10.01.14 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays



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Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. The star fort was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Bourtangewas restored to its mid-18th-century state in 1960 and is currently used as an open-air museum.



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i prefer the truthDear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3 NLT


09.25.14 A little of this, a little of that!

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Our family Saints socks photo. Braxton and Madisyn were missing from the picture but I think at least one leg for each of the rest of us was included!

We had another showing this morning so I spent hours yesterday cutting the grass, sweeping, spraying down all the gardens.  When it comes to watering the gardens there seem to be so many and they all get dusty when the grass gets cut so, even though I watered everything day before yesterday it all had to be sprayed down to get them shiny again.  What an event this house showing has become.  Thank goodness we do not live in the house and have to make sure it’s neat too!  Still have to cut fresh flowers for the vase in the kitchen and bake more cookies to help the place smell homey!!!

There was a realtor showing on Monday and on Tuesday a different man stopped by and asked to see it.  Roy showed him around weekendand then handed it over to me.  He’s very interested and was even picturing how he’d put a fence around everything for his dogs.  We gave his information to our agent to follow up.  We’re in the running for two couples we previously showed it to so hopefully soon SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN!!!!!

Tuesday morning I had an epidural shot in my neck to help with pain I developed last year.  I had physical therapy for it several months ago and that helped but it gradually came back.  After all the work I did in the yard yesterday I normally would have been sore and in pain from that for hours.  But I have no pain at all and that is such a huge blessing!

Being in our hometown has some benefits like getting to go to Madisyn’s Kindergarten Open House!  Roy, me, daddy Chip, mommy Liz, mommy’s boyfriend Billy and son Josh made up Madisyn’s entourage for open house. With all of her entourage’s attention focused on her she was in her glory leading us all through the school.  We met her teacher, saw her classroom, visited the cafeteria and got an extensive tour of all the buildings ending up at the playground.  After she and Josh and a few other children played int he playground a while it was time to leave.  She was so distraught because as she says it “I don’t get to play out here much they make we work all day!!!”    Oh what a rough life it is for a Kindergartener!

IMG_20140925_181121_805IMG_20140925_182804_077Last Friday we had a special visit from our niece Ashley and her son Nathan.  He’s a little older than Madisyn and was so delightful.  We both enjoyed our visit with them a lot.  He loved all of Uncle Roy’s toys like the helicopter, guitar, and flying computer game.  Can’t wait to have him and Madisyn over at the same time.  That will be a kick!


I saw my eye doctor last week for my annual visit and to find out why my left eye’s vision was declining.  Turns out there is a film growing over my left lens.  I had this on my right eye right after the cataract surgery so I know what to expect.  They remove  the film by shooting laser beams through the film at several places over the lens.  They put a solution in your eyes and the film disintegrates in a day or so. Then we’re back to clear vision again!  I’ll have that done in two weeks.

We enjoyed a wonderful postponed Birthday lunch with my sister Harriett and brother in law George at Santa Fe restaurant here in Hammond.  It’s always fun to visit and laugh together with family!

We went to Madisyn’s cheering class last Friday and got to watch her through a glass wall.  She spotted us and got kind of silly but she’s really good at this cheering stuff! She’s the little girl with a blonde ponytail with the white shirt and black shorts.

I didn’t think much has been going on in our lives lately but we  seem to have been quite busy!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

09.11.14 So what’s new??

dont try to face the day untilSoutheastern and LSU won their games Saturday by huge amounts.  They are both powerhouses in their conferences.  The bad news is that the Saints lost (oh how it hurts to say that word) to the Dirty Birds of Atlanta by a field goal in overtime in their first regular season game.  Our defense was rotten. They face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and, as a loyal Saints fan, I know a 1 in the Win column is on the way for us!

We are still at zero offers on our house.  The volume of traffic through the house indicates a lot of interest yet no offers.  After much consideration, prayer and talks with our agent we’ve decided to lower the price $10,000 from the original asking price.  We’re hoping to reach a different group of home shoppers with this lower price, hoping someone will snap it up.

Roy is still working at Southeastern in his temporary position and can stay a few more weeks, Thank God!

Church softball games are one of those things for me that make me very happy!  We were treated to a church softball game this week.  My son’s church, Soul’s Harbor, has a new team and Chip is the coach.  They lost the first game but put several runs on the board so it’s a promising start!  What an amazing evangelistic outreach church softball is and I’m thankful Soul’s Harbor has started this at their church.  I miss the good old days at Trinity when we had a softball league and we all cheered and fellowshiped at the ball field together.  Here’s a picture of the new team!  Chip’s the guy with the full beard .

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My 60th birthday is coming up this Sunday, September 14th.  Wow the big 60!  I didn’t dread 50 because I never thought10501705_719614951418386_5147329040968202366_n of that as old.  Now I don’t really dread 60 but I do think of 60 as on my way to old (like my sister who was probably expecting that comment!!).  My sister and brother in law are taking us out to dinner Saturday for my birthday.  Hoping to spend some time with Madisyn on my birthday when we gather after church to celebrate.  Madisyn now in school full time, dance class, cheerleading class, AWANA on Wednesday nights and has very little spare time to sleep and breathe much less spend time with us. They grow up way to fast!

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We’re not traveling right now so all I can do is dream about that and look forward to future times on the road when we can share our adventures with ya’ll again.

Today being September 11th is the 13th anniversary of the day terror struck the United States on our own soil.  The saying “We Must Never Forget” means so much to me.  Every year I try to watch videos of that day because I feel it is extremely important that we relive the impact of that day so we don’t forget the sacrifices so many Americans made that day and in the days afterward.  I don’t dwell on it except for on this day.  My mind can’t wrap itself around what horrible people would do this to our country.  The multitudes of young men who joined the military after that to give us renewed protection are due all our gratitude and prayers.  We are a resilient country with tremendous pride for what these folks did on September 11th and afterwards.   I worry so much about the path our country is on and pray daily to God for his continued mercy and grace on our country.

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Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend – it’s almost here – and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??!!


09.03.14 RVillage, a Growing Church and Updates!

Recently RVillage went over the 10,000 member mark! This is an amazing achievement in just a few short months!


We continue to have 2-3 house showings each week.  While everyone has positive comments there have been no offers.  We’ve been here so long since we originally pressure washed that one of the sidewalks in the back yard has started to turn green where water falls onto it from the roof.  I spent the morning scrubbing that with bleach and voila’ beautiful sidewalks again! I also see the need for another weed eating project.  Maybe one evening when it isn’t so hot, surely that has to be coming soon!   saints atlanta

Last weekend the Saints lots their last preseason game. Southeastern and LSU won their first games.  Geaux Lions and Tigers!  This week the Saints play their season opener against their main rival the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Sunday at Noon.  Bring it on Dirty Birds!

The last two Sundays we’ve gone to our son Chip’s church, Soul’s Harbor. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to sit in a worship service with our son.  They are a growing church who last week let all the children go to Children’s Church souls harbor imagefor the entire worship time, instead of just part of it.  They will continue this for a very good reason. There are 60-70 children there and with them in the main worship service congregation, there were people standing up the building was so full.  They have doubled their congregation in the last few months and are bursting at the seams.  What a wonderful thing to witness.  So many people coming to hear the Word of God preached.

This past Sunday after worship service everyone walked across the street and shared dinner fellowship in what us locals schwegmann building smallcall the Old Schwegmann’s building.  This is a huge building that many years ago was a major supermarket in this area.  The owner, Ed Hoover is working with the church to allow them to move into it.  Chip and I use to shop there every Saturday morning (when he was little) and I’ve watched it sitting empty for way too long.  To see it being used now for a place people can come to worship God is a mighty thing!  I’ve heard that several churches have approached the owner about using the building but they’ve been told no, until now!  Moving their worship services there will give the church room to breathe and grow. And I have no doubt they will grow.Growing pains for God’s people!

I’m so thankful Chip is a member of this church and I believe that under the leadership of his pastor, Marvin Poole he is growing into the Christian man God wants him to be.  Chip is leading their softball ministry and if you know Chip you know that’s right up his alley.  We’ll get to see their team play in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to cheering them on! And you know there will pictures to share!

Sunday afternoon Grannie had a great time while Paw Paw, Madisyn, Chip and Kim were off at softball practice.  No Roy doesn’t play just observed wishing he could play again!  One of Kim’s twins, Braxton came to play with Grannie!  This is a first babysitting with this little man.  He’s the more reserved of the twins and it was wonderful playing one on one with him!  We played outside in the grass and visited our neighbors who loved meeting him, and then played inside for a while.  He’s very much into exploration and checking everything out.  I took no pictures, I know I always take pictures.  I think I was so focused on him that I forgot!  He cried once for about five minutes so I snuggled with him and he settled right down.  I guess I haven’t forgotten how to be a Grannie to babies!  Madisyn is growing so fast and is now taking dancing and cheer leading lessons.  She’s settling into Kindergarten and even caught the school bus to come home one day!  She’s growing way too fast!


Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

09.02.14 Going back to School: The 70s vs. Today by Scary Mommy Victoria Fedden

Life has become so complicated and I thought this blog post really showed the huge jump that’s been made from 1970 until now in just one area – going back to school.  My children were in school in the 80s and 90s. I was still in high school in the early 70s.  I don’t think much changed from the 70s to the 80s/90s but between then and 2014 it almost seems like this is a different planet.  I don’t envy the challenges facing young mothers and fathers today.  I hope that by reading this, these young parents will see that there was a simpler time and can take away from reading this some ideas to use next year instead of the high pressure ways that seem to be the norm these days.

I haven’t read any other posts on Scary Mommy’s blog but this one was too good not to pass along!  I’m not recommending her site since with my luck she’ll be an atheist, who is pro abortion, and other things that don’t line up with my Christian values.  Roam around her site at your own risk!!!! Here’s a link to this post on her site http://www.scarymommy.com/back-to-school-the-70s-vs-today/


Back to School, 1970s:

1. Take the kids downtown to go shopping at Sears for back to school clothes the last week of August. Get everyone a new pair of corduroys and a striped tee shirt. Buy the boys a pair of dungarees and the girls a pair of culottes. No, Jennifer, you can’t have that orange and red poncho. Promise you will crochet her a better one with much more fringe. Get the girls a package of that rainbow, fuzzy yarn they like in their hair. You are done. You have spent a total of $43.00. Now take everyone to the Woolworth’s lunch counter for grilled cheeses and chocolate milk.

2. On the night before the first day of school (that would be the Sunday night after Labor Day, of course, you know, mid-September) throw the kids in the way back of the station wagon and drag them downtown to Eckerds, K-Mart, Ames, Dollar General, Drug Fair or the like and hurry them over to the back-to-school area to pick out a lunchbox. Make sure to tell them get a move on because you don’t have all night for them to make a damn decision. They need to get in bed by eight and yes, they’re going to miss the Wonderful World of Disney if they can’t decide between The Fonz and Dukes of Hazzard. Good Lord, why is it so hard for them to pick? Tell Kimberly if she can’t make up her mind between Holly Hobbie and The Bionic Woman then you’re going to pick Pigs in Space and you don’t want to hear another word about it until June. Grab a composition book for each of them and a pack of pencils too. That’s all they need. Remember to save some grocery bags so they can cover their textbooks with them after the first day of school.

3. Buy yourself a pack of Virginia Slims on the way out and smoke three of them on the way home.

4. Get up in the morning and make yourself a cup of Sanka with Sweet ‘n’ Low. Line up all the lunchboxes on the formica counter top in your kitchen. Open up a bag of Wonder Bread and do this assembly line style.
bologna5. Spread yellow mustard on bread. Slap bologna on bread. Unwrap American cheese slices and put on top of bologna. Put top on the sandwich and wrap sandwich in tin foil or wax paper. Put it in the lunchbox. Every kid gets the same exact lunch. Period.

6. Alternate sandwich choices could include: Peanut butter and grape jelly, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, the end of last night’s leftover roast beef or the ever popular with children tuna fish with large chunks of onions and celery and Miracle Whip.

7. Put some Planter’s Cheese Balls into a baggie and close with a twist tie.

8. Take Twinkies out of the box. Put one in each child’s lunch box.


9. Fill thermoses with either Kool-Aid or whole milk.

10. Include a red delicious apple even though you know that damned apple is just going to come home uneaten again, which is fine because you can keep adding the same one until it practically rots.

11. Close the lunchboxes. You’re done. Go put some Barry Manilow on the record player and celebrate that your kids are out of the house until dinner time. They’ll grab them, along with a frosted, dutch apple Pop-Tart on the way out the door as they walk a half mile down the road to get to the bus stop.

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Back to School, 2014

1. Take five deep breaths and say a positive affirmation. School begins in two weeks. It is the middle of July. Don’t worry, you still have time to order BPA-free bento boxes and authentic Indian tiffins made with special stainless steel that did not involve any child-labor, sweat shops or animal cruelty. Remember, you have Amazon Prime. You can get the free two day shipping and you will have plenty of time to read reviews and make this very important decision because your kids are in summer “camp” which is actually just another word for school in the summer because OH MY GOD you were so tired that day you had to have them home all day with you and you couldn’t go to your restorative flow class at yoga. And that was also the day something went terribly wrong with the homemade glitter cloud dough recipe that was supposed to go in their sensory bin and the very same day that they were out of soy milk at Starbucks and you had to immediately email corporate to let them know that duh, they should actually be selling almond milk and/ or coconut milk. Get with it Starbucks. Soy is so 90s. Ugh, but you digress. The tiffin. The bento boxes…

2. One Week Later: The bento boxes and tiffins have arrived. So has your childrens’ school’s annual list of school supplies that you must purchase and deliver. It is three and a half pages long. It includes a ten pound bag of flour and several cleaning products and also requests a Costco-sized package of toilet paper.


3. Begin frantic online search for backpacks and school bags made from all natural materials yet still “cool.” Have them monogrammed.

4. Take kids shopping at the mall for new school clothes. Buy them each a completely new wardrobe from Gymboree and Crew Cuts. Spend $2,387.07 on your credit card.

5. Take children to the child psychologist to prepare them mentally for the difficult transition to a new grade, new teacher and new classroom.

6. Intently study the allergy list the school has sent you which lists all the items that other children in your children’s classes are allergic to and thus cannot be sent in your child’s lunch either. This is extremely stressful because the last thing you (or anyone) wants to be responsible for is sending a second grader into anaphylactic shock. Make notes on your phone so you can remember what not to buy when you go to Whole Foods.

7. Purchase school supplies for your children. Not to be confused with the 3 1/2 page list of classroom supplies you are also responsible for. They will need paper, pens, folders, notebooks, a calligraphy set, fifteen new apps for their tablets, a graphing calculator, a scalpel, an electron microscope and a centrifuge.

8. Go to Whole Foods to shop for school lunch items. This will take 4 hours and 15 minutes because you have to read every single label to make sure you are purchasing organic, locally sourced, non-GMO, gluten-free, allergy friendly products. You come home with tahini, bananas and a package of brown rice cakes. You somehow spent $76.19.


9. The night before the first day of school prepare the bento boxes. Fill containers with organic, local strawberries intricately cut into the shapes of sea creatures. Include homemade, nut free granola made with certified gluten-free oats. Make a sandwich on vegan hemp bread out of tahini, kale and jicama. Form it into the shape of your child’s favorite Disney character. Make flowers out of non-dairy cheese slices, olives and seaweed. Photograph the finished Bento Box and post it to Instagram.

10. Write your child an encouraging note which includes an inspirational quote.

11. Include a sheet of stickers for good measure.

12. Fill a Siig bottle with filtered water and also include a box of chilled coconut water in the Bento Box because children can never be too hydrated. Ever.

13. Blog about this experience. Pray it goes viral and is picked up by HuffPo.

14. Get up at 4AM on the first day of school. Make first day of school signs for each child to hold as you photograph them on the front step. Make a bunting to hang above the front door. Blow up balloons. Actually, go ahead and make a full on back to school photo booth.


15. Make pancakes in the shape of the letters of the alphabet.

16. Dress kids in coordinated outfits and spend 35 minutes posing and photographing them (with your phone).

17. Load everyone into the car to drive them to school.

18. When they are safely in their new classrooms, return to your car to cry for the next 20 minutes. But it’s okay, really. You’ll be back in six hours to pick them up and drive them to Synchronized Swimming, Cello and Urdu classes this afternoon.

– See more at: http://www.scarymommy.com/back-to-school-the-70s-vs-today/#sthash.Dju8YekA.dpuf


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