Category Archives: TBT

TBT: Ginger and Plato – Our Lovely Dogs!

8 years ago last month we drove to Pennsylvania and picked up Ginger. 8 years ago this month, we drove to West Virginia and got Plato. Ginger is a pure bred Irish Setter and Plato is a Golden Doodle.

TBT Plato Ginger

They have been such a joy to us. Plato loves chasing balls and has since the beginning – Ginger caught on to the fun, but it took her a bit longer. Ginger loves to bark and to come inside and pretend she is a lap dog! Plato just wants to run and play.

TBT: 1st Service Greeter Team

In January of 2014, I gathered with other 8:30 service greeters from Blue Ridge Community Church. Brian and Michael were heading to Africa for a missions trip. We had helped support them for this journey and they wanted a photo of us to take with them. Almost 2 years later, all but one of these greeters is still on this team. And we have added more to our crew! 2015-09-03 07.30.57-1From left to right: Charlotte, Gwen, Rob, Chris, Leigh, me, Katrina (my daughter), Corine, Michael, John, Denise and Brian.

Each Sunday morning, we meet at 7:30 and share with one another and pray for one another and for other needs God brings to our attention. Then we head out to our various posts and greet everyone coming in the doors that morning. This is what being in community is about. The support and love of our Christian brothers and sisters. Each week, we strive to make everyone who is visiting us that day realize how special they are to us and to God.

TBT: My First Car

It was 1983 and I was looking for my very own car. I had a savings account that my parents had opened for me when I was a wee lass. It had $1200 in it. I used it to buy a 1975 Monte Carlo – I called her Quicksilver and I loved her!

Dad, Me and my Monte CarloI had big plans for Quicksilver – I wanted to paint her black and put on mag wheels – those plans never came to fruition, but I drove her for five years and was happy every time I got behind the wheel. In my opinion, she was one of the prettiest cars ever made.

So many memories when I look at this picture – it was taken when we lived in Blumont Estates. I was wearing my pants with fur on them – mohair I think it was called. My dad was wearing a Homestead Builders hat – from when he worked with Kenny Smith and I was wearing my unicorn polo shirt (no alligators for me!).  The big tree behind the car was the largest on our property. It took two people with outstretched arms to reach all the way around the trunk. When Dad and I went to test drive this car – he rode in the back. He told me there were inches of beer cans back there! Dad, Mom, and I built this house. So many drives in this car on the parkway, to the drive-in on Timberlake road, back and forth to college. Truly a picture is worth a thousand words.

TBT: Moving into the Dorm

Today, I was in Walmart, along with dozens of parents and their teenagers coming to school. School is back in session and we have a lot of colleges in the Lynchburg area: Central Virginia Community College,   Liberty University, Lynchburg College,  Miller-Motte College, National College, Randolph College, and Sweet Briar College.

So many hopeful and excited young adults embarking on a great adventure. I watched with nostalgia as parents picked up rugs, dorm fridges, pillows, hangers and more. I listened as one Dad recommended to his daughter that she try Marie Callender meals because they were ‘the bomb.’ I couldn’t help but smile.

The influx of students means a lot for Lynchburg. More traffic, longer lines in stores and longer waits at restaurants. It also means more money for our economy. These young folks and their parents helped keep us fairly stable during the last recession. They need jobs, but they also provide a need for jobs that are filled by the local folks They bring new ideas, excitement, cultural events, and laughter.

I realize that the same dynamics were in play when more than 4,000 students descended on the College of William and Mary back in the 1980s. We were a boon and an annoyance. At the time, I was only aware of being excited about learning, making new friends and becoming more independent. I had no clue that the local folks cared one way or another about our invasion.

I remember moving into my Freshman room – my parents and our pull along U-Haul in attendance. Negotiating with a person I barely knew about how our furniture would be placed in our 10′ x 10′ room. My mom and dad being proud, excited and sad. So many new experiences and friendships began that day – including with my roommate who I am still friends with today.

Move In DayMove In Day

Bunk BedsBunk Beds – do you know which is mine?

Doug and MelI may have liked unicorns…Doug was the R.A. for our brother dorm, Hunt.

Phone HomePhoning Home…way before cell phones!