06.28.18 Wacky Wonderful Thursday

 

I FOUND THIS SO FASCINATING AND MESMERIZING AND EXTREMELY COOL!!

DO IT ANYWAY, by Mother Theresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  BE KIND ANYWAY.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  SUCCEED ANYWAY.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  BE HONEST AND SINCERE ANYWAY.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  CREATE ANYWAY.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  BE HAPPY ANYWAY.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  DO GOOD ANYWAY.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  GIVE YOUR BEST ANYWAY.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.

By MATT REDMAN
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
Bless You Lord
And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
And my time has come
Soon my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forever more
Forever more
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
Yes I will worship Your Holy name
Lord I will worship Your Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
Jesus, I will worship Your Holy name
Worship Your Holy name

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Be His light in the darkness this week!

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06.23.18 Emptying, cleaning, stocking and renting Dora!

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Our big girl Dora is carrying another family around the country this week and she’s happy to do it!  Over two weeks ago we moved out of Dora into the house we built in Amite three years ago.  Before that we worked almost constantly getting Dora spotless and packing up the mountain of things we carried with us in Dora.

When we started getting rental bookings for Dora we were so happy.  Seven weeks of rentals were booked while we were preparing to move into the house.  Then a wonderful family contacted us about renting Dora beginning last Sunday.  That one happened fast so we sped up all the work involved in moving everything out, cleaning Dora and getting all of the things we offered as “extras” to those who rent Dora.

First here Dora is getting ready to say goodbye to her mom and dad who moved into their house next door to her.

Every storage bin outside and every drawer, cabinet, storage place inside had to be emptied and cleaned.  As we moved things from Dora to the house and started to fill up the house we realized how very much we really carried with us in Dora!

The photos below start with Dora pretty much all torn apart inside and outside getting her ready to be rented. Yes I am courageous in showing you all our mess while moving.  I’ve sure we’ve all experienced this at some point in the moving process.  Ours was just all confined to a 400 sq. foot home!

From all that mess to a nice straightened up and pretty empty Dora!

   

I knew Dora was out there sad and lonely.  We visited often and even brought others to meet and get to know her.  The families who are going to rent her came one at a time to familiarize themselves with all that is Dora and to drive her so they are comfortable, and so we are comfortable with them driving her.  We are finding that some really great people want to travel our country with our big girl Dora.  They love her and I can’t wait till they each return after their trips to share with us how she does!

Here’s some pictures with Roy teaching them all about Dora’s many systems and features.

This is Jeff posing for me so we could see what he will look like while they are touring this beautiful country!

This is Jeff faking like he’s stuck in traffic! 

We decided to stock the RV with lots of items including cleaning items, first aid kit, coffee pot and filters, toaster, stainless eating utensils, pot holders, chip bag clips, cooking utensils and pans, induction cooktop as an alternative to the propane stove, pots and pans, sheets, pillows, bedspreads, quality paper plates, saucer and bowls, cups, coffee cups, medium outside table, six foldable chairs in bags, large outside mat, and several other things.  We’re expanding that soon to include a small ironing board, iron, towels, wash clothes, clothes hangers, and shampoo. We want our motor home to be the one renters choose and are learning that these things will help. 

Here’s Roy giving Dora a final complete washing before she leaves.

The moment our dear Dora left with her first rental family heading to Tennessee and Arkansas.  Great family of four hoping to create lasting memories together.  I can’t wait till they get home to hear all about it!

   Here’s Roy working hard getting the beams level again and the gravel leveled off while Dora’s off having fun.

Dora’s patio is empty now, everything moved to the house.  This week’s renters left their vehicles with us while they are off enjoying their time with Dora!

Well, Dora comes home this evening late.  We have a quick turn around before she leaves for 17 days with a sweet couple from about a hour from here.  After that she is rented until middle of August.

We are making slow small steps to making our house into our home.  This is the console we purchased that our tv sits on.  The TV will eventually be mounted on the wall but for now it’s happy on the console.  The wood color matches the color of our kitchen cabinets in the adjoining kitchen.

The guest bathroom is all dressed up and ready to be used!  She needs some wall decorations still but that will come!

Our fig trees have lots more figs on them than last year!  They should start ripening soon.

My rock painting took a two week break but I’m back at painting!  One of our bedrooms has become Roy’s computer room and the other has become my rock painting room and Madisyn’s room for when she comes to visit overnight.  I’ve started creating medium size rocks for our renters to help them remember their adventures with Dora.  I’ll post pictures of them after the renters receive them.

This is the view from my rock painting room!  I love it!  It’s way prettier than the picture shows.  When the wind is blowing and the trees move and water rripples across the pond it is such an amazing sight!!

Our master bedroom has nothing but a new king size mattress, box springs and frame but I sleep like a baby in that big bed!  We do have sheets but just not in this picture!

We just had a three day Dora rental book for September and one is pending for October.  Dora is renting out really well and we couldn’t be happier.  If any of ya’ll are interested in renting her please let us know!

Roy and I put many hours into creating an instruction manual for the renters to learn about all of Dora’s systems and features. Our dear friends, Cindy, Jacqueline and Donna helped proof read the manual and made many, many helpful recommendations.  Thanks ladies, you are all wonderful friends and we appreciate you!

Once those recommended changes were made in the manual it is now ready to give to the next renters.  We email a .pdf copy of the manual to renters once they pay and book their trip so they can learn about her at home ahead of time.

Chip, Misty and Madisyn came over after church for Father’s Day and were the first company in our new home!  I cooked a big pot of spaghetti sauce in my big (compared to Dora’s) kitchen and we enjoyed spending time together.  Our older son’s children called Roy to wish him Happy Father’s Day.  I loved hearing their small voices tell him they love him.

I’ve made a decision about having the partial knee replacement.  I also haven’t shared about Roy’s visit with Dr. Pulin Shah at Ochsner in New Orleans or about why I’m not going to see the neurologist in New Orleans that I thought I was going to see back in May.  Maybe next time I can write about all that!

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06.21.18 Some Things I Learned About Dementia – Love them, be kind to them, be sweet even childlike sweet originally published 12.19.14

Thursday, June 21, 2018 – This was originally written in 2014.  I have to admit that while re-reading this particular blog post from 2014 it brought tears and heartache to me.  I have read so many stories and episodes that caregivers have shared of how difficult care giving is and it absolutely is.  It’s horrendously difficult to watch your loved one suffer and turn into someone unrecognizable.  A common comment from spouses of someone with dementia is that “It is so hard to grieve the loss of someone who is still living.”   I now see these difficulties from the other side and feel the importance of others understanding this horrible disease from our side as well.

10609479_773060536095512_770022682920397739_nOriginally published 12.19.14 – Nothing in today’s blog is from any source other than our experience with Mama. She lived in our home during the final stages of Alzheimer’s. While we were moving from one house to another (and doing renovations on the new house) she lived in a local Assisted Living Home. Most of the main points I make below can, and I hope will be, used in your care giving. I’ll share what we did that seemed to work and you take it from there to fit your situation.

This week’s blog started out being about two other topics. However, as I collected information to share and writing pieces to add into these blogs, one thing keeps tugging at me to be shared first.

So here it is: Love them, be kind to them, be sweet even childlike sweet. Always strive for patience and calmness. Pray often for these things. It may not be in your nature to love others, be kind to others or be sweet to others. If not, I beg that you try it during this time. fake it if you must, but be loving, kind and sweet to them.

BE LOVING

Are caregivers saints?? No, but sometimes it will feel like everyone expects you to be one and you may feel heavily weighed down with this responsibility. My solace was knowing that God is my Savior, my King, my everything and He would never leave me alone as I cared for Mama. My pastor was a great comfort during that time. My husband was my hero loving Mama like she was his own Mama and allowing our household to be completely turned upside down for a long time. Normal took on a new meaning and I can’t stress that enough. We learned to laugh a lot and be silly to break the stress that sometimes hung in the air. My sister was my primary relief and was wonderful about coming to stay with mama as often as I needed her to. She’s my only sister, so it fell on us to care for mama in her last years, as she10734192_10152473918576198_829463759479924163_n so willingly loved and cared for us during our childhood years and on into our adult years.

These Alzheimer’s patients (I’d like to call them victims) didn’t make the choice to lose themselves to this disease that eats away at their true being, a little piece at a time. They are very dependent on their caregivers for a lot during the middles stages and for everything during the final stage.

It is easy to say “They don’t know what’s what, so why even care?” Can I say strongly enough “Shut it”. Don’t even go there if you have a loved one in need of your care. Most likely they were one of your primary caregiver when you were a baby growing into a child, teenager and didn’t let go until you became an adult. They loved and cared for you then and now is your opportunity to return that love and care.

Making the decision to become the primary caregiver may not have been a choice you made. You may have gotten it by default or you were the only one available. Whatever the reason, you have in your hands the heart and well being of someone for the final years, months and days of their lives. It’s a lot like being a parent, only the roles are reversed now.

Near the latter stages of Alzheimer’s Mama didn’t always know either my sister or I was her daughter, whose house she was living in or even who she was. Then nearer the end she couldn’t speak, walk, or smile any longer. This decline occurred over maybe a month or two so I know we were very blessed at that short period of time.

She had the most beautiful smile, I just had to share that!

During this time I started calling mama “pretty girl”, touching her face lovingly with the back of my hand, and loved her like a child loves to be loved. No matter what was happening in the rest of the house or how many times she’d call me into her room for the same thing over and over I “tried” to always enter her room with a smile on my face. She responded with sweet smiles and if she had been agitated like they sometimes are, that would stop.

10606322_770140433054189_4461898516402014795_nWhen they leave the world of reality for their bizarre little world, creating peace and happiness in some form for them is key.

I had two little beanie babies that we gave Mama as her babies to pet and love, and she was so happy with them. Mama loved to be needed and be helpful to others. She took right to taking care of the babies in the same way she use to take care of us. We would talk to them and she’d tell me stories about them and the joy on her face during those times was so heartwarming.

When she’d tell me some absolute foolishness I’d go there with her to her weird little world, and we’d have a grand old conversation.

Most people benefit from the touch of another person. These wonderful people are no exception. Mama often applied hand lotion to her hands pre-Alzheimer’s and her hands were always soft. She responded so well to having that done while living with Alzheimers that we made a regular practice of doing that. Just that simple act calmed and soothed her spirit. Don’t just stop with the hands and arms (and while doing that do it slowly so they enjoy it longer) every now and then do their feet and legs. The stimulation this gives them is so therapeutic to giving them another moment of light in their otherwise darkening world.

In one of next week’s topics I’ll share more about how we tried to provide a peaceful loving environment for Mama based on her love for the Lord.

Your Alzheimer’s patient isn’t my mom, so your choices will be different, but they all deserve all our love and kindness. You will see that message in my different forms throughout the weeks this blog is written.

index Please come back next time when I’ll share two topics: Learning about your loved ones lives before it’s too late and how to use their passions from when life was good to bring some joy into their current lives If you want to get an email whenever I post a blog (I write about other things, not just Alzheimer’s) find the “FOLLOW” box which is usually to the right hand side somewhere, enter your email and respond when the confirmation email is sent to you.

If you are in need of prayer for yourself, in your role as a caregiver, or if you have any specific questions please send me a comment with whatever information you want to share or ask about. I’ll say again that I’m not expert but I probably experienced with my mom a lot of things you’re going through and will try my best to help. If I don’t know the answer I will tell you I don’t know. I’ll never judge, I’ve been judged enough to last a life time and would never do that to someone else. My email address is rosalyn@selu.edu if that is an easier way to communicate.

Until next time,

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06.20.18 HEARING GOD IN THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS METHODS by Sam Williamson

Like Sam Williamson says below most believers long for – desperately long for – clearly hearing God’s voice. 

Oh how many times have I longed for verbally hearable words to come from God’s mouth to my ears.  As I’ve been reading through the Old Testament this year when God speaks out loud to someone I wish so deeply that I’d have one of those moments or more than one would happen in my life.  When making a major decision or minor ones I always ask God for guidance.  Through many of the ways Sam talks about below God does speak to me, just not verbally or with the loud clear voice I think we all long for.

When an unexpected person in my life shared with me long ago that when you keep feeling little “nudges” towards a decision or towards reaching out to someone, that is God. And time after time that has proven true.  Getting into the scriptures daily or more often opens my eyes to so much of God’s wisdom and the messages in the Bible are God’s way of letting us know what we should do.  I think that is why every time I read the Bible I see new wisdom in the same verse I got a different message from before.

I hope, if nothing else, my blog encourages you to learn more about my amazing, BIG, ever present God.  Read his Word, pray with him

(directly with him, He listens to us when we reach out to him directly), open your life to scriptural preaching (not the Joel Osteens of this world) from genuinely God lead pastors, associate yourself with a Godly person who you can go to for mentoring, counseling or  just to ask a question, attend a Bible Study or Sunday School class (same thing).

I encourage you to reach out to someone whose life displays God to find that Bible Study, or find the church where scripture is genuinely preached.  Your life will never be the same when you connect to God.  Not only will your life be

changed, your children will see God in your life and their lives will be changed.  The most important thing a parent can do for a child is to introduce them to God and what Jesus did for us, through your life and your Christian guidance.

I don’t know where all of this came from, just now.  Well yeah I do, God put it in my heart to share.  That’s the kind of thing He does.  If God can use a woman with dementia to share her faith when sometimes I can’t make a complete sentence, He can work in your life too.   I think Sam Williamson shares his message below very clearly.  Here it is!

 

HEARING GOD IN THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS METHODS by Sam Williamson – Beliefs of the Heart

Most believers long for—desperately long for—God’s voice, but most of us experience silence. Scripture says, “God speaks in many and diverse ways, but nobody notices” (Job 33:14). We miss his voice because he’s not a paint-by-number God. He speaks in ways we don’t expect.

Well-meaning people often mislead us when they describe their conversations with God. Their exchanges with God sound like dialogues written by master playwrights:

I asked God: What should I do with my life?
God answered: Are you willing to take a risk?
I replied: Yes, but I don’t know what to do.
God said: Move to Timbuktu.

When people tell us these stories, we think, I never hear God so clearly. Let me tell you a secret: neither do they. At least not most of the time. Their stories are usually shorthand summaries of hours spent reading Scripture, reflecting on his words, praying, getting Godly nudges, and recognizing God’s voice in circumstances or through friends.

Because God speaks through his infinitely imaginative, artistic mix of methods.

Methods

Let’s not put God in a box. If we limit his voice to a few methods—the scripted dialogue or heavenly visions—we will miss his voice when he paints his words with different brushstrokes. Below are seven common methods in which God speaks.

Responsive Resonance: God’s Spirit often resonates in our spirits as a response to external events. Perhaps it’s a burning in our heart or a sense that God has something significant for us in this moment: a Scripture passage leaps out at us in prayer, or we overhear a “chance” comment in the coffee shop. God moves speaks to our hearts to pay attention.

For example, “While waiting in Athens, Paul’s spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was full of idols” (Act 17:16). Now, think with me: there were idols every city Paul visited, but God stirred something in him in that moment in Athens.

Spontaneous Nudging: Sometimes God nudges our heart out of the blue: to pray for a friend or to act on an issue. It comes more as a sense on the heart than as a direct word.

I once got a sense to pray for a friend, so I phoned him. He had been let go from his job just hours before. We prayed on the phone and he thanked me for my concern. Only I hadn’t been concerned—I hadn’t even known—it was a concerned God who spontaneously nudged me.

Direct words: Sometimes God speaks direct words—usually just a sentence or two, or perhaps just a phrase. The first time I heard God speak, I had just become a ten year-old atheist. He simply said, “Sam, I am realy and you don’t understand.” For me, most direct words—if any—usually only come after I pursue God in prayer and reflection following a resonance or nudging.

Unbidden Memories: Sometimes God brings to mind a past event. I once remembered my twelve-year old self saying something harsh to a neighborhood kid. Weeks after remembering, I bumped into that kid, now a grown man. I reminded him of the story and repented. He too remembered and wept when I repented. (My eyes teared up as well. Just don’t tell anyone.)

Planted Images: God isn’t limited to nudges and words. Sometimes he even paints pictures.

Around 1915, my grandfather received a mental picture in which the letters KWANGSI were spelled in red letters across the sky. In the local library he discovered that the letters spelled a province of China (now spelled GuangXi). He spent the next two decades living in that very province, founding four churches. Should we tell God we won’t accept a vision?

Recalled Passages: God often brings unbidden passages to mind at just the right moment.

Once while talking with a man—and when I had zero wise words to say—a verse popped to mind: We comfort others with the comfort we’ve been given (a paraphrase of 2 Cor. 1:4). I told him of a comforting word God had recently given me. Nothing wise, just comfort. It answered an unspoken question of his. Since my Bible memorization is abysmal, it simply had to be God.

God Shaped Thoughts: Perhaps these are the hardest to recognize because our thoughts feel like our own. Yet how many times have you felt utterly empty, no words to pray, and then a brilliant (and obvious) thought streaks through your mind? C. S. Lewis expressed it like this:

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener’s role and through
My dumb lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.

God speaks in many and various ways. Let’s not box him in.

Sam

P. S. This article is an excerpt from my book Hearing God in Conversation. Its topics include:

Learning to recognize the sound of God’s voice
Hearing God in his silence
Hearing God for another person (and how to respond when someone gives us “a word”)
Hearing God in the ordinary
Hearing God for guidance

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Dora is out in the big world with new explorers this week.  I hope to write next time about getting Dora ready to travel with others and how the rental process is coming along!

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06.19.18 Trinity’s Senior Adult Luncheon

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Last Thursday our church, Trinity Baptist, had a Senior Adult’s Luncheon for us Seniors.

Several, many years ago Julie Lester and I put together Senior Adults Luncheons for the then senior ladies.  Julie did a cooking demonstration and cooked for them one year and Bro. Randy cooked for them the next time. We did crafts with the ladies each year and I think Julie and I enjoyed it every bit as much as they did. I remember that Debbie Berteau did a flower arrangement demonstration for the ladies and one of them got to take it home. At that time I think we had only a hand full of senior ladies. This is a photo from the year we made flowery bonnets with them. Ms. Olga Hubsch and Ms. Louise Traylor in the photo below were with us at this year’s luncheon.

Here is Bro. Bob obviously getting some advice from Ms. Louise Traylor who was in attendance at the luncheon long ago and this year’s luncheon!

My mama’s dear friend, pretty, young Ms. Olga Hubsch in her mid 90s looks younger than most of us in our 60s! She’s the pretty lady with the dark hair peeking around Bro.Bob and David Taylor! Mama is probably up in heaven just a smiling about she, Roy and I being in the senior group together!  She was one of the two who were in attendance at the long ago luncheons and at this recent one!

Now Roy and I are old enough to be included in the “Senior” age group. Since several of our age group friends were also there I guess we really are the seniors. My friend Leanna Traylor wrote on Facebook, “I know Johnnie Whisenhunt and I were way too young to be there, but thanks for letting us come chaperone!!!” Ya gotta love our wacky friends! Look at that smile on Johnnie’s face (the blonde), she’s a hoot!  Leanna had to monitor her the whole time!This luncheon was such a blessing, I can’t say that enough. A wonderful time of fellowship, entertainment and a beautiful devotion. All that on top of delicious food provided by the church and some of our ladies. Derek, our associate pastor, was the griller of delicious juicy chicken breasts. We had potatoes, green beans, rolls and amazingly delicious desserts provided by Linda Graves and Nancy Williamson. Banana pudding, pecan pie and Carrot Cake Triffle.

Nancy Williamson and Linda Graves, the ladies that made our delicious desserts. Thank you so much!

We had around 40 in attendance! I didn’t realize we had 40 senior adults at Trinity. Then I got to thinking about all those who weren’t there and we probably have 60 plus.

The program included beautiful and talented young Lily Brocato (Teddy and Wanda Forrest’s granddaughter) who sang accompanied by her Ukulele. We we sang along with her for a couple of songs, one of which was You Are My Sunshine! We’ve all enjoyed getting to hear Lily sing as she’s been growing up and love to hear her beautiful voice! Lily’s mama Jessica grew up with our sons Chip and his brother. Lily looks just like a young Jessica! So beautiful!

Bro Bob Adams was our interim pastor before Bro Avery became our pastor. He and Ms. Janice were with us a couple of years and we all came to love his preaching, his positive spirit. As a couple, they brought so much love and a very kind spirit to our church. They both spoke to us about growing older and growing stronger in our love for Christ. We all enjoyed it. We had grown to love Ms. Janice’s witty speaking style while they were with us. Having them both speak to us was such a treat! They were celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary the day of the luncheon. When they celebrated their 50th anniversary they were with us as our pastor and his wife. There are a few special people in all our lives who speak to us deeply, this couple did that for us!

A little summary of what they shared with us is, “From the moment of our conception we become Time Travelers journeying through our lives at a constant rate! As with any journey the travel through time changes us! We often want the journey to stop and enjoy the moment we are in, but we do not have that luxury! This will be true until the Lord comes or we go through the door of death to a timeless eternity! The comfort in all of this is that Jesus enters Time to travel with us and then welcomes us into the timelessness of eternity!!” Do these folks have a way with words, yes they do! We all love you Bro. Bob and Ms. Janice!

Thanks to everyone who made this day special for all of us seniors. Derek and Koree Wall, Linda Graves and Nancy Williamson, Lilly Brocato and Teddy Forest, Bro. Bob and Ms. Janice Adams.

These last photos are random ones taken throughout the luncheon of our senior friends having fun talking and laughing and sometimes looking really serious. I think that’s what it looks like when old folks who don’t hear well any more are trying to listen to what their friends are saying! That’s all I could come up with for why some of the photos look so serious like this one below! They were laughing a moment later!

God is so good all the time! And all the time God is good! I am going to share this on facebook with some of the children of the seniors who may love to see their folks having fun!

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06.12.18 A long wild 12 days! Moving, Yard Sale, Furniture, Dora is lonely….. but not for long!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – I started writing this on June 1st but have been so busy I didn’t publish it. It’s gotten fairly long since I keep adding updates.

We’re in final count down mode toward moving out of Dora and I have to admit I’m a bit sad. We love our Dora and all of the years of adventures, happy times, and memories made.  Getting to see every one of the 48 contiguous states and so many of the beautiful landscapes in our country has been something I never thought we’d get to do.  God has been so good to us and allowed so much joy living on the road in our motor home.

We knew from the first time we entered Dora that she was the one for us.  Madisyn confirmed it was the one by saying she loved the shower!!!  That was her job when we were shopping, letting us know if she liked the shower!!  She was four then and is nine now.  I asked her when I was writing this if she remembered that and she did.  She did good! Everything we liked about other motor homes we saw was included in Dora.  We have been so comfortable living in her and truly thought we probably would live in her until one of us died.  Now that we’ve decided to move we are so happy and at peace with the decision, yet will miss our Dora.

I really hope she gets rented often so we can keep her and still take a trip or two each year.  We’ve already had several inquiries, so we’ll see.

We don’t have a bed for the house yet so we may be sleeping in Dora until we get one.  We’re in the country with no other house around our house so taking the short walk to the house and back won’t be a problem.  We checked out purchasing a queen size air mattress if we don’t find a bed soon.  Tomorrow, Saturday is the city wide yard sale in Ponchatoula.  We’ll be starting out when they all open at 8 am, looking for anything and everything we’ll need for our house.  What an adventure this is turning out to be.

Wow, since I originally wrote this and forgot to publish it so much has happened.  About renting Dora: One couple booked her for 17 days, a second is getting ready to book her after visiting us and Dora tomorrow.  Just had an inquiry from a young man who wants to rent here right in between the first too.  We are so thankful to Curtis Coleman, founder of RVillage, for sharing what he knew about how we could rent out our motor home.

At the Ponchatoula city wide yard sale we purchased a large area rug for the living room, floor mats for the kitchen, a microwave/convection oven which we think is just like the one in our motor home so we can replace the older one with this newer prettier one! Here’s Roy on our lawnmower moving the oven from the truck to the storage building.  It weighs a ton so he put his brain to good use and figured this one out.

Somewhere in the middle of us moving out of the motor home and into the house, Chip’s family came and gave us a lot of help including giving us some of their furniture that they recently replaced with new furniture.  Chip also cooked an amazing pot of crawfish corn soup which we all enjoyed while they were here and after they left!  Misty and Madisyn helped me and Chip helped his dad with heavy things and making two trips here and back to his house to pick up more furniture.  Misty gave us some wall decorations that will eventually make their way to just the right spot!

I wrote this paragraph on Facebook Tuesday so I copied it and pasted this here. We are a little settled in the house, still a lot to put away. It is truly amazing how much stuff we had in the motor home hidden in the storage compartments below and inside in the cabinets, drawers and under the bed! We kept canned vegetables in three places and when all put together we had 13 cans of green beans and almost as many of several other vegetables! Didn’t realize we had so much because it was stored all over! We’ve now shifted our focus to getting the motor home ready for rental. Roy scrubbed the roof Tuesday morning and I cleaned and polished all the wood, etc. in the bedroom. All the bedding is clean and put back on the bed. I started cleaning the refrigerator and just pooped out so I’m taking a resting break in the house. It’s so nice and cool in here, we’re loving it! We both slept all night last night without waking up once. Old folks always wake up once or twice during the night but we didn’t last night! I’m sleeping on a full size air mattress and Roy slept on the sofa. Roy’s got his computer room all set up. We got a laundry hamper (haven’t needed one of those for five years), couple of trash cans (didn’t need those in the motor home), a storage unit for his computer room (built in drawers in the motor home took care of that before now!) and some other things we needed. I hope we can sit back soon and enjoy the new house. The view of the pond from the house is so beautiful, I’ll have to share some pics of that next time.

We have Madisyn with us right now, Thursday.  She went shopping with us yesterday and we bought the following:

A 65 inch 4K Samsung television

A 75 inch long wood cabinet for the television to sit on.  It’s got lots of storage space too!

A king size bed frame, box springs and mattress.  We also bought a mattress pad and really pretty teal bed linens.  I slept like baby last night! I’m using the comforter from our oldest son’s bed when he was a teenager.  Looking for a king size bedspread now.

Chip loaned us his truck, again, so we could bring the furniture home.

The new television is so awesome, we are really enjoying it and love the wood cabinet it is on. The wood cabinet matches the color of our kitchen cabinets.

We cleaned out the motor home most of Thursday and Madisyn helped with that too!  We still have more cleaning that we want to do but the Dish Network technicians are in Dora changing out some of our satellite equipment for newer equipment  Roy spent at last two hours on the phone with Dish trying to get them to do what we need and finally they got it.  That’s a subject for a blog post when Roy feels like writing it. They are here working right now so I’m forced to go back to the house and crash on the sofa.  We have so much we want to get accomplished, but our mind wants us to do way more than our bodies can handle!

A very nice couple from not too far away came to see Dora yesterday about renting her.  We’ve talked on the phone with them first and enjoyed our visit with them yesterday. They just made her booking official!  Sunday, the couple that booked her to rent first is coming to see her in person and meet us.  We are looking forward to meeting them!

This rental thing is going so well we may change our thoughts on selling her for now.

It’s now Saturday. While all of this is good, it’s so stressful and we’re both feeling very worn out and punk today. It’s difficult to rest when you know there is so much that needs to be done.  When we moved from Dora to the house, things just got put somewhere, not necessarily where they belong.  I’m trying to tackle one or more areas each day until we feel settled.  Our closet is now in much better shape than it was yesterday.  We have two bathrooms now so figuring out what needs to go in which medicine cabinet and under the sink took a while.  We have these beautiful medicine cabinets in both bathrooms and they are now both full! There are no shower curtains in either bath.  I haven’t found the right ones yet but that will come soon!

One of my favorite things about the house is this Fleur de Lis in the stained concrete inside the front door!

I’m going to take a nap now and try to recover from feeling lousy!

Today is Tuesday, June 12th.  On Sunday afternoon we met with the first couple that booked her and the husband got to drive her around this area.  The smile on his face told us he loved it!

Monday we got our third two week reservation, booked and paid for!  That couple is coming Saturday for their walk through and test drive. Other than a few days next week and a couple of days between the bookings Dora is now booked until after school starts again here in Louisiana.

We did some shopping for additional things to provide for the renters in the kitchen, and new pillows for the beds and a bath mat.  We also bought for our house’s guest bathroom a bathroom shower curtain, liner, decorative hooks, bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, bath mats bath mat. We’re making small steps towards making our house look like a home.

I just finished cleaning out the storage bins underneath the motor home.  Roy purchased a new stereo receiver for the motor home and is busy doing whatever it is that he does to make it all work together just like he wants it to.

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06.09.18 Who Is Jesus To You?

Who is Jesus to you? People today may give a variety of answers.

Some say He was a great philosopher, some say a great teacher, some say a prophet.

Others may say He was a great healer or the world’s greatest moral leader.

Jesus himself asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”

Then Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter was right when he answered, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to save us from our sins. He’s my Savior and the Lord of my life.

“Who is Jesus to you?” is the most important question you’ll ever answer—where you will spend eternity depends on it. Have you trusted Him as your Savior?

The Bible says that one day every knee will bow and confess that He is Lord—so get ready.

Can you answer “Who is Jesus to you?” in the comments below?

by Franklin Graham, May 22, 2016

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06.08.18 Charles Krauthammer

Friday, June 8, 2018 – This is such sad news. At a time when so much of the media (except for FOX NEWS) twists and contorts the truth into something unrecognizable, when Charles Krauthammer spoke I listened and always believed what he said was the truth and that his opinions were fair and balanced. He’s been off the air dealing with his health issues for a year and I was really looking forward to his return, which they thought would be soon.
When I say he spoke the truth and his opinions were fair and balanced, I do not mean that he was always 100 percent in agreement with President Trump.  Sometimes he did and sometimes he didn’t.   I learned a lot from him about being neither a Republican or a Democrat and just wanting what’s best for America.  
Reading this today and hearing it on FOX News that he only has weeks to live will be such a huge loss to the media and to those who cherish the truth. I don’t remember praying for someone in the media before but I will be praying for Charles and his family.
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Charles Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in medicine when he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst

Fox News star Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live in heartbreaking letter

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer.

The 68-year-old’s incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” the letter began. “I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.”

“This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

– Charles Krauthammer

READ CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER’S LETTER

Krauthammer, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, explained that he had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen last August. Although a series of setbacks left him in  the hospital in the ensuing months, he believed until recently that he was on the road to recovery.

“However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” Krauthammer wrote. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

Fox News viewers will undoubtedly miss Krauthammer’s formidable intellect and ability to analyze politics and politicians with a cerebral wit and keen charm. As the dean of “The Fox News All Stars,” the panel of pundits who break down headlines and events nightly on Fox News Channel’s top-rated “Special Report,” Krauthammer could be counted on to make viewers think, question and even chuckle.

Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in the medical field when he veered first into policy, and then into journalism. After medical school, he became chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied depression and published ground-breaking findings in top medical journals. But in 1978, he took a job in the Carter administration directing planning in psychiatric research and later served as a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale.

It was in the nation’s capital that Krauthammer trained his mind and talents on political analysis and began penning columns for The New Republic, Time magazine and finally the Washington Post. In 1985, he won journalism’s top prize for his weekly political commentary. In his sobering farewell, Krauthammer said he is “grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote. “It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

This is the full letter he wrote:

A note to readers

Opinion writer June 8 at 12:01 PM

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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