Still Dancing

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Wow…It seems like forever since my last post!

On May 11th I wrote  Just Keep Dancing. Little did I know how fast and furious the dance would get!!!

May 14th

We celebrated Ladies Night at First Baptist Church Brazoria…Months of praying, planning, and prep work…and it was over in a flash! It was incredible to see the women in our church have such a wonderful time!

The Week of May 16th

Off to Austin for a week…IRM’s Best Practice Conference was a time of learning and networking.

 Austin was also a great time for family… My Mom, Brother, and Sister agreed to join me for a night.On the way up we  stopped in at Rosemary’s Winery for a tour. The owners were awesome people. While in Austin I stayed at The Driskill Hotel on 6th street. It was an absolutely stunning hotel. My sister Susan, Nieces Bayli and Michelle live in Austin so we took the opportunity to  meet up with them for dinner when we got there. After dinner my brother Daniel, Sister Susan and I headed out to see the sights on 6th street and the bats at the bridge on Congress. My oldest daughter lives in Austin so I also had the opportunity to meet up with her  for a wonderful visit over lunch.

The Week of May 23rd

The 5th Annual Smith Family Reunion began. Each year Richard and I host the family reunion at our home. Family from all parts begin to merge to our home in South Texas for Food, Fun, and Memories. This year we ate much, laughed often, and made some incredible memories!!!

The Week of May 30th

May 31st I am up and off to Tennessee for the remainder of the week. MUSE was an incredible conference  with such lush and beautiful surroundings. A great venue for networking and previewing products for the hospital.

The Week of June 6th

I returned to work  and it is full steam ahead with the implementation  of a very important project…Go-Live is in just 2 weeks. YIKES!!!

Wow…I am Still Dancing But I’m About Ready for a Slow Waltz!!!

Love Lee ♥

An Infectious Laugh

On occasion I find a person I really enjoy being around. I find their energy exhilarating, they smile frequently and they laugh a lot. Unfortunately, we don’t tell those people in our lives how much they impact our lives. In-fact, we often take them for granted.

Today, I am reminded of such a person. My Baby Sister…I am so blessed to call her my Sister and my Friend. She makes me laugh, cry, remember, and relax. I enjoy her company so much; especially when I hear her infectious laugh!!!

Happy Birthday Sandra Pierce!!!

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Love Lee ♥

Puppy Love

Maggie Mae our daughter’s beautiful yellow lab has been such a wonderful addition to our family. She is obedient, loving, and very well-mannered and…

Oh how she enjoys spending time with Tori…Enjoy the pictures of Maggie’s most recent visit with Tori…

Love Lee ♥

Happy Birthday Baby!

Whoop Whoop….Today Richard Dallas Smith turns 52 years old.  

Who’s the perfect husband?

It’s your gentleness and caring
And the happiness you give
A heart full of warmth and kindness
And the thoughtful way you live 
Who makes a husband special
Is created at the start
The most important thing of all
The love that’s in your heart

Who’s the perfect husband?

Happy Birthday Babe

Love Lee ♥

She’s One Smokin Hot Momma!

Wow…Who would guess my Momma will be 70 years old tomorrow! She is the most elegant and beautiful woman I know. I love that she always not only takes care of us but she takes awesome care of herself too!!!

Hair, make-up, nails, and clothes…My Mother does such an awesome job of pulling it all together.

More Than A Mother

 By Kari Keshmiry

When God set the world in place,
when He hung the stars up in space,
when He made the land and the sea,
then He made you and me.

He sat back and saw all that was good,
He saw things to be as they should.
Just one more blessing He had in store;
He created a mother, but whatever for?

He knew a mother would have a special place
to shine His reflection on her child’s face.
A mother will walk the extra mile
just to see her children smile.

She’ll work her fingers to the bone
to make a house into a home.
A mother is there to teach and guide,
a mother will stay right by your side.

She’ll be there through your pain and strife,
she’ll stay constant in your life.
A mother will lend a helping hand
until you have the strength to stand.

She’ll pick you up when you are down,
when you need a friend she’ll stick around.
A mother is one who listens well,
will keep her word; will never tell.

A mother never pokes or pries
but stands quietly by your side,
giving you the strength you need,
encouraging you to succeed.

A mother is one who can be strong
when you need someone to lean on.
You’re more than a mother to me;
a reflection of Him in your face I see,
a love that knows no boundaries.

I’m glad that you chose to be
all this and more to me.
You share a love that knows no end,
you’re more than my mother,
you are my friend.

Mom, this poem says it all…Happy Birthday! I love You!!!

Love Lee ♥

Happy Birthday Lindsey Beth Carleton!!!







Our Sweet Lindsey Beth,

From the moment your mom announced she was going to have a baby we have loved you! You have made us laugh and you have made us cry from laughing so hard. You bring so much joy to our family and we adore you!!!

You have always been such a “Shutter Bug” so what better gift to give you than a slide show… And Sister YOU are the STAR!!!  

We Wish You…

A Happy Birthday…Enjoy!!!


Your Family ♥

They Danced Their Little Hearts Out

In a recent post The Gift That Keeps Giving, I mentioned I have been downloading pictures from my girls’ childhood. This has been a daunting task transferring old photos to electronic format. While it has been a lot of work it has also been very pleasurable too.

Some of my fondest memories of my girls were centered around their involvement in dance.  They both were enrolled in tap, ballet, and jazz and were passionate about each. In addition to their group routines they both performed solos. So for the dance recital each year they both performed group tap, group ballet, group jazz and a solo. This meant eight costumes per recital. Needless to say, things were always a little hectic trying to get their solo costumes adorned with sequence and beads. You know, I just realized this may have been where my love of bling began. LOL!!!

It was amazing how they never tired of dancing. Their feet were going 24/7. And to this day Brandi reminds me of the time I wacked her in the head with a hair brush so she would stop tapping long enough for me to get her hair into a pony tail.  They would tap on the coffee tables, perform jazz in the driveway, and ballet in front of the TV (during the climax of the movie of course).

Make-up, hair, costume, lights, camera, and action…The curtain rises and they would begin to dance their little hearts out as if no one was watching…

 After hours of lessons, practice, and competition they have a huge sense of accomplishment, friends, memories and I have pictures!!!


Love Lee ♥

I Still Do…Happy Anniversary Richard ♥

I remember standing at the back of the church thinking…”THIS IS IT…THE MOMENT I HAVE WAITED FOR ALL MY LIFE”.

December 18, 1977 I said “I Do” to the man of my dreams. It has been amazing how those two words have impacted every aspect of my life since! I adore you and am so proud to be Mrs. Richard Dallas Smith; honored, cherished, esteemed, and adored by you for 33 past years.

 Rather than re-cap our lives together in written word, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures.

 After all…A picture is worth a thousand words!!!

I cherish the memories of our yesterdays and look forward to many tomorrows with you!!!



Richard Dallas Smith…I Still Do!

Love Lee ♥




Cheyenne Got It Started

Traditions are so important to pass on to the next generation but one tradition in our family was started by my Granddaughter. 

We love getting away when we can and the timing was perfect to take a trip in the RV to Lake Texana for my Birthday. One afternoon while we were sitting out under the trees having coffee, the phone rang. It was our precious Cheyenne  and she said, “Hi Meme; where are you?” I told her Papa and I were camping at Lake Texana. Then she asked, “But what about your Birthday? It’s your Birthday and we have to have a party.” I told her Meme’s don’t have Birthday parties we go camping. She responded, “No Meme EVERYONE has to have a Birthday party and we have to have a party for you!”

She was so insistent and would not take no for an answer so I promised her when I returned home we would have a party and celebrate my Birthday. That seemed to pacify her for the time being. But on Sunday as we were traveling home the phone rang again. It was Chey, “Meme are you coming home for your party?”  I assured her again we would have a party.

The pressure was on…I was headed home and my Granddaughter was meeting me at my house to celebrate my Birthday. What on earth could I do quickly? Then it came to me…We will just have a little tea party.

When I arrived home, I pulled out a flowered table-cloth and put it on the table, grabbed some cute dishes I had tucked away in the buffet and filled them with nuts, Cheetos, and M&Ms, made some peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches, brewed a pot of tea and we were ready to party! The guest list was short…just Cheyenne, Richard and I but we had loads of fun!

That was my very first Birthday Tea and every year since Cheyenne asks, “Hey Meme, what day are we having your Tea Party this year?”

Today we are celebrating the 5th Annual Birthday Tea…”La Tea Dah”.  Though guest list has grown considerably and the menu has gotten much tastier with each passing year I will never forget my first Tea Party with my Granddaughter and how a new tradition got started.

Thank You Cheyenne!

Love Meme ♥

What an Incredible Day!!!

I have thought about this day for years and have thought about what I could do to celebrate being a half a century old…But I never imagined it would be like this!!!

I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise at Quintana Beach. Gentle breeze blowing and the smell of salt water in the air. Absolutely Beautiful!!!

Because Richard had made plans to go to my mother’s house today he wanted to go to the 8:00 church service this morning. I dressed for comfort since we were going to mom’s immediately after church. We had an awesome church service followed by great Sunday School. Then we were headed to my mom’s…I thought!

When we got in the car Richard said before we go to your mom’s I want to take you somewhere really special; somewhere I have never taken you. My gift to you…but I want it to be a surprise so I want you to put this blind fold on. Hmmm…I figured if he wanted to surprise me then I would go along with it. When we started out I tried to keep up with the turns so I would have an idea of where we were. After several turns I got completely turned around and then decided to sit back and enjoy the ride! Starts and stops; twists and turns…it felt like it was taking forever!

Finally, the car came to a stop and Richard said, “Before you take off the blindfold, you know I love you right?” I answered, “Yes”. Then he said, “and you know I would never do anything to hurt you right?”; I said “Yes”. Then he paused for a bit and said “Babe, I love you. You can take off the blindfold now”. When I took off the blindfold I was sitting in the parking lot of Quintana Breeze and standing in front of our car was my family and friend waving at me.

What a surprise!!! The very people I love most in the world had all gone in together and planned the most awesome Surprise Party. I could not have imagined it to be more perfect. Come to find out they have been planning the party since July! They had a family meeting (without me) and delegated the work out and when it all came together it was unbelievable!!!


They had planned the ultimate Tea Party. The Mad Hatter even came! My Brother Daniel has such a flare for theatrics and he out did himself on his outfit. The ladies were dressed so elegant. Because I thought I was going to my mom’s I was dressed in Capries and blouse. But, not for long. Richard had given them my dress, hat and shoes…Had my own dressing room and all…They had thought of EVERYTHING! They had even invited some of my most treasured friends.

To all involved in making my 50th Birthday so special…The beautiful tea cups and tea pots were the most perfect gifts!!! I love them every single one. I will remember this day forever!!!

Thank you so much! 

Love Lee ♥