Friday, March 8, 2019


Today was our nephew James' 41 first birthday.  When he and his younger brother Haven were just kids, their parents ( my brother Ricky and his wife Deb) let then spend lots of time with us.  Haven and James are also Samantha's big brothers.

We took those boys on many trips to the beach.  We took them to their first concert.  We took them to their first Alabama football game.  What I am most proud of is that we and their parents taught them the value of service to the community.  Even today, those boys will give anyone their last dollar if they need it, they will give their time, and their love.

Rick posted the picture on my blog tonight, on FB earlier today.  Did I mention that James is now the publisher of our local paper that Rick writes for, The Daily Mountain Eagle.  I figure James could not have been more embarrassed by his Sailor suit than I am about the big 80's hair do.  But I do love that old photo.  It is a memory of very happy times and I am so glad Rick took that picture.

So Happy Birthday to James tonight, I hope you have at least 41 more.


  1. Lovely picture of you and little James! Your hair-do fits your face perfectly!

    I like the things you write about James and his siblings. It's not only education, though, it's also the fact that you live close geographically.
    It so happens that one invests in kids of relatives and neighbors, and when they grow up they hardly know you, usually because they live somewhere else, and it's "out of sight out of mind".

  2. I think you and Rick would have made good parents.
    You have that Farrah Fawcett hair style and it becomes you.
    Hugs, Julia