S: VIRGINIA, 2011
1: Mom arrived in Roanoke 2/19/11, the same day Caroline was born.
2: Four | Dinner with the Nicks right after Caroline was born. Great Grandma Auld had time to bond with Caroline. Then we got a picture of four generations.
6: A Smile As Sweet As Spring | The Valentine Decorations were still up when we had this family dinner.
7: /Grandma and Great Grandma got to go to Jacob and Hannah's Basketball Banquet. They received trophies and spent the night with us! | Jacob and Hannah slept in the big bed with Hannah's bear from school.
8: D | k | Wade, You are a Wonderful Dad!
9: Emily is such a natural mother!
10: The end of February Mom went down to Blacksburg with us as Walt bought his Honda Odyssey Van. Then later, when March came we drove over the mountains to Paint Bank, Virginia to the Swinging Bridge Restaurant where we ate and shopped in a very quaint restaurant. We also saw the mill out back and also the buffalo nearby. Then we drove over another mountain through snow into West Virginia to Gap Mills where we shopped in a little Mennonite Community. There was a furniture store, a cheese shop and a bakery.
11: it's always spring in a mother's heart
12: This is the store where Wade and Emily got their dining room table and chairs! | We saw his covered bridge in Covington. | H
13: Walt always stops by the Cheese N More Store to buy his favorite hot pepper cheese.
14: "be like the flower, turn your face to the sun." - Kahlil Gibran | It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away.
15: Mother's Day.
16: "Blossom by blossom the spring begins" | After Luke hid the Easter Eggs, Jacob and Hannah went on the HUNT!
17: It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away. | We bought this durable lawn furniture at Gap Mills and Mom and Shirley took advantage of it with the new daffodils. blooming.
18: Rhododendron In Full Bloom! at Peaks of Otter.
19: We turned behind us and saw the most beautiful 20 foot tall Rhododendron in full bloom. Later we walked over to see it up close. "Look, they are bigger than my hand!"
20: We went to Crab Tree Falls to hike the Mountain and see the falls over and over again. The kids had a wonderful time and saw some beautiful sights. Grandma Auld, Kim, and Shirley went part way up and then went on to Cyrus McCormic's Farm. We all had a great, great day!
21: it's always spring in a mother's heart
22: Cousins are so great!
23: Eating together is fun!
24: One hot day Walt got the water slide out and the kids spent most of the afternoon sliding down the water slide. Walt got out the dish soap to make it s l i c k e r.... Emma slid so much that she got "slide burns" on her hands and knees! The adults stayed safely at the top in lawn chars or on the deck just watching.
25: it's always spring in a mother's heart
27: Mom baked cookies & cakes for Glen's 40th birthday party, Luke's graduation party, and for family, square dance and all occasions! | Caroline is really getting big!
28: Is it the 4th of July?
29: Bath time for our big Girl!
30: Luke graduated from High School on 6/11/11. He had a reception at the church and Grandma Auld baked lots of different kinds of cookies, Kringla, and her special brownies, Glen also had his 40th birthday party in March and Grandma baked all kinds of goodies for his party too!
31: The kids went to the Lynchburg Children's Museum
32: One night we saw this beautiful cloud formation.
34: Her Hands Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath. Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step. Her hands were close when the tears began to fall. Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow. Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn't always show. Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach. Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length. Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way. Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say. Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree. Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be. Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work. Her hands now need my gentle touch to rub away the hurt. Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be. Her hands are the reason that I am me.
35: 2009 Visit