Sunday, August 9, 2009


These past few days have been super busy for us. We have so many life milestones going on right now and we have been doing alot of getting ready for and celebrating those milestones!

Thursday night was fun because my mom had a little get together for all her oldest granddaughters...Ashley, Laura, Lindy, and my niece Brianna. She invited them out for dinner at PF Changs and then to spend the night at her house and watch movies and have dessert, etc. Unfortunately, Ashley got sick and couldn't go, but the other three girls went. They all have birthdays this month AND they are all leaving for college in about a week and a half. So it was kind of a celebration of all those things.

She gave them some birthday spending money (what girl doesn't love that??) and she gave them a very special book. My mom was a high school English teacher and she loves literature and poetry. She has a book of poems that she got from her mother that is her favorite. So she bought one of these books for each of her granddaughters.

She wrote a sweet letter inside the front cover of each one and inside she put special family pictures and her favorite quotes, etc.

She also underlined special poems in the book and wrote in the margins about things that she liked. I know it meant so much to Laura and Lindy. It is something they will always treasure.

I had a great time Thursday night, too, because I got to go out to dinner with a sweet friend of mine who I have been friends with since high school. I love her so much and her daughter just got married, so she was able to give me lots of tips and advice. I don't have any pictures of us though. We were too busy talking our heads off! haha

This weekend was tax-free weekend here, so we have been buying everything we could think of to finish getting ready for school to start. School supplies, clothes, printers, dorm room stuff, etc. I also found out that Ann Taylor Loft is giving teachers a 15% discount now just like J Crew does!

Just bring in your teacher ID and you're set.

Last night was a very special night for our family. It was Ashley and John's engagement party.

John's Uncle Stacy has a beautiful home with a pool and he went ALL OUT to host an absolutely wonderful party for both families last night. I think there were about 40 people there.

It couldn't have been any nicer. Stacy used to be a chef and he pulled out all the stops for us on food. He had the most delicious appetizers to start off with. Then he brought out platter after platter of amazing dishes like crab cakes and marinated pork tenderloin, grilled asaparagus and eggplant and squash, green bean and potato salad, sliced roast beef with horseradish sauce, etc... We ate so much.

We have met John's parents, but we had never met his extended family like aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. You never know how those kinds of events will go, but they are all just the warmest and most hospitable people you would ever meet. Everyone was so welcoming and made us feel right at home. We had a great time getting to know everyone. There were lots of hugs all around and good conversation and a sweet prayer for John and Ashley and a few sentimental tears. It already feels like we are one big family together and I am so grateful for that.

Last night was also the night Lindy had to say goodbye to her boyfriend, Kevin. Needless to say, it was very sad for her. They are both going to different schools for college and those schools are not near each other. So, she is a little blue today. I remember when I left for Baylor and Steve was going to NC State. He came over the morning my family was leaving and we stood in my driveway and hugged goodbye and I cried my eyes out. He had made me a cassette tape of all of "our songs" during our high school years. I played that tape all the way to Texas and it felt like I would never see him again. It was just pitiful. So I know what she is going through. I am so proud of her for being really strong, though. The best thing about being separated in today's world is that you can text or e-mail or chat or skype! That will hopefully make it a little easier.

So...those are the ups and downs of life in the Maddox household lately! I'm sure the next few weeks will keep us on this rollercoaster for a little longer. I will keep you posted on everything!


  1. You really DO have so much going on!!! I'm thinking of you right now as you are getting ready to have an empty nest. I know it's a happy/sad time for you and Steve.
    You have raised such wonderful children - you should be so proud.
    And that Grandmother/granddaughter idea is so special!

  2. I'm praying for you and your family during all of these happy and new times. I too can relate to leaving a boyfriend behind and it is such a pitiful, sad feeling. The good news is that there are great things awaiting each of them, whether they remain together or separate. You're smart to enjoy the new things and embrace them and not worry or be nervous about "new" or "change".

  3. Betsy! I have missed you! This is just the sweetest post and I cried as I read the sweet note Lindy's grandmother wrote to her in that book. Wow! I hope I can be that kind of grandmother one day! The party for Ashley looks amazing. I adore that picture of Ashley when he asks her to marry him. It is just SO sweet! I can also relate to leaving Derek behind when I went off to OBU. It was only an hour and a half away but it felt like it was eight hours. We didn't have computers in our rooms or cell phones, so she is many steps ahead as far as communication goes, but it is still hard! I love how you are soaking in all of the changes that are taking place. You are just the most amazing mom!

  4. Wow, I have missed you but you have been busy my friend!your post was so sweet.I love the idea about the poem books,They will be cherished forever! Blessings

  5. That is the sweetest thing - what your Momma did for the granddaughters!!

    The engagement party looked beautiful.

    I've been thinking about you (and Ashley) a lot lately as you prepare to go back to school.

  6. I will be thinking about you the next couple of weeks. You've got lots going on and just the empty nest syndrone alone is enough to make you go over the edge for the first couple of weeks. After's GREAT!!!!

    LUV your mosaic, aren't the fun to make!!!

  7. The engagement party looks/sounds like it was a hit! How fun! I did not know that Ann Taylor Loft gives teachers a discount...thank you for telling us that! Yay...that makes me excited! The poem book is so sweet, too! What a great gift idea!

  8. What a neat idea for your mom to do that with her granddaughter's! I love the poem book idea, I swear my eyes were tearing up. Your girls will love that. It's things like that that make me miss home. I want my girls (all my kids) to be close to my parents. The party looks so fun and that food is awesome! I will be praying for you during these times and your kids too!

  9. I don't know how you juggle everything and do not go!

    *I am so glad that you were able to have some time with your family on the lake. Some of my fondest chood memories are on the lake :)!

    *Yay for tax free weekend! Target was like Christmas yesterday...people everywhere.

    *That party looks AMAZING!!!

    *My favorite is the book of poetry. Your mother is so sweet and thoughtful...just like you!

  10. What a busy time in your life! Congratulations on Ashley and John's engagement. How special the weeks and months ahead will be. I think the grandmother/granddaughter event sounded like a wonderful idea. The gift your mother gave to them was priceless! I wish you all the best in this new adventure. What a lovely party they gave to all of you.

  11. You've been busy!! I know how bitter sweet all of these milestone are. We are busy too and I am feeling a little overwhelmed this week. I am dreading Saturday when we move our daughter to State. The other one will go to school the next week. It makes me sad thinking about it. I'll be thinking about you and praying for all of us moms that are in transition right now.

  12. Hi, Betsy! I found your blog thru Kelly's Korner and I love reading your posts! I love that idea that your mother used for her granddaughters- that is so special and something they can always have as a piece of her!

    And the food at that! Is he the caterer for the wedding too????

  13. WOW! I don't know where to start! I think the gift that the girls grandmother gave was so speacial! I think just seeing the words "Ann Taylor" and "discount" in the same sentence made me giddy! And... that party! OH MY! That looks like SO. MUCH. FUN! Glad you are staying busy with so many fun things!!!

  14. What a sweet gift that Dwain gave the girls! I will have to remember that for years to come when I am a grandmother one day! I also loved the cake that Ashley and John had at their party! You guys have been really busy! I can't believe we go back next week!


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