"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Tag

This came from Melanie's (my daughter) blog: www.smallingworld.blogspot.com

Welcome to the 2008 edition of Getting to Know Your Friends! Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to your friends including the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:10…without my alarm

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Bucket Dreams

4. What is your favorite TV show? Biggest Loser; Lost; American Idol

5. What did you have for breakfast? Leftover homemade rolls, split and toasted in a skillet with butter and strawberry jelly

6. What is your middle name? Carol

7. What food do you dislike? Liver

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? It’s weird, but I’m not really a CD person… However, sometimes I just turn Melanie’s music on that’s on her blog and listen to that while I’m working

9. What kind of car do you drive? 1999 Dodge Caravan (in the U.S.); I don’t drive in Honduras (I should blog about why sometime…)

10. Favorite sandwich? Smoked turkey on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and avacado

11. What characteristic do you despise? dishonesty

12. Favorite item of clothing? A black skirt that I seem to wear often in Honduras with a variety of shirts

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Italy--Tuscany

14. Favorite brand of clothing? n/a…I buy what’s on sale and looks decent on me

15. Where would you retire to? Bowling Green, KY or Nashville, TN probably

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? When I turned 53, in 2004. That meant I had lived longer than my mother who died at 52.

17. Favorite sport to watch? College basketball

18. What is the farthest place this email will go? The farthest place this “blog” will go is probably to the U.S. (I’m writing it in Honduras)

19. Person you expect to send it back first? ?

20. When is your birthday? February 4

21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night most definitely!

22. What is your shoe size? 9

23. Pets? U.S.— We had Libby (Boston Terrier) but she lives with David and Maggie now. Honduras – a little gecko who lives in the window above Steve’s chair in the living room! J They eat mosquitos…

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? Nothing now, but I’ll be sure to let everyone know when my new grandbaby is born!

25. What did you want to be when you were little? teacher, mommy, nurse, missionary

26. How are you today? Better rested than usual…I actually got more than 4 hours sleep!

27. What is your favorite candy? Something with milk chocolate and nuts

28. What is your favorite flower? rose

29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Whichever day my new grandson will be born…end of May/first of June!!!

30. What is your full name? Jeanne Carol (Segraves) White

31. What are you listening to right now? Our messenger at Baxter leaving on his motorcycle…the outside sounds of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

32. What was the last thing you ate? See #5

33. Do you wish on stars? no

34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? bittersweet

35. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Melanie

36. Favorite soft drink? Diet fountain Coke with just a little root beer (non-diet) mixed in

37. Favorite restaurant? La Cumbre (on a mountaintop outside of Tegucigalpa, overlooking the city)

38. Hair color? Hum….until recently it was highlighted with blonde, then I decided I wanted to see how much gray I had, so I am currently letting it get back to natural. Answer to my own question? LOTS!!!

39. What was your favorite toy as a child? My little red record player I got for Christmas one year. My daddy worked in a cafĂ© with a jukebox and the guy who serviced it gave him about 100 records (singles)!!! Oldies…even then

40. Summer or winter? Winter

41. Hugs or kisses? Hugs

42. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

43. Coffee or tea? Hot: coffee/Cold:tea

44. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes

45. When was the last time you cried? Monday when I read the blog that Melanie mentioned on her post http://conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com

46. What is under your bed? Nothing…unless you count dust bunnies

47. What did you do last night? Had dinner at home (chicken/black bean quesadillas), watched NCIS and worked on the new grandson’s quilt!

48. What are you afraid of? heights

49. Salty or sweet? Sweet…then salty…then sweet…then salty…you get the picture…

50. How many keys on your key ring? 6

51. How many years at your current job? 3 years, 9 months

52. Favorite day of the week? Saturday when I just spend time doing stuff at our apartment

53. How many towns have you lived in? 6 (some of those multiple times)

54. Do you make friends easily? I make acquaintances easily…good friends with a little more difficulty

55. How many people will you send this to? Whoever reads my blog.

56. How many will respond? 2 maybe 3

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tagged

I've been tagged!

Here's how this one works...
1. The rules are posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and ask them to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago:
1) Spending time with the Hilltoppers for Christ as secretary at the Christian Student Center in Bowling Green
2) Got my first passport and made my first trip to Honduras (Steve had major surgery in Tegucigalpa!)
3) Sent 2 children to Harding University (David’s 1st year of college and Melanie’s 3rd year, transferring from WKU)

Five things on my to do list for today:
1) See Michelle off at the airport in Tegucigalpa
2) Call Melanie to check on my new grandson-to-be
3) Finish the post for my “jeanneinhonduras” blog
4) “Food Saver” all the meat I bought yesterday
5) Have a quiet evening at home with Steve (after having company for the past 4 days)

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1) Build an awesome new clinic here at Baxter
2) Build new married student apartments and a visitor’s center at Baxter
3) Give lots to local congregation
4) Give each of our children $1 million
5) Send all of our grandchildren to college
6) Buy a low-maintenance house to retire in, big enough for all the current and future grandkids…with a pool, and lots of fun stuff for them to do
7) Travel
8) Have a live-in masseuse! (That might be #1)

Three of my bad habits:
1) eating while I’m reading
2) leaving my shoes wherever I take them off
3) picking my toenails (that was hard to admit!)

Five places I have lived:
1) El Dorado, Arkansas
2) Searcy, Arkansas
3) Oxford, Mississippi
4) Farmington, Arkansas
5) Bowling Green, Kentucky
6) Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Five jobs I have had:
1) Working in a florist
2) Secretary
3) Receptionist
4) Billing clerk
5) Missionary

Five People I Want to Know More About:
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Monday, April 14, 2008

My crazy sons

Melanie wrote about the birthday celebration on Saturday.  It was David's actual birthday and such fun getting together, even if for a short time.  We also celebrated Sarah's birthday, April 23, which is after we return to Honduras.

When my boys get together, they are crazy crazier than usual.  It's like they are a comic team...each taking his turn as comic and side kick.  They were all sitting down already in the restaurant when Steve and I arrived and shortly after I sat down, David said (loud enough for others sitting around us to hear), "Well, Mom's been sober for 2 weeks now,"  to which Philip replied (without missing a beat), "It hasn't been 2 weeks!"  Those boys!  Gotta love 'em...they're too old to put up for adoption!

Philip & David upclose

This is not the most flattering picture of my boys, but...hey...it serves them right, don't you think?

I love you guys!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Time with my Daddy

I spent a week in Florida visiting my daddy recently.  I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life in ElDorado, Arkansas but  Daddy has lived in Florida for 30 years. 

This is my daddy.  Isn't he handsome?

Daddy 2

He is 82...born during the depression, was in  WWII and is the greatest story-teller I know.  I could just sit and listen to him for hours (and actually, I do!) talking about his childhood, his father dying when he was 15, working in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and his year in Burma and China during WWII.

Jack Segraves Army

He was 18 years old in this photo which was taken when he first joined the U.S. Army.  He asked my mother to wait for him before "going off to war" and when he returned home in 1945, they were married.

I love hearing Daddy talk about "the war", his life with my mama, Jean, Mama and Daddy

raising 3 children during the 50's and 60's, working at Woody's Grill in El Dorado, Arkansas and later owning The Coffee Cup, losing my mother to cancer when she was only 52,

 

 

Copy of Jack & Betty

marrying Betty in 1978 and moving to Florida, losing his Betty in 1999 and continuing with his life in the little town in Florida.

Daddy sometimes talks of going back to his old stompin' grounds of Walnut Ridge and Lynn, Arkansas.  Everyone needs to dream and he dreams of having a house in the country, going to town every couple of weeks or so but otherwise, pretty much being a hermit.  His home would include a little piece of land, a plow, a dog and a mule.  (I wanted to include a photo here of the house he was born in, but my scanner isn't working at the moment.)

Daddy loves living in Florida...he loves warm weather and doesn't miss the cold at all.  Both my brothers live in the same town as Daddy and he really loves that!  But he still considers himself an Arkansan and always will.  He loves the people, the way of life there, his family ties and roots and even the dirt.  Things just grow better in Arkansas dirt, you know... 

 

After my week in Florida, Daddy spent a week at our house in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  We took a little road trip together and visited his oldest sister, Lucille, who is in a nursing home in Sedalia, Missouri.  We also had lunch with Daddy's childhood sweetheart, Wanda, who lives in St. Louis. 

Daddy & Wanda

My times with my daddy grow more special with each year, each visit. 

 

...I treasure you, Daddy...

                  Copy of Daddy & Me 2