Archive for July, 2013

Final Boone Days

Our final days in Boone were a whirlwind, due to finding our Knoxville home far sooner than anticipated.  We assumed that we would be moving in June or July, but when we found this awesome house in April, we had 3.5 weeks to wrap-up our life in Boone.  It was quick and crazy, and we were fairly certain something would fall thru.  But we actually really did move to Knoxville on May 8.

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Our final days in Boone were bittersweet.  We hated leaving our students: we’ve spent so much time with them on campus or at our house over meals or watching TV or laughing or crying or praying or dressing-up Thena.  They have become like family to us.  We hated leaving our friends: I don’t know how I would have survived the long, winter months or insanity that is parenting without them reminding me of my identity in Christ.  They helped carry us thru our crisis with Reid, they still liked me when I got kid poop on their rug, and they gave me many things to laugh about.  We also hated leaving the mountains: no longer would we wake-up to the sounds of cows moo-ing across the street or the fog lifting over the crests off of our porch.  And there’s something uniquely special about the home to where you brought your kids back from the hospital after they’re born.  BUT.  We were also joyfully anticipating the city life of Knoxville ahead of us.  Bittersweet.

So here is a montage of pictures of our final days in Boone.  We miss you, little mountain town.

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ZK and her best friends

ZK and her best friends

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Betsy, Jenni and Molly...such dear friends

Betsy, Jenni and Molly…such dear friends

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PS: Here’s a little video to show you how amazing our App State students are.  Many showed up to our house on our last day there to help us pack-up.  They surprised us by preparing the music and song-sheets and song…

A Couple of Memphis Visits

The kids and I have taken a couple of trips to Memphis in the past couple of months.  The first trip was with Reid in April, to go to a good friend’s wedding.  The wedding was wonderful, and the bride – Elizabeth Saxton Inman – was beautiful!  It was a reunion of the mostest for me, because Saxton and I went to high school and college together.  Love that girl ^^^^

Just a taste (ba-dum-ching!) of the elegant wedding

Just a taste (ba-dum-ching!) of the elegant wedding

College roommate and one of my best friends, Jen

College roommate and one of my best friends, Jen

Then, in late May – when Matt went to RUF Summer Conference in Florida – the kids and I let Pege and Pops help take care of us, again.  It was a fun week catching up with friends and seeing family.

Pege and Pops with their boy grandkids.  As their only girl grandchild, Zoe Kate has to carry the sass in the family.  And she does.

Pege and Pops with their boy grandkids. As their only girl grandchild, Zoe Kate has to carry the sass in the family. She does.

Mom with Reid and Dewey (and Hogan).

Mom with Reid and Dewey (and Hogan).

My fun nephews

My fun nephews

My parents 4 grandkids.  Trust me: this is the best of the 20 pictures we took.  Fred is cracking me up in this picture.

My parents’ 4 grandkids. Trust me: this is the best of the 20 pictures we took. Fred is cracking me up in this picture.

I think Dewey and ZK look so mature in this picture.  Their just hanging out at their end of the table, shooting the breeze and munching on goldfish.

I think Dewey and ZK look so mature in this picture. They’re just hanging out at their end of the table, shooting the breeze and munching on goldfish.

We had 4 other pictures of Zoe Kate chasing Dewey around the golf club.  One might say she's needy.  I interpret it as loyal.

We had 4 other pictures of Zoe Kate chasing Dewey around the golf club. One might say she’s needy. I interpret it as loyal.

Again, ZK and her loyalty.  And she really is pretty sweet and affectionate.

Again, ZK and her loyalty. And she really is pretty sweet and affectionate.

Helen, Don and their son and my godchild, Fred.

Helen, Don and their son and my godchild, Fred.

Poor Reid.  We wanted to stay and enjoy the evening.  He wanted to go home and sleep.

Poor Reid. We wanted to stay and enjoy the evening. He wanted to go home and sleep.