Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's a....

Our darlingest readers!! Hear ye hear ye!!
Kressy is home from the doctor, and we have seen the incredible sonogram pictures of their precious new baby!!!! Praise God. Babies are miracles! They are beautiful! Oh, just read the below scripture...After looking at the baby's pictures today, it was a special blessing to me when I read it this evening.
"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139

Ah, isn't that incredible!? Praise the Lord...

And now.

*drumroll, my sweets...*

It is a...

Girl!!! :D

Yahoooo!!!! We are all wildly excited over here, and can't stop laughing and rejoicing-just think-Michael Jr with a little girl!! And Kressy with a little cooking compainion and baby girl...that makes my heart happy. And Esther will have a girlie cousin to play dolls (properly :) with!

Ah. This is charming! My Auntie heart is so full.
The Lord is so good to bless Mike and Kress with another baby.
And we're also ecstatic about our dearest friends, the K.'s. who Kressy traveled with to the out-of-town office, who also found out what their sweet baby was today, too!! I'll let them share their own lovely news, but I thought I would paste on a few pictures of all of us, huddled around the two mommies, looking at the little Miss Morton and Little K.!! :D What joy to be together at such joyful times...

Kressy and Mrs. K.~ two beautiful mothers!!

Well, goodnight! Hope you have restful rest this evening. :) Oh, the moon is full tonight and it is breathtaking...

May tomorrow be filled with praise to the Lord for all He has done for us! I love you all! Ya'll are such a joy. :)

Hugs and 'tisses,

Aunt Ad-a-wine

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Polls Opened!!

*read in a 1940's radio dj voice*

"Ladies and Gentlemen, it's a.....!!!

Well, that is the question of the hour-is Michael Jr. and Kressant's 4th little precious one a boy or a girl?
Dear people, in only a very short time, we will know whether or not this couple will enter the world of frills, giggles, pink socks and tender emotion,
stay in the happy corral of all things blue, laughing, jumping and hilariously entertaining life of an all boy collection of progeny.

This Thursday, people, is the day we will all know.

The polls are opened. Cast your vote, and, if you are among the winners, your resume on baby gender guessing will improve, your names will be featured on this station, and you will have the pleasure of mumbling the much endeared phrase to yourself, "I knew it."

Guesses as of this moment are the following:
Samuel Morton-Boy
Jeanine Morton-Girl - an official Grand Mother guess!!
Martha Morton-Girl
Adeline Morton-Boy
John Morton-Girl
Edwin Morton-Boy
Paul Morton-Girl
Cleveland Morton-Boy
Katie Smith-Girl
Sarah K.-Girl
Daisy R.-Girl
Angela H.-Boy
Campbell R.-Girl
Michael Morton III-Boy - a biggest brother guess
Bret Smith III-Boy
Ronald Smith-Boy
And, last, but certainly not least, the mother of the child, Kressant Morton, believes she is expecting a boy.

Tune in on Thursday, February 17th, for more on this story."

*radio fuzz, crackling, then, silence.*
dj photo from

Friday, February 4, 2011

Love the Church, Part Two (final installment)

Hello, dearest Observer!!

How are you today? :)

And-I know this is horribly untimely-but, here is Part Two of our trip up to North Carolina back in December. What an incredible time! Here is part one of our trip.

OK, here goes, loveies:
One night while we were there, (don't remember what day it was now) several families met around one of the many fireplaces and sang Christmas carols and was one of the most delightful evenings from the whole weekend, I think!
Everyone enjoyed listening to Cleveland and Joe M.'s music-it was truly beautiful!
Martha and I with some of the precious young ladies that we were blessed to visit with. (Lauren H. is taking the picture...)
And now it's her turn to be in it! :) God bless you, girls!
The Twins!! (It is so much fun to have dear friends at conferences with you-you wave wildly across the hall and then meet and exchange funny stories, who you just met "that was just so sweet and did you see that girl's gorgeous skirt, and, gracious that speaker is so good, and all those little children over there were like, this high when I saw them last!...")
The dear Kendall family blessed us all with their beautiful music in the evenings...praise God for such a collection of lovely voices...
Hehe, this child was just adorable. It's so sweet to see daddies and their little boys...
Little Mr. B. watches himself on the big screen. Don't you know those things must seem ginormous to little people?
One night, the sweet D. family had us and the Kendalls over to their room for a wonderful evening of fellowship and supper-and we got to talking so much,I forgot about pictures 'till the last minute, so I grabbed the cam and got who ever was still- ;) Here's one of Mrs. D. and S....
...And Christiana and Lisa...

(alas, for a group picture.) We enjoyed it so much, y'all!
I have THE sweetest Mama and Daddy ever...they were laughing about something in the front seat and I got this...
I see Roberts, Mortons and Campanas!
Mr. Fritz, Edgar and Willie-It's such a blessing watching fathers speak to their sons...
Daddy speaking with Mr. Scott Brown.
We are always encouraged by the messages we hear.
It was so pleasant to have such beautiful piano music during breaks...
Lunch with the wonderful F. and W. families!

Girls, we enjoyed our time with y'all so much...
This picture makes me laugh...we were all fascinated by this conveyor belt. I think the man behind the wall thought is was funny, too...Saying hey to the Campanas during break...
Oh, my.
Marth and I look rather dull or mildly insane in either one of these two pictures, so I thought it fitting to post both for a rounded image. :D
Oh goodness. It's so much fun having Marth as a sister, to be serious/nutty/happy with!
More on the odd side of a photograph.
This is me and Andrew's huddle-for-a-sec-with-family/friends-look. :)
One of my favorite pictures ever of an incredible brother and sister!! A great crowd shot of Edgar...excellent scarf! (love the mustached gentleman to the right. He looks like he came out of a western movie...)
One evening, allot of folks met in one of the side rooms and sang around the piano and sang, visited and talked for hours! We had such a great time with that...
Above is Emily C. with one of the most joyful smiles ever...
And Lauren H.-helpful photographer and delightful girl!Sweet Prentiss visiting...
I really enjoyed getting to be with the A. girls some-they are so sweet! (We had stepped into another side room to get some water, and were seeing what things look like from the speaker's point of view. :) This one is lovely!
Lauren's got my camera! Thanks, dear, for the picture. :)
We enjoyed talking with so many precious young ladies-what joy!

(as soon as I learn how to use my poor abused camera, I can get eveyone in focus, LOL. Bless my heart. And Hannah I love that turquoise color of your scarf! Thanks for all the clothing inspiration, Z. girls-that is one of THE funnest topics ever, I think! :) Love it...) Martha dear visiting!
"When all else fails, switch to power tools." :D (Alyssa and Mariah, please laugh at that one for me...miss y'all! ;)

(I see that red beret, Christiana! Loved all you K. ladies' hats that weekend...)
And more meeting and visiting...

The K.'s kindly walked Marth and I back to our room. We were some of the last to leave (around 2:00! Gracious...) and they were so sweet to escort us! We bid them and other dear friends goodnight, and then hopped in bed, ate some more kettle corn and talked together for a while... (Yikes!! Has the kettle corn caught on fire??? Ah, no, it's another post. What a relief!)Another time, the Sheats family invited a bunch of folks up to the fire ring, where they had this huge feast all spread out, with hot dogs to roast, chips, marshmallow, s'mores...they were so sweet and hospitable, and we had a great time huddled around the fire after supper singing Christmas carols...many thanks to their gracious family for a delightful evening...

Above: a picture of the fire. I was trying to get one of those artsy flame pictures, but failed. So, here's a blur and sparks. And, because I despise flash, I didn't use it, and the below is one that was not (as) blurry as the others-
(while the quality is poor) I think this is such a sweet picture of dear Emily and her Dad...fathers and daughters are so precious!
Our own dear Daddy speaking with a gentleman he met...
And here's another one of the entire Kendall family singing together-beautiful.
I'm not sure who this cutie is, but he was in front of us, this tiny child, fresh from toddlerhood, with this camera (that was almost as big as he was) snapping away, manually adjusting settings to get the prefect picture he was after. Felt like a peon, 19 years old, right being him, fumbling around on "A" with an exposingly slow shutter speed click, deleting more then I took and finally getting one after 5 minutes...Ah, the humbling.........

Went up and spoke to him about photography after the session, and learned allot.

As you know, Sunday morning came with piles of fresh, white snow! It was glorious!

I'm posting this one again because I like it so much. :)
Daddy and Mama pelting each other, LOL... (Edwin's caught in the crossfire, poor child)
Beautiful Sister Mine

(love Mama's sprinting in the back ground!)
William Cleveland
My big bro! Great smile, great style, even greater heart....
(that is a very endearing (but odd) name I made up for Mother dear.)
Andrew! Snow balls in bare hands are very cold. :) I love you, bubba!
Perfect, fluffy whiteness on stone steps.
Dog wood tree.
Little Paul with a BIG snow ball...
Mama and Daddy, the cutest couple ever!! I love them so, and this picture of them...
Paul's shocked expression when one of them mean ole snow things actually hit him. :D Cutie!
Snow man makin'
"Alright, alright, ahh-what we've done here, is we've freed up the plug..."
-Red GreenMe, getting soaked and having a blast!

A few hours later, after meeting and talking exuberantly to quite a few people, having been livened by the thrill of the cold air and snow, Martha informed me that I had a large mascara smear under my right eye.

Next time I will avoid rubbing my eyes with wet gloves. Social situations will go better for me.
"Who shall be next..."
Andrew Tully
"Right on target..."
LOL, that poor snowman's head is a bit small.

John does not look very pleased.

I'm smiling because the camera is pointed in my direction, and the snowman does look odd.

Edwin is apparently avoiding a snowball.
Andrew and Cleve
Poor Mama got snow IN her ear. Goodness...
Mid-air bomb...
A last shot before going back inside... ;)
It was such a pleasure meeting these sweet girls! We all talked around the fire for a while, and then it was time for the church service to start, so off we went!

After it was over, we stayed and talked with folks for a bit, and then it was on the road to home, to Georgia!

Praising the Lord for such an incredible trip!!

Love y'all, and have a fabulous, beautiful day.

Adeline Grace