Busy Couple of Weeks

I began this post late Saturday night, but wasn’t able to finish it due to the late hour.  Then Sunday we received the tragic news that a young Louisiana woman, Christa Alexander, dear friend to many in our church family, was murdered by her husband of 4 months Saturday night.  I just couldn’t get back to my post right away.  There are many blogs and news articles about the murder, so I won’t include details here.  I will ask for prayer for her family, the Bakers, and for her inlaws, the Alexenders, and for the many friends who are grieving her loss right now.  It’s hard to go on with this post, but I really need to just do it.


It’s been a long time since I posted, mainly because we’ve just been so busy!  So I’m going to post some pics of just the past week.


On the weekend of June 21, Bill and Dannye photographed the wedding of a dear friend of ours.

(Dan wanted a disclaimer here:  these wedding pics were quickly processed on her laptop, therefore the color may not be right.)


It was in San Antonio, and was so beautiful!  What a fun time we had.

After 2 nights in San Antonio, we went on to New Braunfels where my Sis, Bettye, and her hubby, Scooter live during the summer. 

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^This is looking up to their area – we pitched our tents beside their camper^

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The beautiful Guadalupe River 

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My goofy hubby – sucking in his gut for the photo!

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I loved the beautiful trees

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We looked hilarious – 4 laptops going at once!  But we did have a purpose; Pamela’s computer got infected with a horrible malware thing, and we were searching for a cure!

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Searching and searching…

(her computer was finally fixed after we got home by her “brother from another mother” Jesse!)

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Actually, Dannye was looking through the wedding photos they had taken just the Saturday before.  She figured enough of us were helping Pamela!

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This is my sweet sister, Bettye, and her little angel, Lola.  Lola is a little doll!

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This is my dear brother-in-law, Scooter.  He stayed busy in his duties as Camp Host most of the time we were there.

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This guy watched over us the whole time we were there…

But then we had to go home, although both Bill and I called our workplaces and got to stay an extra day!  So, no complaints!


The weekend following our San Antonio/New Braunfels trip was also very busy.  The first event was a Gospel Bluegrass concert by the band Appointed at the Herzogs’ place.  It was a beautiful evening for it, and the concert was great!

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Appointed – Daniel Roy, Josh Masters, Bethany Allred, Josh Roy, and Conrad Craft.  Jacob Frady flew in the next day to join them for the rest of this tour.  They are really good, and really love the Lord and desire to serve Him with their lives and their music.  They’re a lot of fun, too!

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This is our host couple and 2 of their children.  Stephen and Christina are so willing to open their home – not just for small groups, but also for large events like this.  Many neighbors, friends, and family attended the concert, and stayed for dessert and fellowship later.

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This is my sweet hubby with the oldest of Stephen and Christina’s bunch, Martin.  He is a beautiful little one who is ALL BOY!  What fun he is!

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This is my beautiful Pamela

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And this is my beautiful son, who just this past Tuesday cut off his beautiful hair!  I can’t even tell you what he looks like – there are no words!

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And while Appointed thought they were the Main Attraction, we all knew who was really the star of the the show….our little Arie Jean!  My word, she’s adorable!!!


Saturday morning was the time set for Bill’s family reunion.  We haven’t had one in a couple of years, so since my precious Mom-in-Law is losing her memory very quickly, Bill’s sister felt it imperative that she see as many of her loved ones as possible before she doesn’t know any of them.  She already has trouble on any given day realizing who some of us are until she’s talked with us a little bit.  So we all gathered in honor of Barbara, the most loving, precious lady I’ve ever known!

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Here’s Memaw (Barbara) sitting with her cousin, Clinton. ^ They used to go camping together before Memaw and Pawpaw had to be more homebound due to her health.

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This is Pawpaw (Billy), Bill’s Dad.  I’ve never known a man more in love with his wife, and that’s saying a bunch, since I’m married to Bill Petty!  But like father, like son!  Pawpaw takes care of Memaw to the nth degree, and never gripes or bellyaches about her.  (He does fuss about doctors, though!)  He often weeps about all she’s going through, but he is amazing with her.  She says repeatedly what a blessing he is to her, and she doesn’t know where she’d be without him!


I know there is so much more to include in all this, but hopefully it won’t be near as long before I update again.  I really enjoy blogging, but life just happens, so I write when I can!

I pray you all never neglect to tell your loved ones how special they are to you – we just never know….


God bless your day!




About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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5 Responses to Busy Couple of Weeks

  1. ALDOG1 says:

    I love the picture of Treebeard!  I did not know anyone took that picture.  We just love that guy.  He is our reminder of Lord of the Rings and just keeps his eye on us and scares away the bad guys. ha  Matt and family gave him to Scooter for Father’s Day a few years ago and he goes back and forth from this tree to the tree outside our garage door at home.  We loved your visit so much.  I can’t tell you!  Note to others.  This family makes the best bunch of guests you could ever have.  What a loving family you are and seeing the fun you have together can only warm hearts!

  2. I heart and prayers go out to both the Baker’s and the Alexander’s continually! It’s still so hard to believe it!I wish we could have come to the concert with y’all. It looks like it was a huge blessing and so much fun!

  3. ALDOG1 says:

    Wow!  I love your new background!  Really neat, girl!  I meant to add yesterday that I adore the picture of Roo with her little piggy tails.  Precious darling!  Really beautiful picture of Pam also.  She is such a beauty, as is Dannye,  Both of them beautiful, inside and out!B

  4. pettybunch says:

    @ALDOG1 – I get all my backgrounds from a user named rayray714a.  I love her work, and she nearly always has a scripture in the backgrounds.I love that photo of Arulai!  The colors are perfect, and of course, she’s a little doll.  And yes, Tate and Dan are beautiful, too.  I wish I got as many pics of Dan as I do of Pam!!You still doing alright?

  5. i didn’t get to see the pictures of Roo! aww!and re: Nate’s hair…..I’m scared. Just plain scared.

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