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

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05.09.19 Rain, Rain, Flood in the pond

The rain is far from over here in Tangipahoa Parish in Southern Louisiana.  Right now our pond is way over its banks and for the first time, I’m seeing the flow of rain waters from our neighbor’s lands completely cover the land from the fence line to the pond.  The pictures should explain this better than words can.  I took several photos just now and will share them all below.  I usually try to reduce the number of photos but these all are needed to show what it looks like.  There is a video as well that starts from the neighbor’s land and ends at our pond.

What it looks like coming down the hill from the house.

There is a white bench that is completely underwater and cannot be seen.

The neighbor’s property fence line where our culvert starts. The water is completely over the ditch and flowing into the right-hand side of the picture below on their side of the fence and ours.

The property between the fence line and the pond.  The pine trees in both photos should be completely off the shoreline. The video below shows the water going from the neighbor’s property over the culvert and into the pond.  If the rain stopped now it would drain into the pond and off the grassy areas fairly quickly But the rain continues and is forecast to continue for the next few days.  If the scene out there changes drastically I’ll share again!

On my way back to the house I snapped a photo of the main vegetable garden.  It’s looking great!

Ya’ll have a Blessed day even if it is rainy.  I am enjoying the rest that the rain is causing me to get!!

 

05.08.19 Precious Visits, Dentist, Talent Show, Crawfish Boil, Doctor and Trinity Life Center

Last week started with a great visit from my sister and brother in law. On Wednesday we went to Louisiana Dental Center in Hammond. We saw Dr. Eugene Graff and really liked him. He explained everything thoroughly and we appreciated that.

Then we had a visit from our son Chip on Thursday.  Just getting to sit around an hour or so with him makes this mama so happy! He gives the best bear hugs just like the photo to the left.

After Chip’s visit, a couple who use to go to our church in Hammond many years ago came to visit us.  Betsy and Wiley Traylor are in town visiting their family. They and I have been Facebook friends for a long time.  One memory I have of them when they came to Hammond to live after serving as missionaries in India was very special.  They would cook homemade biscuits every Sunday night for the choir to enjoy after we practiced.  Isn’t that special?  Roy and I enjoyed visiting with them with them down by the pond and showing them our gardens. The picture below was taken with Roy’s drone while he was showing it to Wiley. They got to visit lots of their family on this trip and I’m thankful they made time to come visit us!

Saturday night our son Chip and his wife Misty treated us to seeing Ponchatoula’s Got Talent.  It’s been going on for seven years but this is the first year we attended.  The top 13 contestants sang, danced, and played music.

This young lady that we know, Mia Dixon, was one of the performers. Not only is she cute as a button, she made everyone who knows her proud.  She sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. She is only 10 years and sings like a polished 20-year-old! The judges had the highest of praise for her. It doesn’t hurt that we know she has a heart for the Lord! Roy videoed her singing and I’m so happy he did so we could share it with you. God Bless You Mia for sharing the talent God has obviously gifted you with.

Yes, we did say she’s only 10.  Mia is our pastor’s daughter so we’ve heard her sing in church a few times and are always blessed by her God given talent every time she sings.  This was the first time we heard her outside the church and were so proud of the poise and strong vocals she showed that night.

Sunday afternoon we went to Chip’s church, The Harbor, where a massive crawfish boil was enjoyed!  Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes, and mushrooms!  Hot dogs for the noncrawfish eaters and children. Fruit popsicles for all of us young and old children! Thank you Pastor Poole for having such a welcoming group of church members and allowing us to join ya’ll!

A few tents were set up for those who needed to sit down while eating crawfish.

That’s Chip in the center with the black hat and shirt that says Welcome to Church! This tent was way bigger than you see here and it was full of people!

Roy and Ryan filled this box top up twice with the heads and tail shells!

Stephanie and TravisThe kids had a great time sliding down the water slide!

Tuesday we went to Benson Dermatology in Amite to have some skin problems checked out and treated.  We met Susan Smith, a Nurse Practitioner who treated us very well.  We are happy to find some of the doctor’s practices we used to see in Hammond have opened offices in Amite.  After a fun grocery visit to Walmart where I hid some rocks and we bought meats and some fun things we came home and plan to stay here until Friday evening when we attend Kallie, our oldest granddaughter’s Ponchatoula High School graduation! We are expecting several days of rain so

I don’t remember which day this occurred last week but the construction on our church’s Trinity Life Center has begun!  Here’s a link to the photos of the beginning of construction!  There are several photos so be sure to look at them all!  https://www.facebook.com/241862645845904/photos/pcb.2372349732797174/2372345926130888/?type=3&theater

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.07.19 Chauvin family is expecting a new baby!

Our tallest stalk of corn is expecting its first baby corn!!!  It’s not time for a full vegetable garden update but this new development is too wonderful to wait!

This is the stalk that was started from seed inside and was the only one that lived long enough to be planted outside!  The rest of the stalks were seeds planted directly outside so they are a bit behind that one.

Roy and I are very proud grandparents and cannot wait for the arrival of our newest grand baby, even if it is a corn!

The proud mama corn stalk

Baby Corn, due date unknown!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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05.05.19 A Quiet Thought, by Bro. Bob Adams

Our culture screams with fear.

We are constantly told that sure disaster is ahead, attended by pictures of disasters in faraway places.

We are warned to buy or not buy certain products and take certain actions or our future is probably doomed.

All this makes fear a dominant factor in this present day.

Unless we guard against it the fear that runs our culture will run our lives.

Even though we sing about trusting Jesus we may panic like those who have no great, living Savior.

The fear of the Lord is the only appropriate fear in a believer’s life. This is not a fear that terrorizes us, makes us cringe in the corner, or slump in despair.

Fear of the Lord is a deep trembling in the soul, often beyond words, that comes from seeing some measure of the Lord’s infinite power, holiness, and love.

It is being overwhelmed with His glory.

It is the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos falling down like a dead man when seeing Jesus in all His glory.

Let us fear the Lord and live boldly! Grace to you.

Written by Bro. Bob Adams

05.04.19 Our One Year Anniversary!

One year ago today we began moving into the home we built three years before.  We rented it out for three years and this time last year we were moving the few things we had into our home. Since our motorhome was furnished with built in furniture there was only one small table to move into the house! Personal items and kitchen utensils made up the rest of what we had to move!

We’ve come a long way this year! We have a furnished living room.  An almost furnished bedroom (just missing the Grand Canyon canvas art) and cream colored short shag area rug for under the bed.  The other two bedrooms are as furnished as we need them to be for now.  We’ve moved around a lot of the flowers, blueberries and other bushes from where Dora use to live to around the house. We’ve established our main vegetable garden and that’s going really well!

More of the canvas prints from special places we traveled to and bunk beds in my rock room for grandchildren vists are planned for the future. We’d love to have a nice big deck outside the back door. More grass growing down the side hill would be nice.

Roy and I don’t need much to be happy and I can say we are very happy here! Occasionally I’ll miss the adventure of traveling and seeing our beautiful country. But when I sit outside and watch the hummingbirds play, and all the other birds and squirrels play around outside, hear the birds chirp and sing all day long, watch the cows with their baby cows following them, pick the wonderful blackberries down the road, sit by the pond to enjoy the fish, and feel the breeze there I realize we have it pretty good here.

All that doesn’t include our wonderful small home that is just perfect for us. I have a room dedicated to my rock painting and Roy has his computer, tinkering, building, fixing room! Three bedrooms in all and two full baths.  We love showing our place to friends and family so if you haven’t visited yet please do! Leave a comment below and we’ll set up a visit. I may even bake a cake and have some hot coffee for our visit!

God has taken care of us as a couple in so many ways and we are both thankful to be where we are at this time in our lives. Yes, we are old, I have dementia and both have health issues but we are blessed in so many ways and are happy we made the decision to move out of Dora and into our little home!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

 

05.02.19 The Lesson of the Burnt Biscuits

If you’re anything like me, the family dinner table played a huge part in your childhood and to our own family dinner time with our sons..

Whether we were just sharing funny or heartwarming stories about the day’s activities or playing with the family dog dinner was an extra special time to enjoy each other’s company. Gosh, I miss those times with our two sons around the dinner table.

And when I saw how this father taught his children an extremely valuable lesson over their dinner meal, I had to pass it along.

This touching story has been passed around the internet for years, with its initial writer still unknown. The story follows one family and the way they handle a tired mother’s batch of burned biscuits.

We all know how hard moms work, and the story below speaks to a larger lesson of compassion that folks of all ages can get behind. And while these aren’t my words, they are words that deeply resonate with me.

This heartwarming story has been inspiring people around the world for years:

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!”

All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit…

He ate every bite of that thing — never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.

And I’ll never forget what he said, “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.

He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s really tired. And besides — a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!’”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people.

I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.

But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today… That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God.

Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

As the saying goes, ‘Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket — keep it in your own.’”

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: it has no point.

Anonymous

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend – Yes It Is Almost Here!!

05.03.19 My sister came to visit and Chauvin Produce Company Update!

 

My sister Harriet and brother-in-law George came to visit on Monday!  There are few people I feel very comfortable talking with and my sister and brother-in-law are two of them.  Their visits are moments I cherish. We had a great time visiting and laughing over lots of silly things! Roy and I are planning a “Family Reunion” at our house in late May with Harriett’s children and grandchildren and ours.  We haven’t done this in a few years and several family members have been added in that time.  Can’t wait to get together with all of Grannie Jo’s children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and one great great grandchild on the way!  Our house is small but we have lots of outside space for playing and visiting!

Now on to our garden update!

We’ve learned that some crops do better when the seeds are planted directly in the garden instead of when the seeds are planted inside, sprouted and replanted in the garden.  They are corn, okra, cucumbers, watermelon, and cantaloupes.

The peanuts planted down by the pond are not growing at all. I planted more peanuts this week.

The tops of the Brussels sprouts plants down there were chewed off a couple of weeks ago and the remaining stalk of the plants are gone now.

I planted carrot seeds this week where the Brussels sprouts were.

A week or so ago the watermelon vines started growing really well.  A few days later the vines were almost all gone.  Again some critter struck and there went the watermelons. For now, we’re putting pots over what’s left of the watermelon and cantaloupe plants at night to protect them from being eaten.  So every evening we will be going down the hill to cover the watermelon and cantaloupe plants and in the morning we will be going down to take the pots off them.

The yellow onions are doing very well but they don’t look like much since the yellow onion is growing under the soil.   The buckets are over the last of the watermelon and cantaloupe vines that have survived whatever animal is chewing on the vines. The little bunches of rocks are where the vines were before getting eaten. Looks like a little graveyard! Nothing like putting the most pitiful picture first!

We had several watermelon seeds left so we planted them in a pot with good soil. When they all sprout we will move them to a large area behind the blueberry bushes since the critters don’t seem to come up the hill. One little watermelon seed sprouted so far! .

All that is what’s going on in the garden down by the pond.

It’s a very different story in our main garden.  Everything growing in the main garden is doing well and all seem to be happy little plants. The pine straw I added down each row is helping so much.  We’re only watering every other day now instead of every day like we did before adding the mulch.

Here are photos with some descriptions of how that vegetable is doing! You can see how far they’ve come from seeds. They are right now about the size they would be when we previously bought plants from the store.

REGULAR TOMATOES AND CHERRY TOMATOES
Since they were planted from seed, they are now about the size I would have purchased plants in the past.

SWEET POTATO VINES
The vines are spaced far apart because the vines grow really long. ROWS OF OKRA, CAULIFLOWER, ARTICHOKE, SWEET POTATOES, BELL PEPPERS

GARLIC AND YELLOW ONION
The garlic and the yellow onion pretty much look the same above the ground!BELL PEPPERS AND CORNSTALKS in the center in the first photo below

CORN STALKS

The tallest corn-stalk is the only one that was grown inside the house from seed.  All the others started inside died.  The rest of the corn stalks were planted directly in the garden from seeds.

BELL PEPPERS
They are all doing well.  A few looked like some bug got on them so they were treated with Sevin dust.

One ARTICHOKE PLANT
Never tried this before, I am happy with how it’s doing.CAULIFLOWER
It is really too early to plant Cauliflower and Broccoli so I am pleased they are growing well.  There’s only 4 Cauliflower plants and 3 Broccoli plants so they are all on the same row.

BROCCOLI OKRA
All of these tiny okra plants are growing from seeds planted directly in the garden a couple of weeks ago. None of the ones I grew inside lived 😦 EGGPLANTS
Nine plants, three in three rows growing well. CUCUMBER VINES
I have planted several seeds and only 5 have done well.  I just planted several more and they are sprouting, yay!! MILITON VINES
This is one vegetable I am really happy about.  Roy’s mom always grew militons and I kind of feel like we’re carrying on a family tradition.  We have four vines growing well in the garden and two militons inside that we’re hoping sprout soon.

REGULAR POTATO PLANTS

GRAPE VINES
These are over where Dora use to live but they are part of our growing experiments! Roy dug the grape vines up a few months ago and planted them into the top of a bucket with the bottom cut out.  He was trying to get them into a taller amount of good soil. So far so good!

That’s it for the garden update! I found a program called Grammarly that is helping me with my writing.  It doesn’t catch everything which was obvious when my last post included the word “bring” two times when I meant “brain”.  Roy catches these things for me and I appreciate that so much.

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

04.27.19 Easter, Senior Adult Luncheon, and Baseball!!!

We enjoyed a great Easter at our home with some family members of our daughter in law Misty.  The weather was magnificent and we enjoyed visiting with Misty’s family and their neighbor Ellen who brought me a beautiful daisy plant!  It wasn’t until after they left that I realized I had planned to hide Easter eggs and play some games. I can only shake my head about that one…

Misty, Chip, Madisyn and Kallie
Gary, Connor and Haylee

 

Thursday we enjoyed a wonderful Senior Adult Luncheon at our church, Trinity Baptist. The food was delicious and we were treated to hearing Rev. Bobby Holder speak to us.  I got to sit next to an older couple from our church that I did not know. It was nice getting to know Sheila and Sammy!  Also, I got to sit across from my friend Cindy and her husband Bobby.  I always say that when I grow up I want to be like Cindy!  She is such an inspiration and I enjoyed getting to catch up on life with her.  I did not take one photo.  I was talking too much!

Saturday we went to see two of our grandchildren play baseball. They are so precious!  They played on two different fields right next to each other.  We sat between the two fields and our necks turned in whatever direction the action was happening!  Wow!  Our grandson, the older of the two grandchildren, played last year and plays really well this year.  He got some good hits, scored, played excellently in the field and their team won.  He’s the tallest on the team! The younger ball player is a granddaughter whose first year playing is this year.  Her focus and attention to the game was impressive for a first year player. She got a couple of good hits, she scored, made some good catches and was just flat out adorable!  Her age team doesn’t keep score but she was a winner in our eyes! We got a big smile and hug from our precious grandchildren and loved it! Sorry, no pictures, per their parents!

I’ve asked Roy to write about his eye surgery done on the 18th of April and I hope to get to post that next!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!