Last Thursday, Bill, Dannye Reigh, and I packed up all the remainder of Pamela’s belongings, plus gifts of furniture and stuff from friends and loved ones, and hauled it all to Pensacola. The day before, Pamela, Will, and his folks were doing the same thing from Michigan. They got to Pensacola Thursday morning and had their trailer unloaded by the time we got there that afternoon.
Will is beginning his Masters program this semester, and both of them begin work this week, so it was time to get them settled into their new (to them) home. The girls did most of the unpacking and putting away while the guys hunted down a storage cabinet, a washing machine (they already had a dryer), and hardware to hang the gi-normous mirror they received as a gift.
Bill also spend the early morning hours (while most of the world is sleeping) enjoying the sunrise over the Gulf. When I see his sunrises, I always wish I were a morning person!
This is my personal favorite!
Meanwhile, back at the house…
I am so thankful Dannye Reigh was there to help Pamela unpack. She and Pamela work so well together, and Pamela trusts and relies on Dannye’s organizational skills and creative eye. Patsy used the wisdom of her years of homemaking to help with arranging everything from furniture to kitchen utensils. I re-covered the dining room chairs (with Patsy’s help!) and did my best to help out where I could while trying not to freeze to death in Pamela’s new home! I told her I am used to living with old people who keep their thermostat on 80 degrees in the summer. Pamela and Will definitely like it cooler than that! I’m sure I had pneumonia by the time we left Sunday!
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here is Pamela and Will’s new home:
Pamela and Will’s new home, front view
My little girl developed a green thumb while she was in Michigan, and brought these to put in her new yard.
Okay, this is the front door of the house, which enters into a small room they will use as a dining room.
I feel certain Pamela was glad when our shoes no longer graced her entryway!!
This view is standing at the front door looking in. I love their little table – just perfect for the two of them. And it has a leaf when they need to expand it for visitors. These are the chairs Patsy and I recovered. They turned out beautiful, if I do say it myself! I love the little window!
Years ago, someone told me we should always have evidence of our love for Christ on display in our home. Pamela and Will have done that beautifully!
Now we have stepped up into the living room, which is to the right of the entry/dining room. Bo and Emily gave them this couch/love seat/recliner set, and it goes perfectly in their home!
Bill is peeking here from the dining area – Dan had run us out for better aesthetics, but, well, you know…
The corner of the living room which has the dining area door on the left, the kitchen door on the right
Wedding gifts make up their lovely decor
If you are a trained noticer, you will see that Dannye changed some things around between photos!
More beautiful decor
My beautiful Dannye Reigh, in the gi-normous mirror referred to above – also a wedding gift
Pictures hung, shelves filled
One of my favorite things about this little home
Straight ahead is the kitchen, to the right is the door to the hallway/bedrooms/bath
Kitchen, obviously. She has chosen red & black for her kitchen, with Coca Cola collectibles throughout
Perfect place to display her red and black mugs
Aren’t they great?!
There was no pantry, so they bought this shelf for storage. I love the little Coca Cola stand, too. The answer to the limited counter space was a small folding table – perfect fit!
Now into the bedroom…
Their lovely bed coverings – just amazing!
The other side of the bedroom. They had not gotten the pictures hung in this room when these photos were taken.
Next, the bathroom:
We didn’t try to get photos of Will’s office. It was being used as the guest room for this visit! So now we’ll go out back:
Will grilled steaks for us on Saturday night.
It was trying to rain on us – Tropical Storm Claudette was just arriving!
Looking out from the back porch
A very nice fire pit – gift from Will’s Mom, I think
At the back of the yard looking at the house (obviously!)
Toward the left from the back porch
Back inside, fixing dinner
Notice my jacket!!
And Patsy’s short sleeves!
Pamela going out to help hubby
Bill’s was a working vacation. He had to get work photos ready to turn in before he went back to work!
Me and my Baby!
Will asking the blessing. Each night he asked the blessing, he said, “And please help Dannye find a husband soon!” We would all dissolve into laughter.
They are adorable!
Mr. and Mrs. Will Swem!
Time to eat!
After dinner, Pamela taught the Swems to play Mexican Train
Everyone but Dannye…
Everyone but Bill!
We lost Bill before the end of the last hand!
He never even knew he got on the couch! His early mornings always catch up with him in the early evening!
Just enjoying our last evening together. This is Will’s dad, Bill, his mom, Patsy, and me. Again, notice the jacket and blanket!
After church on Sunday we went to Ryan’s for lunch on the way home. They put us in the only air conditioned room in the place!! I wanted to cry!!!!!
Saying goodbye to my precious Baby Girl. I wonder if it will ever get any easier? Seemed my heart would just break in two!
God did give us an amazing sunset on the trip home, though.
This is crossing the Atchafalayah Bridge in Louisiana. Dannye was taking these shots out her window as we drove.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!
My Heavenly Father is rich in mercy and love toward His children!
God bless your day!!