Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Daddy, A Father's Day Tribute

I'm re-posting this for Father's Day....

~I wrote this tribute and presented it to my Daddy, Ray Lee George on Father's Day 2008. This framed document sits on the mantle above the fireplace that he built in his beautiful log cabin.~

A Tribute to My Daddy

I know you have many regrets, and as a parent I realize how easy it is to focus on the mistakes we've made with our children. Rarely do we consider what was done right. So I want to take this opportunity as your daughter to tell you what I appreciate most.

I'm not sure what drew you and Mom together, but I do know the breakup was especially difficult for you because of us three children. Thank you, Dad, for not running off to Florida when given the opportunity, even though that probably would have been the easiest road for you to take. You did what real men do: you put your children first.

From the time I was a little girl, you were my Hero. I thought you were the most handsome man in all the world and you drove the coolest truck! Some of my favorite childhood memories were made in that little trailer on Hillside Drive. We girls firmly believed that you needed us to clean for you. Then you would spend the next week hunting for all the things we had put away. There were Friday night races, Saturday afternoon swimming at Bryan Park, jigsaw puzzles, paint-by-number, guitar picking, and Jerry Clower. How I loved to hear you laugh at the antics of Marcel Ledbetter.

I'll never forget all those Christmas mornings you came to whisk us away to Grandma and Grandpa's house for a fun day. Remember the noise? And the laughter! These memories are forever etched in my heart.

Things I've gotten from you: A love of gardening-you have this way of instilling in me excitement and anticipation even in the month of February! I am not easily stressed-out; like you, I choose to wait for things to blow over. We both tend to forgive rather than hold a grudge and to look at the better side of our circumstances. The ordeal with Clyde could have been a cause for bitterness had you not wisely focused on the fact that God gave you an awesome dad in Grandpa. You passed down to me a love of history and enjoyment of writing and story-telling. Oh, and of course, I walk just like you!

 Thanks Daddy for being such a wonderful Grandpa to my children and for sharing your childhood memories with us. We all love to hear about Fido, Bill the goat, and how Grandpa gave you a hatchet so you could build log cabins, though Grandma thought you were too young. You've instilled in your grandchildren a sense of adventure and an appreciation of the "simple things in life".

I wanted to honor you this Father's Day by thanking you for all the countless ways you've invested in my life and to say thanks Daddy, for being the man that you are. I love you Daddy!

With Love,

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Story of the Cake Topper

Once upon a time my oldest daughter Amanda decided she had found “THE ONE” and so when Ryan proposed marriage, she readily accepted. Hence, wedding plans quickly ensued amongst mother and daughter!

The groom-to–be had a bit of a strange request. He told his beautiful bride-to-be that he would agree to do whatever she wanted; he would wear whatever clothing she chose for him and have the wedding wherever she desired. However, he did have one request: He wanted to buy the cake topper. By himself. Strange request indeed!

The big day finally arrived and though the weatherman had grimly predicted rain, the sun shone brightly down on the sweet young couple and their wedding guests, as they pledged their vows to one another next to my herb garden.

The three-tiered cake was beautifully decorated by a friend and had been delivered just that morning, sans a topper. It was placed in a prominent spot on the front lawn. 

After months of curiously wondering what had prompted this young man to want to purchase the cake topper, and why he continued to be so secretive, when at last I finally saw the cake topper, I literally cried. From laughter!

The unusual cake topper demanded an explanation to those who marveled. And wondered...

The story I shared went something like this:
The first time our family met Ryan, he had come at Christmas with my nephew Brad. I thought he was a bit strange, and though I’d heard he was interested in Amanda, she didn’t seem to reciprocate the feelings. As the children gathered in the dining room to busy themselves with coloring, Ryan joined in the fun, choosing a Precious Moments coloring book. Five year old MacKenzie was absolutely HORRIFIED when Ryan defiled her coloring book by coloring the hair of the Precious Moments little boy green. GREEN! Later she asked me, “What is wrong with that guy?” I told her that maybe he hadn’t learned to color properly in school.
Several years later I was on the phone with Amanda and during our conversation she spoke to someone in the background then she exclaimed, “Oh Mom; I forgot to tell you; I’m dating Ryan!” Without thinking, I popped off, “Ryan? I hope it’s not the freaky guy who came to Christmas; the one who colored the Precious Moments’ boy’s hair green!” Amanda laughed and repeated my words to the mystery person in the room before saying, “Well Mom...he really has changed!”
Oh my word! "But you just told him what I had said!"
In light of this story, the cake topper made perfect sense to every person attending the wedding.

Now how could a mother not totally love a guy like that?!

Today Ryan and Amanda celebrate 9 years of marriage! 

They have had many joys during this time, especially my three grandbabies: soon-to-be eight year old Aiden, six year old Jade, and 2 year old Mila,

Photo Credit: Ann Schertz Photography

Though this couple has weathered some severe trials, today their marriage is stronger than ever. They have one of the best marriages of any two people we know and Terry and I are very proud of them! 

Happy 9th Anniversary Ryan and Amanda!

Note: This was originally posted in 2011, but has been updated.



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