12.28.18 When God Created Woman

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked. “Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?
She must function in all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,
She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.”
THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible! And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
“She is soft,” said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…
“What’s it for?” asked the Angel.
The Lord said, “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”
This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous.”
The Lord said, “Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life.”
The Angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”
The Lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth.”

To all the beautiful women I’ve known in my life!  May God Bless You All!

12.24.18 Cajun Night Before Christmas, by Trosclair

CAJUN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Trosclair, illustrated by James Rice and narrated by Tommy Joe Breaux

Click the picture below to hear this most wonderful Cajun Night Before Christmas!

Artist James Rice spent much of 1973 trying to find someone to publish his children’s illustrations. In that year, the Bergeron Plymouth company of New Orleans released an original Christmas advertisement: a Cajun take on Clement Moore’s popular Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” but what was special about this was it’s South Louisiana dialect.

Pelican Publishing’s Milburn Calhoun heard the re-interpretation — penned by J.B. Kling Jr., writing as “Trosclair,” a Cajun spokesman for Bergeron Plymouth in its radio ads — and decided to get it published. He enlisted Rice to provide the colorful illustrations, including the sight of St. Nick on a skiff drawn by eight magic alligators, and “Cajun Night Before Christmas” was born.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CAJUN CHAUVIN FAMILY!

12.25.18 Wacky Wonderful Christmas – Happy Birthday Jesus

FROM THE CHAUVIN FAMILY TO YOUR FAMILY, A MOST MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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THE GREATEST MAN IN HISTORY IS JESUS.

He had no servants, yet they called him Master.

He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.

He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.

He had no army, yet they feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet he conquered the World.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He Lives Today!

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BORN UNTO US! by Eberhard Arnold

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11) .

There is no event in the history of salvation that so expressly calls forth joy as does the experience of Christmas. Into the world of fear and worry, right into the midst of all our troubles, comes the proclamation of great joy, “Today a Savior has been born to you!

The coming of the deliverer among people who groan under their need in loneliness and death must truly be a source of abundant joy. One is born who brings us the greatest thing of all: fellowship with the living God! Here is One who through his life and death brings God to all those who are willing to accept him.

Christ’s birth was a prelude to his death. The lowliness of his birth, the immediate persecution by Herod, and the terrible massacre at Bethlehem – these are the signs over the manger signifying the life that awaited him; they are the sign of the cross. But they are also the sign that the broken bond between us and God will be restored.

The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, “for you,” for you he is born. He does not say, “I bring news of great joy”; he says, “to you, I bring news of great joy.”

This brings us great joy! Here is someone who will sacrifice everything in order to free us and redeem us. This little child is our Savior because he is born to redeem us from our sins. His life and death, the action of his spirit, proves that he is the Son of the living God. This is the gospel: what was promised through the prophets is the Son who in the flesh is born of the seed of David and whose power is proven as Son in the Spirit.

This living, risen Son can only be known by faith. “The real, blessed faith that God’s word and work demands,” Martin Luther says, “is the firm faith that Christ is born for you and that his birth is yours, that it took place for your sake; for the gospel teaches that Christ was born for our sake and that he died and suffered all things for our sake. The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, ‘for you,’ for you he is born. He does not say, ‘I bring news of great joy’; he says, ‘to you, I bring news of great joy.’”

The birth of Jesus took place under the sign of light. If we want to become united with the One who was born, we will give ourselves wholly to him – with all our sins! For, as Luther reminds us in the old words of the mystic Angelus Silesius, “Were Christ born a thousand times in Bethlehem and not in you, you would still be eternally lost.”

For Luther the Redeemer is identified with the sinner. “See, Christ takes our birth from us to himself and immerses it in his birth and gives us his, so that in it we might become pure and new, as if it were our own. Thus every Christian may rejoice and glory in this birth, as if he, like Christ, were born of Mary.” Therefore, Christ must become ours and we his. To us a child is born, to us a son is given. Born to us, to us, to us!

 

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HONORING OUR CAJUN LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS!  NOTMC_25105-1

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Whether or not the following inspirational short Christmas story is true, it’s a wonderfully inspiring story for people of any faith. In this season of love, may we all remember the beautiful love of a small child. Have a meaningful and love-filled Christmas season and New Year ahead. May your days be filled with love, joy, growth, and inspiration.

The Gold Wrapping Paper – An Inspirational Short Christmas Story
Written by Fred Burks

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

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WALNUTS AND POPCORN: PRIORITIES DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON,
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Walnuts and Popcorn: Priorities During This Christmas Season

While I was growing up, every Christmas Eve, my parents would bring out the walnuts and popcorn jar. At that time, I didn’t quite understand the meaning behind this activity, but now I completely get it. I appreciate my parents for showing us the true meaning of this time of year, but I think it can be for the entire year.

You see, it was a simple glass jar full of popcorn and walnuts. They would bring out the jar and a big bowl. My dad would empty the jar into the bowl and start talking to us about Christmas. He started to talk about all of the things that we do at Christmas time. We would talk about things like buying gifts, going caroling, eating candy canes, and seeing Christmas lights. He would fill up the jar with the popcorn. Then he would lead our conversation to the more important things about Christmas: Jesus coming to earth, being with family, and reading the Bible story about Christmas. He would put in a walnut for each important thing about Christmas. To our surprise, they wouldn’t fit in the jar. Impossible! We just saw them all in the jar just a minute ago!

He would then go about telling us that when we fill up our time with the unimportant things first, we don’t have time for the most important things. Then he would empty the jar again. He would then start filling the jar with the walnuts first…the important things…then he would pour the popcorn over it and it all fit! When we remember and do what is important first, then there will still be time for the other things. Not that the unimportant things are bad, they aren’t! They just have their place and we need to remember that.

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Keep Christ first and all else will follow.

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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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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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12.16.18 A quiet thought for this Sunday, by Rev. Bob Adams

Related imageA quiet thought for this Sunday, December 16th, by Rev. Bob Adams

Rescuing a climber trapped on the face of a towering cliff. Descending to a diver in trouble on the floor of the ocean. Digging out a child covered in the rubble of an earthquake. Stories of heroic rescues rivet our attention for, deep in our souls, all of us sense we are trapped and helpless, caught in the chaos around us and the rubble inside us.

Christmas is the ultimate rescue.

We were caught in the grip of unbreakable darkness with no power to bring ourselves to the light. But God, right on time, came to our rescue! He did the unbelievable, the unthinkable. He sent Himself in the form of His Son out of the glory of heaven and into the pit of our darkness. Through His own death and resurrection the Son tore a gaping, forever hole in the darkness, vaporized the darkness with the light of His glory. He then invited us to fall into His arms and allow Him to carry us through that great opening in the darkness into life and light in the Father’s love and presence.

This is the true Christmas story.

Let us worship with joy and reverence.

Thank you Bro. Bob for all the time you spent with us at Trinity preparing us for our new pastor. Your genuine Christian love and guidance is very much appreciated.  Merry CHRISTmas to you and Ms. Janice!

12.11.18 FRIENDS, by Michael J. Smith

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – A few years ago a young girl at our church sang this song titled FRIENDS.  It was the first time I heard it and somehow I know she sang it because a friend of hers moved away.  I do not remember who she is but the song meant something to me when I heard her sing it and today when I saw Michael J. Smith sing it in this video I felt I should share it.

Here’s the song and the lyrics in case you want to sing along.  The words that speak to me the most are: “And friends are friends forever, If the Lord’s the Lord of them.”  My Christian friends will truly be friends forever even in to eternity where we will live in Heaven together with our Lord.  I am thankful I have that reassurance.  I hope you do as well. If you don’t our Lord is just a prayer away!

 

“FRIENDS” LYRICS
Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Means a chapter in your life is through
But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends
With the faith and love God’s given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you’ll live in
Is the strength that now you show
But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends
No, a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends
Songwriters: Majid Hasan / Sean L. Foote / Barry Eugene White / Robert Taylor / Mary J. Blige / Tom Brock
Friends lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
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OUR CLASS A 2005 FLEETWOOD EXCURSION MOTOR HOME – IS NO LONGER FOR SALE

Our motor home, known throughout this country as “DORA”, is FOR SALE.  Dora is a 39 foot Class A 2005 Fleetwood Excursion Motor Home with 54,000 miles for sale at $77,000.  We are in Amite, Louisiana if you would like to come tour her in person. Contact us at rosalyn@selu.edu if you are interested or have any questions. Photos are at the bottom.  Click HERE if you want to go there first.

Motor Home Description

-Luxury abounds in this beautiful motor home. This coach is powered by a 350 H.P. Caterpillar Diesel Engine that delivers plenty of power. The Spartan Chassis with an air ride suspension will give you a very stable and smooth ride. The Caterpillar Engine brake allows you to stop with confidence.

-Driving is enjoyable with oversized heated powered ultra-leather seats. Tilt and telescoping steering wheel let you find ‘your own’ exact fit while the oversize windshield lets you enjoy a panoramic view of the scenery ahead while the backup camera allows you to see directly behind you. Your passenger will be relaxed in a luxurious reclining heated ultra-leather seat with power foot rest.

-Setting up camp is simple with automatic hydraulic jacks that level the motor home with the touch of a single button. You can open up the living area with the touch of another button. You’ll be amazed of its huge size as the walls extend out. In the master bedroom, touch another button and watch the queen size sleep number bed slide out giving you even more room there. Combined with the 84′ ceiling height you’ll feel like you’re in the Superdome! Linens are included for all beds.

-The ultra-leather couch folds out into a full size bed while the adjacent sofa converts into a Double sofa J-Bed. Enjoy your favorite movie or program on the 40′ H.D. TV with your choice of Antenna, Dish Hopper DVR Satellite, Cable or Blu-Ray/DVD with surround sound that will make you feel like you’re part of the action.

-The kitchen area is a Chefs’ delight! It’s equipped with a Convection microwave, a 3 burner gas stove, an oven, deep double sinks, side by side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, large Corian counter tops, and plenty of cabinets!

-Without starting the generator, the 2000-watt inverter allows your family to watch a movie from any one of the three TV’s onboard. You can also use the microwave, a few outlets, brew a cup of coffee and use your laptop.

-If full power is needed at a remote campsite the 7500-watt Onan quiet diesel generator will light up the whole coach including both thermostat controlled air conditioners.

-Do a load of laundry with the built in washer/dryer. Yes it actual washes and then dries all on its own!

-There is a huge closet in the bedroom to hang up all your clothes. Combined with all the cabinet space and basement compartments there is ample room to bring lots of your favorite things.

-If the weather is right, head outside and set up your lounge chair, swivel the outside TV in your direction, and relax your cares away. If the sun gets too hot, or the rain starts to come down, push another button and watch as the awning automatically extends overhead.

Automotive Features
Transmission: Automatic
Cruise Control: Yes
Power Steering: Yes
Engine: Caterpillar C7 350 HP
Fuel Consumption: 7 miles per gallons

Tanks
Fresh Water Tank: 86 gallons
Fuel Tank 100 gallons
Propane 38 gallons
Gray Water 50 gallons
Black Tank – Sewage 50 gallons

Amenities
In Dash Air Conditioning
Two Roof Air Conditioners
Dometic Refrigerator
Double Kitchen Sink
Gas Range (Stove)
Microwave/Convection
Shower
Toilet
Hot and Cold Water Supply
Bathroom and bedroom Sink
To expand the dining area to accommodate 6 people there are 2 wooden folding chairs, table extension located in the closet
Folding coffee table located in closet
Two ultra-leather couches
Built in vacuum system with vacuum hose and accessories
Sleep Number Queen Bed with sheets and bedspread
Three Televisions
AM/FM Radio and CD Player
Blue Ray / DVD Player
Rear Vision Color Camera
3 Slide Outs
Fire Extinguisher
Onan 7500 Watt Quiet Diesel Generator
2000-watt Inverter
4 – 6 volt House Batteries
2 – 12 volt Chassis Batteries
Automatic Generator Start system
Automatic drawer locks when engine is on
Brand new  main awning
New tires in 2018
Built in washer/dryer

What’s included at no extra cost?
• 9’ X12’ Fleur de Lis Outdoor Mat with 4 hold-down stakes
• Optional outside entry step ladder
• 3 X10’ Rhino Extreme sewer hoses
• 1 X 5’ Rhino Extreme sewer hose
• 1 X10’ red sewer hose
• 1 Dominator, 20′ Extension sewer hose
• All sewer adapters necessary to connect to campground
• Sewer Hose Supports – 2 solid and 1 expandable
• 2 X 25’ Fresh Water hoses and high flow water pressure regulator
• 30 amp male to 50 amp female power cord adapter
• 4 jack leveling pads
• Spare Tire

PHOTOS

AERIAL PHOTOS

EXTERIOR PHOTOS

This photo shows the exhaust extender on the driver’s side.  The exhaust extender comes with the motorhome but is only used when the generator is providing electricity so that exhaust fumes do not affect you or the people around.  It stays stored under the motorhome in a storage bin when not in use.

The outside television one of the storage bins on the passenger side.

The outside television pulled out from inside the storage bin. It is movable to be viewed from various directions.

CLICK ON PHOTOS OF FLOOR PLAN AND SPECS BELOW TO ENLARGE

ENTERING FROM THE FRONT DOOR

  DRIVERS DASHBOARD AND SEAT WITH HEATED LUMBAR SUPPORT

COLOR BACK UP CAMERA WITH VOICE TRANSMISSION FROM EXTERIOR TO THE DRIVER

THE CONTROL PANEL WHERE ALL SYSTEMS ARE MONITORED AND CONTROLLED

LIVING ROOM

SOFA ON DRIVERS SIDE FOLDS OUT TO A J-BED, ACCOMODATING TWO FOR SLEEP

SOFA FOLDS OUT INTO A FULL SIZE SOFA BED – SHEETS AND PILLOW CASE ARE INCLUDED.  THE COFFEE TABLE FOLDS UP AND IS INCLUDED.

DINING AREA SEATS 4 AS IS, THERE IS AN EXTENSION AND TWO CHAIRS STORED IN THE CLOSET TO EXPAND SEATING TO 6. TWO HUGE STORAGE DOORS UNDER EACH BENCH PROVIDE EVEN MORE STORAGE.

KITCHEN AREA – FULL KITCHEN WITH CORIAN COUNTER TOPS, FULL SIZE REFRIGERATOR, MICROWAVE/CONVECTION OVEN, GAS OVEN AND COOK TOP, DOUBLE SINKS AND PLENTY OF DRAWERS AND CABINETS.  

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER WITH ICE MAKER

LEAVING THE LIVING AREA GOING INTO THE HALL BATH AREA THERE IS A DOOR THAT WILL PROVIDE PRIVACY WHEN CLOSED. THERE IS ALSO A DOOR TO THE BEDROOM THAT SLIDES OUT TO CLOSE.

BATHROOM AREA

SHOWER ON ONE SIDE OF THE HALL IS VERY ROOMY, HAS A SKY LIGHT AND SHAMPOO DISPENSER. THE BAMBOO EMBOSSED GLASS SEEN ON THE SHOWER DOOR CARRIES THROUGH TO VARIOUS OTHER AREAS OF THE MOTOR HOME.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HALL IS THE TOILET, SINK, MEDICINE CABINET & TWO STORAGE CABINETS, ONE OVER THE TOILET AND ONE UNDER THE SINK

BEDROOM

QUEEN SIZE SLEEP NUMBER BED WITH CONTROLS, SPLENDIDE WASHER/DRYER, TELEVISION IN STORAGE COMPARTMENT OVER WASHER/DRYER, LARGE CLOSET SPACE WITH SIDE RACKS AND RACKS OVER CLOTHING BAR, BEDROOM SINK AND PLENTY OF STORAGE DRAWERS AND CABINETS AT FOOT OF BED AND ON THE CEILING OVER THE BED.  UNDER BED STORAGE IS EXTENSIVE. IT IS ALSO WHERE YOU CAN KEEP THE BUILT IN VACUUM HOSES.

 

 

INTERIOR PHOTOS INSIDE SOME CABINETS AND DRAWERS

This is the cabinet over the toilet used for bathroom storage

This is the cabinet over the washer/dryer.  The bedroom television is on the left and storage including laundry detergent specific to the washer/dryer.

Drawers and cabinet at the foot of the bed.

Under the bed storage is extensive. This photo also shows the bedroom television pulled out for use.

The closet is quite large for an RV.  The bucket in the closet is the rest of the laundry detergent for the washer/dryer.  This will probably last 5 years!

 

THAT’S IT FOR THE PHOTO TOUR OF DORA OUR 2005 FLEETWOOD EXCURSION 39S.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING PLEASE SEND THEM TO ROSALYN@SELU.EDU

 

ABOUT THE OWNERS

Roy and Rosalyn are a retired married couple of 46 years with 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. We are a Christian family in our mid 60s who have lived on the road in our motor home for the last 5 years having adventure after adventure. We hope you and your family will get to enjoy the wonders of traveling in our beautiful motor home, known throughout the country as Dora. We have been Dora’s explorers and you can be her explorers too while exploring this beautiful country with your family and friends. Long lasting memories are created during adventures on the road, start making yours now!

 

 

11.30.18 Teach the Children, by unknown author

In the celebration of Christmas, a white-haired, white-bearded man in a red and white fur suit–Santa Claus by name–figures prominently. Is he what Christmas means?

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.

I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes.

“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked, “Why are you crying?”

“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.

“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.

“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children.”

“Teach them what?” I asked.

Santa’s kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. “Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent.”

Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. “Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”

Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. “The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”

“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.” He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. “Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave His life and shed His blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful Gift.”

Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep.”

Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. “The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s Son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ’s foot steps… to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkling lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God’s precious children, their light shining for all to see.”

Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. “The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy: white to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane is in the form of a ‘J’ to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.”

“Teach these things to the children.”

Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children.”

I asked, “But where does that leave you, Santa?”

The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,” he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”

“I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult. If you don’t teach the children these things, then who will?”

(Author Unknown)

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

12.31.15 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2015

January 1, 2016 – When reflecting on all the blessings God has bestowed upon us this year once again we were back on the road traveling. During this year’s travels we explored all of the western states from the top to the bottom of our country. Here’s a map showing where we traveled this year. Almost 8,000 miles of travel!!AZARCACOIDKSLAMTNVNMOKORTXUTWAWYxlg

The western states of America are huge states, so traveling through them took quite a while. There are huge deserts, almost no grass, beautiful mountains and canyons, cactus, caves, volcanoes, tumble weeds, dust storms, very low humidity, and so much more there that this old Louisiana couple were blessed to experience. There were fun days, learning days, oohs and aahs days. Each new day brought with it a breathtaking adventure and we loved every minute of it. We always TRY to rest in between adventures. Sometimes that doesn’t work out and we are on the go everyday. We appreciate our down time when those resting days happen.

Each month of the year below is a link to our blog’s posts for that month. If anything below makes you want to find out more, please click on the link to take you there! It will open in a new window so you can always come back to this page.

January through April 2015 found us in full construction mode building our new house in Amite, Louisiana

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From the slab, to the framing, adding plumbing and electricity, then sheet rocking, roofing and siding, painting, wood trimming, appliances, bathroom and kitchen equipment, counter tops, cabinets and doors finished up the house. Roy built our storage building and the water well shed to match the house. Pine trees were pruned and thinned out and seemingly tons of dirt were brought in and pushed around all over the property. A gushing waterway was harnessed and a nice grassy area created in the back by the pond.

On the RV side there was a patio poured, gravel pad created for Dora and full hook ups installed! Landscaping for the house and our RV space wrapped it all up. What a wild and wonderful experience that time was.

Madisyn’s 6th birthday, Easter with the family, Madisyn’s kindergarten graduation all took place while we were home in Amite and we madisyn grannie paw paw loved being at each one! We got to spend lots of special time with Madisyn fishing in our pond, rolling down our hill and planting flowers and plants. In addition to getting to visit with many friends and family while we were home we ended our time home at our church’s annual picnic at Camp Living Waters where we ate, swam, slid down the large slide and visited!

We found wonderful folks to rent our house to and we started making traveling plans.

In early May we set out to live on the road again. This year’s journey took us through every state out west. Our route took us through: Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and back to Louisiana.

Month by month here’s where we traveled to and what we saw! A link to that month’s main page in the blog is provided next to each month. If something catches your interest and you want to see more about it you can click on that and go there!

May 2015

 

ARKANSAS

While staying at Angler’s Holiday Mountain Resort in Mountain View, Arkansas the river waters rose to overflowing.

We enjoyed:

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Melons Country store

City Park in town

Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View

Loco Ropes Zip lining

Blanchard Springs Cave

 

OKLAHOMA

While staying at Terra Starr Park in Checotah, OK( near Tulsa, OK) we traveled to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to see Matt and Alanna Traylor and their girls! We visited with them and went to church with them.

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We also enjoyed:

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Myriad Gardens OK City–One of Oklahoma City’s public spaces, offering its visitors a 15 acre natural escape in the very heart of the metro known as downtown Oklahoma City.

Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory within the Gardens grounds

Outdoor Symbolic Memorial in Oklahoma City where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995

20150528_141205While staying at the Shawnee Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK we visited with Susan Randels, my childhood pastor’s daughter, who was my dear friend throughout my childhood and my youth!

June 2015

KANSAS

While staying at Spring Lake RV Resort in Halstead, Kansas we toured the City of Wichita and we enjoyed:

Wichita River Fest a big festival around parts of downtown Wichita. We got free bottles of Sweet Baby Rays there!

STRATACA Underground Salt Museum – A Journey Into The Dark – a subterranean adventure 650 feet below the earth’s surface in Halstead

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Halstead

Along our travels in Kansas we stopped in Meade Kansas – Dalton Gang Hideout

COLORADO

Shady Grove RV Campground in Seibert, Colorado – our least liked park and city. No internet, nothing at all to do and nothing within many miles of us! When you’ve just arrived in Colorado that’s not the place to be stuck at!

Between Seibert and Monument we toured the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

While staying at Colorado Heights RV Park in Monument, Colorado we enjoyed:

 

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Garden of the Gods

Pikes Peak by car – Boots!

Pikes Peak by Cog Railway

US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

Red Rock Canyon

Palmer Park

Olympic Training Center in Manitou

North Pole in Cascade, CO

Cave of the Winds

We drove to Denver, Colorado to enjoyed:

Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver Broncos and

Colorado Rockie’s stadium Coors Field

Diamond Campground in Woodland Park, Colorado was our favorite park along our travels. The park itself was nice but what made it for us was the friendly seasonal folks who lived there from May to October every year. We may like to do that in the future!

 

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While staying there we enjoyed:

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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and the Heritage Center – under ground mining

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V)in Victor, Colorado – open pit mining

July 2015

WYOMING

While staying at Wind River View Campground in Boulder, Wyoming we enjoyed:

 

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Pinedale Aquatic Center where we enjoyed swimming and playing

Green River Rendezvous and Pageant

Rendezvous Historical Tour

Pitchfork Western Fondue

Native American Drum and Dance Performance in Boulder

Rendezvous Beard Shaving

While staying at Gros Ventre Campground (a National Park Service campground) near Grand Tetons we enjoyed:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Grand Teton Mountain Range – Jackson Lake Dam Not far from our campground is a beautiful 44 mile scenic route around the Grand Teton|

While staying at Canyon Campground – a United States Forest Service campground (part of Gallatin National Forest which connects to Yellowstone National Park) we enjoyed:

Two days of touring Yellowstone National Park – Old Faithful Geyser

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August 2015

MONTANA

OB-AP050_HUTCEL_20070829115328While staying at Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs, Montana where we enjoyed:

Castle Museum and Carriage House, known by locals as ‘The Castle’.

Springdale Hutterite Colony and the Hutterite’s Farmer’s Market

We did not see a Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, KMart, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King or other big chain stores in over a month.

Glacier National Park – four hours from our park so it took a very long day to tour it

While staying at Indian Creek Campground in Deer Lodge, Montana – town with lots of museums, we enjoyed:

Frontier Montana Museum

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Old Prison Museum and Montana Auto Museum

Cottonwood City was a neat little replica of Deer Lodge in the old days

Left Deer Lodge, Montana and traveled to the RV repair shop at Western States CAT for several hours having a new alternator installed

IDAHO

Stayed overnight at Walmart in Smelterville, Idaho

WASHINGTON

Stayed over night at Walmart

Tri County Batteries shop in Kinnewick, Washington – replaced four house batteries

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OREGON

While staying at Cascade Meadows RV Resort in La Pine, Oregon we enjoyed:

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest

High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon

Lava Land and Lava Butte

Lava River Cave in Bend, Oregon – a cave I had a difficult time in

La Pine State Park, in La Pine, Oregon

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September 2015

CALIFORNIA

While staying at Kamp Klamath RV Resort in Klamath, CA we enjoyed:

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Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Pacific Ocean

Gold Bluffs Beach in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Trees of Mystery

Fern Canyon, an unforgettable natural wonder that Steven Spielberg chose as a location for Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World.

While staying at Lighthouse Marina and RV Resort in Isleton, California, we enjoyed:

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Meeting my boss Hillary in person after working for her for over a year and a half

San Francisco Bay Ferry from the Port of Oakland to Pier 41 in San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf

Dungeness Crabs

Mumm Napa winery tour and tastings

Golden Gate Park, Conservatory and Golden Gate Bridge

Lombard Street – crooked street

San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. A beautiful structure that goes through Treasure Island in the Bay

Drove to Fairfield, California to tour the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean factory

Mumm Napa winery for a tour and tastings

Stayed at Desert Palms RV Park in Bakersfield, CA

While staying at Riviera RV Park, in Las Vegas, NV we enjoyed:

 

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Strolling the Las Vegas Strip and seeing:

Bellagio, Mirage, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Venetian, MGM Grand, Circus Circus, Binion Hotels

High Roller ferris type wheel

Hershey’s Chocolate World and an M&M Chocolate World

Fremont Street

Hoover Dam

I think you can see that September was our busiest month!

October 2015

ARIZONA

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Slept one night in Marble Canyon on the road between the rims

 

20151006_140834Arizona City, Arizona – Met Curtis Coleman, Founder and Owner of RVillage which I work for. We stayed at Curtis’ home playing grandparents to his doggie Augie while he was out of town.

Stayed overnight in Fort Willcox RV Park in Willcox, AZ (where we had a homemade apple pie waiting and free waffles and coffee for breakfast!!)

NEW MEXICO

While staying at Edgington RV Park in Alamogordo, NM, we enjoyed:

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Carlsbad Caverns

White Sands Monument

Cloudcroft, NM

McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch

Old Apple Barn

TEXAS

Bishop’s Landing RV Resort in Willis, TX – love this town. If I ever had to live permanently elsewhere I believe this little town would be near the top of my list!

November 2015

December 2015

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While home for the holidays we were extremely blessed to be allowed into the lives of Chip’s fiance Misty and her daughter Kallie. Chip proposed to Misty soon after we returned and we’ve been able to spend time getting to know them and learning to love them. Kallie is a super cool teenager with beauty inside and out!

useWe spent time with all of them over the holidays fishing, playing and visiting. Thanksgiving was spent with my sister’s family!

20151213_110846We got to enjoy so many of the Christmas activities at our church. Our new Pastor and Minister of Music are wonderful gifts from God. We attended Christmas Eve Candelight Worship Service there with Chip’s family and it was perfect! Being in God’s house with family is as good as it gets!

20151205_161404Our family visit to Celebration in the Oaks at City Park in New Orleans was a highlight of our time at home.

Gasoline and Diesel prices fell throughout the year.  This is what it is now in Louisiana!

 

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h20162016 will find the Chauvins headed to Tennessee for Roy to have full knee replacement surgery. Exploring various parts of the East going all the way up to Canada and all along the east coast is our travel plan for 2016 and 2017. Shorter trips than before, with a month or so at home in between, is the only change. As you can see above we saw so much this year it was way overwhelming. We’d like to not be overwhelmed and get to enjoy each stop more. We are still committed to living in our RV since we love it!

We hope to bring our granddaughters along with us on some of our summer travels.

My work with RVillage increased a lot this year so we are better financially rvillage_badge_300x200-findus1situated to continue seeing this beautiful country of ours!

That’s it! God Bless all of You and I hope your 2016 is as super dooper as we hope ours will be!

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Happy New Year everyone from Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin! We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2016!

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12.21.15 Mr. Bingle in New Orleans

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Mr. Bingle as we saw him in Celebration in the Oaks.

Monday, December 21, 2015 – For those of us who grew up in New Orleans and are now in our 50s, 60s and 70s, Mr. Bingle was a large part of our New Orleans Christmas. This amazing little guy is making a comeback and today’s children are learning about him and he is entering their life this Christmas. When we visited Celebration in the Oaks an oversized version of this little guy was on display! That one is probably not as large as the version that hung from Maison Blanche (an upscale department store from that era). Here’s a bit about how Mr. Bingle came to be and some pictures from old times and present times.

The History of Mr. Bingle

Since 1948, a little white snow fairy named Mr. Bingle has been a magical part of the Holiday Season for children and adults in New Orleans and throughout the South.

Created by Mr. Emile Alline, a window decorator at the former Maison Blanche Department Store on Canal Street in New Orleans, Mr. Bingle came to life as a miniature snowman with an upside-down ice cream cone for a hat, holly-leaf wings on his back, a red ribbon and bells around his neck, red-striped mittens on his little hands, cherries for eyes and a licorice smile.

Mr. Alline also dreamed of presenting elaborate puppet shows with the doll, and for the task, he recruited Mr. Edwin H. “Oscar” Isentrout, an eccentric puppeteer who had been performing with his puppets at (of all places) a Bourbon Street burlesque club. With Isentrout providing movement and a squeaky voice for the character, legend has it that Mr. Bingle truly came to life, if only in the imaginations of the thousands of children who adored him.

Each year at Christmas time, Maison Blanche would erect a giant paper mache mannequin in front of the store, and Isentrout would perform four shows a day on the s tore’s third-floor stage. With the advent of television, Mr. Bingle began a daily 15- minute show that aired each weekday just before the evening news. He made frequent visits to Children’s Hospital to bring cheer to many sick or terminally ill children. For many, Mr. Bingle was their first TV friend, and he even had his own theme song:

Jingle jangle jingle,
Here comes Mr. Bingle,
With a message from Kris Kringle…

As the Maison Blanche chain spread, so, too, did Mr. Bingle’s popularity, at one time reaching as far as Tennessee and Florida. Mr. Bingle has even made an appearance at the White House as well as at the 1989 Citrus Bowl in Florida. Aside from the popular stuffed dolls, Mr. Bingle’s image could be found on everything from Christmas ornaments to coffee cups to clothing.

The Dillard’s Department Store chain bought Maison Blanche in 1998 and closed the Canal Street store shortly thereafter, but Mr. Bingle still lives on at the Dillard’s in Lakeside Shopping Center. Although his reach is limited to the Greater New Orleans area, he still makes the rounds to Dillard’s stores on the Westbank and across Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell and Covington.

Mr. Bingle’s creators, however, are no longer with us. Oscar Isentrout passed away in 1985 at the age of 61, and Emile Alline left us in 1998 at the age of 81. But these men, together, have left a gift that will endure forever in the hearts of all the children who have come to know Mr. Bingle.

 

The first photos below are from many years ago when only black and white photos were available. This is the Mr. Bingle era I remember as a child. The color photos are from later years and current years. Mr. Bingle made us smile and put joy in our hearts.

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THIS YEAR’S MR. BINGLE

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The Story of Mr. Bingle
by Emile Alline

When Santa left his shop one day
He found a snowman near his sleigh.
“You’ll be my helper now,” he said,
And tapped the little fellow’s head.

The snowman found that he could talk—
“Look, Santa, I can even walk!”
And then he gave a little sigh…
“Oh, how I wish that I could fly!”

So, Santa gave him holly wings,
Then, looking through his Christmas things,
Found ornaments the very size
To make a pair of shining eyes.

Then Santa said, “You need a hat;
An ice cream cone’s just right for that.
And keep this candy cane with you,
You’ll see what magic it can do!”

The snowman laughed and sang a jingle,
So Santa named him “Mr. Bingle.”
That’s how it happened. Now he’s here
With us at Maison Blanche all year.

Jesus I hope I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, introduce you to Mr. Bingle! He did add an amazing element to the wonderland of Christmas in New Orleans. He didn’t however ever take the place of Jesus’ birth in our hearts. I hope, as you and your family approach the day we celebrate his birth, that you will once again turn your focus to the true meaning of CHRISTmas!

We worshiped with our church family yesterday morning at Trinity Baptist Church and will do so once again on Christmas Eve. George Martin sang “Mary Did You Know” which spoke directly to my heart. Our Christmas Eve worship service is at 6:00 pm. The church’s address is 42062 Pumpkin Center Road, Hammond. About a mile off of I-12 on the Pumpkin Center/Baptist exit. Even though we are Baptist you actually go in the Pumpkin Center Road direction. If you and your family do not have anywhere to worship on Christmas Eve I invite you to worship with us! What a perfect way to focus on the true meaning! Family, friends, everyone is welcome!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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