ADCOCK FAMILY DAY
February 11, 2017 was a day set aside to celebrate the Adcock family
February birthdays which encompassed January and March birthdays too.
Also, a baby shower for our youngest daughter Lisa Dianne Gonzales who is
expecting a baby girl sometime in early March, 2017.
The gathering was coordinated by Sue Newton of Lilesville, NC and Kathy and
Jerry Adcock of Monroe, NC graciously offered to host the event at their
beautiful and very spacious home which is an ideal setting for such an
I asked Sue Newton to do the narrative for this event and below is a copy
and paste in her own words:
What better time to celebrate Family than at Valentine's? Family is,
or at least it should always be, about love. We have all seen the ugly
proof that for many a loving family is not a reality in their lives.
Thankfully and humbly, I say our family is blessed. This is not to say that
ours has had no problems but it is proof that with enough courage and
determination and from an inborn nature to want to love and be loved, we
have created a loving family… moving forward into four generations we are
leaving a wonderful legacy of this treasure.
Under gleaming Carolina Blue skies, warm sunshine and soft breezes with
temps in the mid to upper 70's on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the
gorgeous and spacious home of Jerry & Kathy Adcock, we the Adcock sisters &
brothers enjoyed a day of celebrating the family. We have MANY
birthdays in Jan-Feb-Mar and within a couple of days, it would be
Valentine's Day and we have Lily Danielle Gonzales (due March3) who we
celebrated by gifting her with a Baby Shower.
Kathy always has her home looking like it came right out of a Southern
Living décor photo shoot. With Valentines as her theme, the house was
lovingly decorated adding so much 'class' to the affair. Of course,
Jerry was her right hand man with setting up tables and chairs and then
getting out of the way. A man does not need a wife and several sisters
giving him instructions or a 'honey do' list. :-)
Remembering how we all loved, in 'the old days' the practice of making
Valentine Boxes at school, we did that and for those who didn't, there were
decorated gift bags for the birthday cards, Valentine's and gifts that would
be given. We all learned that no one any longer makes Valentine cards
in a bag like we could get back in the 50's-60's. There are expensive single
cards or perforated sheets of 'junk' that is suppose to pass for Valentine
cards. But some made their own, some created PC cards and some used the junk
(guilty… I used some of both). Still it was all just about the fun memories
and the present shared love.
You know there is no celebration of any kind that doesn't include food.
I am talking GOOOOD FOOD! Not me, but a lot of my sisters, brothers and
in-laws of both genders, could be chefs. Our menu was created of a
joint effort. Pulled pork BBQ
(Bill Porter aka Mickey to us), a beautiful mix of baby greens, seedless red
grapes, Mandarin oranges in a salad dressed with an amazing gourmet dressing
(Frankie Beachum, who is a paid cook/caterer), two slow cookers of home made
from scratch soups, one vegetable and one chicken noodle (Kathy Adcock), egg
salad sandwiches, chicken salad with crackers (Rachel Myers) and also no
sandwich can stand alone without some chips. The dessert department
certainly was not slighted. Coconut-date bars (Rachel), chocolate
pecan pie and a boxed cake mix/cream cheese frosting from a can/bagged
coconut comprised the efforts of filling time in a sleepless night (Sue).
The pie was planned and made ahead. I often have insomnia and I cannot
just lie in bed wide awake. I have to get up and do something and
Friday night, actually 2am Saturday, I pulled these item out of the pantry
and made the cake. I was surprised that it was really a good cake. We had a
large cookie (10” diameter) with Valentine frosting (Kathy) and for the baby
shower, strawberry cup cakes with pink frosting and baby decorations (Lisa
Newton). All of this with a variety of cold and hot drinks was a
celebration of taste for the palette.
A few years ago, realizing that we brothers and sisters were getting some
age on us and we needed to make time for family, we decided to do just that.
We try to meet somewhere for a lunch and catching up, at least every other
month. Usually we go to a centrally located restaurant and sometimes
we drive further to enable some who cannot travel far, to be a part of our
time together. Occasionally for special events and always at Christmas we do
it Celebration Style, which is what we did last Saturday.
Mickey is always on hand with his camera and we are so thankful for him.
He is our photo-journalist, who posts the photos and his commentary on his
website for all of us to have access to them. Of course there were
phone cameras everywhere. Some photos are posed and others the
subjects may not have even been aware they were being photographed. Up close
photos of 'the girls' have one stipulation. They have to be made before the
eating begins. Eating makes wrinkles around 'mature' lips and all the
lipstick has disappeared.
He asked me to write the commentary this time. I am not the writer he
is but I told him I would and right now, this is me keeping my word.
If I am anything, I am dependable. I do what I say I will do, I go
where I say I will go and I will do it on time, if not early. This may be
classified as a fault, but that is how I expect people to be with me, as
well. Not to keep a promise to me is excusable only by a death (and
probably your own would be the acceptable one :-) That's just how I am made.
If I wasn't using such an old computer for keying this, I would insert those
little sticker thingies, so you would be able to see that I am writing in a
My PC is having problems and Calvin won't be home until the first of March
so I am having to use this one that just keeps on going, But it has none of
the 'bells and whistles', which is probably why it keeps on going.
So, with four generations present, and Lily due within a couple of weeks, we
also learned that in September the fourth generation will increase by two.
Shannon is having identical twins. The sex is not yet known but it is known
that they are sharing one placenta… ta-da! Identical twins.
To you who were not able to attend, you know that you were missed. It
will probably be around Easter when we have our next family day. In the mean
time, do all you can to stay well and just keep on caring, sharing, praying
and loving. Family is to be celebrated!
Now, back to Bill aka Mickey Porter's pc........
I featured Katy and Jerry's home in one of my short stories in
2012, whereas Kathy and Jerry hosted an
After Christmas Party which was outstanding.
Below is an archived pix of their home taken then:
Below is a pix of our host, Kathy and Jerry Adcock with their son Dean
and his wife Stacy:
Those with February birthdays as follows: Sue, Autumn, Ray, Madeline,
Wink, Mickey, Joyce, Boyce, Tina, Frankie, Geoffrey, Jessica, Lynette,
Bernice, Curt and Emma.
Kathy had a Valentine's Day decor theme going since there were bags for
everyone with gifts, etc.
GETTING THE PARTY STARED
The Porter family; e.g., my bride, Laura, Lisa, Xander and yours truly
arrived a little early and it didn't take long before I had the Canon 35mm
DSLR camera's shutter going off at a regular rate. Below are pixs of
the Valentine Day theme decor. Click on thumbnail pixs for a larger
Rachel Myers gave our prayer, blessing the food and my camera was quickly
put aside and helped myself to some of the very tasty food.
WADDLING AROUND WITH THE CAMERA
After, my meal, I got the ole camera going again, walking aka waddling
around snapping pixs. Pixs below taken before and after the food was
LISA'S BABY SHOWER
It is great that the Adcock family gave Lisa a baby shower and everyone
was so generous. Her son Xander will be eight (8) years old next month
and she had given away all her baby items; crib, high chair, stroller, etc.,
apparently thinking she would not have another child!
In closing, we had a wonderful Adcock Family Day, combining birthdays,
Valentine's Day and Lisa's baby shower. A special
Thank You to Kathy and Jerry
Adcock for hosting this event and to each and everyone that helped make this
a success. Another Special Thanks to Sue Newton for the narrative
introduction, of which I greatly appreciate.
As I say so many times through out this website,
"Two of the Greatest Ships that ever Sailed, Friendship and
LEAVING ON A SPIRITUAL NOTE
One of the things that makes the
Adcock family so special, is their love
of our Lord Jesus Christ and their willingness to apply the golden rule in
their personal lives: James 2:8 “If ye fulfil the royal law according
to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:”
1 Corinthians 13:13
10But when that which is perfect is come,
then that which is in part shall be done away.
11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things.
12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but
then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I
13And now abideth
faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is
is used in this scripture as Love toward others, not just fellow Christians
in my humble opinion!
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 02-13-17 with updated
narrative on 02-14-17.