This weekend was a wonderful blessing that my hurting heart needed. God is so good!

Chip and I started off the day Saturday hitting some of the yard sales in the 15 Mile Yard Sale. Families all along a 15-mile stretch, and many side roads, put all their for sale items out from 7 am to 2 pm in October each year. Roy and I went each year and always found some great “stuff” at ridiculously low low prices. This year was no different.

Here’s a CHICKEN, a RUG, and JESUS!

Chip and I had a really good time in the short time we had to shop. Like I said above I bought a metal CHICKEN, a kids RUG for my rock room, two decorative crosses (JESUS), a ceramic set of nativity pieces (JESUS), jewelry, a big tub to grow a couple of vegetable plants in this spring and a few other things. It’s probably a good thing we only had a little time or I could have done a lot of damage! This nativity scene below is perfect, well made and I’m so happy we got it for just $8!!!!!

After our shopping, we picked up Madisyn and went to see a young man she knows play BASEBALL, actually two games. I haven’t been to a youth baseball game in a long long time. I enjoyed it so much. It brought back lots of great memories of the many games we attended while Chad and Chip were growing up. The young man’s name is Nick and he pitched every inning in the first game. He pitches really well and it was a pleasure to get to see him play. They won the first game but not the second game!

Being in this wonderful baseball environment was so uplifting. I got to visit with Nick’s mom and dad. I loved remembering when we were them back in the day!

This is Nick pitching

And Nick running to first base.

Nick came with us after the game. On our way home we stopped at Raising Cane’s for some of their wonderful chicken and cane’s sauce! Food obviously makes me happy!

We came back to our house in Amite where Madisyn enjoyed showing Nick all around. Nick discovered that it’s fun to roll down our hill! I loved it! I tried to find my phone to get a picture of that but couldn’t. He’s such a neat young man, we enjoyed visiting with him. While most of that fun was going on Grannie had crashed in bed. Not sleeping crashed, just feeling like I got hit by a MAC truck crashed!

Roy would have loved today just like I did.

I really wanted to attend church in person Sunday and when I went to sleep Saturday I didn’t know if I’d be able to get out of bed Sunday but I DID!!! I slept really well that night and woke up refreshed and ready for a Sunday at church.

The wonderful times on Sunday will be in the next post.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

07.29.19 All because you gave a boy a baseball

If you know our family you know that our life revolved around baseball for many years.  Sometimes we still get to see our son and grandchildren play.  This story rang so true when I first read it.  My friends, family and strangers who follow our blog, if your child plays baseball I think you’ll read this with a smile and will see yourself or them in some part of the story.


If you give a boy a baseball, he will want a bat to go with it.

You’ll buy him the best bat you can find, and then he will probably want a bucket of balls and a glove and some cleats too.

Then, he will probably spend hours begging you to go out in the yard to play with him, even though you may want to sit on the couch and watch tv. He will insist. And his insistence will win.

And when a boy gets a jersey, he will need pants and socks and a belt to go with it. And a TEAM…..

And then life as you know it will end.

There will be no more lazy weekends watching tv. You will see more sunrises than you ever thought possible. Every spare minute of your time will be spent hauling buckets and bags and stinky cleats and crazy boys all over tarnation for hours to practice for a game. THE GAME.

And your house will be a mess. And your car will be dirty. All because you gave a boy a baseball.

Your weekends will be spent freezing or burning to death on a fold up chair. And his weekends will be spent gaining confidence and friends, and learning new skills and having fun and getting dirty. So dirty in fact that you will have to learn how to do laundry in a whole new way, like maybe at a carwash using the pressure washer.

And you will be there the day he hits his first home run, first strikeout, and his first double play. And he will make you SO proud.  The other moms will congratulate you. But you feel weird saying thank you because it’s not you at bat or on the mound. It’s everything him. He did this.

And right before your eyes, your little boy will be transformed from the baby who spun around with his head on the bat, (because he loves attention), into a pitcher. Because he loves attention still.

When you give a boy a baseball , you give him more than just a ball. You give him a sport, and a talent, and hope, and dreams, and friends, a new family, a place to learn about life, room to grow as a person where he can push his limits, and bravery, and courage and LIFE, and memories. And he will have ALL of these things, simply because you gave a boy a baseball.

Because you gave a boy a baseball, you too will develop new/lifelong friendships, developed solely from the same passion for the game and love of your team. You will root together. And spew PG-13 things out of your mouths together. Because you gave a boy a baseball.

Then one day, many years from today….he will be in his room and a baseball will roll out from an old dusty batbag underneath his bed. And he will pick it up and realize instantly that when you gave that boy a baseball, you also gave him a childhood that he would never forget. And then he will hug you, and your eyes may leak – because you realize that everything YOU gave up along the way…..was worth it!

All because you gave a boy a baseball ⚾️ …….

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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!