Mom and my grandson Caden enjoying the pool
June 2016

I wake each morning thanking God for all the blessings he has given me, my salvation and relationship with him, my health and sound mind, my family, his wisdom and revelation, his favor and that his goodness and mercy will follow me all of my life Psalm 23:6.  It's so wonderful to have a relationship with God, I try to spend time with him each morning before I start my day.

I'm so blessed to have 4 generations staying in my home.  My Mother will be 100 on July 5, 2016 and we are planning a big birthday party for her at my sister Ann's house in Fayetteville, N.C.  My son, his wife and their two boys ages 7 and 2 make up the third and fourth generation.  Mom gets a lot of pleasure in seeing the kids playing and having fun and so do I.  My oldest granddaughter is staying with us this summer commuting to college in Philadelphia.  It brings back old memories when she was a toddler, it's hard to believe she is 19.  Hopefully, my youngest granddaughter will visit from Maryland next week, she just graduated from PreK.

During the spring and summer I am busy tending my garden, I try and put in 2 to 3 hours at least 4 or 5 days a week.  Last summer when my husband of 41 years passed, this helped me to get over my grief; he was not an outdoors person at all.  When I was working in the garden, pulling weeds or watering the plants I didn't miss him because my attention was elsewhere.  It payed off, I had the largest yield in all my years of gardening.  God gave me beauty for ashes; I had large sweet potatoes and tall okra plants.  One of my potatoes measured 12 inches, and my okra plants were taller than my son who is 6'3.  I was so excited, instead of getting 4 to 5 pods of okra like I had in the past...I was getting 30 to 35 everyother day.  I was able to enjoy my bounty all winter. My garden is just beginning to grow, I pray that my son waters it while I am on my road trip.

Yesterday, Mom enjoyed putting her feet in the pool we put up for her.  I'm trying to build up her strength from sitting around all winter so that she will be able to go fishing again.

My oldest granddaughter TiYahna showing off her Temple Univ. hat 2015

My grandson CJ at a Harlem Globetrotter's game, May 2016

My granddaughter Chloe on her way to her beach themed birthday party Feb. 2016