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Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy 85th Birthday, Daddy

 Daddy, center, celebrated his 85th birthday this weekend and we gave him a surprise party. There were a couple of big surprises...the first was Dustin, his youngest grandson (right of Daddy) who flew in from Florida. This photo shows his brother, JW, to Dustin's right, and Steve, Daddy's only son and on his left.
 Daddy, on the left, with Tommy Wright, VA House of Representatives, and Jerome Hancock, Pastor at Southside Nazarene Church.
 Mr. Green, Daddy's right, was in the same high school graduating class as Daddy. He told a couple of good stories about Daddy, then Daddy told him a couple of good stories about Mr. Green. Can you imagine being 85 years old and celebrating your birthday with a high school class mate? Their high school has a reunion every July and 4 classmates are still attending.



Mom and Daddy celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary next month.
Below is the group family photo...back row, left to right...Walter, my BIL and Steve, my brother. On the front row...Stephanie, JW, her eldest, Dustin, her youngest, Daddy, Mom, me, Gwen, Steve's wife. 
 Stephanie had a surprise for Daddy and Dustin...the county fair was about 1/4 mile away and this 'copter pilot was selling rides. Daddy and Dustin went for a 7 minute ride...exciting and memorable for both.
It was a great weekend, filled with good food and friends who relieved old memories, made new memories and enjoyed the day and themselves. The only down side was I took a tumble and sprained my left hand so typing (and most everything else) is terribly painful right now. All that to say, it's going to be a while before I'm able to visit your blog or post on my blog. In the meantime, y'all take care, keep me in your prayers and have a good week...or two.

Blessings - my parents who are healthy - wonderful siblings and their spouses - terrific nephews - good friends and acquaintances - great memories - only a sprain, not a break - 

30 comments:

  1. What fun, Sandra! Your family looks lovely. Happy b'day to your daddy! He looks wonderful for his age!

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  2. Looks like a perfect get-together to celebrate your Dad's birthday! Many, many happy returns of the day :)

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  3. Are those current pictures of your dad, Sandra? If so- WOW-He looks absolutely wonderful for his age! You parents are just lovely and that's a whole lotta years to be married! Blessings- xo Diana

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  4. What a sweet couple your Mom and Daddy are. Such a special time for all of you. I hope your wrist will recover quickly.

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  5. He is a young looking man! 85 looks great on him. I'm so glad you had a wonderful family time but so sorry you hurt you sprained your hand. And you with so much to do, I'm sure. Maybe you'll be forced to take it a little easier until it heals. Don't worry about using that keyboard to blog visit. Read a good book instead!

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  6. A big Happy Birthday to your dad! We celebrated my mothers 85th birthday this last week also, her birthday is September 12th.

    Such a special day for your dad..your parents make a very good looking couple and a Happy Anniversary to them too.

    So sorry to hear about your hand...I will keep you in my prayers for fast healing..we will be here when you feel like typing again. xo

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  7. Happy Birthday to your Dad and Happy Anniversary to your parents. They sure do look like a lovely happy couple that is a wonderful thing. Hugs B

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  8. What grand celebrations for your family, Sandra.Happy Birthday to your dad and Happy Anniversary to your parents. Blessings to your entire family.
    xo
    Donna

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  9. Happy Birthday to your father!!! He looks much younger than 85!!!
    God bless him!

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  10. WOW! Happy Birthday to your Daddy!

    ~Have a lovely day!

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  11. My Dad would have been 84 today!! I miss him like crazy. Enjoy and talk to him as much as you can while you have him!!
    Rita

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  12. So sorry about your wrist. Your parents look great. Belated birthday wishes to your daddy and congrats to your parents on their upcoming anniversary. Take care.

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  13. Except for the wrist part it sounds like a perfect weekend! I hope your wrist heals quickly.

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  14. What wonderful celebrations and blessings.

    However, may your wrist heal soon.

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  15. Your cup certainly does run over with precious family. Thank God. Sorry you had to have that little accident to slow you down - Don't try to get back into your heavy farmwork too soon!

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  16. I whish your Daddy a happy new life-year! May he stay healthy and happy as he looks here, also your beautiful Mom! A wonderful couple! So the daughter cannot be others than wonderful, too!

    May your hand become painless very soon, because I would miss your blog-posts and comments!!

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  17. Aw it looks like y'all had a great time. Your father looks wonderful for being 85! So glad you had a good party but sorry about your wrist. Hope it feels better real soon. Hugs!

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  18. You sure have a good looking family! Congrats that your folks are still around, healthy and still together. That is so cool. :)

    I'm jealous about the helicopter ride! I LOVE HELICOPTERS! It's like 10,000 motorcycle rides all in one. I could easily be a pilot.

    Sorry about the sprained wrist. Get Well Soon! Hate to be a wet blanket but you might wanna pop over and read my post for today about the approaching Obamacare rules. [clearing throat] The news is guaranteed to ruin anyone's happy mood. [I know I'm still hopping mad over the information!]

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  19. Happy Birthday too your Dad and your parents look great!!!!
    So sorry about your wrist and I will pray for you.

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  20. I smiled at reading your list of blessings for today!!
    Happy birthday to your Daddy! The love of caring parents is something that not everyone is blessed with... I counted myself as rich beyond measure that my parents were so wonderful. It's nice to see that you're still able to know that unconditional love. It's a blessing for sure!!

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  21. I smiled at reading your list of blessings for today!!
    Happy birthday to your Daddy! The love of caring parents is something that not everyone is blessed with... I counted myself as rich beyond measure that my parents were so wonderful. It's nice to see that you're still able to know that unconditional love. It's a blessing for sure!!

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  22. So sorry about that sprain. Take good care of yourself!

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  23. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Your parents look GREAT! I hope my parents are doing that well when they reach that age! I'm thinking positive! They are 77. Happy Birthday "Daddy!"

    Cindy Bee

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  24. So very sorry you hurt yourself. Heal up and be back when you can. Sprains can be so painful. God bless you.

    May your Daddy have a terrific year. Precious that you have him.
    d

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  25. No wonder you're so amazing, you come from amazing stock ! I love reading about the families of my blogging friends, especially families like yours.

    Happy birthday to your Daddy !

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  26. Sandra,
    I"m so sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. I haven't been blogging at all but Im glad I stopped tonight. Your parents 62nd wedding anniversary and Dad is 85? How awesome!! Your father looks wonderful for his age! Whats his secret? It looks like it was an absolutely wonderful weekend filled with many blessings..

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  27. Wow~ Happy (belated) Birthday to your dad, Sandra!!!

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  28. I hope he enjoyed the celebration! Best wishes to him!

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  29. Sandra- what a wonderful and special celebration for your Dad. You are so lucky to still have both of your parents-- you look wonderful in the family photo!!!
    Vicki

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  30. Happy birthday to your dad, and what a sweet gathering. ♥

    I hope your outdoor lights are fixed soon. The less stress in your life, the better. And while I love curly hair, of course, electric shocks are no way to get it. :) May they be fixed soon.

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