** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Friday, January 1, 2010


Today is an incredibly special day! Oh, I know what you are probably thinking. It is New Years Day - of course it is special. However, today means something much more special to my family and me. It is the 95th birthday of our family's Matriarch. Yes, on January 1, 1915, my grandmother, Jewell Mae O'Neal, was born! Isn't that amazing?!?

My grandmother has had such a huge impact on my life. She and Papa lived next door to our family while I was growing up. When my brother, sister and I were young, my parents were not really involved in church like they are now. Therefore, our grandparents made sure we went with them almost every single Sunday. This is something I will always be grateful to them for. I'm really not sure I would have the same relationship with the Lord that I do today if it wasn't for them.

I can still remember riding in the backseat of their car on the way to church and back each Sunday. Then nearly every Sunday afternoon, one of my siblings or I would get to go with them to Morrison's Cafeteria, near the airport in Atlanta, to eat lunch after church. Oh, this was such a treat for a young child who did not get to go out to eat very often!

My siblings and I spent lots of time with our Granny. She was always sewing, cooking or telling us a story about her childhood. We used to watch her do all kinds of things like hanging her yummy smelling clothes out on the line, cleaning her already spotless house or making some of her awesome apple jelly. We were always thrilled when she'd let us help her pick strawberries or beans out of the garden, get fresh water out of their well, help her make fresh squeezed lemonade or shell peas with her out on the screened porch. There was ALWAYS something to do with Granny Jewell! Even though she lived right next door, we absolutely loved to spend the night with her and Papa! We thought it was SO hysterical when Granny would come to tuck us in after she'd already 'taken her teeth out' and put her hair net on. LOL!

I have so many fond memories of time spent with my Granny and I thank the Lord for them all. She is such an amazing lady and we are so blessed to still have her with us. I pray she is having an absolute wonderful birthday!




Granny's 90th Birthday Party 1-1-2005
My Mom, Mo, My Dad, Granny, Bek & Me
Wow, how things change in 5 years, especially kids! :0(




septembermom said...

How wonderful! She looks great :) Happy Birthday to your Granny. May God bless her and your whole family.

Happy New Year Teresa!!

Samantha said...

Oh, the wonderful love of a Granny !
Happy Birthday to her, she looks lovely.
Happy New year dear Teresa !!

ter@waaoms said...

happy birthday to your granny!

I have moved my blog, but I hope you'll come and visit me soon (You can find the link by clicking my name!)

New England Girl said...

How wonderful! What a sweet lady. Happy birthday to her! May she have many more healthy and beautiful years. :)
Happy New Year!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Awww....Happy birthday to your granny! Wishing her many more wonderful years to come! :)

christy rose said...

Happy Birthday to your grandma! 95 years! Wow!
Have a blessed new year~

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

How wonderful! Happy Birthday Granny Jewell

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Wow!! What an AMAZING birthday milestone!! Happy Birthday to her!!!

Naqvee said...

95 years .. God bless you All. happy new year and happy belated b'day to granny!!! lots of love and blessings from India.
Naqvee.. xoxo

I'm Rebekah said...

Congrats and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

Morgan said...

Just wanted to let you know I sent your glasses out on Christmas Eve. I am a dope, I know! They are due to be delievered on Tuesday of this week!!!

Morgan said...

Also- love this post! What a wonderful impact she has made on so many people. Such a blessing!

Kathryn said...

Great post! :)

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Anonymous said...

What wonderful memories! I hope your grandmother had a great birthday! And Happy New Year to you and your family.

Aleta said...

Wow, she sounds like a wonderful lady! What a blessing. You had me smiling as I read about your fond memories. Loved the picture - she looks beautiful!

Crown of Beauty said...

What an awesome woman your grandmother is! I admire women like her who never give up. I've heard some say, Oh, I'd never want to live that long... and after reading your post I found myself saying, "I'd gladly live out all the days God has intended for me to live."

Thank you for sharing this. And the picture you shared of her 90th birthday is lovely.

I think of you often, dear Teresa and lift up a prayer of hope for you.

Happy New Year.

Kristen said...

Wow! What an awesome occasion! I wish I had been blessed enough to have any relatives close to me growing up (besides the ones in my house lol)....What a blessing! I do have fond memories of my grandparents though...so I can imagine some of the wonderful things you can remember growing up so close!!


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