Monday, October 17, 2005


We finally made family history last night and got a picture of my mother, the oldest living member of her family, with all of her descendants. It took some doing, getting them all together in one place at one time, but we finally have it. We had to wait for Avery (in black) to get home from work, which made Gracie (front left) and Collin (front right) way late going to their dad's, who had them for the night and school the next day; he said "Have 'em ready for bed and send them over the minute they're done," so Gracie's hair is still wet from her shower and they're in their pajamas. Jon (back row), Abbie (on his lap) and Jamie had brought my mother for a one-day overnight trip 250 miles. They were leaving the next morning at 7 to make Abbie's twice-yearly appointment with her cardiologist on their way back. What a whirlwind! I wish the ones in the front row, especially me, had been able to be farther away from the camera. Why on earth didn't I have Abbie sit with the other kids in front and put myself on the sofa with the grownups? I look like a giant. And of course 9-yr-old Collin had to make dorky faces at the camera in every shot. But we finally got it: my mother, her only child (me), my 3 children, and their kids, all in one place.

ID's, left to right:
Front: Gracie, me, Collin
Back: Jon with Abbie, Avery, my mother, Valerie


nancytoby said...

Beautiful!!!! That's a shot to treasure even if you are a GIANT!!! :-)

'Zilla said...

Pushaw.. You look FANTASTIC! :) A picture to cherish, for sure.

Downhillnut said...

You're a very well proportioned, young-looking giant. I want to look as young as you, and be happy sitting on the floor with the kids when I'm 53.

Great job on the family pic! It's hard getting everyone together for those kinds of shots, but it will mean a lot to everyone to have it.

*jeanne* said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - it's a bad angle, that looking-upward-over-the-legs-and-thighs shot.
But the bottom line is, if you are not happy at your current weight (and you are NOT anorexic, let me add. THAT is another can of worms entirely.) then you should work to get where you want to be.
It's NOT about the scale, it's NOT about what others's about optimum health and wellness.
I've always been fairly lucky - I tend toward slimness. But my dietary CRAVINGS are kidstuff - give me sweets and fats and I'll rarely look farther.
And as we AGE (!GASP!) these unhealthy habits are gonna catch up and GET us.
It's a great idea, this blog. I hope it makes your challenge more manageable!

Dennis Cesone said...

Hey, nevermind you look like a giant! What's more important is the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions! I agreed with downhillnut's comment.

People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts and intentions. 1 Samuel 16:7

Thanks for the picture you posted.

Ellie said...

True enough, but our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and ideally give testimony to God's abundance, not to our own greed and misuse of God's gifts...

Actually I'm a short little gal, not a giant at all. And I have padding that's not the camera angle... just plain more food than I need. But thank you!!

Whatever you eat, or drink, or do, do all to the glory of God. --1 Co. 10:31

Dianne W said...

If you could choose a camera angle that makes you look big, this is it! Remember that ironman training has added muscle so the number on the scale is not as important as how your clothes fit.