Monday, May 29, 2006


Sug Riley, 1920-2006

My maternal grandmother, Sug Riley went home to be with Jesus yesterday evening. She just celebrated her 86th birthday on May 13. I have many fond memories of Sug, including annual vacations to Myrtle Beach where we'd sit around playing cards. It was only years later that I discovered that she occasionally "bent" the rules to beat us grandkids. If you've wondered where this blog's title, "...and those," comes from, it's from Sug. Instead of refering to my parents as "Jim and Jacque," we were all called, "Jacque and those." Also, she never met a stranger and within minutes of meeting someone would most likely be calling them, "dingbat" or some other term of endearment. I'm sure Jesus has his hands full!

In her latter years, she suffered a stroke in June 2002 and never fully recovered. But all through these last years, Big Daddy was by her side, as he has been for the last 60 years. Many, including the health care workers, have commented recently that their marriage and relationship is/was a true example of two people becoming one flesh. They've been an example to us all. Understandably, Big Daddy has already been missing her. As you pray for all of us, pray for him especially.

Vistitation will be Tuesday, May 30 from 5-8 at Dunbar Funeral Home at 3926 Devine Street in Columbia.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 on Wednesday, May 31 at Park Street Baptist Church with her interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Any gifts may be directed to Park Street Baptist Church.

UPDATED: Obituary

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Carpe Diem will have to wait

Mark Twain wrote, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes." We are thinking of adopting that as our 2006 mantra. Many of you know Scott's grandmother has been ill for a while. She is not expected to make it through the week. So we are postponing Carpe Diem on June 3rd. We will reschedule it for July or August. We look forward to a Carpe Diem day with all of you when the grieving is behind us... please pray for Scott's family, especially his mom, Jacque during this time as she bears much. We pray for the ultimate Carpe Diem Bash for his grandmother, Sug!

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Carpe Diem Bash T-minus 9 days!!!!

We are getting really excited as our June 3rd Carpe Diem Bash approaches. We have the important things lined up things like a Thomas the Train bounce house, a noise ordinance and a port-o-jon. What more do we need. We can jump up and down for hours, yell as loud as we want and not have "use" the big oak tree at Colonial Park. It is coming together! We hope many of you faithful readers will be able to stop by. Any you unfaithful readers are welcome too. Just to rehash the plan... Bring Your Own Stuff. We are bringing the fun, the drinks & the cake. If you want a blanket, picnic dinner, a pick-up basketball game, bring it. For all you Barry Bonds types, you might want to head to the batting cage. Rumor has it a whiffle ball game is in the works. For all you hip-flaskers, we didn't pull a permit for alcoholic leave them at home or bring it in your "7-OP " can.

If you haven't responded to the Evite or if we inadvertently didn't send you an Evite, then let us know your coming by sending an email to Rachelle at

Monday, May 15, 2006


Carpe Diem Bash

Hello friends,
My diagnosis anniversary is coming up on June 17 and my birthday is on May 28 (you may have noticed the national holiday?). We are going to "Seize the Day" to celebrate with all the people who have been part of our lives over the last year.

YOU, faithful blog readers are INVITED.

BRING YOUR OWN: picnic blanket, dinner, frisbee, dog, basket ball, tennis gear, WHATEVER! We will provide beverages.

When: Saturday, June 3, 2006
Where: Colonial Park (219 Providence Road, near the Ben & Jerry's)
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00ish or whenever we get tired and the kids need to go to bed.

Your kiddos should come too (it is a park and we'll have some other activities).

Your presence is the only gift required. Please come celebrate with us.

Please RSVP by leaving a "Comment" (link below) or emailing Rachelle at

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Update on Scott - May 10, 2006

Many of you have been asking for an update on Scott. He is doing great. His legs are healing well and he is back to his old self. He is working and has been since April. And he is back to mowing his own lawn. We agreed to let me spray the reason to introduce any more chemicals to his skin...lets move to the next available family member for that. We are heading back to New Haven to see Dr. Foss at the end of June. We pushed our appointment out to June because she wants to be able to really evaluate the disease when we are there. It will take time for all the effects of the medications to leave his system. So he is between treatments and we are glad for the repreave. There is something nice about suspending treatment for a while and living as if nothing is wrong. As a family, we are trying to have fun and rest during May and June. I am working 10-15 hours a week at the Barnabas Center. It is a place where I can use my gifts and it contiually keeps spiritual matters in the front of my mind. Remember Will... "Oh yeah", you say, "you people have a newborn." Well he is 4 months old today and what a special bebe he is. Also, Sug's (Scott's maternal grandmother) health continues to decline. Pray for God's mercy.

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