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November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Filed under: ASK VAL — Valerie Springer @ 9:56 pm

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  A time to gather with family and friends.  This year is a little different as we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house on Wednesday evening for my family and friends and on Thursday lunch for Mick’s family.

It is my time to accept the torch and take some of the hard work and stress off my Mother.  She has hosted all of our family functions for years and basically did all of the cooking as well.  While it was nice to show up and eat a fabulous meal, it will be no more for me.  Instead, Mother will be able to walk into my house and sit and enjoy the meal, “dressed to the nine’s” and looking like the queen matriarch.

We are so excited to have our home blessed with the warmth and laughter this holiday brings.  Autumn smells, crisp air, fabulous food, shopping and football!

This year I am giving thanks first, my relationship with the Lord, second is my precious family, third my career and the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others almost on a daily basis. 

May you all have a Happy Thanks-Giving and Count Your Blessings!




November 19, 2010

50 Years of Wedded Bliss for Lawrence and Linda Barnett

Filed under: Uncategorized — Valerie Springer @ 9:37 pm
Lawrence and Linda Barnett's Wedding Day

Today, we start our new lives together

I DO!  I often wonder when I attend a wedding if the couple taking their vows really know how important those two words are when spoken?  In most situations I think probably not.  I do believe it takes years of learning and actually experiencing the ups and downs, sickness and health, richer and poorer before we can truthfully say, “I  DO” and mean it.

November 7 is a special day for my family.  Not only did my parents celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary,  my Grandparents, Jack and Cora Holcombe, would have celebrated their 74th Wedding Anniversary and my husband Mick and I celebrated our 29th year of marriage. 

Three generations of ladies who all chose to marry on the same special day.  Tradition is an important way of life for me.  Call me old fashioned but it has worked throughout the years.  My daughter Ashlee, plans to one day share the same wedding date with us but she is currently preparing for her prince charming’s arrival.

On November 7, 2010, Mick and I along with my brother  and his wife, Mark and Sharee Barnett, hosted a tea honoring my parents.  My house was glowing with family and friends, great food and lots of laughter.  We had around 130 guests and were thrilled to share this special occasion with so many.

I am not sure at what point the tables turn and we begin to be proud of our parents, but that time has arrived for me.  Maybe we have to go through those better or worse, sickness and health, richer and poorer days to appreciate the hard work it takes to make a marriage work and remain in-love with someone for 50 years.


Congratulations and I am so thankful you two are my parents!

Happy Anniversary


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