Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Monday, October 3

God's Counrty

It was the most gorgeous weekend in Oxford and Zach says it’s because the weather is always perfect in God’s Country. We came to celebrate the wedding of Zach’s buddy from law school, Joel and his bride Beth. We hit town right in time to catch lunch at Two Stick. Austin ordered the spicy tuna, volcano roll, miso soup, and ginger salad. Okay so maybe mommy and daddy had that while he sipped on his 5oz of milk but we could tell he is eager to learn the art of holding chopsticks and rolling sushi like Mr. Phat.

To finish off that perfect meal, we walked over to YaYa’s for some frozen yogurt. Yummy, that is our new favorite place in Oxford. Here’s Austin after he polished off chocolate with fresh strawberries. He requested one of the 8 flavors in his bottles instead of milk from now on. Okay, no need to report us to Child Protective Services…. Mommy scarfed it down before Austin even had a chance.
We ate our yogurt on the bench with William Faulkner. Austin enjoyed discussing poetry and short stories with him under the shade tree on the square. Austin’s favorite novel of his is The Sound and the Fury but he had to admit to Mr. Faulkner that it would be difficult to read in a town like Oxford due to being distracted by all the pretty girls walking by and lots of puppies too.

After a little shopping we were off to Taylor Grocery for the rehearsal dinner. Ribeye and fried catfish were on the menu and it was delish! I am starting to realize that every post about Oxford is centered on eating. I guess the “Square Challenge” from our college days where you would try to have one drink at every bar has changed to a meal at every restaurant…man we are getting old J

Continuing with our quest to eat through Oxford, Saturday brought lunch at Ajax with old friends. Austin loved the ambiance there and was mesmerized by all the funky lighting, or he was nervously staring upward and praying one of the 3 billion toothpicks stuck in the ceiling wasn’t going to fall on him.

After a little more shopping we went to visit our sweet friends, The Schoves. They were preparing to host a birthday party so Austin had to try on a party hat. Christopher is a really talented artist and drew Austin a few ships to go in his nautical nursery. Then it was off to the wedding and reception. Austin was a gentleman the entire time and didn’t cry one time the whole evening. Shout out to God for answering my nervous mom prayers! In fact he was an angel all weekend and I am so thankful that he is such a calm little boy with a happy disposition. It make traveling and socializing so easy.

Here is happy Austin right before we broke it to him that we are about to leave Oxford. We avoided a total meltdown by promising him another trip to God’s Country in a month and a condo on the square if he got a full ride to Ole Miss playing football. (that is if the football program doesn't lose its funding by then)


Casey Ann said...

Wonderful post!

"McShane" said...

That kid is just like his parents. . . social butterfly all the way!