Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Time With My Mom

On this day last year, EZ posted a picture of me all dressed up in my sanitized garb about to administer one of many Neupogen shots to his abdomen in preparation for his stem cell transplant. Not much fun!

This year, I am having alot more fun, in historic Edenton, NC for two days with my mother...just the two of us. You see, today, August 11th, marks my father's birthday. He would have been 82. It will always be a difficult day for us, and one most of our family will forever remember. You see my Dad made sure everyone had August 11th permanently sealed in their memory. He quizzed us about it all the time..."Now when is my birthday?" It was a standing joke in the family and the grandkids would often miss out on treats if they couldn't tell Grandpa when his birthday was!

Mom and I decided to get away to a place the two of them had always hoped to visit and just never got the chance. We are staying in a bed and breakfast, touring the town, getting a lesson on how to cook ribs, going to see "The Help" and just reminiscing about their 60 years together. Check back next week for some pictures of our special time together. Happy Birthday Dad! We miss you...


  1. Happy Birthday to Grandpa Stout! I still love how he quizzed you all about his birthday. Tara used to talk all about that. Hope you and Gigi have a fantastic time celebrating together.

  2. I'm so glad that you all made plans to do this together! A great way to spend Grandpa's birthday! Love you!

  3. Wishing you a wonderful time away with your Mom!

  4. So glad you all decided to get away. I know you both are loving it!!