11.22.17 Gratitude and Thanksgiving, by Debbie McDaniel

Gratitude and Thanksgiving
By Debbie McDaniel

“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”  Psalm 95:1-3

We have so much to be grateful for in this life. Each and every day. But reality is that sometimes constant life demands, struggles, and worries give more room to defeat than to a heart of thanks. Or we forget, in the midst of busyness and pressures, just to pause and give thanks, for all that God has done, and continues to do in our lives.


Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We’re weary. Or maybe, we feel like He let us down. We think God seems distant, like he’s far away, or doesn’t really care about what’s troubling us. Painful life blows and losses might have recently sent us spiraling.

But here’s what can make a lasting difference. We have a choice, every day, to give him thanks. And with a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems. He does more. He changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us.

We’re strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Chauvin’s home to your home!


01.09.14 You can go home again! and leave again!

Wednesday started off fasting for blood work.  Mine!  After the nice lady draining me of blood and giving me the obligatory cotton and bandage I was done with that for a while.

We told many of our church friends goodbye on Sunday and today was our good-bye day for family and some friends.

We went to Cracker Barrell for a good-bye lunch with my sister Harriett, her husband George and their granddaughter Annie.  Our pictures with Annie didn’t come out good enough to post them but she’s a beautiful young lady whom I love very much! We enjoyed delicious food, and even better fellowship. I miss my big sis when we’re on the road but we stay in touch and it’s very special when we get to see each other!


After lunch we went to Southeastern to visit our ex co-workers to tell them all goodbye.  There’s a lot of people in our old building we care about and it was nice seeing them even if it was to say good-bye.

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Our last goodbye was with our granddaughter, Madisyn and her daddy (our son) Chip.  We went out to Don’s Seafood for dinner where we all enjoyed some delicious seafood.  Madisyn even at some boiled shrimp and we enjoyed ever minute we got to spend with her and Chip. Saying goodbye to them at their apartment later was hard even though we know we’ll see them when we come back through here in a few weeks going out west.  Madisyn makes our hearts smile every time we see her which makes the goodbyes harder!

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We’re spending today, Thursday, cleaning things, filling the tires with air, cleaning Boots our toad (truck) and making sure everything is ready to roll first thing in the morning.  We’ve been here at Berryland Campers way longer than the two weeks we thought we’d stay, more like 4 weeks now and it’s been very nice here.  I’d highly recommend it to any RVer in the area who needs a place to stay for a few nights.  They provide water and electricity and pleasant surroundings.  Even here in the winter when a lot of things are dead it’s still pretty here.

We’ll be staying at TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian for a week or more.  This is the resort we visited to sign up for our Coast to Coast RV membership.  Can’t wait to be on the gulf coast in hopefully some nice weather for a while.  Maybe some nice walks on the beach are in our near future!

Here’s some pictures of fun times we’ve had while home and our new Darren Sproles tin man (we call him Sproley Ooley!) who helped the Saints win the first playoff game.  We got him at the flea market we visited with Madisyn and he’ll be traveling with us from now on.  The Karaoke picture is from Soul’s Harbor’s New Years Eve party we went to with Chip and Kim.  We did lots of fun things while home that didn’t get captured on film.  We also took care of all our medical visits and check ups.  Hammond is a wonderful place and it was wonderful being home, if just for a little while!

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Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

12.31.13 The thing about books…….


Roy gave me my Kindle as a Christmas gift two years ago.  I now have over 100 books on it with new ones added each week if not every day.  Having never had enough time in my pre-RV life to sit down and enjoy a good book, reading is now on the top of my list of things to do while also getting some resting time.

Back in my pre-RV life I picked mostly sappy romance stories and particularly Christian romance novels.  Now my range of literary likes go from romance, mystery, murder, espionage, southern tales, science fiction, and fantasy.

Sometimes I get stuck on the undercover operations world and can’t get into any other if there is another of that type novel waiting to be read.  I remember wanting to be a spy when I was younger so perhaps I’m vicariously living out this unfulfilled desire through these novels. My new favorite  writer is John Gilstrap, especially his Jonathan Grave series. He writes about the dangerous world of hostage rescue operations. His writing style, development of his characters and the exciting life and adventure of his main character kept me from putting each book down until I was finished.  I’ve read everything he’s written and can’t wait for his next novel, END GAME, coming out next year.  After exhausting all John Gilstrap had to offer I found another writer of somewhat similar undercover operations type novels named Brett Battles.  They are almost as good but he switches around so much in his writing from one situation to another that I have to think very hard to keep up with the storyline and who is doing what. It all ties in near the end but getting there is rough! If you know anything about my brain holes you’ll know this is hard for me to do.  I’d prefer a much easier to follow storyline.  I do think that reading is good exercise for my brain which justifies my reading habit somewhat!

I just asked for reading recommendations from my facebook friends and got a lot of great responses.  None of which I’ve read so I now have a new reading list heading into 2014.  At least after I read the 4 books I just got on Amazon today……..

There’s something about a book or book series that is set in a made up world like Hunger Games, The Host, Twillight that really catches my interest.   The writers of these novels certainly don’t have holes in their brains or maybe the unique ideas they come up with come out of the holes!

In case you don’t know what I mean by holes in my brain, that’s just what I call them.  I have dead spots in my brain caused by having multiple TIAs (Transient Ischemic Attacks or mini-strokes).  While I  now take medicine for my memory and to help prevent more TIAs, I can usually tell when I’m in a hole and only hope that the next thought will help me climb out.

I don’t enjoy medical books, biographies (I would read Billy Graham’s though), or historical books based on fact.  Historical books not based on truth but a possible twist such as Stephen King’s book titled  11/22/63 about what could have happened if a person went back in time to stop JFK’s assassination was riveting.  Karen Kingsbury’s 911 series is similar in that it could have happened to some victims on 9/11/01 but is fiction.  I especially love books that make me laugh or at least smile a lot.  Beth Hoffman, who was introduced to me by Jaala Ehrensing, wrote Saving CeeCee Honeycut but has only written one other book.  I couldn’t get enough of either book and then nothing……

I’ve also learned not to get into a book series unless all of the books in the series are already published.  I got all wrapped up in an Amish series that hasn’t ended and am now stuck wondering what will happen after the second book. This series is The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie sisters – An Amish Christian trilogy by Sarah Price and Whoopie Pie Pam Jarrell.  Book one and two were so good but when I read book two in October of 2013 I realized the third book won’t come out until end of this January.  I don’t do waiting too well!

Roy has very little interest in reading so he’s not really sure why I love it so much but he knows it’s either I read or I talk to him all the time so he’ll vote for me reading all the time!

My Bible in both New Living Transalation and New American Standard versions are both on my Kindle. I find it easier to find scripture in my paper Bible in church so the Kindle is just used at home for Bible study.

My very favorite books of all times are not on Kindle and it’s such a loss to all who would just love them. The books are “Papa’s Wife” and “Papa’s Daughter”. The part of the book I will always remember is that Mama would polish each of her children’s shoes every Saturday evening, in preparation for going to church Sunday morning.  She’d think of something each child did that week and say a special prayer for each one as she cleaned their shoes.  This impressed me so much that even though I didn’t have as many children as she did I always cleaned my two son’s church shoes each Saturday night and pray for them then.  I read a review which kind of gives a summary of the book and why it is so beloved.

“Set in Sweden, an eighteen-year-old girl comes to work as housekeeper for the parish’s confirmed bachelor pastor, and determinedly sets out to marry him. With head still spinning, the newly-married man of God finds his life (as well as his lovely home and fine furnishings), turned upside-down, often with hilarious results. As their family grows, so does Maria’s determination to move them all to America with which country she has fallen in love. A wonderful, amusing love story, and proof-positive that once a woman has made up her mind, it is best to capitulate right away. An amusing novel which shares the ups and downs of family life, complete with it’s joys and sorrows, founded on faith and love. A definite “warm, fuzzy-feeling” kind of novel”.

Books can open our minds to the world …..


Happy reading to everyone! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

12.29.13 I am a Southern girl no matter where we travel!

a southern by grace of godI am a Southern girl, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matter where our travels take us I will always be a Southern girl. I feel truly blessed to be Southern by the Grace of God!   Traveling has emphasized our  southern uniqueness to me and the graphic quotes below share some of our uniqueness so I’d like to share them with you.

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Everything about this short piece encompasses most of what is near and dear to our Southern hearts.

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This is soooooo very true. Cajun food is not hot spicy food, it’s cooked with a lot of love, cooked slow, most always a ROUX and perfect full bodied seasonings. Cajun food cooked elsewhere is usually just so spicy hot you can’t breathe, but not true southern cajun food!

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Crawfish in Louisiana is the best comfort food you can imagine. A wonderful afternoon spent eating (and yes I mean all afternoon) around a big table with either a hole in the middle or a big can nearby for your crawfish shells. Tables piled high with crawfish, ears of corn, potatoes, mushrooms and whatever else your family likes to boil with the crawfish. Nothing tops this!

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a cajun ten

No this is now how we learn our ten commandments. Those are learned from the Bible but this is certainly a perfect cajun way to describe them.

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Us Southerners are big people because of this. If someone is sick, you feed them. if someone dies, you feed the family. If a friends relationship breaks up, you bring them food or take them out to eat. If someone does something great, you have a party with food. If nothing is happening you create something by cooking and inviting family or friends over. Every aspect of our lives involves delicious home cooked food. I’m a firm believer that Southern Baptists are the best at pot luck dinners that there is. If you really love someone you bring them banana pudding!

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a fairy tale

What can I say about this one, except it’s true!

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a fix

I believe I could write all day about this one but I’ll try to be brief. Southerners don’t realize that fixin is not a term that other folks use and certainly can’t imagine why they don’t understand it. I’ve been fixin food, fixin to leave, fixin to go to bed, fixin to go to work, fixin to go to church and fixin to dozens and dozens of other things all my life and never ever thought it was odd. Fixin means either “getting ready to” or “I am cooking”. And why we say it, I don’t know. Southern language can be a lazy language and somewhere back when someone must have started to say that one word instead of the three words and it stuck.

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My hometown is New Orleans Louisiana but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Hammond, Louisiana. I’m very proud of both places and they are each definitely part of what makes me the woman I am!

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Mama always taught me to say “Yes, Mam” and “No Mam” and the same for men except for saying Sir. She explained to me that regardless of someone’s age I must always say those things to show respect. Sometimes others tell me I don’t need to tell them that, especially younger folks, but I still do cause my southern Mama told me to!

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The New Orleans Saints are the heart of the City of New Orleans and all of the State of Louisiana. I’ve unfortunately wanted to beat folks as we’ve traveled if they had something negative to say about the Saints. Being the southern lady I am I held back!

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a southern ladies

No I’ve never ever worn one of these beautiful Southern dresses but when I see this I’d sure like to pour myself a cold glass of iced tea and sit on a porch somewhere rocking for a spell!

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a southernersI see nothing odd about any of this.  Doesn’t everyone do this!

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I will take this thought with me as we get back on the road. We’ll still be in the Deep South for a while in Florida, the gulf coast and out into the southern west. I look forward to seeing how truly Southern those other places are compared to my hometowns!
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12.27.13 Waiting and waiting and getting back on the road soon!

Waiting seems to be our theme lately.

Roy’s been waiting and waiting and waiting to have his knee surgery.

I’ve been waiting and waiting to have the MRI to determine the proper treatment for my neck and shoulder pain.

Last Sunday Roy started running fever and got a lot of congestion in his chest.  The fever stopped after Sunday but came back Christmas evening.  The day after Christmas we had his pre-op visit with his orthopedic doctor.  Roy had several questions about the surgery and the doctor explained everything to him.  I could tell Roy wasn’t real pleased or sold on the answers he got.  The doctor prescribed Roy a strong antibiotic for Roy’s chest congestion and fever and said they could do the surgery if he was well by Saturday with no fever.  After leaving his office Roy expressed his reluctance to have his doctor do the surgery because of the older methods he uses.  When we got back home Roy shared some of his research with me on newer more minimally invasive techniques available.  We agreed he wouldn’t have the surgery done here and would check out doctors in our travel who did the surgery like he wants.

Again this means a whole revamping of our immediate plans.  No surgery means no reason to stay in town and move to Punkin Park on Saturday for the month.  Our new plan (and there are always new and revised plans in RV living – which is something we are slowly getting use to, me being a plan driven person) is to stay at Berryland Campers until at least next Thursday when they open up again after the holidays.  Roy has several computers to set up software on which he was going to do week after next, but now he’ll be doing it next Monday and Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.  Once that work is complete we can move out for Florida where we will have some windows on our RV replaced.  We’re also going to Disneyworld to apply for future jobs.  It’s highly recommended that you go there to apply instead of doing it on line so we’ll go there and of course play a day or two at Disney while we’re there!!

We’ve been getting hitch itch more and more lately so it’s great for us to have the opportunity to get back on the road.  We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with family and friends over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and are thankful for this time to reconnect with our roots and enjoy being truly Southern again for a while. The extended stay has been difficult because everyone is at work, school or whatever all the time and there aren’t many places for us to visit like there is on the road.

Christmas  morning was spent with my sister Harriett’s family (Roy was home sick though) and that was quite a special treat.  She and my brother in law George have her children and grandchildren over for Christmas breakfast after the kids open their presents at their own homes.  She served quite a spread and I enjoyed the food tremendously but nothing compared to the joy of watching her children and grandchildren open all their presents as they exchanged gifts.  I even got some nice gifts including a hand painted bird house my sister Harriett painted for me.  It will have a prominent place on our passenger side side mirror when we are parked. These precious memories, along with spending time with our son Chip and his family will hold us for a while once we get on the road.

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Once I get the MRI results next Monday or Tuesday I’ll know what the next step for me is.  My orthopedic doctor said that probably it will involve a shot in my neck to calm down the spasms and inflammation caused by the bone on bone in my vertebrae.  This shouldn’t delay us getting back on the road by more than a few days so by the second week in January we should be heading out on our adventures.   We both miss the traveling and seeing new things.  I’ve applied for several state park and federal park jobs in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nevada so hopefully by the time we’re finished in Florida one of those jobs will become a reality so we’ll know where we’re headed then!

I don’t think I said in previous posts that I only made it through one week of working at Textbook Rentals.  The work involved a lot of lifting heavy books over my head or down below and after only three days my neck and shoulders were so inflamed I went to the physical therapist on Thursday for some relief.  Realizing that I couldn’t continue doing this type of work with my neck in the condition it was in, I told the manager I wouldn’t be back after Christmas.  I’m finding out that my mind thinks my body is much younger and in better shape than it really is.  I enjoyed being with the people there and making some new friends and I really loved just being back on Southeastern’s campus even if just for a wee bit!

In a previous post I said we went to Acquistapace’s Grocery and how I loved their cheese section.  The next time we went they were having a cheese tasting with a long table filled with different cheeses to try out.  Below are pictures of that event and an up close of the blueberry cheese that was delicious!

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I’ll leave you with some pictures of my family Christmas with my sister’s kids and grandchildren. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family who loves me even though they know me well!   Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

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12.22.13 Family Christmas in Southern Louisiana!

DSC_0203 manger sceneI think back to family Christmas gatherings when I was a child and remember the big family gatherings we had at my grandmother “Mimi”s house next door to ours.  Mimi’a house seemed so big to me back then, yet when we walked through it after Katrina (when it was just a shell) I saw it wasn’t as big as I remembered.  All our family gathered at Christmas and it seemed normal for her to have a shiny silver tree with a rotating light of changing colors making the tree change colors too.  Before that I remember her having real old fashioned lights on her trees with oil bubbling up and down in the ornaments.  What a fire hazard, but we knew no better and loved it. I remember every year shaving a real nutmeg to get tiny sprinkles in the cups.  I didn’t know it came in a can already shaved and I love the memory of the real stuff.  Some of the adult’s egg nog tasted different than what us kids got to drink and I didn’t know why until I was much older.  I don’t think egg nog came in a carton back then either, it was homemade and served in a crystal bowl.

When I met Roy and got invited to the Chauvin Christmas gatherings a whole new world opened for me.  Gumbo, homemade fruit cake, lots of different cookies and candies, eggplant casserole, stuffed merlitons and more!  Boy they sure knew how to lay out a spread!! I always looked forward to seeing and tasting all that good Cajun cooking his mama did!  Their living room was small and I’ll always remember the floor being full of wrapping after all the children and adults opened their presents.

Our little home is decorated inside and out for Christmas.  Might not be as much as we previously decorated in our sticks and bricks home but since we added our tiny Christmas tree I think it’s perfect!

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We had our family Christmas yesterday with Chip, Kimberly, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley.  I baked a turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans and artichoke casserole and rolls.  I found a Christmas king cake at Berrytown filled with bavarian cream.  Delicious!!  Everyone enjoyed opening their presents and Madisyn was especially pleased with the mini tablet we bought her.  She’s a whiz with the computer at age 4!  Braxton and Bentley already like their activity cube and will probably enjoy it more as they get older.  Madisyn also enjoyed putting on PawPaws big boot and it covered her whole leg! Roy and I enjoyed having them over in our little Christmas home on wheels!

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Another important aspect of our Christmas season is always the Adult Choir’s cantata at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church.  This year’s, Bethlehem Morning, was extra special for me because of the new choir members that sang.  When Teddy Forrest, Mark Traylor and his sons Jonah Kyle and Mark Everett Traylor came out with the choir my heart was so happy.  These are special men to me and seeing them all singing in the choir just put something right in the world!  As always the choir did a beautiful job, sounding very strong, clear and every word well sung.

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This morning was Christmas Sunday and before the sermon we were treated to a beautiful solo by Barbara Davis.  Her voice is my favorite mostly because her love for Christ comes out so clearly whatever she sings plus she sings like an angel.  The Christmas message was exceptional.  What a difficult concept it is to understand or grasp that Jesus came to earth as a human, leaving his perfect home on high to do this.  That little boy who would grow up to be the Savior of mankind is overwhelming and true.  I hope you will join us in keeping Christmas about the birth of Christ and not just the presents and things we receive.


Merry Christmas everyone, and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

12.15.13 If You Build It, They Will Come: The Magic of SLU Football 2013


A brilliant Louisiana lady, Sharon Yogini write the following about: The Magic of SLU Football 2013

Click here to access the blog post.


It has been a magical year for the Lions and it ended last night.  I could in no way describe it like she did yet I want my followers to read about the football team of the school I graduated from, worked at and am so proud of.

Ya’ll come back, ya’ hear!

12.13.13 Touring the Abita Springs Brewery and other recent stuff!

We’ve been at Abita Springs RV Park since this past Monday.  It’s very nice with very tall pine trees.  It is mostly Class A motor homes here which is odd because it’s usually about half and half Class A and Fifth wheelers.

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Christmas decorations are on and around the RVs.  Our RV is decorated for Christmas with a wreath out front and a few little decorations and decorated presents on the dashboard.  Madisyn and I hung several ornaments on a decorative string across part of the inside.  That’s about all we have room for but it looks nice and we’re happy!

Roy’s right knee surgery has been rescheduled for December 30th.  His  left ankle is healing well and he should be very good to go by the 30th.  He would have been ready the week before but the doctor isn’t doing any surgeries the week of Christmas.

Our ex-daughter in law’s brother’s funeral was today and we attended it at River Rock Church in Loranger, LA.  He was killed in an accidental gun shooting while he was hunting last week.  He was only 33 and was a really nice guy and a good father to his two children and brother to his sister Liz.  The service was made even more special today when they played a video of his recent baptism in a river near y.  His pastor spoke about what a changed man Joseph was after he gave his life to the Lord.  What a wonderful witness this was to all who heard the message. Please keep Liz and Madisyn in your prayers during this very hard time.

When we left the funeral in Loranger to return to Abita Springs I looked up information about touring Abita Springs Brewery.  It was 1:15 p.m. and the website said the next tour would start at 2:00 p.m.  Perfect timing for us to stop there just in time for the tour.  It’s not a big place but they produce a lot of different types of beer.  The tour starts by everyone getting a taste of any of the several flavors they produce.  We then watched a video about how the beers are made and the processes they use.  We all lined up outside the Brewery door and went in to learn more and see where the products are all manufactured.   We were there for about 45 minutes and it was good that it wasn’t a long tour because of Roy’s ankle but he made it and enjoyed himself.

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I have a temporary job now which I’ll start on Monday at Southeastern Louisiana University (where I retired from!) in Textbook Rentals where the students return their books to at the end of the semester and pick them up from when the new semester starts.  I’ll work this next week, be off for two weeks and then work for 3-4 weeks in January til the 31st.  Roy’s surgery will be while I”m off the two weeks so I’ll be able to stay home with him. We’ll be moving to Berryland Camping in Hammond for a week and then to Punkin Park Campground in Hammond for the duration of Roy’s recovery and my time working.

While we were staying at Calloway in Hammond we had a visit from Christina and Sue Picou and Sue’s grandsons Ricky (Amy’s son) and Nicholas (Christina’s son).  They are a little over a year old and walking.  We had a wonderful visit and the picture below is of me sitting with the two little guys! Also below are a couple of pictures from a visit with Kim, Chip, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley.  We’re going to visit with them tomorrow after church and I can’t wait to gobble them up.  They are so precious!

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Trinity’s Children’s Choir presented their Christmas music last Sunday night and it was such a blessing to hear their beautiful voices sing about Jesus.  I could see lots of proud parents smiling in the audience as their little one’s sang their hearts out.

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Our Adult Choir is performing it’s Christmas music this Sunday morning at 10:45.  These two events are two of my biggest reasons to be happy about being home for Christmas.  I don’t think I’ve ever missed either singing in or hearing the Adult Choir sing for Christmas.  What a blessing to have such strong music talent in our home church.

The weather here has been cold and hot and cold and hot  for the last couple of weeks and here’s a graphic that shows it perfectly!


My physical therapy is on hold for now because of the temporary job and until I back to the doctor the week of Christmas.  Physical Therapy has helped but hasn’t made the pain go away all the time.   At least now I am not in constant pain and for that I’m very thankful.

We’ve discovered this wonderful local store here called Aquistapace’s.  I like cheese but usually am not nuts about cheese.  However, this place has a wonderful cheese section with more types of cheese than I’ve ever seen.  They have gouda cheese with blueberries in it and another with raspberries in it and many more different varieties of cheeses.  Even their regular white cheddar was delicious.  If you love cheeses I’d highly recommend this place.  It’s also has lots of local foods and we’re going back there today to see what we can find this time.  It is so neat to discover new places in your home state!


Our fourth seeded Southeastern’s Lions are playing University of New Hampshire in the quarter-finals of  the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship this evening at our own Strawberry Stadium.  We’ll be listening on the radio to this as it’s only on ESPN3 and we do not get that, even if we pay.  I’m so proud of our team and wish them the best this evening!

Ya’ll have a great weekend and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

12.07.13 Here Kitty and Hammond Christmas Parade

This post was written back in December when we were home in Louisiana for Christmas.  I didn’t realize until now that it was never published so I’m doing that today.  It may not make sense time wise in our travels but here it is!!!

I said I wasn’t going to write until next week but I got to thinking (Roy always says uh oh when I say that!).  I’ve posted so many pictures about things that we saw in other states so I think it’s only fair for folks that follow us from around the US to see what happens in our little corner of the country!

This is what the New Orleans Superdome looks like welcoming  (or perhaps it’s warning) the Carolina Panthers.  Had to show this, I love it! There is nothing like the spirit surrounding football in Louisiana!


We went to the Hammond Christmas parade Saturday with Madisyn, our son Chip, his girlfriend Kim and Kim’s little boy’s Braxton and Bentley.

chip roy kimWe had a wonderful time and it was between 38 to 40 degrees which for you northerners is quite, quite cold for Louisiana.  The little boys were bundled, covered and covered more to keep the cold out! We all had many multiple layers on and still managed to catch tons of doubloons, beads, candy and cups.  How nice it felt to go to a Louisiana parade again! There is nothing like it and to get to go to it with our family was the best!  Here are some pictures from the parade.

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We are looking forward to attending our church Children’s Choir Christmas presentation this evening followed by the Saints in the Dome (on TV) to top off the weekend! This is a great time of year to be home. Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!