Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Last weekend Coach and I took a little road trip to watch the Temple Wildcat Baseball playoff game in Tyler. On the way I saw a sign that said, Kerens 4 miles. Instantly my eyes filled with tears and in about a nano second, Coach decided we would drop by and surprise my dad on our way back. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the drive. After the Wildcats won (way to go guys!) we headed back..... our destination Kerens, Texas. It had been way too long (eight years) since I had seen my father and even longer since I'd been to Rual Shade (20 yrs?). With directions (thanks Chris and Ryan!) we found the place and drove right up to the door, unannounced. With perfect timing, he came walking out the door with his cup of afternoon coffee and said, "Well what have we got here?" I smiled and said, holding back tears, that we just happen to be in the neighborhood and thought we'd stop by and see him. We hugged big! Hearts saying what words cannot. We pulled up chairs and took a seat under the giant oak trees, and we 'sat a spell' and tried to make up for lost time. He told us about his neighbors, his garden, the squirrels and raccoons. We watched the hummingbirds and enjoyed the breeze and after a couple of hours we left. Glad we had gone. I love my dad.


When I woke up Sunday, Coach said, 'Happy Mother's Day.' I smiled. He had already told me he would take me out for breakfast. A few days earlier I had been a teeny bit sad because our kids
had not mentioned a word about Mother's Day and I had begun to prepare myself for an uneventful weekend. Knowing they were all busy, I embraced them in spirit and thanked God for their love. Grateful for the many opportunities we do have to get together.

We drank coffee and enjoyed the morning at the farm. Coach took me to Meggs Cafe for brunch and I was happy. I really like this locally owned and operated bakery and cafe. Everything is so fresh. The atmosphere lovely and a little hip! As we walked in the door it was very crowded. My sweet husband grabbed my hand which I always love, and pulled my quickly past the hostess station. I didn't have much time to figure it all out because I suddenly saw my son, Clint and his wife Jenny! Of course, I started crying. Then I saw Kim and Beth! Nathan, Carter and Emme!!! It was too much! They all seemed so calm and normal but my head was reeling and heart pounding!

I thanked, Mike, from the bottom of my heart. He quickly assured me that he had nothing to do with it, that it was all our kids idea......he only did what he was told. :) My heart melted. I tried to explain to everyone how much this meant. How I would never forget! That I had never been so surprised, in my entire life (well, except maybe for the time my sister Lynnette jumped out of my closet and scared me to death!)

It was an extrodinary day! I've never felt more loved. Thank you precious family! I adore you people!!! I couldn't have dreamed you up!

After breakfast we headed to the Knight's wonderful farm for a little relaxation which quickly turned into some crazy fun in the cornfield. My kids are some of the silliest peole I know! Jenny, who is quickly becoming a great photographer, did a little photoshoot. I can't wait to show you! (patience please....she has to edit. She is a woman of excellence!)

It was hot so we all headed to Kool Kones for snow cones.

Jenny had Georgia Peach!

Thanks to you all for making Mother's Day 2011 such a awesome surprise! I loved every second.


Kim said...

It's VERY hard to read while crying, Roxanne! Loved reading about it...from your hours with your the surprise of great kids. I'm so happy for you! Can't wait one day to meet them all...

And can't wait to spend time with you again...if you get any time, PLEASE call! I'd love it.

molly said...

Oh Roxanne - what a special couple of visits! such sweet times with your precious family. So glad you got to spend some time with your dad! I miss you my friend

Wilkinson Lynnette said...

Wow, what fun times! So glad you had a nice visit with dad and even happier that you spent Mother's Day with your kiddies! As for me jumping out of your closet...I believe that I was SEVERELY punished for doing that (and never did it again). Love you, :)

winstonbot said...

oh my ...thats all i can say..miss you..