03.28.20 NFL 100 Super Bowl Commercial

This commercial brought a smile to my face the first time I saw it so I saved it. I just came across it and thought it might bring a smile to your face also!

Before kickoff of this year’s Super Bowl, the NFL aired an “NFL 100” commercial to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the league, and it gave people chills — in a good way. So many NFL greats in one commercial! And of course we love it that our own Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara are in it enjoying Mardi Gras! So cool!

 

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

03.27.20 The wildest RV purchasing experience EVER – 10.13.12 Conroe, TX here we come

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED October 13, 2012 – WARNING: THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY VERY LONG BLOG. HOWEVER, IT IS WORTH READING AS YOU WILL SEE WHEN YOU READ IT. SORRY, I CAN’T SAY AT THIS POINT IN THE BLOG WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OTHERS TO READ IT.

During all this fun we were having, I had two eye surgeries to have the floaters in my eyes removed. Both surgeries left me with bloody looking eyes for about a week after each one so we tried to limit my public exposure during those times. I can’t even describe how creepy I looked with my blue eyes surrounded totally by blood red where the whites use to be.

I tell you this because it was after the second eye surgery, right after the garage sale, when my eye was at its most bloody looking that we found “the perfect RV for us”. We had only been doing “research” on RVs up to this point when the day after the last eye surgery I found on Craigslist a 1997 40 foot Holiday Rambler diesel that had been updated to a 2009 interior. The floors were granite, sofas were leather and was a diesel pusher for only $40,000. It was near Houston, Texas and I thought we should make a road trip to see this one. Even if we weren’t ready to purchase we realized this might be too good to pass up. I was on sick leave from eye surgery so I was off work already for a few days. I called my husband, sent him the information about this RV and said: “Let’s take a trip to see this one.”

This was around 10 am one day and by noon that same day we were on the road to check it out. This spur of the moment road trip is not how we normally operate. I like to plan and Roy likes plenty of notice so this was very unusual for us.

During our 5 long hours of driving, we discussed many things including making sure we took precautions like checking the seller’s driver’s license to make sure it matches the title. We brought cash with us for a deposit since the pictures and all we learned were so enticing. We pulled up at this million-dollar mansion behind a huge brick fence with a remote-controlled gate. We instantly felt better when we saw this beautiful home because surely it was all legitimate. We pushed the button and told them we were there. They opened the gate for us to enter. We noticed a shabby appearance to the landscaping which made their story of falling on hard times more believable. But then we saw the RV and forgot everything else!

Mansion in Conroe, TX. The RV we were trying to buy is in front.
Mansion in Conroe, TX. The RV we were trying to buy is in front.

When we originally spoke on the phone they told us that they were financially strapped and selling the RV was a good way to raise some quick capital. That all made sense to us and when we saw the house we felt better. Upon seeing the RV we were almost immediately sold. When we went in it was even nicer than the pictures. Granite floors, new leather sofas, 1 slide and they were only asking $40,000.00. It was, of course, a 1997 but you wouldn’t know that from the renovated interior. After hearing it run fine and really looking it over well Roy said we’ll think about it and we prepared to leave. After we got in the car and drove around to the front of the mansion Paula was still outside but by the front door of the mansion. Roy told her the most we could do was $20,000 and she said the lowest they could was $35,000. About 5 minutes down the road we got a call from the man, Rick Gonzales. He said he’d take $30,000 for it. Roy said you’re at $30,000 and I’m at $20,000, how about we meet in the middle. Roy and Rick agreed on $25,000. Roy watches all those shows where they go back and forth over the price and it seemed to be paying off! We were ecstatic, we were getting a great RV for $25,000.

We drove back to the mansion where the RV was located. Knowing we needed to take some precautions I asked to see the lady’s driver’s license and the RV title. They looked fine to me, though she did look a little young in the driver’s license. Once we were satisfied with everything we gave them a large cash deposit and they gave us a bill of sale showing the deposit and that we’d pay the remainder within 15 days. Since we had started the financial process with our banker of the phone on our way to Conroe we decided to stay overnight (totally unprepared) hoping we could finish it up the next day.

We had not planned to stay overnight and didn’t bring a change of clothes, toothbrushes or ANYTHING. We found a very cheap hotel nearby that didn’t provide complimentary shampoos or even have a hairdryer like we’re used to having at hotels. The hot water must have been used up by others at this cheap hotel before we got to it in the morning so all I could do was stick my head in the shower, wash it with a bar of soap and dry my hair over the air conditioning vent. I put on my well-used clothes from the day before and between my lovely looking hair and my bloody blue eyes, I looked like a crazed possibly homeless woman. I’m sure my husband was so proud to be seen with me when we went to breakfast before heading to the bank!

Our bank had a branch in a nearby city in Texas. Our bank officer Barbara, in Louisiana, worked with the Texas branch after breakfast that day to get our loan transaction completed so we could take the RV home the following day. I asked our banker to please let the Texas branch know in advance I don’t normally look like I did that day! The people at the branch were very nice to us during the long visit we had with them. Our loan processing went well and we got approval in the early afternoon. While we were waiting we arranged insurance for the RV with our State Farm Agent back home. I called Rick Gonzales several times during the day to get information the Bank needed. He was generally cooperative but as we neared lunchtime he got kind of pushy about when we’d be bringing him the money. He needed us to give him the entire amount in cash as his bank would put a 10-day hold on the check and he needed the funds now. We arranged for that and tried to meet every requirement he put out.

In the late afternoon, Paula brought the RV title and Paula’s driver’s license to us at the bank. She owned the RV and Rick Gonzales was her boyfriend. Our banker questioned the appearance of the title since it looked different than the ones we are used to seeing in Louisiana. The branch there confirmed that is how a Texas title looks like. When our banker compared the two documents she noticed that there was a misspelling on the title compared to the driver license by one character. What was an l on one was an i on the other. Because of this, she said we’d need a one in the same affidavit. She also noticed that the title showed the RV was one year older than our Bill of Sale. We asked Paula to draw up a new bill of sale and go get a notary to provide her with a one in the same affidavit saying that Paula Baltadano was the same person aS Paula Baitadano. This is a very common occurrence and didn’t think she should mind doing it. She said she would and left the bank.

We waited two hours for her to come back and finally Rick called us. He said Paula would not be coming back and they shouldn’t have to help us get our loan, we just needed to come up with the money. I explained to him that we had our loan already and that they would have this same problem with anyone they sold it to because the problem was with their title. He started getting ugly with me on the phone and I started sensing something was really wrong. Roy and I were sitting in the middle of the bank (which had closed the lobby doors by this time) with the Texas banker and their security officer within hearing distance. I told him that we’d just come and get our cash deposit bank and call the deal off. He got really ugly and said no we won’t be giving your deposit back. He said, “You’ll bring us the rest of the money to pay for the RV” and hung up on me. I was shaking horribly and Roy listening was white as a sheet.

We quickly told the banker that we wouldn’t be making the loan and asked their security guard where the police department was. During the time Rick hung up on me and the time we left I contacted Barbara, our banker in Louisiana and told her what happened. I asked her to fax to me a letter from her saying our loan was approved and the only hold up was the seller’s documentation. She also faxed a copy of Paula’s driver’s license and the problematic RV title.

We knew we had to go back to their house to get our money. We also knew our only hope to do that was to get a police escort. We headed over to the Conroe, TX police department. Since it was after hours we explained through a speaker in the wall what we needed and in about 10 minutes an officer pulled up in front. We explained to him what we needed, showed him our documentation and he said for us to follow him to the house. We didn’t know it until we got there but the police department already sent another car over to the house as soon as we gave the person behind the speaker in the wall the address.

When we pulled up to the iron gate in front of the home we saw the other officer’s car. We called the house from the entry station out front and got no answer. Roy called them on the phone and after several rings, Paula answered. I gave the phone to the officer that was with us and he spoke to her for a while. He told her they needed to give the money back and gave her various scenarios if they didn’t. He could have the district attorney seize the RV and give it to us for the money we already gave them, he could have her arrested and other things. She hung up on him!!!!!!!! We knew for sure this was going south for sure at this point.

The officer went to the mailbox and checked the name on the mail inside. It did not match. He called for back up. Shortly after he placed the call several police cars pulled up and out came what looked like SWAT officers. They had bulletproof vests over their uniforms and big machine gun type guns. They surrounded the wall and after one found a way in through the golf course in the back they all went in and hid for a while. An officer arrived with a search warrant – man I thought it only happened that fast on TV. The original officer went up to the door, Paula answered and she came outside to talk to him. We were still outside the gate and couldn’t hear anything but saw the heavily armed policemen enter the house. My biggest concern through this waiting time was her five children inside seeing it all happening. I wanted to get them out of there but had no control over all that.

It was a huge house and one of the officers came out to tell us they were searching for it and that would take a while. After about another hour the officer came out to tell us that they found Rick hiding under his desk holding a bunch of money. Quite a picture, since he was a stocky short man I had difficulty imagining him fitting under a desk. They said they were sure we’d eventually get our money back but it would probably have to go through the judicial system because it would be held as evidence. That was our first glimmer of a little hope!

The heroic Conroe, TX police department!
The heroic Conroe, TX police department!

They searched for a while longer, spoke to Paula outside for a while longer, meanwhile, we were sitting in our car texting everyone we knew and posting all about it on Facebook. We were hungry, tired, stressed out, dirty from not bathing and wearing old clothes and just wanted it all to be over. About three hours after it all started two officers came out from the gate holding some money!! He said they made a deal with them. In exchange for them giving us our money back, the police wouldn’t charge Rick and Paul with the crime they committed against us. They said that the documents our banker provided us, and what they saw when they arrived, gave them reasonable cause to enter the grounds around the house. Gosh, we were feeling very NCIS worthy around that time! The original officer told us that what started out as a routine escort turned into a major bust and thanked us for coming to them.

They brought Paula out in handcuffs at one point and she was just screaming in Spanish at the officers.

It turns out the officers found in the search that multiple crimes were going on in the house. As one officer put it “Whatever you can imagine is going on in that house is probably going on.” All he could say was that there were drugs involved, falsifying documents and a lot of online crime. Guess who got wrapped up in that last one with them – The Chauvin’s! The police didn’t need our little crime since they had so much against them so we signed for the money and got our money back!!!!!!!!!!! Roy and I were absolutely stunned but ecstatic at this turn of events. God was certainly looking out for this couple that night, as He always does.

When the officers told me we could leave, we were out of there! We drove the five hours back home, stopping about halfway to pick up a part for the toad that Roy had previously purchased on eBay. After calling the elderly man who sold it when we were on our way out of Conroe, the man said to come no matter what time of night it was. Before we got there the man put on a fresh pot of coffee for Roy. What wonderful people they were. I stayed in the car and the wife came out in her robe and asked me to come in. I was so exhausted I couldn’t move so she gave me a hug and went back inside. They were so caring and concerned and it meant so much to us after the experience we had just endured. By the way, the part Roy bought from them didn’t fit his truck when we got home!! He has since then sold the part on eBay to someone whose vehicle it will fit.

When we got home I think we slept for 24 hours we were so drained and still in a state of shock from our experience. How could two intelligent adults be so bamboozled as to not see what was happening from the first? We realized that we wanted it a little bit too much and got swept up in the whole thing, putting caution outback instead of upfront. Had our banker not been so conscience and looking out for the bank and our best interest we would have lost our money and had a real set back in our RV dream.

The Conroe, Texas police department and our Whitney Bank officer, Barbara Davis were phenomenal in the care they gave to us and in handling their responsibilities. We wrote letters to the Conroe Police Chief and Mayor telling of their speedy response and how caring they were of us, two scared strangers from Louisiana. We let Whitney Bank know about Barbara’s actions and they honored her for protecting both our interest and that of the bank. People like these folks need to be recognized for their exceptional service and I’m glad we did that.

We learned later that the couple was both arrested and bailed out. When they did they went back to the house. Turns out they were renting the house paying cash to an elderly couple who lived nearby. After bailing out they took everything in the house, even the appliances and left town in the RV! The FBI is now involved because their crimes were internet crimes covering several states. They’ve been arrested for this before and left town each time.

I said originally it was important for others to read this because they are on the loose again and will most definitely try to pull this or some other internet crime on someone else. The phone number it seems they use in most of their dealings, and ours, was 832-696-3741 so if you see anything being sold on the internet associated with that phone number, call the Conroe, TX police department – or better yet, let us know – we’d love to help put them behind bars so they don’t hurt anyone else!

ONE DAY CLOSER TO OUR DREAMS!!!!!!!!!! – NOW TO FIND A LEGAL RV TO PURCHASE!

 

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03.26.20 Let’s Gather at Niagara Falls and take a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins!

The overall look at Niagara Falls from above. Closest to you is the Canadian side. On the other side is the American side. The bridge over the river on the left side is the Rainbow Bridge which you walk across to get to the Canadian side. The falls on the right-hand end is considered the horseshoe falls and includes both the American and the Canadian side. That ends today’s lesson on Niagara Falls!

Once a week I’m going to share with ya’ll one of our favorite places we visited in our travels. Since no one is traveling right now perhaps this can be a virtual travel trip, so enjoy!

Our favorite place was Niagara Falls which we visited in July of 2016.  If I don’t share that one first I won’t be able to stand the wait! If you’ve never been it is an amazing sight to behold.  I picked parts of my original four posts and created just one post. If you want more there are links to the original, much longer posts, at the bottom of this one.

First here’s our canvas wall art which is hanging over our sofa in our living room.

The first pictures below are from the American side of Niagara Falls. This is Rainbow Bridge which you walk on to get to the Canadian side from the American side.

The amazing view of the falls from Rainbow Bridge.

A much closer up look at the mighty rushing waters. This was one of my favorite views!

Two cute kids enjoying our time at Niagara Falls!

At night the falls are lit up with colored lights.

The Maid of the Mist is a cruise boat that goes down the river leads to the bottom of the falls and pauses for a few minutes in the middle of the horseshoe falls where the mist was the thickest.  This is a really good photo I found that shows the horseshoe falls from the air.  Puts it into great perspective. Next, I’ll share what that experience was like.

After touring the USA side of Niagara Falls we went for a ride on the “Maid of the Mist.”  As they say on their website:

Hear the crashing waves. See the breathtaking views. Soak up every drop of powerful spray aboard the Maid of the Mist.  Build mist-covered memories that will last a lifetime. Soak up every moment of natural and historical amazement — like millions before you have. Journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. Hear the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. Feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders right here in the U.S.A.

The tickets for adults are $18.95 (in 2016.)  If it was triple that it would have been worth it!  You will be able to see exactly how happy we were in the photos below. There is a Maid of the Mist that leaves from the Canadian side as well.

The boat goes slowly in front of the American falls and when it gets to the Horseshoe Falls it pauses for several minutes while we took in the experience.  The force of water from the falls on the sides and in front cause the boat to not sit very still which made for an exciting and quite wet experience.  You cannot prepare for when you need the raincoat hood on so it is probably best to wear it all the time. I didn’t and ended up looking like a wet rat.

The original blog post about our Maid of the Mist experience has so much more information and photos than I could share here.  Check it out!

Next I’ll share our time on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

The Canadian side is as different from the USA side as night and day.  The main reason is that the Canadian side is totally commercial with some nice walking trails mixed in. The American side is all-natural with very little commercial areas.

In Canada, the view encompasses all of the falls.  There is a 1.25-mile walkway between the Rainbow Bridge where you cross into Canada and the end where the Horseshoe Falls are located.

This is from a ledge looking down at the falls. Different place but again my favorite view. The power of these falls is incredible.

  

We were quite blessed while we were in Canada to get to visit with the Aschliman family.  We first met them three years ago while watching the Callithumpian parade in Decatur, Indiana.  To find out they were also in Niagara Falls when we were was amazing, and we took advantage of this opportunity to visit them in Canada. We are friends on Facebook and have been loving getting to watch their three children grow up!

Lastly, the experience of visiting Goat Island really completed our visit to Niagara Falls. Goat Island is an island that splits the Niagara River, causing it to flow along both sides of it to form the American Falls on one side and the Horseshoe Falls on the other.  This is a good picture showing Goat Island’s location.

You can either drive onto the island and park, or walk over a bridge to get there.  This was the view from the bridge we walked over to get to Goat Island.

Yes, this little daredevil got as close as I could to the powerful Niagara River. There is nothing to stop you from just walking in and getting swept away.

More of the beautiful view looking down on the water that becomes Niagara Falls from a different place. I loved how the common little purple flowers are growing right next to it!

That wraps up our virtual vacation to Niagara Falls! Go there, go there, go there! Well, when we can all travel again!

The much longer blog posts have links below if you want to see much more about each area and more photos!

Part One – The USA Side

Part Two – The Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Part Three – The Canadian Side

Part Four – Goat Island – not a goat to be found but it sure was beautiful

 

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03.25.20 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S PHOTOS OF THE DAY – A FEW AT A TIME
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Every year, a sardine run occurs in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, says Your Shot member Fabrice Guerin, who adds that this is when it’s possible to spot the fastest fish in the ocean—the sailfish—hunting fish shoals. “They drill the balls of terrified fish, offering us a stunning show,” he writes. “When I saw these two sailfish going toward the sardines against the sun, I shot as quickly as possible.” Photograph by Fabrice Guerin, National Geographic Your Shot

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“A beautiful and active aurora appeared the day after a storm had passed over Iceland,” writes Takashi Nakagawa, a member of our Your Shot community. “Iceland is not an ideal place to watch the aurora because the weather in winter is mostly cloudy. I waited at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for three days to photograph the aurora [at] this amazing place. This was a perfect night. I’ll never forget this moment.” Photograph by Takashi Nakagawa, National Geographic Your Shot

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“Lying on important flyways, the wetlands of Gujarat, India, are thronged by millions of birds migrating south in winter,” writes Your Shot member Navtej Singh, who captured this scene while taking aerial shots of the port town of Jamnagar. “As I flew over the flamingoes, the birds took flight. It was an unbelievable sight, and I was right above them to capture the magnificent event.” Photograph by Navtej Singh, National Geographic Your Shot

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Lingering at a lookout in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, Your Shot member Irina C. spotted this fox entering the scene. “It navigated very confidently among the rocks, moving small ones with its paws and picking up food scraps dropped by tourists during the day,” she writes. “I thought it was genius: Instead of wasting energy and time hunting for mice, this fox had it all figured out.” Photograph by Irina C., National Geographic Your Shot

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The fanged pitcher plant and the carpenter ant (seen here in Borneo) have a mutualistic relationship: While the plant’s pitcher stem provides a home for small ant colonies of up to 30 individuals, the ants keep the chemistry of the pitcher’s liquid balanced by removing large insects that have found their way inside. If the insects were to rot in the liquid, it would spoil. Photograph by Christian Ziegler

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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!

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03.24.20 Kids LOVE painting and hiding rocks! All the skinny on how to do it!

I absolutely LOVE rock painting! If you know me you know this is a passion of mine! Sitting in my rock room painting rocks and listening to Christian gospel music puts me in my absolute best “Happy Place!”

If you have kiddos at home while schools are closed and throughout the summer rock painting is a great way to help them pass the time! Even my 5 year old granddaughter makes some really nice rocks! Since no one should be hiding rocks right now, the kids and you can hide them in your yard! They will enjoy it all from painting to hiding! If they don’t hide them, they can let them collect and hide them in the community when we all get back to our normal lives!

Some of the rocks I got recently at Smith’s Landscaping in Ponchatoula!

Rock painting awakens creativity in my brain. It’s simple to do and I love that I can reach out to others about God’s love and saving grace, and put a smile on someone’s face, spreading joy, and possibly brightening their day.

My friend Nancy sent me a picture like this in case of these adorable “chicks” I’d like to do these. I loved the idea and these little guys are my creations!

I’ve stopped hiding rocks until the virus spreading is over so please do the same with your children. No rocking hiding, just lots of painting and creating!

Lately I’ve gotten into decoupaging by applying napkins and wrapping paper to glass plates and trivets. I’ll write about that soon.

It’s a whole different thing than rock painting although I do a bunch of rock decoupaging as well.

Click on the word graphics below to get to each of the four parts of my blog about Rock Painting

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

PART FOUR


If you have questions about any of this please let me know in a comment. I’ll answer as soon as I can.

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03.23.20 Family fun time – crawfish boil

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

03.22.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Welcome to Trinity Baptist Church

The links below will not work until Sunday morning at 10:45 am as described below.

This morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website. This may be published Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

We are old hats at experiencing worship online since it is what we did in our travels and still do in our lives at home in Amite. However, this totally online form of worship is new for our church and the majority of our members and visitors. Please be patient as any issues in the broadcast are worked out.

The Facebook address for the church is https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-Baptist-Church-Hammond-La-241862645845904/

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live   Copy that web address and paste it into the URL line in your browser.

Youth Minister, Jonah Kyle Traylor will be welcoming everyone

Music Minister, Teddy Forrest will be leading the singing

Lead Pastor, Avery Dixon will be bringing today’s message from God’s Holy Word

The songs we will be singing are in the list below. If you have a Baptist Hymnal at home like this one the page numbers are provided.

If not, the words to the songs will be up on the church’s television screen. Also a little further down this page the songs with the musical notes included here:

Amazing Grace, page 104

Majesty, page 297

His Name is Wonderful, page 315

Revive Us Again, page 493 (versus 1,2.4)

I Must Tell Jesus, page 424

We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

03.21.20 A teacher brought balloons to school and…

A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their names on their balloon.

They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other.

The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find the balloon with their name on it.

The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out – nobody had found their own balloon…

Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person who’s name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon.

Finally, the teacher said, “Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for theirs only. Instead, if everyone cares about each other they will find theirs as quickly as possible.”

 

I found several cute videos and this is one of them. I hope you enjoy it! Turn your speakers up!

 

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

Have a Blessed week! 

03.20.20 Cindy Lou’s Retirement Extravaganza and her She Shed!!

My sweet wonderful friend Cindy LeBlanc retired from Southeastern at the end of last year. She made it through having cancer, surgery, and radiation recently and was given a wonderful retirement reception when all that was over.

Below are a few pictures of that special event held at McClimans Hall on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus. It was all very much Cindy like with flowers and butterflies on the wall and in the other decorations.

Donna Methvien, who was Cindy and my boss. baked this beautiful three layers cake.

Cindy had a time of sharing about her time at Southeastern which was 33 years long. Most of her time at Southeastern was in her position in the Office of Technology. Cindy’s was the sweet face and personality that everybody first saw when they walked into the office door that is behind her.  Her beautiful daughter and husband are to the left of Cindy helping us celebrate her retirement.Cindy and I worked together for 15 years and have experienced a lot together. I thank God that she’s made it through having cancer and is now going to enjoy her retirement years. Cindy is the friend that turned me on to using napkins to decoupage and gave me several ceramic tiles and so many beautiful napkins to get me started with decoupaging! Just remembered that I took a couple of pictures a while back of Cindy’s “She Shed” and thought I’d share them here!

Can I say how my mouth drools when I walk in there! And what you see here is only a small part of what she has.  The rest is stored elsewhere!  I am so happy Cindy is retired and hope we get to do crafts together often!

Sign up to get an email each time I publish a new post. The link to do that is on the right-hand side of this post! Let me provide a little fun and happiness to your day! While my brain still allows me to do this I’ll keep going!

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

Have a Blessed week!