Sunday, February 26, 2012

Psalm 145:4 Four Generations

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; 
let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4 

Grandparents are an amazing gift to children.  So many of my childhood memories include my grandparents.  My grandfather was the first person to take me fishing, teach me my multiplication tables, encourage me to read, attempt to teach me how to drive a five speed, and walk me down the aisle on my wedding day.  He was, and still is, such an important part of my life. After all I grew up and moved right next door to him, and now my children are creating their own memories with their great granddad.

                                      My 84 year old grandfather holding my 4 months olds' hand

 My grandmother has imparted her southern charm.  Because of her I know that it is proper to: write thank you notes even if it doesn't seem necessary, always dress appropriately for the occasion, never wear white after labor day,  sit with my shoulders up, how to set a table properly, and to always "keep on keeping on". I still smile when she fusses at me for not wearing panty hose with dresses in the summer, and hope and pray that she feels like she spent her money wisely on my etiquette school tuition when I was a teenager.

 I treasure all of our mother-daughter-granddaughter Belk shopping trips and am thankful that I was given the gift of therapy shopping. More importantly than southern hospitality, Granny Dot taught me how important it is to hide the word of God in my heart by memorizing scripture.  My grandmother was the first person to teach me about missionary work in Belize, and she was one of my biggest supporters when I decided to spend a semester of college on the mission field. There is no doubt that my grandparents influenced my life in a major way. 

Four Generations: 
Dorothy Skelton Waters, 
Linda McLean Collis, 
Danielle Marie Sosebee, 
and Layla Faith Sosebee

The three most beautiful and important women in my life!

I hope and pray that Luke and Lalya will treasure the moments they share with their grandparents and great parents.  It is in these moments that family traditions are passed down and that memories are made.
Luke celebrating his third birthday with all of his grandparents.
Papa and Luke admiring Layla the day after she was born.
Two year old Luke on a tractor ride with Granddaddy.
Luke cooking with his Nana
Playing tractors with Grandma

Luke playing with his papa.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A few words from Luke

I love the simplicity and truth that Luke speaks with.  
I  would love to save our conversations to replay when he is grown.

"I see the moon and the moon sees me."

"Father, Amen"  - Luke's blessing at the table.

"Its murnin time.  The sun turned its lights on." -
 These are the words we here every weekend and holiday before 7 am.
Although I would love to sleep late, I know one day I will miss my personal wake up call.

"When I grow up I am going to marry you"
These words truly gripped my heart, and brought tears to my eyes.

Running into the living room after seeing Layla nursing for the first time - 
"Daddy, Nana, you have to come and see.  My baby sister is eating mom's boob!!"
"I want 5 Layla's."

"Layla is my favorite toy!"

"Santa Came, Santa Came!" -
 Jumping on the bed sharing his Christmas morning excitement with Daddy.

"Roxy is my best friend!"

"You know what I have a great idea...
lets go get something to eat and sit in the car and wait for a train to come by."
It amazes me how a simple trip to Gainesville or Cornelia can turn into such a great adventure.  There is nothing more exciting than being in the car with Luke when the bells start ringing and the arms go down, that means one thing -  Train = A SUCCESSFUL TRIP!!!!

another great idea...
"We can make moonshine.  You need water, corn, sugar, fire, and water.
We can make it in the woods and when the phone rings you run."
Conversation with us after watching the documentary show Moonshiners.

"Daddy you are my best buddy!"
These are the sweet words Justin hears every night.

"I miss you when you when you are at work."