02.21.19 Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership For Sale

If you live in an RV or travel often throughout our beautiful country in an RV, you will be most happy to learn that we are selling our Coast to Coast Premier Membership for only $2,000. New memberships can go as high as $10,000 for the exact same benefits.

Our Coast to Coast membership was one of the absolute best purchases we made when starting out on our adventures.  It paid for itself in the first six months. We no longer have our motor home so we are offering our Coast to Coast membership for sale!

Included in this membership with Coast to Coast, you first become a member of a home park.

Our home park is TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If you purchase our Coast to Coast membership then TLC Wolf River will be your home park.  They have 140 full hook-up RV sites, waterfront RV campsites, a swimming pool, play area for children, a boat launch, laundry, Wi-Fi, and clubhouse with cable TV and showers.

One of the great benefits of a home park is that while most parks are closed to reservations during holiday weeks or weekends, reservations are open to home park members.

As a home park member, you can stay there for two weeks at a time, for just $5.00 per night. There is no limit on the amount of times you can visit during a year. After you’ve stayed a period of 8–14 days, you must leave the park for one week before you are allowed to return.

TLC WOLF RIVER MAP

You can even show up any time you want at your home park! You do not need to make a reservation. They don’t offer guaranteed sites but you give them your three favorite sites and they will try their best to give one of those to you when you stay there! If you want to make reservations you can ask for your favorite spot then!

If you don’t have your RV with you when you plan to stay there they have rental travel trailers and 5th Wheels available for $35.00 per night.

Your membership also allows for guest usage. If your guest is closely related to you, they are allowed to come stay at the park even without your company. If your guest is a friend, neighbor, or distant relative, we ask that you be here with them while they stay. Guests can stay at the park for $20.00 per night or in a rental for $35.00 per night, and with the exception of a small handful of holidays and special events, they can camp as often as you do.

TLC Wolf River Resort’s memberships can be left to your children which is an incredible benefit if your children get bit by the RV bug like you were. Memberships expire upon the death of their third owner.

TLC Wolf River is so close to many of the amazing attractions the Gulf Coast has to offer. TLC Wolf River is just three miles north of the 26 miles of sugar white sand beaches that run along the coast.  Some of the best seafood around can be found at the 13 resort style casinos along the coast.

We’ve found it to be a very peaceful, relaxing park where we’ve met many great RVers.  We love to park along the lazy Wolf River! If you want to learn more about TLC Wolf River Resort, visit their website at http://www.tlcwolfriverresort.com, or you can go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Tlcwolfriverresort.   They are located at 23098 Freddie Frank Rd, Pass Christian, Mississippi 39571 (228) 452-9100.

TLC Transfer Fee and Annual Dues:

TLC has a Home Park Transfer Fee of $250.00
TLC Current Annual Dues are $349.00

Once you’ve become a member of a home park like TLC Wolf River, you can become a member of Coast to Coast, the RV Resort network.

Purchasing our Coast to Coast Premier plan will allow you to stay at their network of over 200 private, member-only resorts across the United States and Canada.  At these private resorts you get to stay there FREE, YES FREE!!!

Coast to Coast members can stay FREE at around 200 high-quality RV resorts across North America for 2 weeks at a time during peak season, and 3 weeks at a time during non-peak season.  Some resorts have a sales tax or electricity fee. It was never more than $5 a night during our travels.

Many of these Coast to Coast parks have rental RVs as well.

Coast to Coast also gives you access to over 200 Good Neighbor parks. These parks are 4 and 5 star rated Woodall’s public campgrounds. You may stay at these parks for $15.00 per night.

Every year when you renew your Coast to Coast membership, you will receive a complimentary Good Sam membership card which you can use to get discounts at Camping World and discounted access to over 2,200 Good Sam parks.

Coast to Coast offers a variety of discounts on other products and services as well.

  • Affordable week-long getaways through Hopscotch Holidays to fabulous condominium resorts around the world starting at only $99 a week
  • Vacation packages for destinations in the U.S. and internationally
  • Ocean cruises and river cruises to explore new worlds
  • Airline tickets, hotel, and rental car reservations for leisure or business travel
  • Dining, shopping, entertainment, movie, recreation, and golf discounts you can use to save money every day

Coast to Coast is a really great program. One of the best investments we ever made. There is a lot to learn about Coast to Coast to get the most out of your membership.   Check out their website at https://www.coastresorts.com/ to learn more!  Our membership is an original Premier membership.  The new ones they promote on their site have a little different rules than ours does.  Like there is a $10 a night charge with the new premier memberships, but in our membership it is FREE!

We first visited TLC Wolf River when we first began RVing full time we attended a presentation about joining Coast to Coast and having TLCWR as our home park.  We went there thinking “we’re not going to buy anything they are selling!”  After hearing all about this amazing opportunity we signed up quickly!  We have NEVER regretted that decision!

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee:

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee: $250  This Transfer Fee include your first year’s annual dues of $199

Email us at rosalyn@selu.edu or call us at (985) 320-8640 to purchase our membership or for more information!

Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin

02.19.19 Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership For Sale

If you live in an RV or travel often throughout our beautiful country in an RV, you will be most happy to learn that we are selling our Coast to Coast Premier Membership for only $2,000. New memberships can go as high as $10,000 for the exact same benefits.

Our Coast to Coast membership was one of the absolute best purchases we made when starting out on our adventures.  It paid for itself in the first six months. We no longer have our motor home so we are offering our Coast to Coast membership for sale!

Included in this membership with Coast to Coast, you first become a member of a home park.

Our home park is TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If you purchase our Coast to Coast membership then TLC Wolf River will be your home park.  They have 140 full hook-up RV sites, waterfront RV campsites, a swimming pool, play area for children, a boat launch, laundry, Wi-Fi, and clubhouse with cable TV and showers.

One of the great benefits of a home park is that while most parks are closed to reservations during holiday weeks or weekends, reservations are open to home park members.

As a home park member, you can stay there for two weeks at a time, for just $5.00 per night. There is no limit on the amount of times you can visit during a year. After you’ve stayed a period of 8–14 days, you must leave the park for one week before you are allowed to return.

TLC WOLF RIVER MAP

You can even show up any time you want at your home park! You do not need to make a reservation. They don’t offer guaranteed sites but you give them your three favorite sites and they will try their best to give one of those to you when you stay there! If you want to make reservations you can ask for your favorite spot then!

If you don’t have your RV with you when you plan to stay there they have rental travel trailers and 5th Wheels available for $35.00 per night.

Your membership also allows for guest usage. If your guest is closely related to you, they are allowed to come stay at the park even without your company. If your guest is a friend, neighbor, or distant relative, we ask that you be here with them while they stay. Guests can stay at the park for $20.00 per night or in a rental for $35.00 per night, and with the exception of a small handful of holidays and special events, they can camp as often as you do.

TLC Wolf River Resort’s memberships can be left to your children which is an incredible benefit if your children get bit by the RV bug like you were. Memberships expire upon the death of their third owner.

TLC Wolf River is so close to many of the amazing attractions the Gulf Coast has to offer. TLC Wolf River is just three miles north of the 26 miles of sugar white sand beaches that run along the coast.  Some of the best seafood around can be found at the 13 resort style casinos along the coast.

We’ve found it to be a very peaceful, relaxing park where we’ve met many great RVers.  We love to park along the lazy Wolf River! If you want to learn more about TLC Wolf River Resort, visit their website at http://www.tlcwolfriverresort.com, or you can go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Tlcwolfriverresort.   They are located at 23098 Freddie Frank Rd, Pass Christian, Mississippi 39571 (228) 452-9100.

TLC Transfer Fee and Annual Dues:

TLC has a Home Park Transfer Fee of $250.00
TLC Current Annual Dues are $349.00

Once you’ve become a member of a home park like TLC Wolf River, you can become a member of Coast to Coast, the RV Resort network.

Purchasing our Coast to Coast Premier plan will allow you to stay at their network of over 200 private, member-only resorts across the United States and Canada.  At these private resorts you get to stay there FREE, YES FREE!!!

Coast to Coast members can stay FREE at around 200 high-quality RV resorts across North America for 2 weeks at a time during peak season, and 3 weeks at a time during non-peak season.  Some resorts have a sales tax or electricity fee. It was never more than $5 a night during our travels.

Many of these Coast to Coast parks have rental RVs as well.

Coast to Coast also gives you access to over 200 Good Neighbor parks. These parks are 4 and 5 star rated Woodall’s public campgrounds. You may stay at these parks for $15.00 per night.

Every year when you renew your Coast to Coast membership, you will receive a complimentary Good Sam membership card which you can use to get discounts at Camping World and discounted access to over 2,200 Good Sam parks.

Coast to Coast offers a variety of discounts on other products and services as well.

  • Affordable week-long getaways through Hopscotch Holidays to fabulous condominium resorts around the world starting at only $99 a week
  • Vacation packages for destinations in the U.S. and internationally
  • Ocean cruises and river cruises to explore new worlds
  • Airline tickets, hotel, and rental car reservations for leisure or business travel
  • Dining, shopping, entertainment, movie, recreation, and golf discounts you can use to save money every day

Coast to Coast is a really great program. One of the best investments we ever made. There is a lot to learn about Coast to Coast to get the most out of your membership.   Check out their website at https://www.coastresorts.com/ to learn more!  Our membership is an original Premier membership.  The new ones they promote on their site have a little different rules than ours does.  Like there is a $10 a night charge with the new premier memberships, but in our membership it is FREE!

We first visited TLC Wolf River when we first began RVing full time we attended a presentation about joining Coast to Coast and having TLCWR as our home park.  We went there thinking “we’re not going to buy anything they are selling!”  After hearing all about this amazing opportunity we signed up quickly!  We have NEVER regretted that decision!

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee:

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee: $250  This Transfer Fee include your first year’s annual dues of $199

Email us at rosalyn@selu.edu or call us at (985) 320-8640 to purchase our membership or for more information!

Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin

02.14.19 Wacky Wonderful Valentine’s Day

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LOVE IS A GIFT
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When you say I love you, know you are making and building an emotional contract that doesn’t have a witness.

When you say I love you, you must know you are willing to share with someone your inner part.

When you say I love you, be willing to change to someone else’s personality.

When you say I love you, know you are willing to live with two hearts.

When you say I love you, know you are willing to share dreams, happiness, sadness, jokes and your future.

Love is a way to graduate in life characterized by happiness, sadness, pain, dreams and tears.

Love is a gift.

Love is you.

Feelings are not love, because feelings are what grow and things that grow have an end.

The heart is not where love resides, because love comes from conscious being where God intervenes.

Love is not a decision you take alone because love is a decision that includes God.

Imagination is not love because it’s something that doesn’t exist.

Build love, build yourself, be love.

valentine_divider_0910-ways-to-lovevalentine_divider_09WATCH THIS ONE OF A KIND LOVE STORY!
We love because He first loved us 1 John 4:19

The scriptures in this beautiful video are somewhat paraphrased, but I can assure you that the overall message is truly God’s Love Letter to His Children – Christians. It’s called The Bible – God’s Holy Word. If you don’t know him as your Father and want to know more about His amazing love and grace I urge you to open your Bible or ask me for one. Your life will be forever changed!

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Click on the photo below to watch the video!

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valentine_divider_09valentines pigletvalentine_divider_09 VALENTINES withdrawal and depositARE YOU GIVING FIRST OR TAKING? By Ron Carpenter

The Bible teaches us a lot about the relationships in our home,
about how wives are to submit to husbands and husbands are to love your wives,
children obey your parents,
parents don’t exacerbate your children and provoke wrath.
It goes on to instruct us outside the home as well,
when it says employees and employers should honor each other as unto the Lord…
This entire section (Ephesians 5) is giving us insight and admonishing about what mutual submission, with the right perspective and the right heart, looks like.

It touches on all these relationships, but if you break it down, in essence it‘s talking about mutual submission throughout. In other words, God is not asking or calling for any relationships to be one-sided. God wants equity in your relationships, and a relationship starts breaking down when one person is making more withdrawals than deposits.

Here’s what happens when one person in a relationship starts making more withdrawals than deposits: What happens to your ATM machine if you deposit a thousand dollars in the beginning of the month, and you pull twelve hundred out? By the time you get to the two hundred its got to either kick your overdraft in gear (which you pay a price for), or it’s going to be negative two hundred or when you drained the one thousand. Either way, it’s saying, “this account is empty, you’ve taken too much and not put enough in.” A lot of marriages today are shocked when they find themselves coming up against ‘account empty’ as if it’s unfair to not be able to make a one-time deposit and then withdraw, withdraw, withdraw, take, take, take.

What’s happening? Simply put, you’re trying to withdraw way more than you’re willing to first put into the relationship. That’s not how God began His relationship with you. He loved us so much, He gave (His only begotten son). So God started the relationship with you by loading up your account so high, He put something in you that was so big and so valuable, you could never out give His giving. When I have a lot of good days in a row and a string of successes, I can weather the storm of a bad day, a bad decision, a bad experience, because the good, the successes, outweigh the failures and disappointments.

valentine_divider_09THIS WEEK’S THREE FAVORITE PHOTOS!

LOVING COUPLES – THEN AND NOW PHOTOS!

Then and Now 3THEN AND NOW 2 THEN AND NOW 4
valentine_divider_09thGOD’S BEAUTIFUL WORLD!

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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!

02.12.19 Chauvin Produce Company – Getting the Gardens Ready

It would be oh so nice for gardening to just be dumping some dirt out, making rows, planting some seeds and watching them grow!  But OH NO that is not how it is!

Our venture into gardening vegetables in the fall was a learning experience.  This year we are going the extra mile in every step along the way.

When I say “we” I mostly mean Roy.  I’m usually along for the ride helping make decisions, or doing some of the grunt work or supervising! For over a week we’ve been spending large chunks of most days on getting the garden ready to accept the plants when the seeds, the mirlitons, potatoes, garlic and sweet potatoes are ready to plant.

Again, our friends Chuck and Donna loaned us their tiller and our very gracious neighbor Daniel loaned us his trailer to pick up the tiller, dirt, and other items.  We used the tiller last year to prepare the blueberry beds and the small garden in the back yard.  This year Roy expanded the garden from 8′ x 16′ to 16′ x 16′.  We also prepared an area down by the pond where crawling fruit like watermelon and cantaloupe can grow.

I’ve tried to document with pictures all we’ve done and will try to identify what’s going on in each picture below.  I’m already thinking this may become a two part post because I’ve identified over 50 pics I want to share.  We’ll see.

The cool weather recently has allowed us to work for hours on end without being drained like the heat does.  We were worn slap out and our joints/muscles screamed at us after a few hours and overnight but we’re still standing and I have to think it was a healthy week of working out, at the very least.

Nothing is ever easy.  After Roy dug up all the grass where the garden expansion was he had to locate the electrical wire he laid down there last year to run electricity to our storage building. We couldn’t find pictures that showed exactly where it was so he dug until he found it.  The tiller would rip up the wire at the level it was, so after finding it he dug much deeper and relaid the line.  This was a full day’s project after the two days he spent digging up the grass.

We shopped for more frame lumber to go around the expansion portion of the garden and the rebar to make it all stable and stay in place. Here’s Roy working on putting it all together.

When we bought the boards and rebar we also bought five fence posts to create the fencing for my cucumbers and merlitons to grow all around.  Last years flimsy structure that cucumbers grew one was pitiful.  This one will withstand a hurricane!

The original gardens dirt/compost/peatmoss and the new gardens just dirt was tilled.  Over the course of this week I’d say Roy tilled both gardens entirely 10 different times.

One day last week Roy and I visited three different dirt pit locations to see, price and decide which dirt was best for us.  We chose a place called Zemurray Pit a few miles from here.  The guy running the place was very helpful and worked with us to get the best dirt before the rains came.

The next day Roy went to Lowe’s to buy the Peat Moss and Cow manure/compost, pick up the tiller and came home to till all that in. After the first tilling four huge bags of peat moss were added, I kicked it apart, raked it in several directions, Roy tilled it and I raked it one last time.

Here’s the bags of cow manure/compost that Roy added and I raked it out.  Roy tilled all of the peat moss and manure into the dirt. He tilled for a couple of hours before calling it a day.

He got up at 7:30 am the next morning (I know alot of ya’ll are at work then!) and went to get a huge load of dirt from Zemurray Pit.  He brought that home and tilled that into the stuff he tilled the day before. I got up when he came home and had worked for an hour and a day full of fun began for me.  What’s seen on the trailer below is what was left after he put half of the dirt in the garden with the nutrients and tilled it. 

Here’s the finished product.  One 16′ x 16′  vegetable garden that will withstand earthquakes, hurricanes and who knows whatelse!   Between doing research, shopping, and labor I estimate 30 hours went into this.  Certainly not the simple garden that the garden looks like! It’s amazing what all goes into it!

Here’s the view from the garden of what I call “down by the pond.”  The second garden that is down there isn’t as structured as this but many hours of work went into it also.

On our way down there looking back up the hill to the first garden.

Here’s where we tried out growing watermelons and cantaloupe last year.  There are some weeds that I knew would only get worse if I didn’t dig them up, so I did. Two hours later I was finished and Roy brought down the hill the remaining dirt.  At one point I crawled on top of the dirt to throw out onto the ground chunks of dirt.  It helped break them up to get ready to be tilled. Look at all my grey hair.  Can’t wait for the blonde stuff to go away so it will all be grey!

This is just the dirt raked out.  There are several inches of sand underneath the dirt. After church yesterday we went to Home Depot and picked up more Peat Moss for this garden area and several larger peat pots to move the seeded vegetables into when they get bigger, before they are ready to move outside. .

Here it is after Roy tilled the sand, dirt and peat moss together.

Roy handed me the shovel and sent me off to the front of the storage building to dig up sand that washed down the hill and settled there over time.  Roy rescued me and took over the digging going much deeper than I did.  He got several wheelbarrows of sand from that spot and dumped it behind the storage building for the garden. 

It was tilled before the dirt was added, after the dirt was added and after the peat moss was added.  I thought Roy was going to stop at that point but oh no, he kept on.

A lot of the dirt mixture behind the shed was shoveled into around 15 wheelbarrow loads and moved up the hill.  It is a steep hill and very difficult to get up with a wheelbarrow.  My honey did it though and about every couple of loads he’d rake the dirt over a large area next to the house we’ve been working on to get grass to grow for a while.  I have to admit I worried he’d pass out or die at this point.  I asked what I could do to help but he kept saying no.  He did rest often which is probably what saved my honey from something bad happening.

This is the area he dumped the dirt and spread it out before calling it a day and making a campfire near where Dora use to live so we could enjoy the beautiful weather outside after dark yesterday.  The soil mixture that he left behind the storage building is plenty for me to grow the second garden watermelon, cantaloupes, peanuts and maybe a couple of tomato plants there.

Some of the non seed plants we are helping sprout are our potatoes, garlic, mirlitons , sweet potatoes and Brussels sprout plants dug up from last years crop. Southerners know what mirlitons are and how absolutely wonderful the dishes they are cooked in are.  When our crop starts producing I’ll share some of the ways we cook it down here in the south!

We purchased three seed sweet potatoes.  They are cut up with either two eyes on them or the end for sprouting vines that are pretty.  Lots of people grow the vines in their garden just for the leaves, not the sweet potatoes! I’ve learned a lot about the difference between potatoes and sweet potatoes.  They are in no way related and grow in very different ways.  When the vines get to a certain point they are removed from the sweet potato since they don’t need it anymore.  They’ve grown roots by then and the vine with its roots are planted in the garden to grow more sweet potatoes.

The larger peat pots are in the picture below.  Our kitchen has turned into a plant sprouting place.  You can see the sprouts coming up really well in the other two pictures.  We’ve already decided that next years seeds will be planted in the little Jiffy pucks which are the little things in the smaller container in the second picture.

The only thing that isn’t planted for sprouting somewhere are the 100 yellow onion bulbs.  Those produce quickly and can wait a bit longer before being planted and can go directly into the ground.

Roy and I love the time we’ve spent on the road sitting around campfires visiting and enjoying the warmth of the fire.  We have some old wood we’ve wanted to burn for a while so Roy did that yesterday after it got dark.  Chip even came over to join us and got to have some dad/son bonding time when mama went to bed!

This garden project is wonderful for my brain because I am always doing research to find out something about growing some plant.  I don’t remember a lot for very long so I document it to go back to when the information is needed. That brings us current on the Chauvin Produce Company. Looks like I fit it into one post!

We are resting, catching up on things like this and a bit of being lazy today! Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

02.08.19 The Ten Commandments of Gumbo

Gumbo is one of the most beloved entrees here in the great state of Louisiana. People come from around the world to taste this amazing soupy concoction of rouxy goodness.

But don’t dare mess up any of the golden rules of a good gumbo. There are right and very wrong ways to make, serve and eat gumbo.

I, myself, break a couple of the commandments but I dare not say in public which ones…..

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GUMBO

I Thou Shalt Never Use Tomatoes
If we’ve learned anything from the Disney folks, it’s this. Any cooyon with half a brain knows “Making Gumbo 101” contains this golden rule — it’s roux-based and not tomato-based! Tomatoes are for things like spaghetti sauce.

II Thou Shalt Not Use Un-Cajun Sausage
Sausage in your gumbo can only come from authorized vendors. Brands like Savoie’s, Richard’s or any name ending in “eaux” and you good, bebe!

III Thou Shalt Not Use Store-Bought Roux
Don’t even entertain this thought. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some that are just fine…if you paresseux comme ca! This a movement that needs to start immediately. Don’t be lazy, stand by the stove and stir that flour and oil patiently until it’s a perfect brown.

IV Thou Shalt Always Use a Bowl
There is always that one person who “just can’t stand all that juice” and will insist on making them a plate of rice covered with gumbo. That’s not gumbo bruh, that’s rice and gravy!

V Thou Shalt Only Use a Wooden Spoon
I guarantee you that gumbo knows what’s stirring it. It has feelings too you know! There’s only one kind of spoon that can enter a gumbo pot, and that’s a wooden one.

VI Thou Shalt Adhere to the ‘Gumbo-to-Rice’ Ratio
Two parts gumbo, one part rice. It’s simple math. You don’t want it runny and you don’t want it ricey. (Yeah, I don’t know what “ricey” is either, but you comprende, oui?!)

VII Thou Shalt Always Keep Filé In Ya Cabinet
Don’t make me fill my bowl with rice then add all that chicken and sausage goodness, plop some potato salad next to it and then find out you out of filé. Oh, we gonna fight, yeah!

VIII Thou Shalt Not Mix Chicken & Sausage with Seafood
Chicken and sausage gumbo = mais yeah cher! Seafood gumbo = pie-yow comme ca! Chicken and Sausage + Seafood = that don’t go together, no! Stop that. Leave that separate please.

IX Thou Shalt Never Tell People Where the Potato Salad Goes
It’s an age-old question: Should the potato salad go straight in the bowl or in a bowl of its own? That’s a personal choice. It’s like politics, leave that discussion out of the kitchen.

X Thou Shalt Always Stir Your Gumbo Counter-Clockwise to scare off de Hurricanes

Just a little Cajun gumbo humor to start your weekend off right!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

02.05.19 New Orleans Saints fans enjoy concerts and parades instead of watching Super Bowl

Our team, the New Orleans Saints was robbed when referees missed a critical call in the NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams went to the Super Bowl instead.

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of this egregious missed call. A proper pass-interference call would’ve allowed the Saints to either score a touchdown or kill almost the entire remaining clock, likely wrapping the game in regulation either way.

In case you are in the smidgen of a percent of people who didn’t see the non-call, here it is.

 Saints head coach Sean Payton has a very relatable grieving process. “Much like normal people, I sat and probably didn’t come out of my room. I ate Jeni’s ice cream and watched Netflix for three straight days,” said Payton.

The devastation that every Saints fan felt that moment in the game when the call was not made can’t be described.  Our family and most other Saints fans refused to watch the Super Bowl  because we feel our team was robbed by the no call.

Here’s what the front page of New Orleans main newspaper, the Times Picayune said Monday!  I  L O V E  I T !!

Several major events were planned and attended Sunday by many New Orleans Saints fans.  One was called “Boycott Bowl.”  Tickets to this event were sold out quickly and all proceeds went to the New Orleans Recreation Department, NORD.

The Boycott Bowl concert took place from noon to 10 p.m. at the intersection of Fulton Street and Lafayette Street. This was the lineup of music.

A couple of pictures from the event.

 Our friend Scott Morrow was at Boycott Bowl on one of the balconies.  Here are a couple of his photos! The first is Scott, his wife Carol and local television meteorologist Bruce Katz!

I love this video that Scott took.  You’ll hear the Who Dat chant at first a few times and then they play When the Saints Go Marchin In! It made me smile!  Thanks Scott for letting me use your photos and video!

Click here to go to the video on Facebook.

Other events that took place Sunday include the Cruisin’ for the Saints caravan on the Lakefront encouraged fans to dress in black and gold, decorate their cars in team colors and meet at the New Orleans Lakefront

Lastly but absolutely not least were three second line parades that took place in Uptown, Riverfront and the French Quarter.

Second line is a brass band parade in New Orleans. The “first line” is the main section of the parade with the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the “second line”. The second line’s style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called “second lining”.

We are looking forward to what next years football season holds for the MIGHTY SAINTS! I found a blog post about “Loyalty From A New Orleans Saints Fan,” that pretty much describes our brand of loyalty in Louisiana.  We are a different breed of fan here and the article explained is so very well!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

 

02.01.19 Chauvin Produce Company expansion

Here we go with the 2019 Chauvin Produce Company expansion!  Also known as Rosie’s garden version 2.0!!

Our 8′ x 16′ garden is now 16′ x 16′!  256 square feet!

My honey spent two grueling days this week digging up the grass from where the garden will be and replanting it in the side yard, just like he did the original garden last year.  At least this years garden was begun while the weather is still cool.  Last year was during the heat of the summer, ick!

I needed a way to identify each row of seeds so I selected some flat rocks and fit as much of the plants name as I could on the rock sealing them with clear nail polish!  It worked!

This years garden will include January plantings of 100 tiny peat pots filled with planting soil and seeds of cantaloupe, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, eggplants, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, green onions and iceberg lettuce.  Yeah that’s quite a variety.  We’re still learning and I want to see what grows best here.  When those have sprout enough in the container they will get moved outside to acclimate and then get planted in the garden where we will have crops galore!!!

These are the two containers with peat pots, soil and seeds. 

In late February we’ll plant the watermelon seeds, cucumbers, okra, seed sweet potatoes, yellow onion sets and peanuts. Three merlitons are sprouting to be planted when ready.

Roy is building a raised trellis for the merlitons and cucumbers to grown on.  Some of the garden may be planted down by the pond like we did last year with the watermelon and cantaloupe.  We’ll see!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

02.10.19 What to do when it all comes crashing down, by Lisa Leonard

When Ann VosKamp invites someone to her farm’s front porch its always an opportunity to learn from someone else’s walk with Christ. I share them here from time to time because they may speak to some need in your life right now.  The one I am sharing to is from Lisa Leonard.  Information on her and her new book is below.

There’s so much pressure to have it all together; pressure from social media, pressure from friends and family, pressure from ourselves. It can be overwhelming, it can be too much. Lisa Leonard has some honest, raw words to share today about her search for perfection and how it all came crashing down. In her new book, Brave Love she tells us about the birth of her boys, one with a disability, the birth of the business she built with her husband and rebirth of their marriage. I’ve known Lisa for years and I’m so glad she’s here today to tell us about some of her journey—the ups and downs. It’s a grace to welcome her to the farm’s front porch today…  by Ann VosKamp

Every marriage goes through difficult times, and about fifteen years into marriage we were in a difficult time.

Steve and I walked through difficult things in our marriage. We walked some rocky roads but now we were facing something new.

We were both making mistakes but we did not know what they were.

We were simply not connecting.

We were both trying but we could not seem to see eye to eye.

We were both hurting but did not know how to help each other.

We were both making mistakes but we did not know what they were.

During this time, we had plans to gather with friends for a celebration. I decided to make Steve’s favorite dessert, berry crumble. This was not going to be just any berry crumble—I was going to make the perfect berry crumble.

I wanted to show Steve how much I loved him.

I wanted to show him he was precious to me.

This berry crumble was going to knock his socks off.

I spent time researching the best recipe online. I gathered all the ingredients and spent a good chunk of the day making the amazing dessert. As the celebration approached, I slowly pulled the hot crumble out of the oven, wrapped it in a heavy towel and we all loaded into the car.

We parked in front of our friends’ home and I carefully get out, maneuvering the hot berry crumble to avoid a spill. I took a few steps and suddenly I lost hold of the wrapped glass dish. I watched in slow motion as my perfect crumble splattered all over the sidewalk. I felt the sting of hot tears behind my eyes.

“Hold it together.” I told myself.

But I couldn’t. The tears overflowed and once they started they wouldn’t stop. I could barely catch my breath between sobs.

This was no ordinary berry crumble; this was the perfect berry crumble. This crumble was going to show Steve how much I cared for him.

This dessert was going to save our marriage. It was going to make Steve fall in love with me again. I looked down at the berry crumble splattered all over the sidewalk and sobbed.

I tried so hard to be good enough. I tried to be the perfect wife. I tried to become less so he could be more.

But it wasn’t working. Instead I was becoming less than whole–and a relationship can’t thrive without two whole people.

I thought being perfect would bring me joy.

But I was so focused on being perfect, I was missing all the joy.

I’d clung to the belief that perfection held joy.

I’d spent most of my life believing if I could be perfect, or at least almost perfect, I would be lovable. So, I worked hard to create the ‘perfect’ life for us.

I tried to create a beautiful, tidy home. I tried to be the perfect mother—patient and fun and consistent. I tried to be happy even when I felt sad. I tried to be needless and wantless and take care of everybody else.

With four people in our family and so many differing opinions, things got complicated. I thought one way to make things less complicated was for me to be what I considered flexible or easy going. Ignoring my needs made me feel agitated and frustrated.

So, I tried to ignore those feelings—and sometimes I seemed to succeed. Other times I would explode with anger. All the things I needed and wanted, all the things I felt but ignored had to find a way out.

My good intentions to ‘take care’ of everybody were a desire to control.

If I could control everything I would be good enough. I was terrified I was not lovable, so I tried to control.

The more I tried to control Steve, our marriage and our family, the more out of control I felt. I had worked tirelessly to try to hold it all together, but we were a mess.

It was falling apart—not just the berry crumble, but our marriage too.

I was finding out, there is no berry crumble so perfect it can hold a marriage together.

Perfection is a lie. It demands more and more, never offering a moment’s rest. Perfect is never satisfied. I kept reaching further and further, thinking I was almost there, but perfection was always just out of reach. No matter how hard I tried, I could not be perfect.

I had a lightbulb moment.

There are four people in our family, and I am one of them.

There are two people in our marriage and I am one of them.

I needed to be a whole person. I needed to show up, let down my walls and be honest.

Honesty looked like me showing up and being my truest self. It looked Steve showing up and being his truest self.

It was going to take a lot more than the perfect berry crumble to fix this marriage. Marriage is two people showing up and being honest.

Honesty is imperfect and messy—but it is real. Sometimes it is more than messy; it is super ugly and dark and scary. I don’t like messy. I had been trying to make my marriage work without actually showing up and being a whole person in my marriage. I thought if I could make Steve happy he would love me, but he already loved me. He loved ME. He wanted me to be ME.

I am learning I cannot control my husband or my kids. I cannot keep my house perfectly clean.

I can’t always be happy. I am not perfect; I am just me.

I’m learning I have to let go of perfection to have joy.

I am learning I have to show up and speak up and be honest—no matter how messy.

I am learning it is the only way for us to have a marriage where we connect and truly know each other.

And I am learning the only way to be give and receive love is to be completely me—nothing more, nothing less.

This article and many more can be found on Ann VosKamp’s blog at https://annvoskamp.com/2019/01/what-to-do-when-it-all-comes-crashing-down/

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

01.31.19 Sunshine, Food and Family

What a wonderful time we had this past sunshiny Sunday afternoon with our family.  A lot has been happening in our families life not leaving much time for to just sit a spell and visit.

We got to do that Sunday with our son Chip, his wife Misty, their niece Haylee, and Chip’s friend Trey who he calls his son, so I think that makes Trey our grandson!   We ate bowls of chili and got to visit.  Here’s Misty, Chip, Trey and Haylee.  All of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

We went down by our pond where we had a nice long visit while Haylee and Trey road around the pond in our paddle boat.

Haylee is pretty good at catching fish with her hand.  This pic shows her holding a piece of bread tempting the fish to jump up to get it!

I love it when Roy brings his new drone out and takes videos and photos.

This is the screen on his ipad he uses to show what the drone sees.  These are some photos Roy took with his drone Sunday afternoon.

In the photo below,our house is on the left.  I absolutely love seeing our area from so high up! 

Having Chip, Misty and those two young people around was fun.  The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was even better!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!