05.31.19 A Frog Goes Into a Bank

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patty Whack.

“Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.

The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.” She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”

(You’re gonna love this.)

The bank manager looks back at her and says, “It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

(You sang it, didn’t you? Yeah, I know you did.)

Never take life too seriously.

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

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05.30.19 Faith = Believing that God’s Word is True. ALL of it! by Deborah Thompson

Thoughts on my Devotion this morning…

People let me down.

I let myself down.

Promises are made, but not kept.

Words are given but then broken.

It’s impossible to have real faith in others. It’s also impossible to have real faith in myself.

How many times have I said, “I’m going to <insert intention here>”, and then didn’t follow up? This knowledge can really destroy my ability to have faith, period.

BUT GOD…

God never asked me to have faith in others. He never asked me to have faith in myself. He asked me to have faith in Him.

He has NEVER lied, let me down, failed to fulfill His promises, spoke a word and then broke it. Never. He has ALWAYS been faithful to His word. Always.

When I read Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

I have to remember that I must have faith in God, that He is my only source, He is the One who is the substance of things hoped for, He is the One who is the evidence of things not seen.

THAT is true faith. It all goes back to relationship, to my belief that God has all the answers, has made a way, and WILL work all things for my good, BECAUSE.. He said He would.

Faith = Believing that God’s word is true. ALL of it.

by Deborah Thompson

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05.29.19 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019

This is not about Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure but it comes close.  Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019 is in the books and I think it went well!.

Harriett and Rosalyn – two old gals loving life!

In years past we’ve gathered as a family two times a year, at Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did this either at my house or my sister’s house.  Before that we did it at our mama’s house, Jo Traylor. This was always a time where we enjoyed some delicious food, played fun games and had a memorable fellowship.  Several years ago we stopped doing that.  We were living on the road in our motorhome and were seldom here to do this.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my husband and sons after this dementia thing takes me to Heaven to be with God.  It’s become very important that my sons and my sister’s son and daughter have a renewed relationship. And that it be a relationship that lasts even after I am gone.  We’ve lived in our tiny house for a year now and I decided it was time to renew that event by having Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion.  A once a year gathering that I am hopeful will go from our house this year to one of the cousin’s house next year, and so on.

Watermelon and Blueberries

One thing I’ve always loved about these gatherings when they were at our house was the deep cleaning and sprucing up our house and gardens got.  This time was no different. We have more gardens now but the house is smaller!  I always start three weeks ahead of time doing a little each evening or day until the big day.  It saves me from losing my mind trying to do everything in the last few days.

Roy’s broken body parts this year did put a crimp in the planning but God is always looking out for us.  A dear friend who asked to remain nameless showed up to cut our grass and weed eat a couple of days before the event.  This brother/sister in Christ will always be remembered for this awesome gesture and hard work.  God Bless You dear nameless friend!

Our son Chip, his wife Misty and daughter Madisyn showed up early the day of the event and helped with setting up everything.  They also did a lot of the takedown and put away afterward with help from some of their cousins! I won’t ever clean this much again but it feels good to have even the tops of the door frames spotless for once!

The reunion turned out to be such a blessing to me and I’m hoping to all the 20 something others. For the most part, we gathered in a big circle down by the pond or around the tables near the house.

 The kids love rock painting and hiding.  I gave each of them several rocks that I painted that were ready for hiding.  They took them home to hide at places around where they live.  Then they painted several rocks that I’m working on finishing up by spraying with clear spray after gluing on one of my labels.

After we ate we played games. The first was tossing water balloons from one person to another backing up a step after each successful toss.  What we were surprised with was the toughness of the balloons that didn’t seem to want to burst which is where the big fun is! It was a hot day so a busted water balloon felt good!

The water balloon toss game!

After that, we played the MInute to Win it game trying to get a cookie from your forehead down to in your mouth not using your hands, just the muscles in your face.  First, we had the four adult cousins try this, looking quite funny with their contorted facial expressions.

Then several of the children cousins played and were just downright precious! I was very happy that since it was at our house and I was the host that I didn’t have to play and look totally silly!

 

Roy got his drone out and took an aerial video of some of us in our gathering circle! He took several other aerial photos.

More photos from the 2019 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion

That wraps it up folks!  I have an extremely wonderful family and I love each and everyone of them bigger than the moon.  Three were not able to come, Annie, Sally and Nancy.  We missed you guys a lot!  Can’t wait for the 2020 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion!!

Have a Blessed Week!

 

 

 

05.28.19 Honey I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

You know when everything is just strolling along in your life and suddenly you fall over a large flower planter that your darling wife left in the middle of the walkway that goes from the house to the driveway? Well, that’s Roy’s story from last Monday night and he’s sure sticking to it!

That is what happened and the poor darling laid out in the yard in pain hollering for me.  Since I sleep with two great earplugs and my CPAP machine on I don’t hear anything happening inside my bedroom much less outside the house in the front yard.  He pulled himself inside and took a hot bath.

The next morning he headed for our local Urgent Care center where he had X-rays on his wrist and rib.  Don’t know why but the x-rays didn’t come out really clear. He was told the wrist looks broken and recommended he see our orthopedic doctor.  They put on a wrist brace to keep his wrist stable and prescribed some pain medicine. We called Dr. Blessey that did my knee replacement.  He had an opening for 10:45 the next morning Wednesday at Ochsner in Covington.

Off to Covington we went the next morning.  They did a wrist and ribs x-ray because the pictures on the disk the urgent care gave us of the x-rays done there had nothing on it! Isn’t that special!

They mistakenly took two full body x-rays of Roy dancing!

Wrist x-ray showed a fracture. A ribs x-ray doesn’t show everything because the lungs are in the way but Dr. Blessey said it was broken.  It seems they treat a broken rib just like a bruised rib which is to do nothing.  They don’t even prescribe pain medicine for bone fractures because he says pain medicines slow down bone repair.  Not exactly something we were pleased to hear but there ya’ go!

He’s been taking the pain medicine that urgent care gave him for the first few days.   On Saturday we had our family reunion at our home and he didn’t take pain medicine then, yesterday and today. He is still in a good bit of pain and prayers for that to go away are appreciated.

This little wife of his is very sorry she left the large flower planter where he wouldn’t see it in the dark which hurt him badly. Lots of people prayed for my honey and he seems to be on the mend now.  Old folks mend slowly but please join us in praying that he heals faster than expected!

Like I said above our family reunion was Saturday. I’ll be writing next about all the fun we had then!

I mean no disrespect for the pain Roy’s been in with the two funny graphics.  I just had no photos and that made me a bit crazy so I googled and found some!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.27.19 Memorial Day Tribute to the fallen Heroes of the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry of the Mississippi National Guard

The soldiers who serve in our United States Military are the bravest, most giving, honorable, strong, and best men and women I know. Not that we need any other reason to honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, but Congress has given us one anyway. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill created the National Moment of Remembrance to be observed every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time. It’s one minute we should all take to pay tribute to those who have given their lives to protect and defend our nation.

I’d like to specifically honor today the young men who gave their lives in the Iraq war in 2005 at FOB Iskandariyah with the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th. The information below comes from the Mississippi Rifles web page. Our oldest son served with these men and I can still remember the grief we felt when he told us about each of them when they died.

Freedom Is Not Free

…in memory of our fallen comrades

Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers

Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry

Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs

Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

One of the displays after two of these soldiers were killed in Iraq.

05.19.19 It’s Been One of those Weeks, by Susan Adams Moffett

It’s been one of those weeks.

And it’s only Wednesday.

Hard thing after hard thing after hard thing keeps pouring into our text messages and news feeds and phone calls.

So how do we pray? How do we lift each person and request to our Heavenly Father that knows and sees all?

Boldly. Because He says we can.

Simply. Because He is faithful.

Honestly. Because He already knows.

Fully. Because we can’t fix any of it.

But some days, in some moments, the words don’t come. It’s too much. It’s not enough.

Just sit. And allow the Holy Spirit inside of you to speak and commune and intercede and stand and fight and witness and pray on your behalf.

He will. He does.

by Susan Adams Moffett, reposted with her permission

05.18.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part Two, the Party

On Saturday, the day after our oldest granddaughter Kallie’s graduation ceremony, a graduation party was thrown in her honor!  The location was Kallie’s daddy Ronnie Barnes and step mama Dee Dee Barnes home in Ponchatoula.  They have a back porch perfect for the band to set up and play. Also, a large open carport where we all sat to eat and enjoy the festivities! Misty and Chip and the Barnes really did it up nice!  I hope it is a memory Kallie will take with her as she goes off to college and in the future!

Kallie playing her daddy’s drums.  WordPress is causing the video to stretch larger than it should.  I couldn’t get it to shrink enough to make it clear but this is such a precious thing seeing Kallie playing her daddy’s drums I left it in and hope you won’t mind.

The band playing at Kallie’s graduation party

Here’s where the party food production took place!

Paw Paw Roy loves his sweet Kallie Girl!

Misty and Chip had a photo book made for Kallie of photos taken each year of her life.  Kallie is reading the beautiful card that went with that gift. Misty’s love for her daughter spilled over in a few tears in the last of these three photos. Class of 2019 GuestbookKallie and her bestie Madi!

Paw Paw Roy, Misty the Proud Mom of a 2019 Graduate and Daddy Chip

Kallie’s little Sissy Madisyn and Daddy ChipMadisyn, Alaina, Grannie Rosalyn and Kallie GirlMama Misty and her daughter Kallie enjoying some dancing! The Master Griller was Dee Dee Barnes brother

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden and Dee Dee’s other brother!

Daddy Ronnie Barnes playing with his band for Kallie’s party 

Some of the party attendees enjoying the music and visiting!

Kallie’s Great Uncle LC HooverMisty’s Uncle Dennis Mumphrey and precious little Cali were quite a cute dancing couple!DeeDee Barnes joined the cute couple dancing!

I feel certain everyone had a great day.  Lots of kids swimming in the pool, lots of old and young ones eating delicious food and visiting.  Kallie’s now graduated from high school and will be on to college next year at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS.  We love you Kallie Girl!  Go make us proud!

 

 

 

 

 

05.14.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part One, the Ceremony

 

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie Barnes, graduated from Ponchatoula High School on Friday evening.  I‘m thankful that the next graduation will be 7 to 8 years from now as this one stirred up a lot of emotion in my heart!  Ponchatoula High School is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  It is where both of our sons graduated from lots of years ago. They are 37 and 40 years old so it’s been almost 20 years. Wow, they are old!!!! I’m not but they are!!

 

Back to Kallie! I tend to get sidetracked and go down memory road. Friday night at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center we were blessed to see this precious young lady graduate.  A big milestone for any young person.  These are some photos from the big event!

Kallie in her beautiful white dress for under the graduation gown!

Kallie and her bestie (from childhood to present) Madelyn Crowley. Madelyn goes by Madi in real life! Yes, they are pretty inseparable! They even plan to go to Southwest Mississippi Junior College together, majoring in Nursing!

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden, her mom Misty Chauvin, her stepdad Chip Chauvin, cousin Haylee Perrotto and little sister Madisyn Chauvin waiting for the big event to begin!

Kallie’s nieces Raylynn, Alaina, her sister Stephanie Barnes and Stephanie’s boyfriend Travis Hahn. There were other relatives there supporting Kallie, I just didn’t get their picture!

The Ponchatoula High Orchestra

After all the graduates marched in the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.  We are proud to live in an area where this is still respected.

The Senior Choir sang a combination of classical and hip hop music

The big moment arrived when the seniors lined up to receive their diplomas!  Here is Kallie waiting in line for her turn!

Drum roll please!!  The PHS Senior Kallie becomes PHS Graduate Kallie!

Only a mama (Misty) could get this picture, picking her daughter out of the hundreds of graduates!

And in our area prayer is still a respected moment.  This was taken right before they prayed. A student gave the closing prayer and I know God was smiling!

All Ponchatoula alumni in the audience participate in the Alma Mater.  The video pans to Chip participating with his finger held high!  I love this part of the ceremony, the graduates are all so proud to graduate from such an excellent school!

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 Ponchatoula Alma Mater

Ponchatoula, Alma Mater, we love to sing thy name in praise,
And we cherish pleasant memories of all our happy days.
We love thee dear old Alma Mater fair
In our heart’s a song for you we share
Through the ages sing the praises of dear ol’ Ponchy High.

And the most fun moment of the night when the graduates celebrate and throw their caps in the air!  This is always a special moment in any graduation and this was Kallie’s graduation’s special moment!

A few photos were taken after the graduation outside the University Center with Kallie’s mom Misty Chauvin, her Dad Ronnie Barnes, and her cousin DJ Redden

After graduation we all went to Don’s Seafood for an after graduation dinner.  The food was delicious and the family visiting was even better! All the young girls want a place on Paw Paw Roy’s lap. They let me in the picture too!

Sweet Alaina got Paw Paw Roy to take a picture with her inside Don’s!  Stephanie’s girls have claimed Roy who is Kallie’s Paw Paw as their new Paw Paw!

Madisyn and her Paw Paw.  I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here is Roy hugging on his granddaughter Madisyn Ann Chauvin.  Grannie and Madisyn

I planned to include Kallie’s Graduation Party in this blog post.  I changed my mind and it will be in a blog post all its own.

Ya’ll come back now for Part Two!

05.12.19 Happy Mother’s Day 2019 – When God Created Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers I am blessed to know.

A special Happy Mother’s Day to the three young women who have blessed us with grandchildren. Happy Mother’s Day to Amy, Misty, and Liz!

My own mom, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor, is now with God and I miss her every day. Happy Mother’s Day Mama!

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine-year-old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

What’s it for?”

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”

Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers