06.21.2020 Happy Father’s Day Roy, Chip, Chad and the wonderful fathers at Trinity Baptist Church!

Happy Father’s Day to my amazing husband Roy, our two sons Chip and Chad who are both amazing fathers of our six grandchildren!  Both of their families are very involved with their church and love God with all their hearts. God is the leader in both of their homes. I could not be prouder of both of them! I love you Roy, Chad and Chip! 

Some of these great men at Trinity Baptist Church are no longer with us so prepare your heart for when you see them. I’ve shared these before but everytime I see these my heart smiles so I hope they make yours smile too!

                                                            

Well that’s it folks!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

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05.10.20 Treasured Photos from Trinity’s 2018 Mother’s Day Presentation

Before the wonderful Trinity Mother’s photos, I want to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to my mama, Jo (Josie Mae) Blum Traylor who is Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I miss you every day sweet mama! Josie Mae taught Harriett and I how to be mothers through the life she lived. I am so thankful for that.

 

Harriett, Mama and Me in Mama’s younger days
Mama, her daughters, son in-laws and her four grandchildren in the early 1980s
Mama’s wedding day to Mr. Vivian

We may not be together in our church this Mother’s Day 2020 but I hope you feel the closeness between our Trinity Baptist Church family members and their mothers in the photos below. Young mothers, old mothers, and all in between!

These pictures below were originally published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 and were shared during Sunday morning’s Worship Service on May 13, 2018.  So many church members participated and sent in their treasured photos of their Mom or their children/grandchildren with their Mom/Grandmother.

Thanks to everyone that participated! We have a wonderful church family and I love seeing our extended family through these photos!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

Mother's Day - Proverbs 31:26

 

 

05.04.20 Samson and Butter’s Wedding!

A week ago Sunday was a very exciting day in the life of our family! Our precious grandpuppy Samson married the love of his life, precious Butter!

Yes, you read that correctly. They wanted to have puppies so getting married was, of course, going to happen first! They knew God would be giving His blessing to their nuptials and was certainly smiling down from Heaven during the wedding!

Misty and Chip’s dog Samson is such a precious little man. His Grannie and Paw Paw (us) gave him a tuxedo for Christmas. When he met his wife and began thinking of marriage he knew he had the right apparel for their nuptials!

Look at our little man in his tuxedo!

Chip and his high school buddy Jeffrey Barnes recently reconnected when Jeffrey moved back to this area. Jeffrey and Emily are the proud parents of precious Butter, the bride!

Here is the wedding video. Madisyn walked Butter down the aisle to meet up with her fiance Samson with his mommy Misty. Kallie was the Justice of the Peace.

The newlyweds toasting with a glass of the bubbly!

Samson’s proud mama Misty with her little man!

Samson’s daddy Chip was the best man!

During the day Samson shared his tuxed with his new bride, she must have been cold! Samson’s sister Madisyn is loving on her sweet sister in law Butter!

So that ends all the wedding pictures and video. We welcome sweet Butter into our Chauvin family and look forward to baby Chauvin’s as time goes on!

Lastly, to get in a plug for Jeffrey, he is the owner of K Gee’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Mandeville. They are taking online orders for pick up or delivery. Enjoy some of their delicious food when you can!

Note: A few days after the doggies were wed, Samson fell off a chair onto the floor in their home. He seemed fine but an hour or so later he was snuggling with Kallie, his big sister, and they noticed he was not breathing and was stiff. Kallie did CPR on him and he started breathing again. They drove fast to the Emergency Veterinarian in Mandeville where he passed out again. The Veterinarian gave him two medicines in an IV to make the swelling in his brain and in his chest go down. They also did blood tests. Samson stayed at the emergency Vet overnight for observation and was taken to his regular Vet the next day. They think that his liver isn’t functioning correctly and watched him all day.  Misty and Chip will get test results on Monday. Prayers for this sweet little man would be appreciated!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

04.20.20 My old lady sister is 80 years old!

My wonderful sister, Harriett Roussel, celebrated her 80th birthday in early April. That is a huge milestone birthday but her kids, Dana and Greg and their families, were not able to have a traditional birthday party for her.

Instead of a “traditional” birthday party, their creative minds came up with a very “non-traditional” wonderful 80th birthday celebration made up of a few surprises!  We were able to participate in some of the surprises and loved seeing my sister this happy. It was all a surprise coordinated with her husband George so things would go off well.

Her kids, grandkids and us wrote on 80 notecards “80 things we love about her.”  Takes a special person to deserve 80 things like that!

A birthday basket was left at her front door with novels (she loves to read) a birthday card and all of the 80 love cards!

They had delivered a beautiful flower arrangement to her house in the morning also.

She was surprised when she looked outside her kitchen window to see a HUGE Happy Birthday Grannie celebration sign. They normally put these signs facing the street but this was faced at the house so she could see it from inside the house during the day. You’ll see the beautiful sign from the front further on down.

She thought her birthday celebration was over after that but NOOOO!  We met her kids down the street and around the corner at the community park to decorate cars and get together on the plan.  This is my special nephew Greg. The vehicle is his sister Dana’s that was first in the parade line.

The community park in the background and our great (and he’s really great) nephew John running around helping everyone decorate!

Looking back from our truck to Nancy and Greg’s cars getting decorated. And the birthday parade takes off! We had one balloon on a stick and some Happy Birthday wrapping paper as our decorations so since that is very lame there will not be photos of that!  Dana put a sign on each side of our truck to help us out!

These next three are frames of the video I “tried” to take while I was so excited that she was getting to see the parade for the time. We all honked as we pulled up at their home. She and George came out and the smile of happiness on her face was priceless.

  This is the front of her Happy Birthday Grannie sign! I just love this!!

Her marvelous husband George enjoyed the parade as well!

Harriett holding the Happy Birthday sign that her granddaughter Sally made for her! They wanted to get Grannie in the picture with her sign in the front and our four car parade in the background.

Nancy’s decorate car. You see Sally and Nancy through the window. That’s Harriett’s hubby George enjoying everything! Harriett’s son Greg is in the white truck behind Nancy.

Harriett was so happy it was hard to keep her six feet away! It was hard for us as well! We all wanted to hug and be together but at least they were able to do this celebration for her 80th birthday!

The Happy 80th birthday sign in Dana’s car!

Harriett is holding the birthday card Sally made her.   One last picture of Harriett being surprised for her birthday!

Both our sons called her that evening. Chad’s little ones sang Happy Birthday to her. Chip said he had a wonderful visit with his Aunt and was so happy to talk to her for her birthday!  Harriett said she got birthday calls from friends and family.

Harriett was very deserving of this celebration. Her heart is kind and very generous and giving. She takes care of so many people in their hour of need. Church family members, other family members, her children, and grandchildren are just a phone call away from her trying to meet their needs. She’s always been giving like this as long as I can remember. At 80 she still gets out to help others and sing in her church’s Senior choir but does enjoy her share of resting time when she can!

I still call her an old lady since I’m 15 years younger than her which I always proudly proclaim!  I’ve enjoyed introducing her to others as my much older sister!

As we’ve grown older we’ve developed a deep sisterly relationship. I believe it began when we

The big and little sisters!

were both taking care of mama and were always trying to figure out what was best to do for our sweet little mama.

We talk on the phone every week or two and I look forward to those phone calls so much. I share things with Harriett I don’t share with anyone else (except Roy.) Before this virus stopped our in-person visits we either went to their home or mostly they came to ours. We always enjoy some sort of cake and coffee with them. She even brings her own cake recently!!! Both Roy and I enjoy these visits with Harriett and George.

Well that wraps up Harriett’s 80th Birthday Celebration!  Happy 80th Birthday Old Lady Sister!!

 

04.20.20 My old lady sister is 80 years old!

My wonderful sister, Harriett Roussel, celebrated her 80th birthday in early April. That is a huge milestone birthday but her kids, Dana and Greg and their families, were not able to have a traditional birthday party for her.

Instead of a “traditional” birthday party, their creative minds came up with a very “non-traditional” wonderful 80th birthday celebration made up of a few surprises!  We were able to participate in some of the surprises and loved seeing my sister this happy. It was all a surprise coordinated with her husband George so things would go off well.

Her kids, grandkids and us wrote on 80 notecards “80 things we love about her.”  Takes a special person to deserve 80 things like that!

A birthday basket was left at her front door with novels (she loves to read) a birthday card and all of the 80 love cards!

They had delivered a beautiful flower arrangement to her house in the morning also.

She was surprised when she looked outside her kitchen window to see a HUGE Happy Birthday Grannie celebration sign. They normally put these signs facing the street but this was faced at the house so she could see it from inside the house during the day. You’ll see the beautiful sign from the front further on down.

She thought her birthday celebration was over after that but NOOOO!  We met her kids down the street and around the corner at the community park to decorate cars and get together on the plan.  This is my special nephew Greg. The vehicle is his sister Dana’s that was first in the parade line.

The community park in the background and our great (and he’s really great) nephew John running around helping everyone decorate!

Looking back from our truck to Nancy and Greg’s cars getting decorated. And the birthday parade takes off! We had one balloon on a stick and some Happy Birthday wrapping paper as our decorations so since that is very lame there will not be photos of that!  Dana put a sign on each side of our truck to help us out!

These next three are frames of the video I “tried” to take while I was so excited that she was getting to see the parade for the time. We all honked as we pulled up at their home. She and George came out and the smile of happiness on her face was priceless.

  This is the front of her Happy Birthday Grannie sign! I just love this!!

Her marvelous husband George enjoyed the parade as well!

Harriett holding the Happy Birthday sign that her granddaughter Sally made for her! They wanted to get Grannie in the picture with her sign in the front and our four car parade in the background.

Nancy’s decorate car. You see Sally and Nancy through the window. That’s Harriett’s hubby George enjoying everything! Harriett’s son Greg is in the white truck behind Nancy.

Harriett was so happy it was hard to keep her six feet away! It was hard for us as well! We all wanted to hug and be together but at least they were able to do this celebration for her 80th birthday!

The Happy 80th birthday sign in Dana’s car!

Harriett is holding the birthday card Sally made her.   One last picture of Harriett being surprised for her birthday!

Both our sons called her that evening. Chad’s little ones sang Happy Birthday to her. Chip said he had a wonderful visit with his Aunt and was so happy to talk to her for her birthday!  Harriett said she got birthday calls from friends and family.

Harriett was very deserving of this celebration. Her heart is kind and very generous and giving. She takes care of so many people in their hour of need. Church family members, other family members, her children, and grandchildren are just a phone call away from her trying to meet their needs. She’s always been giving like this as long as I can remember. At 80 she still gets out to help others and sing in her church’s Senior choir but does enjoy her share of resting time when she can!

I still call her an old lady since I’m 15 years younger than her which I always proudly proclaim!  I’ve enjoyed introducing her to others as my much older sister!

As we’ve grown older we’ve developed a deep sisterly relationship. I believe it began when we

The big and little sisters!

were both taking care of mama and were always trying to figure out what was best to do for our sweet little mama.

We talk on the phone every week or two and I look forward to those phone calls so much. I share things with Harriett I don’t share with anyone else (except Roy.) Before this virus stopped our in-person visits we either went to their home or mostly they came to ours. We always enjoy some sort of cake and coffee with them. She even brings her own cake recently!!! Both Roy and I enjoy these visits with Harriett and George.

Well that wraps up Harriett’s 80th Birthday Celebration!  Happy 80th Birthday Old Lady Sister!!

 

04.08.20 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday from 06.28.18

Happy 80th birthday to my amazing big sister Harriett! Here we are together many decades ago! She’s the pretty tall one!

 

 

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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

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.


When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a
prayer and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it’s all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be..

When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of
life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and
wanted to say,’ Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn’t looking.’

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)
influences the life of a child. Let’s make sure it is a GOOD influence!

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ARCHITECTURAL AND FLORAL BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD

Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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03.30.20 Take a gander at these little gems!

For Christmas last year I gave our six grandchildren a gift for them to create and give back to me.

My rock room gives me so much happiness painting my little creations. Even with all that happiness I still have nothing on the walls.

I bought six 8×10 canvases for the grandchildren to paint something for me. I didn’t tell them what to paint, just to paint something for my walls and to put their name in the bottom right-hand corner.

I got the canvases at Hobby Lobby for $1.50 each and the paints/markers at Dollar Tree for $1 each. I share that with you in case this is something you’d like to do with your grandchildren. I included a letter to them in the package so they would understand what I am asking them to do. Our littlest is 5 so I figured their mama would need to know what it’s all about.

They’ve all finished their works of art and given them to me. They are so precious that I want to share them with you below. They will be in age order with our oldest granddaughter being 19 and the youngest being 5 (almost 6 she will tell you!) Our oldest has a best friend Madelyn that worked on her canvas art with her.

Our oldest non teenager granddaughter created this. It’s the three older children standing together and the little one flying off the swing! This is so perfect for them!!!

Our granddaughter Madisyn created this heart one with the words Love, Hope, Joy and Faith going all around the edges!

Our only grandson isn’t too much into painting! This is a swamp and the green thing in the water is a crocodile and the big brown animal on the land is a deer. The rest are trees around the swampy area!

Our next youngest granddaughter painted Grannie a bunny and her playing outside on a beautiful sunshiny day.

Our youngest granddaughter who is almost six painted a picture of herself and her two sisters!

Here’s all of them on our sofa before going up on the wall!

Roy is going to put them up on the wall in my rock room and I will add butterflies to finish off my beautiful wall of art! This Grannie will love getting to look up at a wall in my rock room filled with the creations my young grandchildren created for me! This also might be something you could get your children or grandchildren do for you!

 

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Our faith in God is getting us through this.  We know that He is in control and whatever comes our way He will be beside us all the way. Do you have this assurance that comes through salvation making God your Lord and Savior of your life?  I hope so, if not ask me.  I’d love to share what God has done in our lives and how he’s walked with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences.

Have a Blessed week!

03.23.20 Family fun time – crawfish boil

Our oldest son’s family spent the day with us a week ago. They brought everything to boil crawfish and we sooooooooo enjoyed it! We sold all our crawfish cooking equipment when we decided to live on the road so having some cooked for us at our home was fabulous!

Having our grandchildren fishing, riding around in our paddle boat, swinging on the hammocks, riding their 4 wheeler around the area and the little ones riding their jeep all around made this Grannie’s heart very happy.  Paw Paw’s too of course.

 

Roy toting the crawfish boiler loaded with crawfish on his lawnmower cart down to our picnic area.

They caught quite a lot of nice size perch which was a lot of fun to see!

Our only grandson loves going out in the pond to fish. Smart kid that he is he created a live fish well in the paddle boat!

Our oldest son, whose name I cannot share, was the crawfish boil king! Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage! Silly girls love to swing in our hammocks really high. Even when they fall out they got right back in after a tear or two was shed!

Roy and our precious oldest non teenager granddaughter had a nice visit on the front porch before they left.

Since we’re not getting out it was really wonderful to have one last in-person visit with some of the people we love the most!

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Our faith in God is getting us through this.  We know that He is in control and whatever comes our way He will be beside us all the way. Do you have this assurance that comes through salvation making God your Lord and Savior of your life?  I hope so, if not ask me.  I’d love to share what God has done in our lives and how he’s walked with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences.

Have a Blessed week!

This graphic above is for my son whom I love very much.

 

11.27.19 Chauvin Family Thanksgiving Gathering 2019

Golly geez whillikers!  We enjoyed our family’s Thanksgiving dinner with our two son’s families last Saturday! Several little adorable Chauvins running around, fishing, playing on the hammock, enjoying Bo and Peep Duck and eating Thanksgiving dinner!

Bo and Peep are used to peace and quiet and the only people around them are two old folks who walk slowly. I can’t imagine what they thought when the active little children invaded their quiet life! They were waddling around A LOT more than usual! They are not flying ducks but they can fly a few feet. I expected to see some of that with the little folks chasing them but they just waddled around and squawked and quacked! Before our family Thanksgiving, Roy added some flat stepping stones in front of their cage because as he said: “their little short legs have trouble climbing into their cage.” Isn’t that the sweetest thing!

Our sweet grandpuppy, Misty’s little baby dog, Samson was the star of the day. Everyone wanted to hold his cute cuddly self! He’s never been held so much and by the end of the day, he was sound asleep in his mama’s arms! In most of the photos below, if you see children, you also see Samson!

This little girl does not stop unless you ask to take her picture!

Our oldest son spent some time fishing with his son. They both caught a lot of fish.

This is what I dreamed of when we created our picnic area! Everyone was having fun and I got to spend some quality time with my oldest granddaughter.

The hammock turned out to be a lot of entertainment for the little girls. You can see the holes starting in this first picture. Nothing tore, the strings just moved apart and the girls loved it!

Madisyn is in the hammock with her sweet brother Samson.

Then all four girls crawled in there with Samson the strings really started to separate, still nothing broke but you can see in the second picture below how their body parts and even heads came through.  Their mama and I were sitting at the table right next to the hammock and she kept a good eye on all that.

This was Roy and I after everyone went home! I don’t think we moved from there for over two hours!

A memorable family Thanksgiving gathering in the books and lots of love shared with all!  Most families are celebrating on the traditional Thanksgiving day. I hope you and your families have many memorable moments together! We’ll be spending the day watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cooking and eating more Thanksgiving food and watching the Saints play football in the evening!

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