Moving toward the Big Day

In December Scott proposed to Kellianne, and she said yes.

Since then the months have flown, and we're less than two weeks away from the wedding.

We've celebrated birthdays, attended showers, enjoyed Easter, and Kelli graduated. It's been a wonderful and fun year full of blessings. We look forward to Kellianne Crouse becoming Kellianne Layton and our new daughter!

Never Give Up Part 2

Last week I shared how I got into pharmacy school. I loved living in Athens, Georgia and attending UGA. But there were hard times. I didn't breeze through my classes.

I always struggled with wanting to be a good mother to Bill and studying. There were times I considered giving up. I could finish one of the other degrees I started with a lot less stress.

During some of these times it was my mother, Nancy Lutz, who kept encouraging me. She told me I could do it. She reminded me Bill depended on me to graduate so I could provide for him. She had faith in me and wouldn't let me give up on myself. She was the voice of encouragement in my ear.

I did eventually graduate. During my time in Athens, I met Tim. We fell in love and married. Eventually we moved back to Kentucky to be closer to family.

When Bill went to college, he told us he wanted to be a pharmacist. I'll be the first to tell anybody Bill is way smarter than me. He got into UK and is now a pharmacist. I joke about him surviving pharmacy school twice, and he's a great pharmacist.

Here's Bill today with his wife, Amanda and their beautiful daughters.

In this picture you'll see the four pharmacists in my family. Dick Lutz, Chris Lutz, Bill Sturdevant, and me surrounded by our loving, and encouraging family.

If you're struggling today, I'd like to encourage you to never give up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bittersweet Days

Miriam Webster defines bittersweet as pleasure alloyed with pain.

The summer before my son, Scott, started high school he picked up a tennis racket. What started out as a favor to play tennis with my husband turned into a passion. And with that passion came a lot of hard work and sacrifice for the next eight years. Scott took lessons, played on the high school team, and competed in many tournaments through high school. When it came time to look for colleges, he only considered schools where he could play tennis. After several college visits, he finally chose to attend Asbury University.

When he graduated from high school, we were a little sad to see that era pass. But now he's graduating from college, and thus will end his competitive days.

Senior Day dawned beautiful and warm. God could not have given us a more perfect day. Coach Miller had a short and sweet presentation for the seniors before the match began.

Scott's doubles partner is recovering from an injury, so he was paired with Josh to play number one doubles. If you add their heights, they are over thirteen feet tall. It was so fun to watch them play together. Sometimes the other team would hit a shot at them, and I'd think there was no way we'd get it, and one of them would stick a long arm out and return the shot.

The team has conference play coming up. If they win conference, they have a chance to go to the national tournament. Each match they win moves them closer to nationals. Any loss will end the season.

Scott and Josh won their doubles match. When Scott walked off Asbury's tennis courts today, it was his last home match. Ever. A bittersweet sensation overwhelmed me. I think Scott was relieved I only asked to take pictures and didn't actually start crying.

My oldest son, Bill, played tennis for AU before he transferred to UK for pharmacy school. Bill works full time, but he helped Coach Miller at the late night tennis practices through the winter. I was so happy that Bill was able to be around for Senior Day.

Thanks for stopping by my back porch and letting me reflect on the wonderful time we've had watching Scott play tennis the last eight years.

Happy Thanksgiving and We've got a winner!

I've had a blessed year. So many great times with family and friends.

The winner of Rose McCauley's Christmas Belles of Georgia is Tiffany Amber Stockton. Congratulations.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Chris...

I'm thankful for the friends and family God has blessed me with.

1 Chronicles 16:8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

Philippians 1:3 I thank God in all my remembrances of you.

Thanks for being part of my life!

Family changes

I've missed being here the last couple of weeks. We've been going through a big change in my family. I met my husband twenty-six years ago. I think I fell in love with him the moment our eyes met. We dated for two years and then married. I've been a Layton since May 27, 1989.

The past month my father-in-law, Harold Layton, has declined. Around midnight he finally left us and went to meet our Lord. I've been remembering so many times together. He always enjoyed coming to watch my boys play sports. In his last conversation with my oldest son, Bill, he asked about UK basketball. Our family will miss this sweet man.

On another note, my son Scott will be home next week after three and a half months in Sevilla, Spain. Even though he's been in college for two years, it's been different with him so FAR away. I can't wait to see him!

He didn't know anybody when he flew out of here, but he's made some good friends with a group of students from California. This summer when they sent him a list of students he discovered there were only five guys going over for the semester. This would be another adjustment because he was raised with a brother and mostly hangs out with guy friends. So he learned a lot of Spanish, and he learned things like what a "wedge shoe" was.

He also joined a gym and worked out almost everyday.

I wanted to share some pictures with you that make me happy. I hope they bring a smile to your face.