Saturday, January 1, 2011

A day to remember

Between Christmas and New Years, some of our family traveled to Fayetteville, NC to spend some time with my Dad and his wife, Nancy.  My brother, Todd, and his family came up from Texas.  My sister, Missy, and her family made the trek from Nashville along with Dick and Whitney and I.  And my other brother, Jeffrey, who is a resident at the O'Berry Center in Goldsboro, NC was brought down with two of his caregivers.  We spent an afternoon together enjoying a wonderful meal, exchanging gifts, singing songs, and catching up on life.  It was a holy, sacred moment, where God smiled on every part of the day!  Here are some highlights:

Whitney and Jeffrey meet again, after several years

Missy and Mel give Dad some lovin'

Dick and Jonathan record the afternoon

Dad and his granddaughters ~ Maddie, Whitney, Jess, McKayla, Hallie, and Abby

Dick plays for a time of Christmas carol singing

Jeff and his wonderful caregivers, Curtis and Jackie.  
Curtis has been watching over Jeff for the last 18 years!

One of Jeffrey's favorite things to do has always been to 
take his shoes and socks off and then put them back on.  
He's been doing this ever since he was a little guy.

Dad and his kids

Nancy joins us

These are my Dad's LP's.  The one showing is an album he recorded years ago, with a very appropriate title.  A wonderful keepsake!

While the adults were inside, the kids were outside 
building a snowman with the newly fallen snow.  
They named him "Broadman" (my dad's name).

Me and my Daddy (I love these pictures) 

We had a fabulous day.
Because Dad has struggled this past year with esophageal cancer, we treasured every moment together.  And we are thankful that God is continuing to give him strength, comfort, hope, and peace during this journey.



  1. Well, as I said on FB, these are precious and will be ever more so as life goes on. Thank you so much for sharing your story with those of us who love you so. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. so wonderful to see you all together! Cherish every moment. They can be taken away from you when you least expect it. Love from Dallas