Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 in pictures

After the Christmas tornado
The aftermath of a devastating tornado in Mobile Alabama on Christmas Day, 2012. This was the church where my  husband and I were married. The high school from which we both graduated was hit, too, along with several homes and other businesses. Miraculously, no one was killed or seriously injured, praise God!

 The school re-opened this September; the students were housed in mobile classrooms at another high school campus in the city from January-May, 2013. The church is rebuilding; meanwhile the parishioners are meeting in the repaired Parish Hall. For a few months they met in the building of a sister church in the city. Most of the homes have been or are being repaired. Some had to be torn down. The businesses have been repaired.

Key West, Florida
We took a cruise from New Orleans to Key West and the Bahamas, along with about 30 of our friends from church. It was a wonderfully restful time!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I didn't take many photos in March, just this one on St. Patrick's Day. We had begun house-hunting in preparation for a move to be closer to our children and grandchildren. This was taken in the driveway of our son's house.

Daddy's girls
Son and granddaughters, the reason for moving. We bought our new house in April, found it, liked it, made an offer, signed the papers and took possession!

A sea of boxes
Packing up our whole house, getting ready for the move

Living room with new rug
We moved in on June 1 and began furnishing our new home with pieces we already had, some items that had belonged to my mother, and a few we bought new or (mostly) from a flea market/antique store.

Brand new grandson!
Brand new baby grandson to join his sisters, ages 5 and 2!

Enjoying our pool with the family!

Jazz on the Grass
Attended a music fest on Labor Day, Jazz on the Grass

Morning sun (with "Joe the Fisherman")
A subtle (*very* subtle) change in the foliage

Cutting up at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Dinner with our son and daughter-in-law. The son with the children spent the holiday with his wife's family.

Joy to the world!
Eldest granddaughter is in kindergarten now. This is her school Christmas pageant. (She's the angel on the left.). I'm so glad we live here where we can be a part of their growing up!

Birthday dinner
Another one for December, consider it Lagniappe! This was my birthday dinner with my husband. :-)