You have to read THIS.
I’m adding a couple more pictures. This pic of the Xanga group is a little better. There’s a good picture of Paula in this one. I didn’t realize her face was hidden some in the other one, till after I posted it. When I was posting these early this morning, I realized that I had not gotten a good shot of Paula by herself or with her kids. I wish I had. If anybody has one that they took, I would love to have a copy.
We’re all there….just in a different order.
And this is Beth and Connie….the “windblown look”:
Paula is in the background talking to a friend she has known since the 4th grade. That friend traveled all the way from Kentucky to be here. And I thought our drive was long!
Wanted to let you all know we are home. We got home about 10 minutes before midnight. I was going to wait till after some much needed sleep to post about the day, but I figured what’s another hour? (Yes, Carolyn, I hear you. I’m going to bed soon.)
We left here at 3:30 a.m. and headed to Decatur. In case some of you don’t know where Decatur is, it is about 40 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Here is a map of the area.
We arrived about 15 minutes late because when we hit Dallas, there was a major wreck on I-45 that had traffic backed up for miles. We literally inched along for about 45 minutes. That took away the spare time we had accumulated. We were running ahead of schedule before that. Then we got on I-30, and there was another wreck.
The service was so special for the family. Paula Beth recorded a song, since it was going to be too difficult for her to sing it on the day of the funeral. Kaleb, Paula and Billy’s son, put together a slide show presentation of old pictures. The pastor told many interesting stories about Billy’s life. Paula told them in more detail at the dinner.
There were a number of Xanga friends there. On Wednesday night for visitation, Connie (daisymae81) took Christy (xiolagood), Debbie (Imameanmomsoyeah), Penni (kakekornertwo), and Gena (BlessedXbyXGod).
Connie and Debbie came back for the funeral, as well as me, Steve and Bethany. But many in Paula’s family have Xanga’s too, and of course, were there. Paula Beth (pbplays88) and her husband Michael (blitzz5) are expecting a little girl in November. Merrilee (Auntie_M_710) is Billy’s sister. Michael’s parents, Larry (lt1227) and Kenett (kt1227) were also there. Joan (memajoan) is Larry’s mom, and that’s Tara in the red sweater (Ditzidawn)
Here’s some pictures. The first is the group shot of the Xangans at the funeral this afternoon. We all stayed and had lunch together at the church:
Paula Beth and Michael:
Merrilee and Connie:
Bethany and Connie (with Paula and Debbie in the background):
And then Steve tried to get in on the act:
Some of us had met before, and some we just met for the first time today. But some good friendships have been formed here. We have a bond that many people do not have….we are Christian. And we enjoy getting to know other brothers and sisters in Christ.
Right before we left the church, Paula took Beth’s hands in hers and said, “What is wrong with the boys you’ve been attracting?” We had to laugh. Beth said she has “I like psychos,” written across her forehad. She told Beth that she is even more beautiful in person than in her pictures.
Paula Beth asked Bethany if she drove her Mustang today. I think she wanted to go for a ride
While we were visiting with the family this afternoon, Carolyn (JusticeMom) called me and left a message on my cell phone. So I called her back while we were driving home, and we had a nice long, wonderful visit. She likes my Texas accent. I don’t know what she’s talking about
On the way back home, we stopped in Irving to visit a former neighbor. Hunter and TJ lived across the street from us for several years. TJ is in the Marines now. Hunter was the only one home when Beth called him, so we went by to see him. We had not seen them in almost 6 years.
Here is Beth and Hunter. He is going to be 18 in early September. Beth, Hunter and TJ were almost always together.
And one of just Bethany: