Monday, January 14, 2008

Does everyone feel this way?

Does everyone feel the same way about their "home" as I do? I mean I feel like where I grew up is the best place on Earth. Not perfect, but pretty stinking close. And, definitely close when I was growing up there! I just need to know if everyone feels that way about their home or mine really is that much more superrior.

Ok, so this past week I was able to get a week off of work and go "home" to Dasher/Valdosta/Quitman, Ga for Christmas with the Walker side of the family, Homecoming, and my ten year high school reunion. Whew! I also got to a good deal of time with my family (NaNa and PaPa, GinGin and her family, KaKa and her family, plus all of the Walker/Jones were there Saturday and Sunday) and my oldest friends, including some I hadn't seen in almost a decade!

Mom and Dad came to Montgomery Friday night and while I was at work they all slept. They were up and ready when I got home and all 6 Walker/Jones caravaned in three cars from Montgomery to Dasher. We all met up with NaNa and PaPa and the Sloans (all five of them) at GinGin's house and had our family Christmas and ate lunch together. That night we all went to the GCS basketball game that night. Samantha was awesome and it was great to get to see everyone. Sunday we all went to church at Quitman and out to lunch together. Leigh and the Jones left Sunday and Walker and Kristen left Monday. Sunday after lunch we went back to GinGin's and had Jessica's 7th birthday party! I CAN'T believe she is seven years old!!! Monday night we went to another GCS ballgame and, again, Samantha was awesome. This time she fouled out. This is the only part of her game that she resembles her older cousin! She is really good!

On Tuesday Momma and Daddy left and, you guessed it, there was another GCS ballgame. This one I didn't make though because it was in Terrell. I have absolutely no idea how I kept up with that kind of schedule when I was in high school! Tuesday night I spent time with Meli, Kayden, and John at their house. Then I went over to Nicole's to spend the night with her, her 2 year old (and my kindred spirit) Ella, Rhett, who is 8 months, and her husband Tom. Quite an experience :) I spent the next three nights there and love them so much and had so much fun!

Wednesday I got to go visit with Bev and her grandkids, Abby, Amelia, and Anna (always a highlight of my trip!!!!) and then I went over to Quitman and had supper with what was left of the Sloan's and NaNa and PaPa before going to church. After that was just visiting with NaNa and PaPa and I got my new digital camera that night....yay! Thursday I got to go visit and eat with Audrey, Donald, and their daughter Amelia. Hopefully the next time I go down there will be another person to visit at their house!!! Please keep Audrey and their baby in your prayers until she is here and both are safe! Then I went over to Melissa's and played dress up with KK again. That little girl (and her Mom and Dad!) is truely one of the brightest spots of my life!

Friday morning me, Nicole, Ella (2), Rhett (8 mos), Melissa, Kayden (2), Patience, Reagan (2), and Rowan (8 mos) all went shopping. Nope, I am not kidding! It was amazingly calm, considering! Then I went with GinGin to Jessi's school where we had her school birthday party! She is such a blessing, how anybody could look at her perfect face and not believe in God is beyond me. I see Him shining in her EVERYtime I look. Then me, Nicole, and the kids did a little more shopping and I started dreading the next day (when I had to leave). That night I went back to Quitman and stayed with NaNa and PaPa.

Saturday morning I went to visit one last time with Nicole's family, GinGin and Jessi and then went to my 10 year reunion get together. I really can't get into all of how wonderful it was at this moment but it was SO good to get to spend a little time with everyone. We're having our big reunion thing in May and I am so excited about it! Then we went to Homecoming and the ballgame. They did a very nice memorial to Adam (my classmate and friend who was murdered by a coward terrorist in Iraq in April of last year) before the national anthem and, to no one's surprise, I'm sure, I cried like a baby. I had to leave at half time of the boys game so I could make it back for work that night in the gump (boo,hiss ;). I nkow this was long but I left SO much out! My next post will hopefully be more feelings and less itinterary but I wanted to remember what all I did so I had to get it down before I started forgetting!

I hope everyone does feel this way about their "home", I can't imagine feeling any other way.

Hopefully this post will include pictures so Melissa will get off my back about how boring my blog is! ;^) Now if only I can figure it out........

6 comments:

The Dawkins said...

I was hoping to see my picture.....

Leah said...

I feel that way about my childhood home...although my parents no longer live there, I still have such wonderful memories and love to visit every chance I get. It's changed, and like you I know it wasn't perfect. As a matter of fact when I was a child, I couldn't wait to leave, but absence makes the heart grow fonder, ya know!

tleaf10 said...

Hey Laurie, I was hoping to see a picture of me too. After all I put a picture of you on my blog. Anyway, I really had fun at the game with you. Me and you have lots in common - like we both have glasses, etc., etc., etc. Thanks for finally updating your blog. I will holler at you later!

Hicks Family said...

still waiting on the pictures....

The Holtons said...

Come "home" again soon!! Where are the pictures? Love you!

Lindsey said...

Yes - home is by far the most comforting place in the entire world...this post made me miss mine!!!