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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day A Time To Remember Jack Whatley

Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifice veterans have made so our country can be free and democratic.  Jack Whatley is a veteran to remember because of his service to his beloved country.   Our lives intertwined when my mom met him after my dad died.  She rekindled a friendship she had in high school with Jack.  They dated for seven years till his death this May of 16.  He sent her letters of love and devotion.

Jack flew with the Fifteenth Army Air Corps in Italy during World War Two.  He risked his life while flying twenty missions into Germany attaching the Nazi Regime.  Many of his fellow pilots died while flying their destinations.

He also served in the Korean and Vietnam War.  He held true to his convictions as a soldier and served his country for twenty+five years until retirement from the Air Force in 1966.

My mom remembers Jack fondly.  He could still fit into his old Bomber Pilot Uniform.  He took her on many trips to see his old buddies in the war.  We enjoyed hearing Jack's stories as he flew over Germany to fulfill his missions.   Memorial Day is a time to say thank you Jack Whatley for your service to our country.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Michael Graduated Cum Laude from UTD

It was a happy day on May 17th 2013 when Michael, our youngest son, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas.  UTD has given him an excellent education.  He has enjoyed the professors and feel each one had a deep desire to give him knowledge he needed in his degree.

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology at the Commencement Ceremony.
My ninety one year old mom was there to congratulate him.

She was so proud of his accomplishments.  She has been his supporter from the day he was born.  She kept saying ,"I have to make it to Michael's graduation."
It's a little harder for her to walk now.  She was assisted with a walker because her legs feel numb. But she made it with Uncle Max who brought her from Fort Worth.
Uncle Max has always said, " Michael can do great things for this world because God gave him so many gifts."

His dad is so proud of Michael.  He will be attending UT Pharmacy School in August.  He has been working as a Pharmacy Tech and loves the team work.  

His brother Alex was there to congratulate his younger bro.
We are grateful to God Michael has found his chosen profession as a Pharmacist. He is also interested in research at the University of Texas in Austin.   I want to thank all of his teachers who helped him along the way.  He couldn't have done it without them.  I want to say a special thank you to his biology teacher in high school at Plano West.  She gave him the passion for biology because of her excellent teaching and laid the foundation for future courses..  

UTD was an excellent fit for Michael.  He learned leadership skills when he toured future students during Orientation and lead groups during Comet Camp.  What a great country we live in that produces such excellent academic atmospheres where students can flourish and find their niche in life.  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ducks In My Pool A Mother's Story by Sandra Kent Great for Mother's Day

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ducks-in-my-pool-sandra-kent/1114910821?ean=2940016304786


Ducks In My Pool A Mother's Story  is now on Nook  Barnes and Noble.


It is a perfect Mother's Day Gift for every mom in your life.  Read how a family of ducks chose a backyard pool as a safe place to raise her ducklings.   Each spring Momma Duck sat on her eggs for twenty-eight days to keep them warm.  As the ducklings hatched and swam in the pool a human family watched in amazement. See how the two families intertwined.  The last year her son was leaving for college they each took their camera and got a picture of the ducklings crossing the street.  They made it safely to the creek to raise ducklings of their own. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Texas Bluebonnets Children's Book by Sandra Kent

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115238483?ean=2940016669816

My new children's  book called, " Texas Bluebonnets', is now offered  at Barnes and Noble Nook.  ' See the link above.

I want the world to see how special our bluebonnets are in Texas.  Each spring our hills and prairies come alive with fields of blue.  Indians wrote legends about how bluebonnets came to be.  A little girl sacrificed her favorite doll to end the drought.  The ashes of the doll were spread in the grass.  The next day she awoke to see beautiful blue flowers like the color of her doll's feathers.

The first sign of spring are seeing the patches of blue.  Texans grab their children for a great photo.  Learn how it became our state flower through the bluebonnet wars.  Discover how bluebonnets germinate and what conditions help them thrive.  Without bees they would never pollinate so remember that the next time you hear the buzz among the flowers.

Ennis is the official Bluebonnet city in Texas.  Festivals sprout up around our great state in
the month of April to celebrate the joy of bluebonnets.