Friday, February 27, 2009

Somewhere oe'r the big blue -

Lives this Irish beauty that I miss!
I miss you too, sweet Sadie Beth - and love your oceans!
Praying for ya' dearie, for God to be your dearest Love
~ Your Plonker
(Jean Marie)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Daddy -

The man on his birthday. Need I say that I love him? :D He was talking on the phone to Uncle Sam, and enjoying the lovely weather.
Ever grateful for Calvary,
Jean Marie

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Valentine's Day Lunch -

Hi!
A Happy Valentine's Day to you all! :) I hope your day was as lovely as mine was! I truly had a wonderful day with some of the people I love, eating food I love, and listening to music I love...and...so forth. :) I had the idea a couple days ago to have somewhat of a "tea" without the tea. Haha...I know, but it sounded fun to me. I had really been missing one of my dearest friends, Paulina, who is away at college and is busy lots....and so I thought we should get our "gang" together on Valentine's Day for a lunch! And so....I planned it, and Mom and I made it happen.


We went to Publix this morning, and there were these lovely tulips. Mum loves tulips, and I told her to buy some, and left her to get some things. When I came back, she was standing in front of the tulips with a cute and wistful smile on her face, and I then decided that I needed to really get her one! I helped her pick one out, and told her it was from Dad, since he gets her flowers, anyway. :D This is it...so pretty, huh? She was quite happy while we shopped. :)

Mama set the table just lovely. Thank you! Paulina had just arrived here...thus, the cupcakes.

A closer look down the table at our "tea" luncheon. See, the thing is...I planned tea and sandwhiches, but I don't like hot tea with sandwhiches. So....haha, I thought this was hilarious....we used teacups and had soda in them! It was fun...I loved it. It still felt elegant, yet we had soda instead! A&W Root Beer and Ginger Ale. Oh, and we had my 40's music playing.
The name cards that I made - I printed out the names, and glued it to cardstock.
The namecards did not take me long....these did. I worked on 5 of these from 12:30-1:30am. Yes, really. They are little "books" that I thought of. Red cardstock cut into squares, and then a long rectangle folded over the squares to form the outside, stapled together, then a cream front, with their name, date, and Scripture reference of 1 Cor. 13.

Doesn't sound hard, huh? It shouldn't have been. But it was. I have "Cannot-cut-in-a-straight-line-syndrome", and I highly dislike it. It took me an hour to make 5. Let's say it this way...I have about 10 more red squares that were wrong sizes, the edges never did match up, I practiced anger management while I ripped one into pieces, and on one of the namecards I cut it too small, because I was listening to Brad Paisley sing. Yes, it's true. But they turned out really cute, no one cared that they weren't perfect, and we all wrote in them about what we loved about that person. I know I will treasure mine...it almost made me cry. SIGH......(Longest pre-comment/explanation on photo so far on blog. Yikes!) :D

Our teacups. :) My grandmother's everyday china, that we all love.
The really beautiful and yummy cupcakes that Paulina brought...thank you! They were so good! :D
Olivia, Paulina, Emily, and Anna...dropping her strawberry. HA HAHA! Soo funny.
Our sandwhiches. I made turkey with mozzarella, and ham with American cheese. And then we had strawberries(so good), Sunchips, soda, cupcakes, and then brownies and milk! YUM!

It's a Stone thing. Trust me. They do it with odd and various foods. Here's Anna. Or not? Anna?

Our dessert. Anna insisted on sticking her fork into her brownie...so, whatever. The brownies turned out so delicious...just perfect brownies. I was pleased. :)

Our milk in the lovely goblets Mama brought home from Ohio.

A second shot.

Then, at 1pm, Paulina had to leave, but we had to get pictures of us. So, we handed the camera over to Mom, and smiled. Aww....gang's all here! :D Olivia, myself, Anna, Paulina, and Emily.

HAHA...Mama told us to pose sofisticatedly, and here we all are cracking up, because it was just too funny. Haha....ya'll are such fun.

There we go - five sofisticated ladies. We decided we aren't very good at trying to be snobbish. Which is good!

I ran over to see what we had got, and shot one with Mom, and viola! GAH! I LOVE THEM!
So, Paulina left...and we were all sad, and consoled ourselves by taking pictures. What else?
Here's Mopsie Moose with me. Thanks Anna! :D

I know. This picture is blurry...and I look silly. But Emily is so lovely. And Anna captured her sweet smile that I love so much. Plus, I love her, so I just love this picture. So there.

And Olivia put her sunglasses on Mopsie, and it was so hilarious! She actually sat still for 30 seconds, trying to figure out what was on her face. :) You can see Anna in the glass. :) Cute.

Here Anna takes a very good shot of my Dad's autoharp that I am trying to learn to play.

Anna and I. Yep. I officially love her too. And not just on Valentine's Day.

Emily playing the song that we all love now - "A River runs through you" or whatever it is.

While Anna and I laughed at pictures we were taking of ourselves laying down on the floor.
We all got into it. Here we are....making faces. (clap, clap...yay for Jean, she can distinguish!)

And after...(choke) 15 shots, we actually get one of us all "sleeping" with our eyes closed. Yay.

Awww...cute. We look cute when we sleep! :) How vain can we get! Stop it already! Haha.

All of our hands. Bottom left all the way around - Anna, Olivia, Emily, and me. I was the only one not with a ring on. :) Someday when we are all married (God willing), we'll take a similar picture with rings on our left hands. :)
Like our friendship. Entertwined hands....serving, helping, praying, holding. Caring.
In color.
Something I just had to write at 1:30am this morning to remind myself why I was doing what I was....I was doing it because I love. Because I love my friends and family. I put this up on the fridge as my reminder. I'll leave it up there for a while...to remind myself what love is.So, that was my Valentine's Day! I hope ya'll's was just as fun and dandy and sweet. :) I am very thankful to God for Anna, Emily, Olivia, and Paulina and my family. They all have ministered to me in different ways this year. In huge ways. I've needed them to cry on, pray for me, laugh with, keeping me straight, spill my feelings to, and distract me from life in general. They are not the only ones, keep in mind! To all of my friends that have prayed for me, and kept me going this past year, thank you! I thank God for you!

Today it was important to me to remember Who really loves me best, and marvel about that. It truly blows my mind how God could love someone as worthless and sinful as me! I am so thankful, yet so uncomprehending, I will not truly understand until I see my Savior's face.

To you all - I hope you know the Savior's deep love for you, and that you rely upon Him alone for the changing of your hearts, to fall in love with the Lover of your soul even more.

I love you all! Happy Valentine's Day! :D
Ever loving life under my Lord,
Jean Marie

P.S. A special thank-you to my Mama, for letting me do this fun luncheon, as well as shopping with me, and helping me get it all done! Setting the table, doing dishes, and being sweet! :D

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Special Man's birthday -

Long ago and far away.... a little boy was born to two very thrilled parents. He was a beautiful little boy, and his parents loved him dearly. He was their first child, and doted over by his family. They named him Edward Clark after his uncle. He grew up in Atlanta, GA, under their loving and watchful care...and many years later, would get married and become my father. :) Today is his birthday and this is his birthday post in his honor. :)

Mary, Joe, Baby Eddie, and Mother Jean. Somewhere back in those days...I am under Present Protection Program not to tell you the exact era, because I will no longer receive presents. :)


Little Joseph and Big bro, Eddie eating out on the lawn, in the Summer of .... the 50's. :) Jo and Eddie looked so much alike when they were younger, that to tell them apart in pictures is like looking at twins!
Dad's school picture in the later 50's.
And we skip up to the 80's, because that is where my stash of old pics ends. My dad is a great lover of fishing, he and his dad fished a lot, here he is with a nice string of fish in Atlanta, GA.
California 1987 - Daddy, Kimberly, and Mommy.
Our handsome man himself.

Daddy and Kimberly.
Florida, Feb. 1992 - Daddy and Kimberly on another one of his birthdays. :)
Jan. 1993 Me, Kimberly, and Daddy raking leaves. We worked a lot with Daddy outside, and did odd jobs and projects, just like Daddies and Children should do. :D I've learned so much working side by side with him. Thank you for teaching me so much, Dad!
June 1993 - He also passed on his love of fishing to Kimberly and I. :) Here we are in Georgia, after an afternoon of fishing at the country club's lake with Grandpa and Daddy. We were pretty excited, but I think I caught two fish. Haha. Kim is expressing her "Wow!" here. :D
Daddy, Kimberly, our fishin' poles, myself and Grandpa Joe.
December 1993 - I got the American girl Bitty Baby, and Kimberly got Molly! We were SO excited and thankful for what we really wanted that year! Grins all around that day!
Lake Michigan, 1995 - Mama and Daddy walking along the shoreline. And looking quite happy and in love. :) *Note - that's because they were.
Awwww. So happy.
Another skip in pictures to 2006 - Daddy was awarded a special honor through NASA.

Ed and Mary Ellen at the Special Awards Banquet. We were (and are!) so proud of you, Daddy!
Miscellaneous shots from 2007 to 2008.
Pigeon River, Tennessee.

Ever the lover of nature at heart.
November 2008 Old Spanish Sugar Mill, Barbarville, FL.
December 2008 - Mount Dora, Florida. Our getaway vacation with Sarah Magee. I told them to stay there and smile, and Sarah and I were snapping away with the cameras. Haha...Mama has this silly face on because we were laughing lots.
Awww...there we go. Notice Daddy's finger, he accidentally cut it with a hand saw, and had it wrapped up for a couple weeks. :( Poor man. The rug says - "Lakeside Inn", where we stayed.
I saw this while we were walking around Mt. Dora, and dragged them back there, to kiss in front of the gate - these are two of my very favorite pictures from that trip. Wow. Dad, ever the helper, was holding Sarah's jacket over his arm...that's who he is. Purses, jackets, packages, if you need help, he'll carry it for you, and never care. :D What a guy, right? YES!
I. Love. It.... and them. I. Love. Them. So. Much.
Mama and Daddy were holding hands almost all day while we walked around Mt. Dora! :D
Christmas 2008 - During our family portrait sesson, I snapped some shots of Dad playing guitar, one of his loves.

It is no wonder that we all love the sound of guitar, Kimberly and I grew up hearing it often, at least once a week. It is one of my favorite instruments to listen to because of Daddy.
Our Christmas 2008 Family Picture. We were Scots that day. The Fambrough Family. Daddy, today is your birthday!!! Happy Birthday to you! I love you so much! I cannot tell you how much I love you being my dad. You, Mom, and Kim are the world to me. I love you more than the world, oceans, mountains, and all that the future holds...I will love you more than that.

I was feeling badly that I did not have a special present for you, a special surprise, other than this, until I heard that we were giving you "The Conference" in June. :) Well, then. Nevermind. :D Haha, just kidding. So, I think this is my present to you, this post.

I am so grateful and thankful every day that you are my dad! You give the best present to us all every day - You love Christ first, then you love us. Day in, day out. You never stop loving us, or letting us know it. You are such a wonderful man! Sometimes, even though I see your faults, I wonder if I could ever find someone who I could marry, because they don't match up like you and Mom do! It's a predicament, that's for sure! :) I've seen marriage at its ups and downs with you and Mom, yet I don't think I ever saw either of you carry your anger into the next day. "Don't let the sun go down on your wrath", was not something you just taught us, but you lived it out! There might have been a few times, but I don't remember them. :) You always (and are!) were open for hugges, kisses, tickles, and saying "I love you.". You and Mom sang us to sleep with our special lullaby after night prayers every night until we were in high school. Wow.

You pushed us to do things we didn't want to do, kept us safe from things that would hurt us, introduced us proudly to your friends, and taught us to see others as not so different, they were still people that mattered. You took us on many vacations, taught us how to ride our bikes, sprayed us with the hose, pushed us on the swings, threw us into the pool, scared us out of every breath we had numerous times of jumping out of nowhere....did all the things that daddies do with their children, yet just better. Because it was Daddy loving me. And Mama. And Kimberly.
Because it was my daddy. We were blessed by God with our "Sweet life under the Savior".

There is one memory that came to mind this morning, and I couldn't forget it. Because even though I don't remember much, I remember those few things well. And out of all these pictures, we don't have a picture of that time, because there was no one to take it.

There's one picture that I wish I had. That day in '96 when Daddy and I stood on that St. Augustine pier. It was the end of our trip, and we were headed home. We were driving out of St. Augustine, and I was in tears of disappointment because we weren't going to go to the pier like was promised. It was raining, really and truly raining hard. I remember Mom and Dad talking about it, and eventually, we pulled up to the pier entrance, "Just to at least see it" - Mom said. I asked if I could walk out to the end, but both Mom and Dad said no. I stared out the window that rain was splashing upon, and tried not to cry.

The next thing I know is Mom saying she was not going, and Kim too, but there is Dad outside my door with his jacket on, and an umbrella held high. "We'll just go out there quickly, the two of us." he said. I squealed in excitement, wiped the tears away, and hopped outside the car. We walked to the ticket box office, got a ticket for each of us, and walked the whole long way down that pier to the very end. I wish you could have seen it. Our legs were getting splashed and drippy from the rain falling off the umbrella and slanting in sideways, I was pulled tight up against Dad's side so I would be dry, the wind was breezy and smelled so good, the clouds were dark and the boardwalk was slippery and wet. We were laughing and humming "Singing in the Rain". We stood there and watched the waves slap against each other, spray misting us each time. We watched the clouds tumble and roll, and heard the thunder rumbling in the distance. We listened to the seagulls cry and screech, and the breeze is ruffling our hair. Dad wasn't doing it begrudgingly, he was truly excited to be there too, he was telling me something or other about being there when he was a little boy, and what it looked like when he was little. About my age, actually. :) We walked the whole way back, and arrived back to the car breathless and more than a little soggy.

I can still hear and see those memories so clearly. My hand in his, the umbrella over us both, the rain falling, the water splashing. I can feel it - the wind, the excitement, the joy. I can feel the love between us, surrounding us. That will always be a special memory to me, Daddy, thank you. You didn't know it then, but that pier visit showed me just how much you really cared about the little things in making me feel loved and special.

Mama doesn't remember going there at all. Last time I brought it up, she wondered if maybe I had dreamt it up, since we didn't go....but it couldn't be that clear and tangible, could it? I remembered that somewhere I had a ticket, so I looked in my old scrapbook, and low and behold, there was my red ticket. My ticket that I held tightly in my 8 yr. old hand as we walked.


And here is what I wrote beneath that ticket - "Went to St. Augustine and went on pier to see the water, just Daddy and I. July 6, 1996." :D Says a lot, doesn't it?
There's one picture that I wish I had. That day in '96 when Daddy and I stood on that St. Augustine pier.... but I'm pretty sure I have something better: the memory. :)

Daddy, on your birthday, I hope you feel a small fraction of how special I felt on that day, on this day! Because I love you just as much as you love me. Happy Birthday, Daddy! Thank you for all that you are, and live out, and for all that you have worked for, for us. I thank God for you!

I love you always and forever,
Jean Marie

P.S. Leave Dad a "Happy Birthday" comment, if you like! I know he'd love to hear it from you all! :)