|Granny and me in her rocking chair in Wichita Falls, TX|
When we celebrated holidays in Wichita Falls, Texas, at my Granny and Papa Poirot's house, it was an all day and all night event. We spent Christmas mornings on the brown carpeted floor of their front room, Christmas afternoons napping in the den piled on top of them in their recliners, Christmas evenings eating dinner either in the dining room (if you were a grown up) or on the patio (if you were at the kids table), and Christmas night building box forts and wrapping their bedroom in toilet paper. Yep, you read right.
|Granny and me at Johnny Rocket's on our Caribbean cruise in 2008|
The following is the speech that I gave at my Granny's memorial service in November of 2008. Yes, it is kind of long- but I promise that at the end you'll see why I loved her as much as I did.
|Granny and me at my UT Graduation, May 2008|
|Ashlea, Aunt Rhonda, Granny, my mom, and me at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas|
for Delta Gamma Mom's Weekend 2007
|Granny on the beach at Port Aransas, May 2008|
|Me, my mom, and Granny on the beach in Cozumel, Mexico|
|Granny feeding the seagulls in Port Aransas, TX in May 2008|
|My cousin, Gillian, and me icing cookies in Granny's kitchen in Wichita Falls, TX|
There is not a single memory any of us have with Granny when we’re not smiling and laughing the entire time. Over the past four years, Granny has been a pillar of strength for our family. She has been the angel that helped us through Papa’s passing and taught us to turn tragedy into triumph. In German, “Gertrude” means strength. In French, “Albertina” means noble. I can think of no two words to better describe Granny. I have never, in my entire life, met someone with her courage, faith, and patience. These, combined with her optimism and strength make her someone who we can only aspire to be like.
|My Uncle Richard, Granny, Ashlea, and me on Christmas Morning at|
Granny & Papa's house in Wichita Falls, TX
On June 16, 1919, God sent an angel from Heaven down to the little old town of Scotland, Texas. You may have known her as Gertrude Albertina, Gertie, Trudy, Gert, Mrs. Poirot, mom, mother, Gigi, or Granny. Whatever you may have called her, she was an angel, and it’s thanks to this angel sent from God, these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love.
Chili Cheese Rice Casserole
|Chili Cheese Rice Casserole|
- 3 small cans chopped green chilies (medium hot) (12 oz total)
- 6 c white rice, prepared as indicated on box
- 2 c fat free sour cream
- 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
- Pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese sliced thin & into appr. 1.5x1.5 in. squares
- black pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- Prepare the rice as indicated on box; add appr. 1/2 tsp salt
- Drain green chilies
- Add sour cream, shredded cheese, and green chilies to rice; add appr. 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Stir well
- Spray a casserole dish with cooking oil
- Spread mixture in a casserole dish
- Top with cheese squares, alternating colors to make a checkerboard on top
- Bake appr. 20 mins, or until cheese is melted on top *if you have nonstick foil, place on top. If foil isn't nonstick, it'll stick to the cheese.