Saturday, May 19, 2012


 We just call it 600.

 It was 1959 when Interstate Life transferred Leonard from Cookeville to Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  After staying at the Old James K. Polk Hotel for a week while looking for a house, we saw a sign board, right across the front door of 600 that said, “For Rent”.  We looked at it and visited with the owners, Baxter and Frances Hobgood, that night. The Hobgoods fell in love with our precious children, and rented the house to us for $75.00 a month.

The house was near a good grammar school, the square where we both worked and was only five blocks from church.  During the years we were living there, we offered, from time to time, to buy the house; but Mrs. Hobgood would not sell, even when she went into a nursing home.  We lived here 40 years before she agreed to sell us her childhood home.

We had lots and lots of our children's friends here and many slumber parties. One slumber party found 100 boys and girls here until midnight and 65 girls spending the night, bedded down in sleeping bags all over the house.

There were chandeliers in every room and we lost several globes during yo-yo season when the children were in there early teens.

 Our family has increased from 6 to 57 in the past 53 years since we came to 600.  Family gathering have filled the house with joy and love each holiday during all of those years.

The painters have just given 600 a new facelift.  They did a marvelous job, it looks ready for another half century of fellowship.  Our home will always be remembered as the childhood home to my children rather than the quaint little five room house where we lived when they were all born, or in Cookeville where we spent two fun years.

This is a rather big house for one little old lady, but I have a good alarm system, and feel very safe here with my memories.  I am pictured above waving to Merry as she heads home after a few days visit.  I feel so lucky to be able to stay here for this long and I am indeed fortunate to have three awesome children who love me and make sure I have everything I need.

Yes, again I say, thank God for the wonderful gift.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Mother's Day Invasion of Queentalks!

I am invading Queentalks with thoughts of love and devotion for our Mother, in honor of Mother's Day.

Titus 2:4 says, train younger women "to love their husbands and be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."   ...You set an example to us of these things and we continue to strive to live up to the standard.

Proverbs 19:18 tell us to, "Discipline your son, for in that there is hope"...we have indeed experienced that hope many times.

In Proverbs (31:28) the Bible says, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her".  ...We do and he did.

Like your mother before you, may we continue to pass on what you have taught us.  

  Happy Mother's Day, Mama
With love from,

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sending up extra praises today for my greatest earthly gift from God.
Leonard 5/4/24- 12/8/05
~Happy Birthday~

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3…for My Mama

May 3, you have come – the day I always sing

“Happy Birthday, Dear Mama” – the familiar tune, it must ring!

Can you hear my voice as I sing the words to you?

You’ve gone on before me, but our love is so true.

“Happy Birthday, Dear Mama”, a party, a cake…

This year so very different, no sweet pastry to bake.

You are loved, you are missed, you are needed right here.

What a party, not so long ago, has it really been a year?!

Son named John, daughter Susan, Jahnna with dark eyes and hair,

Of course, Dani and also Angie…at so many parties we were there!

Much love from Mike, later Jeanette, and the boys who married your girls,

Late came Ellie, a great grandchild, little blond one, fresh made curls!

“Tista Dendedon”, Brother Ken, and then Baby Girl Polly,

We remember, we do love you, and we know that by golly…

You celebrate your own birthday in the presence of THE KING!

There a brother, there a daddy, there a mother, they will sing!

“Happy Birthday, Dear Mama”, the song I sing out loud!

To be your little girl, even grown now, forever I am proud!

And proud of you, my Mama, of our hearts whose link will break never

Cross our fingers; weave them together; I love you always, forever and ever!

by: Susan Headrick

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Jewel

Betty 5/2/46 - 10/30/02

I held a Jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep
The day was warm, and winds were prosy
I said, "Twill keep"

I woke..and chid my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone..
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own...

Emily Dickinson

I will always celebrate the day you were born...Mom