Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to our Precious daughter Joan on November 24.

Our beautiful Lynda Joan is the second of our seven children born to my husband and me. Words and/or pictures are inadequate to tell how much each of our children fills my heart to overflow with love and how much

Joan has a special place in my heart as she did in her Daddy's heart. Joan calls her Web Log, " Daddy's Roses." (Picture on right is Joan and Jim's 6 grandchildren)

There are all kinds of stories to tell about Joan as a child and as a beautiful and outstanding adult.
The picture to the right shows Joan as "A Georgia Peach" published in the Atlanta Sunday paper.

Joan was a rising senior in High School when we uprooted her from Griffin High School, a small city school where her friends, including a “boy friend” lived. We moved to Ellijay, a small mountain town in North Georgia. If you have ever had to move a teen away from friends you know Joan was not a happy camper.

Ellijay was(and is ) a wonderful town but a town we had never heard of in 1958 when my husband, an ordained Itinerant Elder in the Methodist Church was sent to pastor a church there.

The word, “itinerant“ in the Methodist Church then as now means “traveling” and pastors then even more than now were ask to “travel” to any place where the Bishop and Cabinet thought would best serve the overall church. Without much notice, but with committment to Christ and the church we were assigned to The Church in Ellijay. As an aside, an old friend from Charles home town was a quaint never married nurse who was the epitomy of the Hollywood stereotype of “Old Maid. When our wonderful "Miss Weaver" heard we were moving to Ellijay she remarked, “I've heard they sure mash a lot of corn up there.” We did not see much evidence of "mashed corn" in our four year tenure in Gilmer county! We did meet some of the most oustanding and good people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

The Annual North Georgia Conference moving day was a "fruit basket turn over" day. One pastor family moved out of a Methodist Parsonage and another moved in, sometimes just minutes apart. So with our moving van (actually a truck) following, we were finally on our way to a town we had never seen.

We had lived in Griffin four happy years so we had a week of sad good byes and “ going away parties” and packing and cleaning. Moving out of a parsonage and getting it ready for another family to move in immediately is work, work, work! The picture to the right was Joan holding a rabbit, raised for food but never eaten!
(The picture below of me holding Joan with Janice 2 years older is one of my favorite of Joan as a baby.)So Charles and I, committed to the Itinerancy, were happy to finally be on our way. The younger children were excited about “moving to the mountains and kept saying things like, “Mama, are those our mountains” as we drove nearer and nearer to a place which did finally become "our mountains and our home town."

Finally we got to the Ellijay city limits. Charles, in his own exuberant way said, “The population of Ellijay has now increased by nine.“ Joan, who had been very quiet finally spoke, “It has probably doubled.”

But Joan adjusted greatly to her last year of High School there, was elected treasurer of her Senior Class and even had the fun being on the Homecoming Court (Homecoming queen) and a cheer leader for Gilmer High. She , along with all of us made life long friends with some of the finest people this world ever produced.

The picture below is of her wedding to Jim Turrentine at Trinity Methodist Church where her daddy, Charles Shaw was pastor. Her sisters Janice, Carol and Deborah were among the bridesmaids. Joan is a wife, mother of a daughter and son, Lyn and Steven , gifted school teacher and now the loving and buy grandmothersix Picture on left shows Joan and Jim's six grandchildren. Picture on right is Joan with her of her four ganddaughters, Natalie and Brianne Davis.

12 comments:

Carol said...

Happy Birthday, Joanie! I enjoy these stories SO much! Keep 'em coming!

beth said...

Happy Birthday, Joan!

Beautiful post Ruth :)

Jane said...

Happy Birthday dear Joan!

Terrell said...

HBTY, HBTY, HB Dear Joan, HBTY!!!

Mama, keep 'em coming. You've got nearly four months to prepare for my Big One, so I expect eloquence! ;-)

I'll never forget the way the white billows sat down from a gorgeous blue sky onto the mountains as we drove up Highway 5 to Ellijay that day. The mountains had to poke their heads through the curious clouds to greet us themselves that day. I never saw the clouds quite like that again. I guess they've not welcomed so outstanding a family since.

Joan said...

Thank you one and all!! I had a wonderful birthday -- one of the best yet. It rivaled my 40th.

Ruth said...

I'll never forget the way the white billows sat down from a gorgeous blue sky onto the mountains as we drove up Highway 5 to Ellijay that day. The mountains had to poke their heads through the curious clouds to greet us themselves that day. I never saw the clouds quite like that again. I guess they've not welcomed so outstanding a family since.

With four blogging children who are also super poetic writers, i feel inadequate enough..so do not set you sights too high!

beth said...

I'm glad you had such a nice birthday!

Anonymous said...

What a cute baby!

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

Is there a Sunday Seven for November? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Mother, you forgot to say that Joan was on the homecoming court (Homecoming Queen?) within months of moving to Ellijay.
Joan, I am glad you are having a great birthday. We've missed you this week, with all the family get-togethers. It is not the same without you.
Love you, Debi

Andy McCullough said...

You know Elijay did probally double in size.

Enjoyed reading your tribute to Joan. We moved to the mtns - really hills - of Habersham right before Laura's senior year of HS so some of this is strangely familar.

Oh, the sacrifices PKs go through as their parents follow Christ's call. I am sure methodist PKs had it worse. You had the Bishop and Cabinet helping you be 'intinerant' a little sooner where it usually took a Bapt church a little longer for poltics to raise its ugly head and the congregation aid their pastor in being 'itinerant'.

Happy Birthday Joan and Happy Thanksgiving to all your family.

Joan said...

Thank you, Mother, and everyone else who commented, for your good birthday wishes. What a blessing it is to have a loving family and good friends!!