Thursday, February 26, 2009


Hello there and welcome to another
wonderful and fabulous Favorite
Family Foto Friday.As always hosted
by our one and only Ms Deborah @

Again today,I get to show

off my family.

What could be better?

You should join us.

Today,I am going to

show off "My Precious

Son."Or at least that"s

what his sisters called

him for years.Can you

relate?He was a great

kid and young man.

He never got into

trouble,always acted with

respect for others.But

more importantly,he

NEVER lied.That was

only one of his awesome


He started out during

the summers working for

one of my clients husbands

as a go-fer for a builder.

You know

you do all the stuff noone

else wants to do.But he

did it well.

Lets slide on into the

future.He wound up working

for the most prestigous

builders in Dallas.Everybody

wanted him.He was a smart

a hard worker and

very creative.

He married a lovely lady,

had three beautiful children,

One passed away.We don't

want to go there today.

Today is a happy story.

He accomplished the

American dream.Big,


home,swimming pool,

New vehicles,trips,bonus.


works.He had nowhere to

go ,but up.

Well like a movie,he got

sick.Many years later,he

is finally diagnosed as

bi-polar.He lost all.And

has gone

through so much.But he

is once again back on the mend.

Once he was finally diagnosed,

he's on some great meds

now.I feel someday he once

again will re-gain all he has lost.

I know this sounds like a sad story.

But believe me,the worse is behind

all of us.And it has been HARD.

I almost didn't do a post on him.

But how to do skip a child?

And by the way,this is pretty

little Sarahs father.And he has a

son,Josh.I'll post one on him soon.

You other moms can relate to this.

He is my baby.And once years ago,I pulled

him down on my lap for a little hug.

I said something to the effect of


Being the strong

manly,manly man that he was.He quickly

jumped up and said,"I'm not a baby

momma."And I said,"when you are 80

yrs old,you will always be my baby."

I didn't mean this to depress

anyone.We,or rather he,has gotten the

very worse behind him,Lord willing.

Thank you for are

always appreciated.

Now lets hop on over to Ms Deborah

and look at everybody elses pics,shall


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Keetha said...

Oh my - - - I'm a SUCKER for boots and a cowboy hat!!!

I'll be doing a "Friday Sky Watch" photo post in the morning - - - actually, it's done and preset to post after midnight.

Tomarie said...

Ann, thank you for sharing your baby boy with us! He sounds like a wonderful human being who has seen his ups and downs like we all have. I'm so glad you all have each other. And he is one HANDSOME guy...and a musician too! That's double trouble! :-))
Thank you for sharing! Love ya! L~

Susie Mitchell said...

Hi Ann! Thanks for sharing your son with us! Wonderful story of hope. Praying God will continue to bless him with all good things in life. Years ago, I made a sign that I sold all over Central & West Texas. Here are the might want to use it.
A mother's son is never a man at all...
But, just her little boy grown tall.
Blessings, susie

marty39 said...

Such a great story of God's grace and healing. I believe the Lord will bless him beyond all he can dream or imagine. God bless you for the love and strength you have given to him. Hugs, Marty

mbkatc230 said...

Thank you for sharing this story Ann. My brother-in-law is bi-polar, and like your precious son it was years before he was properly diagnosed. He is doing very, very well now. Your son is a handsome man, and I'm a sucker for a guy with a guitar as you well know! Hugs, Kathy

Linda said...

Ann, that is such a sweet and touching story. Thank you for your willingness to share. May your son's future hold healing and wonderful new things. He surely does have a loving family. Linda

Shelia said...

Oh, Ann, how touching! I'm so glad your son is doing so much better now. He is a very handsome man!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dixie said...

Ann... they're always our babies aren't they... blessings. Dixie

xinex said...

Your son is a great man! I am so sorry for his condition but glad that it was diagnosed and is successfully controlled by meds. He is a handsome fella like mama!...Christine

Athella said...

Great story and very handsome man!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Ann, You have a beautiful baby boy & I bet you've heard that many times before. ☺♥☺ Diane

Cindy J. said...

Ann he is a beautiful baby boy with such kind eyes. I am so thankful that things are getting better for him and I know how blessed he has been to have you as his Mom. Such a wonderful story of faith and hope.. Wishing you both all of the best in the world. Love, Cindy

Riet said...

What a lovely story Ann and what a handsome man is your son.

kymber said...

Hi Ann,
What a beautiful son you have - inside and out. There is just something about a boy and the relationship they have with their mamas - it is a special relationship isn't it? We as mothers never stop worrying over our children and grieve for them when they are going through hard times. Unfortunately - they always have to go through trials - as WE all do in this life. It is great news that your son in doing better - God is so good!
Thanks for sharing your story with us - I love to learn more about you and your beautiful family.

In answer to your question about MY son who just came home, he is loving it at home and adjusting well to his new surroundings and school. We are loving having him home - he is such a joy and keeps us laughing with his great sense of humor.
Blessings on your day sweet Ann,

ClassyChassy said...

Great photos - and a reminder of how thankful we should all be, in whatever circumstances life deals out to us. Blessings to you and yours!

Sherrie said...

He's a very handsome baby boy!! Love his hat! Have a great day!!


TRES BELLE said...

Oh Ann,
What a wonderful story to share with all of us. It sounds like he has gone through a "rough patch" on the road but is on the way back up again.
Such a handsome young man. You know what they say, "a Momma knows her children beter than anyone."

See you on "Pink Saturday".


Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very handsome man. Thanks for sharing. Yes, they will always be our babies.

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Your attitude about your son's recovery is AWESOME! With the support from a mom like you, I am sure he is back on the road to being himself! He is a very handsome man! I know you are proud of him! I will say a prayer for your son and say a word of thanks that he has such a loving mom!


Keetha said...

Hello again, Ann!

About the blog space issues (which you questioned in the comments on my blog.

Yes, you CAN fill up your FREE blogger space - - - which I did in a little over two years because pictures are an ESSENTIAL part of my blogging experience. Here's what I LEARNED about this process for whatever help it may be:

1) You can check on how "full" your free space is when you post pictures to your blog. On the blogger form, once you've clicked to add a picture, look toward the bottom of the posting form and it will tell you how much (in a percent) of your space you have already filled.

2) Unresized pictures will fill this up fairly quickly. The program I use to edit etc my pictures does NOT resize the file. If yours does - - - always resize before you post to your blog. If it does not, I use an online free resizing program (if you want to know which one e-mail me or leave me a comment and when I get home I'll send you the URL) and I resize EACH photo one at a time. I usually make them 50% or 75% smaller. (I wasn't doing this for the first couple of years - - - thus I filled up my free space rather quickly.)

3) When you fill up your free space (I'd start this process when you are about 98% full) you can PURCHASE additional space. There is a place next to the % full area of the posting form (a ? I believe) that you click and follow instructions to purchase more space. It wasn't a super simple process - - - but I figured it out on my own over a period of successive tries.

4) When you fill up your space and need to purchase more, perhaps I can be of more help then.

claudie said...

What a beautiful son. They will always be our babies won't they Ann?
He has great roll models...that's what we want in our children. He will have a great life ahead of him because of you.
Happy FF
Love Claudie

Angela said...

May God Bless you and your family for sharing your story. Praise God he is getting the help that he needs!!! Oh, and yes he is handsome!

jeanne said...

Ann, that is a wonderful story to share. I know there were hills and valleys but I am glad things are better now. He is very handsome and like all mothers I too love my boys and daughters no matter what. Lucky they are all doing fine. Thank you for sharing your son's story. I know it has deep meanng for you.


Melissa Miller said...

He is so hansome Ann!

Thanks for sharing and I'm happy to hear he is doing well.

Come and check out my new BLOG makeover girl.
I want your thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
~Melissa :)

Angela said...

Ann, he is a cutie!!! If he hadn't been so "good" the devil would have left him alone so while I am not making light of any of this, what a story he has to tell abt. how faced Satan and won! Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Glenda said...

It is hard to appreciate being on top if you've never been on the bottom or at least fairly close to the bottom. Your son has experienced both and can thus make a choice as to what he prefers.

With God's help and guidance and his family behind him, I think he will make the right choice for his life and future well being.

I have a member of my family, a nephew's child that is burdened with this condition. It is not easy on the individual or their family, even if this condition is under control with medication.

I will add your son to my prayers.

Teresa said...

Sometimes we only put our "best face" on these blogs, this is our happy place. But the reality is that we "all" have struggles. And we all love stories of hope, and perseverance, and triumph. We have to have some "down" times, to appreciate the good times, and realize what is really important in life, don't we?

The best wishes to your son. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

Have a great weekend,

Joy said...

Bless his heart. He certainly has been through a lot. What a lovely homage to your son and I pray that he continues to feel better. {{hugs}}

~Deborah~ said...

I'm so glad that you did not 'skip' him! So glad he got the help he needed. we all have our trials, don't we? Good to know that we have family to love and support us.


squawmama said...

Hi Anni... Very touching story and I am so happy he is on the road to recovery... He is such a handsome young man. I know what you mean. They will always be our babies... Love YA


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Ann, You son is very handsome. You have nothing to be ashamed of. We all have our own problems. I am glad he is doing better.
Hugs, Terrie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Well, he is a good lookin' hunk of a guy! I am so glad that he is doing better. With the strength of a mother like you, and with the God on his side, I know he's going to continue to do well. laurie

lvroftiques said...

Awwwww of course he'll always be your baby! And I'm glad to hear he's on the mend. Love Vanna

Dawn said...

What a handsome man he is. It sounds like things are turning around for him again. I wish him and your family well. It was a touching story that you shared.

take care,

The Muse said...


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

So nice to see your dear son...great pics! I just know the future is going to be soooo bright, Ann! Good things await! :-) Susan

Queenie's Vintage Finds and Treasures said...

Good Morning Ann,
Your son is so handsome...and most importantly he is an overcommer and a survivor...God Bless him and you both. I think his story is a story of triumph and I am glad to know that he is doing well. I love the picture of you and your's beautiful. As a momma of an 18 yr old son, and a 12 yr old son....I can relate to them boys always being our babies. I tell my son's the same thing as you tell yours. Hope you have a beautiful day. Lots of love to you and your family.
Big Hug,