn't be with us at the funeral, but she texted me and said this about Grandma, "She made me laugh." Four words that sum up her life perfectly!!
"She is clothed in strength and dignity and she can laugh..."
I'm wife to Tom. He pastors Thompson Station Church in Thompson Station, TN. We've been there 22+ years (since January 1989)--the only church we've ever served since graduating from SWBTS. I have two daughters--Mikel (19) and Kaleigh (17), and one son, TJ (15). I also have a granddaughter, Misty (born 2-9-11) and a new son-in-law Austin (20).
I love to write and have 7 books in print. Three are in the Lifeway bookstores. And a new one released by Bethany House June 2011. I'm on staff at TSC and serve as the prayer and women's minister. I enjoy laughing, love "alone" time, and am learning to "be still" so I "will know."