Mother’s Day 2017

As usual in my 10 years of blogging, I always try to share our family times too, especially since you all seem to enjoy it so much.  Our family is close and we get together for all holidays and big family occasions and fortunately Lauren can come home often and bring those girls with her.  Mother’s Day this year was no exception. That makes for such a festive time for all of us and the babies have changed our family events so much, as you can imagine.  I know that Lauren wants those girls to get to know their great grandparents just as much as they possible can for all the years we have left with them, so we don’t take any holiday or event for granted as we know that things could change in an instant.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day too, it’s an honor to celebrate our moms and how much they have impacted our lives.

So, when they are here, we just gather and hang out together for a bit.  Mom comes over to my sister’s house or they take the baby or both girls over there to stay for awhile, in between naps.  Parker has plenty of toys here at my sis’s house and makes herself right at home.

Baby Iris is finally starting to walk at 1 and is really standing and walking a lot now, practicing her balancing and getting used to being mobile.  It’s so cute!

Parker does pretty well with her and they do play together sometimes, except when Iris tries to get into her things.  So, this is what we do….watch and play with those girls.

Mom likes to just be there too and spend time with them, she’s such a good Nana.  Dad came over for awhile that day to see them too.

Lauren is such a good mama too and takes good care of her girls.

Mom, looking stylish in her black and white.

Parker, looking intently on as mom cut her homemade coconut cream pie.  The recipe is here on the blog if you missed it!  One of our family faves!

Parker, sitting in her grandaddy’s lap having a deep conversation, just like Lauren used to do (and still does on occasion).

She’s a happy curious, very smart little girl who delights us all.

Mom is so good with them and will play outside with them both. They were hiding Easter eggs again. Who says Easter has to be over?

We took Parker to a local park one day so should could get some of that energy out and she loves to climb and play on the playground.

For Mother’s Day, we all gathered at my sister and brother-in-laws house and it was a picture perfect spring day.  We ate a delicious meal (steaks, potatoes and fixings, salad, bread and dessert and it was a wonderful day.  We all sat out on the porch afterward visiting and watching the kids play.  Bruce’s brother was there too with his wife and grandchildren, so those girls had so much fun together.  We always take time to take a picture together and once again coordinated our colors.  It’s so fun to look back and see all of our Mother’s Day pics over the years and now with the addition of the girls. Four generations!

Mom and her precious great grand children, the light of her life.

Renee, Lauren, and the girls.  We had to snap pics fast, someone doesn’t alway cooperate.

Lauren and her girls, we just love them!  That’s a typical Parker face right there.

Girls playing outside. They dearly loved that stream and waterfall and played in it all afternoon.

Lunch was delicious. I wanted to get a pic of mom and dad and made them pause during lunch, so that’s why they look so serious.

Mom, opening her cards and reading.  My sis got her that beautiful blue orchid, I’ve never seen one so vivid blue.

Parker playing in the stream and having a ball. She ends up getting her clothes wet, so off they come.  She’s just like her mama was growing up, they are so much alike.  These are dear times in our family and we love spending time together as a family.  So glad I get to share it with all of you too, so thanks as always for the interest in my family and what we do.  I love sharing them all and sharing our family times too!

- Rhoda


  1. Judy Clark says:

    So good to see your sweet family. Those girls are precious! It is wonderful that you are documenting all of these precious moments that you have together with your Mom and Dad and all of the family.

  2. Andrea G Corley says:

    Nothing like family! So glad you have such special memories and are making new ones. The girls are precious (Iris and Parker), growing fast and full of personality! Enjoy every minute they come and go so fast. Hope all is well with you and Mark. Miss seeing you! Let’s get together soon!

  3. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    I so enjoy seeing the pictures of your sweet family. Parker is getting so big!!

  4. What a great weekend. i always enjoy seeing the family pictures Rhoda. Parker and Iris and growing like weeds and it is obvious that they are much loved little girls. The picture of Parker and your daddy is just precious.

  5. Memories like this last forever! I am so glad you and your family got to enjoy another Mothers Day together with your sweet Mama. And she looked so pretty! I thought the orchid was part of the painting at first on the wall. I know she will enjoy that. Thank you for sharing Rhoda.

  6. Thank you for sharing these pictures! Your mom looks every inch the queen of the family sitting in that regal chair! You girls all look beautiful in the group shot.

  7. Thank you for sharing these precious photos of your family, what a treasure you have there. I love their cute smocked dresses with nautical motif, such a happy family photo. Keep well!

  8. It looks like you all had a wonderful time together! Love the photo of all of you women together! Thanks for sharing your family time with us! Such a nice family.

  9. A precious family. You are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing them with us

  10. What a great post. Love all the pictures. What a great way to share Mother’s Day. Beautiful family.

  11. I love seeing your family get together!
    You need to do some fashion series with your mother. She looks so great!

  12. Family time is precious time. Enjoy

  13. Melesa Garrison says:

    Thanks for sharing your sweet family with us. I thought Parker looked like her Dad, but holy moly, that Iris is her Daddy made over again. Beautiful little girls just like the rest of the women in the family.

  14. I love seeing the photos of your family. I think it’s because family is the whole reason most of us care about making a beautiful home in the first place! Please pass on to them that we always appreciate them letting us take a peek into the wonderful family events you all have. Blessings to you!

  15. Beautiful pictures Rhoda, I have been reading your blog for over 7 years. The nieces are adorable.

  16. Rhoda, I love seeing your beautiful family. You could post “family stuff” every day and I would never tire of it. I feel like I know each of y’all, though we have never met. You are so very lucky to still have them all. Such a wonderful Christian example in a crazy world. Love you all.

    • Hi, Ruth, thank you so much! I’ve been just overwhelmed with how much people love to hear about my family, so it’s sure easy to share them with all of you. I know we are not the norm, we get along and love each other and that’s not always the case with families. I have friends with horror stories in their family and I know that I’m blessed to have the family I do.

  17. Love it, and love how you all are celebrating family traditions!

  18. You got some great pictures! One day those little girls will treasure them, especially with your parents in them. You should frame a few and give to the girls when they are older. Your family love is wonderful and clearly a treasure to you!

  19. KittyLuvr says:

    I love reading about the great grands and your parents! We were blessed with a granddaughter this winter and she has three great grandmoms and two great grandads. I am so glad my daughter and son in law travel often to see all of these precious people. And thank goodness for iPhones, snapchat, instagram, twitter and texting….my 84 year old MIL loves following all 9 grandchildren on twitter (be careful what you tweet~gmom is watching) and I think it keeps her young! The other grandparents have iPads and have learned how to facetime and take pics and share! It’s so much fun since we are scattered in three states. I hope Parker and Iris have great memories of these special times together!

    • Hi, Kitty, I just love that your family is so high tech. Mom and dad are not, they prefer to live a very simple life so no internet for them. I can see how nice it would be to be connected though.

  20. I’m so glad you were all able to spend another Mother’s Day together. The little girls are really starting to look alike.

  21. Hi Rhoda, thanks for sharing your family. I would like to praise your Mom and Dad for the wonderful job they did raising and teaching you two girls. It also shows in Lauren and now the girls. What a treasure of life! I know your parents would say it is all God. May He keep you and the family in the center of His love. Keep sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • HI, Ann, thank you SO much and yes, my Godly parents would definitely say that. It is a treasure to have a close knit family.

  22. Agree, God’s love shows in your family; so glad your parents can enjoy those little ones, and you and your sister as well – btw, she looked really pretty in these photos! so glad you had a nice day 🙂

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