Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Friends Trip


Old School 2005
Originally uploaded by sharla.
This is most of "The Group" from college. The group began with the guys and with such great wives it has turned into a full on family event. Jason and Allison Isbell and their son Levi are on the left. The came from New York. Next is Crystal standing above her husband Ryan who is holding their daughter Lauren. They live in Round Rock. Mario is in the center of course. He is working on his doctorate in Dallas. Karise and Dave Gililland and their girls Keely and Kenly are next to Mario. The Gilillands came in from L.A. California where Dave is working on his Dr. Then Shar holding Anna and myself with Blake. Jackie and Jo Ellen Qualls are not in the picture, but they came for Saturday night and dinner.

What a great group of friends I have from college. I can not begin to explain to you how much we have all matured, and how quickly the guys can slip back into our old ways. We all met about 12 years ago in Abilene, Texas. I would have never dreamed of the impact these people would have on my life. From my thoughts yesterday on family I mentioned how we naturally grow apart and new relationships form. The picture above represents a new part of my family. People that I love and that love me. I am so thankful to God for placing these people in my life.

12 comments:

Jana said...

Whoa, wait a minute. What's up with the Bedards and the Youngs not getting a mention?

Jana said...

Okay. So you're choosing to ignore me. That's cool. Were you really that upset by our absence, Byron?

Anonymous said...

I think maybe jana's wishing they hadn't missed the trip????

Jana said...

Of course I'm wishing that!!!

Debbie said...

Ummmmm....is the guy in the middle not married? Is he too old for Katie? Surely he has to be wonderful to be included in your "group!"

Anonymous said...

It was a great time. I laughed more than I have laughed since we moved to California and it just felt like putting on your favorite jeans or t-shirt. Comfortable and you feel cool, even if you're not!I already miss y'all, even though it's been, like, a week. It's weird how when you are little, you are homesick for a place and as you get older those places are people. I know that I missed those who weren't there. Hopefully, everyone can make the next time. Yes, Debbie , Mario is single and a great guy. You should have seen him with all the kids (He was great!).
Karise
PS Bumpy's BRARMS are still bumping!

Debbie said...

Karise! You know Katie and you know Mario (ummmm....is he American?) what do you think? A match? Katie would KILLLLLLLLL me!

Donielle said...

As long as we are matchmaking on Byron's blog.....what do you think about Sharon and Stephen Winter? Maybe???

Anonymous said...

Donielle, you can only set Sharon up with this guy if he meets the following requirements:
1) Is he a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
2) Is he cute?
3) Is he tall - over 6'2"?
4) Can he relocate to Texas? She doesn't do California . . yet!
5) Is he employed - somewhere other than where you have to say "Do you want fries with that?"
6) Does he live with his mom? By the way, this is not acceptable.
7) Is his mom mother-in-law material?
8) Does he weigh over 145 and under 220?
9) Hygiene - must be impecable!
10) Does he like kids? Because she has 22 nieces and nephews all under the age of 7!
11) Does he have one of these STUPID blogs? Sharon doesn't do blogs either - yet!
12) Does he like Soy Milk?
13) Does he cook breakfast?
14) Does he have enough money to buy a new lawnmower . . riding!
15) Is he spontaneous?
16) What is his choice of drink?
17) Does Days of Ours Lives come on in California?
18) Does he mind meddling, obnoxious, fun loving, very involved friends?
19) Is he an outdoorsman?
20) Does he enjoy a lake view?
21) Does he mind 20 . . I mean 21 questions?
Love to all who matchmake!
Sharon's meddling, obnoxious, fun loving, very involved friends . . AKA the Not So Small Small Group.

Anonymous said...

About Stephen & Sharon has a nice ring doesn't it??....
Questions 1-5 Yes
Question 6 No
Question 7-10 Yes
(add another 9 nephews & nieces)
Question 11, 12 No (not even low fat)
Question 13-15 Yes
Question 16 Dr. P or sweet tea
Question 17 he would hope not
Question 18 No
19 Yes
20 I bet he'd rather look at Sharon than the lake!
21 No

The Not So Small Small Group said...

he sounds perfect. send him on!

Anonymous said...

STILL GOT IT!!!!