Monday, May 26, 2008

The Honeymooners

So, now that life is a little more settled I'll give a quick report on the honey moon. I know I'm leaving out the wedding, but we don't really have any pictures yet, so I'll post them when I have some. All you really need to know about the wedding is that it was the most beautiful wedding that ever was :), and no I am not partial at all!

Anyway back to the subject, we went on a cruise that stopped in Cozumel and Calica. It was absolutely gorgeous there, the water indescribable. It really made you think about how much GOD pays attention to every little detail, but that's another sermon.

Neither of us had ever been on a cruise before so it was definitely an experience that we will never forget. There is something to be said for fine dining and a 24-hour soft serve ice cream machine! We saw lots of very, very, very interesting people (to say the least), but perhaps the most memorable part of our honeymoon cruise was the don't go and tune out thinking I'm going to share about you know being married and all, not even gonna touch that one, but I would like to share what I hope you will find as humorous as we eventually did. When we stepped into our cabin on the ship we were astounded to see that we would be sharing a twin bed! Yes, there was another one, but it was hanging from the wall. I didn't take much convincing that it was going to be ok, I mean what else are you going to do? Steve however, took a little more convincing! Anyway, that's all I've got for now.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I know it's been a while since I've made a post, but I'm back now and hopefully all will soon be back to normal, if that can really happen. I intended on sleeping a little later today, but I can't sleep and I just feel the need to pay a special tribute to someone who has been way more important to me than I ever realized. Last week, Thursday May15th my dear grandmother died. As I think about my memories of her I smile, and one word comes to mind. STRENGTH, you see my grandmother was the strongest person I knew, and I hope that in being near her for much of my life that maybe she gave me a small piece of her strength...for with just a small piece I know that I can conquer many things.
Melinda Nancy Bailey Prevost
September 19, 1925
May 15, 2008
These are just a few ways that this wonderful lady showed her strength:
  • Strength of Character: My grandmother believed that living your life right and doing things the right way was the only way of life. She never tried or did cheat anyone or anything.
  • Strength in Giving: My grandmother showed no bias and would give to anyone. She was fortunate enough to be in a position to give and she did not take that responsibility lightly. It didn't matter whether the person was black or white, poor or rich, beautiful or not so beautiful, she just gave. Such a hard thing for most of us to do.
  • Strength of Faith: For as long as I can remember I see that large print Bible with her writings in it sitting next to her chair at her house. She was a faithful servant of our LORD and SAVIOR and I know that right now she's in Heaven planting her garden.
  • Strength in Love: My grandmother seemed to have tapped in to that unconditional love thing. She could love without reason, with reason, and for no reason. You see even if she had been wronged, and I'm sure in her life she had been many times she still had the capacity to love.
  • Strength of Mind: While the family might giggle at this one, you see my grandmother could come up with some crazy stuff from time to time, she has always been of strong mind. She was a very intelligent woman, a school teacher for close to 40 years of her life.
  • Strength of Body: As I have began etching my grandmother's memory into my mind, I can still see her walking out of the garden with her hoe in her straw hat. She was what some would have called a "tough old bird." She never stopped, she always kept going whether it was the garden, or taking care of her siblings, or dealing with her rental property, she was just strong.

I could probably go on for days about the Strength that my grandmother possessed in one body. In my sadness, I mourn her loss, knowing that I won't see her at family get-togethers, doing the things that she loved to do, but as a Christian I celebrate knowing that she has reached her final destination and someday mine. I love you Maw Maw, I'll see you someday!