Sunday, October 31, 2010


Belhaven is so much fun beginning with Halloween. From now 'til Mardi Gras nearly every house is decked out. Jackson "celebrated" the Day of the Dead on Saturday with trick-or-treaters. Due to Ole Miss & State having home games and JSU's homecoming the trick-or-treaters were not quite as plentiful as normal. Ashley and her children came over and handed out candy with me--our hubsands were occupied with medical duties but we had out own little party.

On Sunday night the "baby doll" Belhaven Garden Club co-sponsored a block party with games, a band, and trick-or-treating.

Scout made lots of friends at our block party.

Cute, cute fairy.
Jude as a skeleton.

Mrs. Hederman with trick-or-treaters.

Baby Monkey -- First Halloween!

Natalee and I were both Wonder Women Saturday night--thanks to her sweet mama who has the best costume collection in the world.

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a Girl--congrats to Sis & O

I found out the wonderful news that I am officially going to be "Aunt Sis" to a beutiful, precious little girl. My twin sister and her husband told us this summer at the beach that they were expecting and they found out this week that it's a girl. We were all secretly hoping for a girl--my guess was a boy but I'm so, so glad I was wrong!

Things I can't wait to do with my niece (genetically one-half me): tell her funny stories about her parents from college, spoil her rotten, let her stay over and do things her "disciplined" parents probably wouldn't approve of, take her on a Little House on the Praire roadtrip, give her lots of chocolate, teach her the DDD candlelight song, buy her a pony...oh, this is going to be soooo much fun!

Here's the link to her mama's blog post:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fun in the Sun after 61 Years

I spent last weekend with my grandparents, Mama Jean and Papa Carrel, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They were celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary. Wow.

Gulf Shores is literally one of my favorite places on earth. Besides Senatobia, I probably know my way Gulf Shores better than anywhere else. This is saying something for a directional-challenged individual.

It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend and I (as always) learned so much from both of them. MJ and I watched the sunrise and the sunset every day. PC was a great layout buddy (even if he is a big wart!). I really enjoyed watching them watch the Alabama game-Papa Carrel is a retired Bama professor and Mama Jean is probably their biggest football fan-if that coach ever needs any advice Mama Jean could tell him a thing or two!

MJ's marriage advice:
"You know the most important things to be able to say in a marriage are, "I'm sorry" and "You're right." Well, Papa Carrel really can't say either so he just says, "I'm sorry you're right."

My favorite PC quotes were:
"Oh honey, that's just more to love"
(On my comment on some rather large women in very small swimsuits.)

"Look at this, all this time in the sun has made my chest hair turn white"
(On my comment that with such a tan his hair sure looked white).

Mama Jean is going to hate that I got a picture of her without lipstick on--she had no idea my zoom was so good or she would've run inside.

The beaches were beautiful. You could still see small specks of oil and I found a few shells covered in tar but overall it was gorgeous. I hope the Gulf Coast will make a full recovery--it is absolutely the most beautiful place in America (in my humble opinion.)

This is us at Bahama Bob's. I showed them my favortie places to eat and they treated me to as many of them as we could fit into in two days.

A beutiful sunrise.

The sunsets on a perfect beach day.

My mom named me after Papa Carrel (in a way). They didn't want to name me Carrel and my great-grandmother on my dad's side was Kathleen and so she merged the two. She was very disappointed to find out she hadn't "made-up" the name.
The love birds after church at Grace Fellowship PCA on Sunday morning. They found a new "church home" there and I really enjoyed being there. The first person I met was a really nice man originally from Crenshaw (whose mother was a Garrett and remembered my grandfather). In fact, my dad's favorite duck hole is in Crenshaw on the Harris-Garrett place. I'm sure there's a connection back there. He left home at 17 to join the service for WWII and never has lived in Mississippi again. He and his wife actually used to live in our neighborhood in Jackson and then retired on the Gulf Coast. Such a small world.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized
To see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child,
With a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
To find where demonds dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to priase the living Lord,
To whom you now belong.

When you found someone to share your time
And you joined your hearts as one,
I was there to make your verses rhyme
From dusk till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life,
Not too old, no longer young,
I was there to guide you through the night,
Complete what I'd begun.
When the evening gently closes in
And you shut your weary eyes,
I was there as I have always been
With just one more surprise.

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
To see your life unfold.

Copyright 1985, John Ylvisaker

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gabbert Sisters

There were eight Gabbert sisters and two boys. I'm sure in the early 1900s most families would have preferred boys but most of the pictures and stories are of "The Sisters." There are very few pictures of the boys. I don't know why...boys just aren't as much fun. I think Doc would die if I had seven sisters. He and O have issues some times with just two sisters. We talk alot. Thank the Lord for free long distance.

Gabbert Sisters, originally uploaded by Kara Paulk.
A certain counsin was once heard to declare at a Christmas party, "If in the 60s the U.S. government had had the communication system of "the Sisters" there would not have been a Cold War." He apparently was spanked and/or berated if he misbehaved at school by every Sister he had to walk by on the way home. Which was most of them.

For any cousin who grew up in Senatobia, let's see how well you were listening:

1) Name them in order?

2) What did Sister take when she married?

3) Which one was named for a racehorse?

4) Which two shared a husband (after one died-we're not that weird!)?

5) One was married to a preacher from K-O-S-C-I-U-S-K-O (...some board at FBC didn't know who they were crossing when they attempted to cut this down, planted in his memory, for a parking lot)?

6) Who served dessert first, before Sunday dinner, after church?

7) Who only made right hand turns while driving an automobile?

8) Who shot a mule who was in her garden in the middle of town? She called her husband who called the livery man and asked the price of his most expensive mule. Her husband then paid the man that plus a little more and told him to get the dead thing out of his front yard. The sister claimed she was trying to scare the mule--not kill it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Laura's First Shower

Laura's first wedding shower was this Sunday at Senatobia First United Methodist Church. It was so lovely! Everything was beautiful and our sweet friends and family members went all out. The food, flowers, and fellowship was just wonderful. Most of the ladies there have known Thomas his whole life and included his Kindergarten, 1st grade, junior high, high school and art teachers plus Sunday School teachers. They told wonderful stories about him--all were funny and most made him look good. I think that was Laura's favorite part.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mini Cooper & Friends

Our friends Crady & Brad (aka "Brady") were in town this past weekend for a wedding. They came over Thursday night with their new, precious little boy Cooper. Cooper is now about six weeks old and weighs about six pounds! He is a tiny little man but already has a great personality. Our friend Ashley also came over with her 4-month-old Natalee. Ashley and her husband Justin lived in Little Rock for awhile and the Bradys just moved there this summer so they had a lot to talk about. I had a lot of fun holding their babies.

This is Brad with Coop in the kitchen.

Natalee...she is so pretty!

Crady and me with Natalee and Cooper. Crady is one of those friends I've known all my life and we're in each other's birthday videos but didn't really get to be great friends until after college even though we both went to Ole Miss.

This is little Coop on his bear, next to his lion. FYI, I think Jack Bobo should go as Grand Jack...kinda goes with Grand Biscuits...

Doctors discussing something very medical...we tuned them out just a bit. I love how Brad has totally mastered the wine glass and baby pose so quickly.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Millsaps Inauguration

This was a big week for Millsaps College--we officially inaugurated our new president Dr. Rob W. Pearigen. The big shin-dig was Thursday morning in The Bowl on a perfect, beautiful October morning. The day before there was a Civil Right Roundtable featuring some great speakers: Gov. William Winter, author Jon Meacham, investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, interim JSU president Leslie McLemore, and Millsaps alum Jeanne Luckett. It was moderated by Suzanna Marrs, Eudora Welty's biographer and one of my favorite professors at Millsaps. The Clarion Ledger did a great story that was on Friday's metro page and an online photo album.

This is me trying to look cool. I'm trying to ask Jon Meacham, one of my all-time favorite authors, if I can grap him for a quick interview for the local TV station. I got him to sign my American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House book.

Gov. William Winter being interviewed by WLBT. Here's the clip.

For some reason our academia ceremonies remind me of Harry Potter. Don't they walk around in robes like this at Hogwarts? If anyone could figure out how to make sticks fly, these professors would be the ones.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dog Gone Good

Our friends Jes & Del down the street were smoking 16 Boston Butts yesterday. And they smoked us a chicken. It was finger-lickin' good. We ate most of it before it got in the fridge. Jes sent Pepe and Scout some bones to chew on. They thought they were paw-lickin' good.

Scout gets a little possessive of his bones and runs off to try and eat in secret. He got very annoyed that I followed him.

Pepe was a bit nicer about his bone and decided to eat his on my new sod. Which I spent all afternoon running him off of it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Just "Be"

Don't you just love when a video goes viral that would NEVER appear on the national news? I've seen this several times in the last week:!/video/video.php?v=158348990848143

Watch it twice and see if you can feel sorry for yourself.

My dear friend Ashely who has told me to just "be" sent me this saying...for those of you who followed Franz Mania, this is her new site ( :

Mom says (and she got this from Grandmother):

"If someone thinks that they are sick, go to their house, let them get a good shower, feed them a good meal, let them sleep, and clean up their house. If they are not well after that, they need anti-biotics."