Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Fun Weekend And Some Sad News

This weekend, we decided to drive to Greenville to see Laura and Lindy. Laura has been taking summer classes at ECU with Lindy and we wanted to go hang out with them before their time there was over. We had a lot of fun!

Thursday night Mark and his girlfriend, Kate, met us for Mexican food. Lindy's boyfriend, Sean, came too. We got our favorite...homemade guacamole. I think I could make a whole meal just out of that! :)

After dinner, we just walked around campus for a while. Lindy and Laura showed us where some of their classes were.

On Saturday morning, we got bagels at one of Lindy's favorite places.

Laura had to take an exam so Lindy and I went back to her dorm to get her all packed up and ready to come back home next week.

We had fun just hanging out all day and late that afternoon, we drove to the beach where Steve's sister, Angela lives. (Lindy had to study for an exam so she didn't go with us.)

Angela was so sweet and fixed us a big shrimp boil. It was so good!

We rode bikes and walked out to the beach and hung out and talked. Angela lives near Beaufort, NC, which is a really cute, quaint little town. If you read any of Nicholas Sparks' books, you will know that many of his books are set here. "A Walk To Remember" was even filmed here! After dinner, we went over there and strolled around. We got coffee and cookies and looked at all the boats and listened to music. It was such a nice night!

Angela has two little kitties named Flo and Jerry (after Steve's parents, Florence and Jerry). They were adorable and entertained us constantly! They were so playful and funny.

Laura and Steve and I left this morning, but Mark and Kate stayed and went to the beach for the afternoon.

On our way back to ECU, we stopped at a few roadside stands and picked up some peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, and blackberries. Yummm!! That is one of my favorite things about summer!

And, you know you are in the country when you see one of these signs...

When we got back to ECU, we took Lindy and Laura to lunch at a little place called Sup Dogs. I got this yummy chili hotdog...

We had a great weekend!

Despite our fun weekend, we have had a heavy heart. Last week, Steve's cousin, Cynthia had a sudden heart attack while she was in New York City with her husband and a few friends celebrating her 58th birthday.

We have been so worried about her all week and right as we were pulling into the parking lot at Lindy's dorm on Thursday afternoon, we got the phone call that she had passed away. I can't even tell you what a shock this was. Cynthia was beautiful and energetic and bubbly and fun. You would never in a million years dream that she would be the victim of a heart attack!! We loved her so much and will really miss her.

Here she is with her daughter, Jackye and one of her grandbabies...

(Her daughter, Jackye, happens to be married to Haley Barbour's son Reeves. Haley Barbour is the governor of Mississippi.)

She loved her children and grandchildren so much and she was very much loved by her whole family!!

I know Steve would appreciate your prayers for his family. We just lost his dad two and a half months ago, so this is hard for them right now. We will be traveling to Mississippi next week to spend time with his family and go to the memorial service. Thank you!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear of your family's sad news. You're in my prayers.

  2. Betsy, I'm sorry to hear about your loss! Will be thinking of you as you travel.

    Is that Boulevard Bagel in Greenville? They're my favorite!!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. :(

  4. Oh Betsy,
    I'm so sorry to hear this. She was so pretty and looks so healthy. Love you friend ~~ I'll be praying for y'all and thinking of you ~~ Dawn

  5. Goodness, Steve's poor family has been through so much in such a short time! I will certainly send prayers!

    On a lighter note, it sounds like y'all certainly made the best of the weekend - everything sounded so fun! Y'all sure know how to eat!! ;-)

  6. I am so sad for you and Steve. What a terrible shock!! I'll be praying for you all and your safe travel.

    PS. Your kids have some good-looking boy/girl friends!


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