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I was the fourth child
born to Willie Mae and Shelton Thornton on December 15, 1938. I was the
only child born in the hospital, in Jesup, Georgia, being a preemie,
blue blood baby and not expected to live. I was fed with an
eyedropper for months till I was able to nurse. My parents were hard-
working farmers working with my Grandfather crop-sharing land. My
childhood was simple as Mama and Dad moved from the farm doing
first plant work during the war to domestic work to support our
family. We moved to Glenview, IL when I was in second grade, by then
our family was only my brother, Vern and myself, due to the fact
that my sisters had already married.
My being a housewife and mother until my children were in their teens, then to go to work got me off to a late start; but in the meantime, I was a Girl Scout leader, president and treasurer of Fire Auxiliary, Job’s Daughter’s Bethel Treasurer, then moved on to become Insurance Claim Administrator, Greeter at Meijers until I retired, and being a Caregiver for my Mother's Alzheimer disease led me to respite care and working with seniors. Here is my family: my husband and 3 children in 1981, about 6 months before Russ's death.
Now I am one, a "senior" that is, living in a wonderful senior community. It has me growing again; as I work with the computer, help with social activities and the manager’s office duties. I am sure I still have many things ahead to learn and broaden me with growth emotionally, spiritually, and knowledge.
I currently am a member of the Greenwood Christian Church which has added so much to my life. I have learned to “bloom where you are planted” and “stretch myself” to live my life. I try to do what ever is new to me with a happy positive heart, my Lord leading me forward.
God blessed our family with a beautiful baby girl named, Layla Belle Scott-Brown on Jan. 21, 2006. Pictured above is a four-generations photo. From left to right: Grama Pam Scott, Layla's Mother Tori Scott, Me (The Great-Grama); and I am holding sweet Layla Belle.
I am so privileged to be a Great Grandma and add one more generation to my family. Layla has entered this world with many obstacles including surgery at nine days old for gastroschesis. The wonderful impact on the loved ones around her becomes more apparent each day: she is our blessing from God and will make her love change our lives and according to God’s plans. She is 'fearfully and wonderfully made' said the Lord. (Psalm 139:14) Sharing with you my sweet baby, Layla Belle.
We quickly found ourselves parents of five (5)
children in 8 years, which included one set of twins we lost at
birth. Our marriage was a real adventure; my Russ was one who kept
life interesting from day to day.
I now find myself writing weekly “Mom’s Thoughts” to my children on the Internet with a mailing list, which keeps growing. They say they are inspirational and I am so shocked myself; to be writing anything interesting, remember the shy little girl is still there, although she has grown.
My family has grown with all
the mingling of lives through marriage with my children. They now
number 3 children, 1 daughter in law, 3 son-in laws, 6
grandchildren, and one great-grandbaby on the way. All are so
important to me- I love to see the generation ties come though us
all. I see so much of loved ones of years ago, still flowing into
their traits and actions. I believe they will pass on down to the
coming generations. Family is so very important and always a
Just about the time I think God can’t bless me more, he does. Our
beautiful healthy little baby girl, Audrey Madalin O’Brien was born
on April 19, 2008 to Scott & Brittiani O’Brien (Dianna Garvin's and Steve
O'Brien's son) making me “Nana 2 times”. Will hope to get a 4
generation picture soon, till then, Grama Dianna Garvin, parents
Scott & Brittiani O’Brien and this Nana are getting all the hugging
we can. God is “So Good.”
some digging for links to photos of both of my great-grandbaby
girls...I found that Pam's Flickr account had photo albums of both
Audrey. So, I have integrated
this link into my webpage so you can view both of my lil' darlins'.
Click on the link following:
Please view my Mom's Thoughts for the Week for the current year. I also have archives for 2002-04, 2005-2007, and 2008-2010. Welcome to my blessed world, as I write about it, and share it with my children and other readers every week.