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

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Below is the updated 2018 photo presentation 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.

Trinity members, feel free to save whatever ones you want by right clicking and selecting Save Image As.  What you will get is any photo on that slide and the caption.  If you don’t have a way to crop out what you don’t want from the slide, send me an email at rosalyn@selu.edu, tell me which slide and picture and I’ll crop it for you and email it to you.

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

I can’t wait to see all the photos that are sent in for Father’s Day.  Trinity members, start sending those to me now!  The father’s day photos will be limited to 5 photos per father and the deadline is June 4th.

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05.13.18 Happy Mother’s Day 2018

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so god made a motherDedicated to our Mothers and their Mothers before them.

God looked down on Adam in his planned paradise and said, “I need a nurturer.” So God made a mother.

God said, “I need someone who feels deeply and loves fiercely, whose tears flow just as abundantly as their laughter, whose heart is as warm as their ability to guide and set limits is strong. I need someone whose influence on those that they nurture is eternal.” So God made a mother.

God said “I need someone who can hear a sneeze through closed doors, in the middle of the night, 3 bedrooms away while daddy snores next to her, who could kiss the ‘boo boos’, scare away the monsters under the bed, clean up the middle-of-the-night accidents, and live off of 4 hours of interrupted sleep. So God made a Mother.

God said, “ I need someone who can ride the roller-coaster of anxiety, hope, fear, and pride with an outward appearance of calm assurance as she sends her child off to his first day of school. I need someone who will buy the school supplies, drive for the field trips, help study for the history tests, fill out the permission forms, clap from the back row of the spring musical, and help coach a sport she’s never played. I need someone to teach a child to tie her shoes, make new friends, handle disappointments, shop for a prom dress, and drive a stick shift. And when that child is 18, I need someone to ride that roller coaster of anxiety, hope, fear, and pride again as she sends her child away to college with the same calm confident outside exterior.” So God made a mother.

God said, “I need someone who is willing to jump in a car and drive children to school, soccer games, and piano lessons on a daily basis. I need someone who can run to the grocery store twice in a day, because someone forgot to add something to the list. I need someone who can take the animals to the vet, drop off the dry cleaning and pick up prescriptions and still make sure dinner in on the table for the family to eat.” So God created a Mother.

“Somebody who realizes that children need to be allowed to grow, gain confidence in themselves and be encouraged to be independent individuals and accept the path they choose. Somebody who realizes that their job is one where the better they are the more surely they won’t be needed in the long run. “

“Somebody whose breath will be taken away when they visit their first newborn grandchild in the hospital and their daughter looks at them with loving eyes and says “I hope I can be the kind of mom you are, mom.” So God made a mother.

*Inspired by Paul Harvey’s 1978 ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Speech – Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad.

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03.26.18 Treasured Photos from Trinity Baptist’s May 2012 Mother’s Day Presentation

Monday, March 26, 2018 – These precious Treasured Photos are from a Power Point presentation at Trinity Baptist Church shown on Mother’s Day in May 2012! The Moms and their children and/or grandchildren are identified in these photos.  Some of these precious ladies are no longer with us so prepare your heart for when you see them.

Feel free to save any of your family’s photos to your computer by right clicking on it and choosing Save Image As!  I know today isn’t Mother’s day but I included the first slide from the original presentation.

       

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05.14.17 Happy Mother’s Day 2017

THIS YEAR’S MOTHER’S DAY POST IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY MOM, JOSIE BLUM TRAYLOR,

HARRIETT, MAMA AND ME!

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AND IN HONOR OF THE MOTHERS OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN. CHIP’S WIFE MISTY, EX-WIFE LIZ AND our oldest son’s and WIFE.

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so god made a motherDedicated to our Mothers and their Mothers before them.

God looked down on Adam in his planned paradise and said, “I need a nurturer.” So God made a mother.

God said, “I need someone who feels deeply and loves fiercely, whose tears flow just as abundantly as their laughter, whose heart is as warm as their ability to guide and set limits is strong. I need someone whose influence on those that they nurture is eternal.” So God made a mother.

God said “I need someone who can hear a sneeze through closed doors, in the middle of the night, 3 bedrooms away while daddy snores next to her, who could kiss the ‘boo boos’, scare away the monsters under the bed, clean up the middle-of-the-night accidents, and live off of 4 hours of interrupted sleep. So God made a Mother.

God said, “ I need someone who can ride the roller-coaster of anxiety, hope, fear, and pride with an outward appearance of calm assurance as she sends her child off to his first day of school. I need someone who will buy the school supplies, drive for the field trips, help study for the history tests, fill out the permission forms, clap from the back row of the spring musical, and help coach a sport she’s never played. I need someone to teach a child to tie her shoes, make new friends, handle disappointments, shop for a prom dress, and drive a stick shift. And when that child is 18, I need someone to ride that roller coaster of anxiety, hope, fear, and pride again as she sends her child away to college with the same calm confident outside exterior.” So God made a mother.

God said, “I need someone who is willing to jump in a car and drive children to school, soccer games, and piano lessons on a daily basis. I need someone who can run to the grocery store twice in a day, because someone forgot to add something to the list. I need someone who can take the animals to the vet, drop off the dry cleaning and pick up prescriptions and still make sure dinner in on the table for the family to eat.” So God created a Mother.

“Somebody who realizes that children need to be allowed to grow, gain confidence in themselves and be encouraged to be independent individuals and accept the path they choose. Somebody who realizes that their job is one where the better they are the more surely they won’t be needed in the long run. “

“Somebody whose breath will be taken away when they visit their first newborn grandchild in the hospital and their daughter looks at them with loving eyes and says “I hope I can be the kind of mom you are, mom.” So God made a mother.

*Inspired by Paul Harvey’s 1978 ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Speech – Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad.

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imagesMy mom only had one eye. I hated her… she was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell… anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment. There was this one day during elementary school.

I remember that it was field day, and my mom came. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school… “Your mom only has one eye?!” and they taunted me.

I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, “Mom, why don’t you have the other eye?! You’re only going to make me a laughingstock. Why don’t you just die?” My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time. Maybe it was because my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night… I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.

Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I’m living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it’s a place that doesn’t remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpected came to see me “What?! Who’s this?!” It was my mother… Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom’s eye.

And I asked her, “Who are you? I don’t know you!!” as if I tried to make that real. I screamed at her “How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter! Get out of here now!!” And to this, my mother quietly answered, “oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,” and she disappeared. Thank goodness… she doesn’t recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn’t going to care, or think about this for the rest of my life.

Then a wave of relief came upon me… one day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. I lied to my wife saying that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house…just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand…. it was a letter to me.

She wrote:

My son, I think my life has been long enough now. And… I won’t visit Seoul anymore… but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school…. For you… I’m sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you. You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye… so I gave you mine… I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did. The couple times that you were angry with me. I thought to myself, ‘it’s because he loves me.’ I miss the times when you were still young around me. I miss you so much. I love you. You mean the world to me.

My World Shattered. I hated the person who only lived for me . I cried for My Mother, I didn’t know of any way that will make up for my worst deeds…

Moral: Never Ever hate anyone for their disabilities. Never disrespect your parents, don’t ignore and under estimate their sacrifices. They give us life, they raise us better than they had been, they give and keep trying to give better than they ever had. They never wish unwell for their kids even in their wildest dreams. They always try showing right path and being motivator. Parents give up all for kids, forgive all mistakes made by kids. There is no way to repay what they done for kids, all we can do is try giving what they need and it is just time, love and respect.

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MY DEAR SISTER TOOK MY SONS’ HAND PRINTS AND MADE ONE OF THESE 30 PLUS YEARS AGO. HOW I LOVED SEEING THIS HANG ON MY WALL!

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WE LEARNED THIS SONG AS CHILDREN, I’LL ALWAYS LOVE IT!

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motherhood - microsoft clipartMOTHERHOOD… IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Time is running out for my friend.

We are sitting at lunch when she casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.” What she means is that her biological clock has begun its countdown and she is considering the prospect of motherhood.

“We’re taking a survey,” she says, half jokingly. “Do you think I should have a baby?”

“It will change your life,” I say carefully.

“I know,” she says. “No more sleeping in on Saturdays, no more spontaneous vacations…”

But that is not what I mean at all.

I look at my friend, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of childbirth heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will be forever vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never read a newspaper again without asking “What if that had been my child?” That every plane crash, every fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will look at the mothers and wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think she should know that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will immediately reduce her to the primitive level. That a slightly urgent call of “Mom!” will cause her to drop her best crystal without a moment’s hesitation.

I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might successfully arrange for child care, but one day she will be waiting to go into an important business meeting, and she will think about her baby’s sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure he is all right.

I want my friend to know that everyday routine decisions will no longer be routine. That a visit to McDonald’s and a five year old boy’s desire to go to the men’s room rather than the women’s room will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that danger may be lurking in the rest room.

I want her to know that however decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive friend, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not so much to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish his.

I want her to know that a cesarean scar or stretch marks will become badges of honor.

My friend’s relationship with her husband will change, but not in the ways she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is always careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his son. I think she should know that she will fall in love with her husband again for reasons she would never have imagined.

I wish my modern friend could sense the bond she will feel with other women throughout history who have tried desperately to stop war and prejudice and drunk driving.

I want to describe to my friend the exhilaration of seeing your son learn to hit a baseball. I want to capture for her the laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real that it hurts.

My friend’s quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes.

“You’ll never regret it,” I say finally.

by Dale Hanson Bourke
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

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YES, CHILDREN DO COME WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL – IT’S CALLED THE HOLY BIBLE!

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Before I was a Mom
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom,
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words of lullabies.

Before I was a Mom
I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
Pooped on
Spit on
Chewed on
Peed on
Or pinched by tiny fingers

Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of:
My thoughts
My body
And my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonder
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

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05.10.15 To all the Motherless Daughters out there

mothers daySunday, May 10, 2015 – Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who would love to be a Mom, women who are living the Mom life, Moms who have lost their precious children, and those who have lost their Moms.

To my mom, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor, I love you and miss you every day. To the mothers of my grandchildren, Liz Ponder and our oldest son’s wife who he requested that we do not use their names, I wish you a special Happy Mother’s Day. You are caregivers to very precious children.

A precious young mother who lost her own mom, Jessica Stewart Lopez,  shared what’s written below on her Facebook page.  So many of us have lost our mothers and spend Mother’s Day missing their presence. happy mothers day

May 10th, 2015 Today sucks, I know. It’s going to be hard. But so is every other day since you have lost your mother. There is absolutely no love in this world like the love of a mother. There is a void that cannot and will not ever be filled, no matter what anybody tells you. You don’t miss her today any more than you will tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that. Today, Mother’s day, is just another painful reminder that she is no longer physically here. As you watch friend’s  celebrate with their mom’s, please remember that yours is tucked away deep down in your heart where she will forever stay. As the wind blows through your hair, know that it is her gentle and loving touch. As the warmth of the sun shines on your face please remember the warmth in your mother’s heart through all of the days she had on this earth. She didn’t want to ever leave you and she still hasn’t left you. Your mother was greater than this world. I know sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair and it never will but please, please, don’t cry today, for your mother would want nothing more than to see you smile. I feel the pain within your heart as another day passes by without her. She doesn’t want you to be sad. She wants you to honor her life in the best way possible, and that way is to live it. Live it for you. Live it for her. I know it is sometimes easier said than done and sometimes words just don’t help and I know this because I lost my beautiful 48 year old mother almost two years ago when I was 24. I have come to find that the best way to heal is to remember. Remember her. Remember the sorrow, remember the love, remember everything. Talk to her, she’s always listening. And simply cherish the time you did have with her and the memories you have made. I want you to know that on this day, you are not alone. You are never alone. All of our mothers are watching over us from heaven this Mother’s Day… and every day, for the rest of our lives. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the motherless daughters out there. Today is your day too. Celebrate her, start a new tradition, live life to the fullest, and most importantly remember that even through the darkest of days, life still goes on. -Jenna Rose Lowthert

 motyhersmothers day add to blogMy amazing son Chip sent the following to me this morning.  I was quite humbled and I’m so thankful to be his mom!

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06.02.13 Mother’s Day present – a true blessing!

Our son Chip and his daughter Madisyn had a photography session in early May on the campus of our old workplace, Southeastern Louisiana University.  This was my Mother’s Day present and we just received the CD with the photos.  Below are the wonderful pictures of these folks who are so dear to us!  What a blessing these photographs are to both Roy and I since we are so far away from home.  Madisyn visited us many, many times at work so these pictures being taken at Southeastern’s McClimans Hall were especially cool! Thank you Chip for this wonderful Mother’s Day present!

I’ll write more later about recent things here but for now I’ll leave you with these pictures!

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05.11.13 What is it like here in Kabetogama, MN?

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Our little patio outside our RV with our rockers and Saints signs!
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The entrance to Northern Lights Resort and Outfitters

We are settling in at Northern Lights Resort & Outfitters and have much to learn about this workamping lifestyle. The trip in was really nice.  Once we got to Minnesota things seemed to get prettier without all the farmlands we saw going through North and South Dakota.   Every inch of the land along side the  interstates or highways was all farmland  and lots of Christmas tree like trees.  Everyone seemed to have several of those trees either in a bunch or in lining their driveway or property line.  They were the only green we saw heading up north.  The speed limit on the interstate was 75 instead of 70  like in the south.  Here in Minnesota there are these Christmas trees everywhere and it’s just beautiful.  The ones here look like the ones you’d see on the White House lawn at Christmas.  There are lots of other trees here but they all look dead.  Just like our trees did about two months ago in Louisiana before the leaves started coming out.  They will be beautiful and lush once they are in full bloom.

When we drove in Roy expertly parked Dora in her new home spot in between the other workampers homes.  We met Debbie and Rick Long, the resort managers, and Jim, Beth, Russ and Annie the other workampers.  This is Rick, Debbie, Jim and Beth’s second summer here but Russ and Annie are new here, like us.  We also met the resort owners Tom and Pat who were very welcoming.  They were all working very hard getting everything ready but stopped for a bit to welcome us and then let us get settled for the night.  It is very nice to know we are parked where we will stay for the next several months.  Moving from town to town every day or every other day got old real quick.  Too much to do to leave and arrive.  Once you get settled it’s time to go.  I think this stay a while option is the one we’ll be aiming for.  We are parked near the lodge and the lake and have made our little spot home with our rockers, floor mat, Saints signs and a couple of yard ornaments from our garden at home.

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Two of the cabins, there are over 10 spread out throughout the resort.
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Partially thawed Lake Kabetogama

Debbie and Rick gave us a tour of each of the cabins and the lodge our second day here.  There are different size cabins with the biggest accommodating 16 guests.  Each is beautifully decorated in true woodsy cabin style.  We stayed in a cabin in Tennessee a couple of years ago and that one holds nothing to the decoration and warmth in these cabins.  When we start working on Monday we’ll join the work that the other workampers have been doing the last week or two.  The women have been going through each cabin thoroughly deep cleaning and getting everything ready for guests.  Before leaving last Winter they winterized the cabins and put everything in plastic bags and took other precautions so they’d be okay through the winter.  Now they are undoing all that and getting them all sparkly clean.  The men have been painting, repairing or replacing things that need it.  There are critters that sometime met their fate in the toilets and the guys take care of that before the women even have a chance to scream about it! They just got water a few days ago and the snow/ice hasn’t left the area when it normally does so the outside work has been delayed because of that.  I think it looks great as it is but I’m sure once the grounds are manicured and flowers are planted it will be guest ready!  Roy’s been assigned to cut the grass next week and probably replace a ceramic floor and I”ll be joining the women in cleaning the cabins.  When they say clean the cabins top to bottom they really mean it.  I’ve heard we even get to get on tall ladders to clean the rafters.  If ya’ll hear a loud scream coming from up north you’ll know that’s where I am!

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View of a tiny bit of the resort from the docks

We enjoyed homemade chili yesterday evening with the other workampers and the resort managers.  Debbie cooked the chili which I do believe rivals mine for deliciousness and Beth made a peanut butter pie that was scrumptious.  We ate in the lodge which is a beautiful big room with ping pong table, foose ball table, huge rock fireplace with a set of moose antlers above it.  The other wall has a full moose’s head and antlers on it.  I’m thinking all our hunting friends would just love it here.  There are a couple of sofas around a huge round table made from a varnished slice of a 100 year old tree on a tree trunk pedastal. There are hundreds of DVDs the guests can take back to their cabin to watch and a bookcase full of books for their reading pleasure.  The ladies had cleaned the lodge and the men put a fresh coat of paint on the walls in the last few days so we got to enjoy it all freshly done.  The resort store is attached to the lodge where they sell beautiful sweatshirts, teeshirts, condiments, ice cream and lots of other things.  Also connected to the lodge is where the fish are cleaned which I’m sure Roy will be spending a good bit of time doing once the season gets in full swing.  Today is the actual opening of fishing season here.  Since we don’t have fishing seasons in Louisiana, we just fish when the urge says to, this was new to us.  The lake is thawing pretty well around the edges but the center is still ice.  This isn’t a thin layer of ice like we’d get, it can get over 30 inches deep. The little ducks are swimming around in the thawed portion and enjoying it a lot!   Our evening visiting with everyone was great and we got to know each of them a little bit. They are all pretty experienced RVers so we will probably be picking their brains for tips and advice when we can.   I did ask each of them if they minded me including them in my blog and they all gave their okay.  Of course what goes on at the resort stays at the resort so they’re pretty safe.

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Fireworks sold right in the middle of the grocery store!

Roy and I went into International Falls, MN which is a gateway to Canada. It was around 35 minutes away. We went to Super One grocery and found the prices to be a bit   high and it’s not a Walmart but it was a clean grocery and had everything we needed.  We’ve been given a shelf in the maintenance room freezer to store our frozen things that don’t fit in the RV freezer. We stocked it up hoping it will last a good while before we need to go “back into town.”  We even found some frozen crawfish tails for not much more than we’d have paid in Louisiana.  Roy was pleased to find his Hellman’s Tartar Sauce which we usually can’t even find in Louisiana and they even have Louisiana Hot Sauce  (which we stocked up on before leaving Louisiana just in case!) We did find something very odd in the middle of the grocery, they were selling fireworks.  Can you imagine that? In the grocery!  I had to take a picture of it.

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The snow still piled up right next to the beach – This was Friday and it’s still there today

We learned very fast that there is only one spot on the resort where our Verizon cell phone service works.  If we walk about 150 feet from the RV and stand on a rock next to a telephone pole you get sort of good service.  But you can’t move or it starts fading.  ATT works perfectly here which is so very different than in Louisiana.  I was always so proud of how good our Verizon service was at home but not so much here.  We were goinjg to suspend our Verizon service for the summer and get an ATT prepaid phone.  We tried find that in International Falls today and it  just didn’t happen.  We even stopped at a Verizon store to see if there was anything they could do but no success there either.  Since starting to write this Roy decided to look into buying an extender which allows us to pick up a Verizon signal and we can keep our phones.  He ordered it today and it should be here on Tuesday or Wednesday.  This way we don’t have to change our phone numbers but we’ll only be able to use the phone within 40 feet of Dora.  At least it’s better than having to go our to the rock and hope for a signal!!!  In an EMERGENCY we can be contacted through the Resort office number which is 218-875-2591.  Please don’t call them unless it’s a true emergency, not just that you forgot my recipe for “Chicken Geraldine”. Got it?

We’re planning to go to Kabetogama United Methodist Church tomorrow since it’s close to us.  I’ve heard good things about them from the resort manager so we’re looking forward to Worshiping God tomorrow with them. We saw other churches farther off today and may attend those in future weeks.   Only one Baptist church but we’re sure to visit there soon.

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Deer hoof marks in the sand on the beach, so cool! We’ve seen two deer near the road already!

We woke up this morning to snow and sleet.  Their sleet is snow colored and not clear like ours is in Louisiana and of course it’s much more abundant here.  I was also awakened to the fact that we only had power in part of the RV, random spots.  Roy checked everything and got into all sorts of spots to try things out and nothing worked.  He talked to the other guys here and even called Chip for some help from his technicians at Dixie RV.  After a couple of hours of trying to figure it out and the temperature got down to about 54 in the RV and no TV or computer and Roy totally frustrated, he checked one more thing and that did the trick.  A switch on the inverter was turned off.  Even though we weren’t running on the inverter that switch turning off affected lots of things inside.  Another RV lesson learned.  Always check the inverter for power issues even if you’re not running on it the wind was blowing outside around 40 miles per hour which added to the freezing cold.  They say it will get into the 80s next week and hopefully the trees will start to blossom soon and fill in the beauty of this place.

This is truly an honor to get to see this area of the USA and especially this resort and the beautiful Lake Kabetogama.  Right now there is a hardened pile of snow next to the sand on the beach and it’s too cold to enjoy the beauty outside for any length of time.  But give it a little while and I will be clicking away the camera trying to capture all this and share it with ya’ll!

Our first guests at the Resort arrive next weekend and I’ve heard of so much needing to be done around here before then that I imagine we’ll all be working non-stop next week to make it happen.  Always helps to a goal to work for!  Don’t know how much time I’ll have for blogging next week but I’ll catch up when I can.  I promise to take more pictures with my real camera after church tomorrow and will post them during the week when I can.  I truly wish you all could be here in person to see the beauty that God has given to this amazing part of America.

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear! p.s.  We had visitors to our blog from Japan, Philippines, Nigeria and Italy today!

05.10.13 Why Mother’s Day is for the Birds, a link to a blog by Ann Voskamp.

Why Mother’s Day is for the Birds.  A beautifully written blog by Ann Voskamp.  It touched my heart as I read it and I believe it may touch yours.  Mother’s have much expected of us yet we truly are ordinary women who struggle and work hard to be the Mother’s that we are.  I love how she put all this and wanted to share it in honor of Mother’s Day weekend.  Have a very blessed Mother’s Day to all you ladies who wear that title proudly!

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