Wednesday, December 26, 2007

From Tom Boy to 30 Year old Mommy!

1st of all, this is officially my 1st post on OUR blog, so here goes my valiant attempt at blogging…There are 2 posts by me, Chris. One is really just for Martha, but you can read it too, and the other is for the entire World Wide Web! Enjoy

Well I can’t believe it either to be honest. It doesn’t seem like 12 years, 7 weeks, and 3 days ago my life changed forever as I met Martha for the 1st time. We met at an Ice Cream Social at Clemson’s FCA, 3 days before classes started Freshman year. The event is fantastic entails 30 feet of vinyl gutter, lots of aluminum foil lining the gutter, and roughly 50 Gallons of Ice Cream! I was with my roommate Jason and our friend Kristen Young (yes we did call her by her initials…). We met Martha and the rest of the “Lever Ladies” (an all girls dorm where she lived) and I truly only noticed Martha.

Smokin! That was a good word to describe her, both then and today. Seriously, I thought she was gorgeous. I really can’t remember what we talked about that night, but walking back, Jason and I both talked about a couple of specific girls. So the ice cream party created a group of friends and it is pretty amazing that from that night I pretty much met 80% of the people that we hung out with in college.

So I gave you the introduction story because it is fun for me to think back to when I first laid eyes on Martha. Now the story is not meet at the ice cream thing and then we got together. That would be way to boring. We decided to make it a lot more interesting, but that journey will have to wait. Maybe when she turns 40!

So let’s have a little fun with this. It is not everyday that someone reaches this “mature” moment in life. So, post your favorite Martha story. Post a good time you had with her or a funny story or a good time & funny story...

I will not say anything about the pictures below, because my hair look, well...the exact same!!!

Ally and Martha digging for gold for all to see!

Yes that is a "Strawberry Shortcake" cake in the bottom left. Now I have a few questions about the 4 year old Russian Gymnist out logging in the middle of winter. What kind of unethical training is that?!

OH MY GOODNESS...The mystery is solved as to where the "Parker" face comes from (check out the bottom right pic with the pumpkin)!!!

Straight up athletice ability! She can still do that when one kid is in the den and she needs to get to the kitchen...I'll get some footage and post later.

I'm not sure what happened in the top right picture here. I think Mom Heyward's chest of drawers exploded and covered Martha with patched together pieces of fabric. Well at least she isn't wearing yellow socks...

Merry Christmas and a Happy Prom! Check out Ed, current Operator with Chick-fil-A. When he came through for interviews and I heard his name, I thought, "That name sounds really familiar...Oh yeah, he took my wife to prom 2 years!!!" Ed is a truly great guy and Operator.

I'll get everyone started with some great pictures from over the years. Thanks to Mom Heyward for hooking me up some great pics of Martha back in the 80 & 90s!

Here are some more pictures (not nearly as good as the previous ones...)! We have had some fun adventures and I can't wait to write the next chapter in our adventure together. God is planning a path for us that we can't even imagine. I can't wait!

Click on the slide show below to activate. Hover over the pictures to read the captions...ENJOY!!!

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Kristen said...

Am I really going to get to be the first to post comments on these pictures!!! I don't even know where to begin, so just know that they have made my day very enjoyable. Thomas, Dev, and even Daisy got a laugh from them!

So Martha, Martha, Martha - I'm glad someone hit the big 3-0 before me, but if twins and one-on-the-way don't make you look like you're out of your twenties, I guess I don't have anything to worry about!

Hope you have a wonderful day and get a chance to relax and enjoy it. Love you!

KY (the one called by her initials)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Miss Martha! I hope your day is special & I hope that you know that you are cherished by your friends. You are such a blessing to those around you. I am thankful for our friendship! You are a wonderful woman, wife, mom, and friend!
Happy Birthday!
Love- Jamie :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Girlie! By the way you have an amazing husband for doing this. I love the pictures. I wish you all the best today and hope it's a good one. Don't stress about being 30- I'm right behind you. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. Even though the miles apart are many, sometimes I feel like you're so close. You'll never know how much your friendship means to me. Love,

The Howell family said...

I did ENJOY! Very much! Happy Birthday Martha! It certainly will be hard to out-do your twenties but you have got a great start to your thirties! I am sure they will be even better than you can imagine! You still always look like you are wearing your prom dress ;) love you

sara anthony said...

I'm so glad to have you as a neighbor. Welcome to the 30s; it's grand.

Anonymous said...

Martha, Happy Birthday to a very sweet daughter-in-law who I love like my own daughter. Thank you for loving Christopher and making him happy !! You also are great Mommie to the twins. Hope you have a fun day and remember to enjoy your special family everday.Always here to help and be your friend.
Love you,

Anonymous said...

Martha! We want to wish you a happy birthday! We enjoyed the pics! We miss you guys!

The Turners

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Martha! I wish more than anything I could have been there to celebrate with you tonight. I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I am so thankful so have met you and your family. You have been such a great friend. I look forward to getting to know you even better and making many memories together.


The Hardy Family said...

Wow, Martha!! The big 3-0! It seems like we were just in 3rd grade and what about those pictures with the flowers your mom loved to take!! Chris, I'm sure I could find some more of those! :) And weren't we just shopping for links to wear to the 5th grad dance!
I hope you had a great birthday! I was thinking about you! You are such an amazing woman who has endured and conquered so much! I love you and look forward to seeing you soon! Happy Birthday!

Steve and Miranda said...

I didn't know! Hope it was a great one and that this post from Chris was a wonderful surprise. God has been so good to you. A husband who adores you, two precious boys and a sweet girl on the way. What more can a woman ask for? Happy belated birthday.

Chris & Emily said...

Happy Belated birthday. i hope you guys had a good Christmas too. Emily

Michael & Catherine said...

Happy Birthday Martha!
I loved all the pictures! It was fun being with you for dessert on your birthday! Happy New Year and Go Tigers!

Mom Heyward said...

Martha, where have the years gone? It seems only yesterday I brought you home from the hospital - you legs as skinny as Parker's were! You have given me an amazing life =- an answer to prayers said 30 years ago. God has Blessed me and you - I love you more and treasure our relationship more and more. Happy Birthday day - love mom