04.14.20 Let’s gather at the Grand Canyon North Rim for a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins!

Just writing the words Grand Canyon puts a smile on my heart!

What an unbelievably beautiful handiwork of God.

I still remember seeing it for the first time and it took my breath away.

This was what we saw when we walked up to it for the first time.

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I could go on and on and would never be able to explain how special this place is so I’ll let the photos and videos speak for themselves.

See both rims if you can!

The North and South Rim are only about 20 miles apart but the drive goes way around the side of the mountains and through some mountains to get to the other side about 200 miles away. We drove about halfway and parked for the night in the Marble Canyon – A M A Z I N G!!!

This video is taken from where we parked and spent the night in the Marble Canyon!

I took several videos of the North Rim and narrowed it down to eight for the original blog. These are two of them.

The North Rim and the South Rim are two totally different places in most all aspects.

The North Rim is much cooler, more beautiful tall trees along the roads, not any visible animals that we saw, and can be seen in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace and for some reason it is not at all crowded.

The South Rim is still cool but not as cool as the North Rim, not nearly as many trees but lots of bushes with flowers, several elks were seen and we only saw a portion of it in about 5 hours at a brisk pace and it is crazy crowded! Several big shuttle buses travel several different routes to all the spots where you can see different parts of the canyon.

Photos from the North Rim

 

20151002_153101 (Medium)This next one may look like the first view we had but it is not. It’s far away from where we started!

20151002_152556 (Medium)Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim was absolutely beautiful inside and out 20151002_153233 (Medium)

The lodge had a wonderful outside sitting area where you could enjoy a comfortable viewing of the canyon!

20151002_155322 (Medium)There are several cabins there for those who want to stay in a cabin on the North Rim.

I loved how the view kept going on and on and on into the distance!20151002_154358 (Medium)Oh to be young and able to climb atop this rock area. We felt blessed to see what we could but that had to be super wonderful!

20151002_154407 (Medium)That was just a peek, a very very small peek at the magnificence of the North Rim. Here are links to our original posts when we visited Grand Canyon North Rim in 2015. Yes, I wrote four blog posts about the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. It is that amazing!

From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon – I included this post because it gives lots of Grand Canyon info that would be helpful to someone planning to visit there.

The Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part One

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part Two

On our next Virtual Vacation, we will visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim which is very different than the North Rim!

Have a wonderfully blessed week!

04.12.20 Happy Resurrection Sunday! Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 4

Sunday morning at 10:45 am Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and the church’s website.

The newly updated online Worship Service at Trinity now includes so much that a lot of what I was sharing here is no longer needed. The words of the songs we will be singing will be easily readable on the screen of wherever medium you are watching the worship service. The names of those leading the various parts of the Worship Service are also now on the screen.

The feeling of togetherness joining with others during our Sunday online Worship Service is deeply comforting. I love that the same people we sit in a physical church with are all in their homes worshiping God at the same time!

Please join us this Easter Sunday which I prefer to call Resurrection Sunday!

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The picture below is from the page on the church’s website that you will be taken to. The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music! To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.11.20 UPDATED!! Cindy Lou’s Retirement Extravaganza and her She Shed!! New pictures and video added!

NEW PHOTOS AND A VIDEO PRESENTATION HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS POST SO I AM REPUBLISHING IT!

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.

Donna put together this awesome PowerPoint presentation about all the wonderful times we had with Cindy through the years.

I was just able to add this presentation to her retirement blog post so here it is!

 

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!

 

04.09.20 Let’s gather at Pikes Peak for a virtual vacation with the Chauvins!

Roy and I loved Colorado so much that we spent a month there in 2015 and two weeks in 2017. I’ll be sharing what all we saw and enjoyed doing in Colorado next time but this time it’s all Pike’s Peak!!

This beautiful mountain quickly became one of our most remembered adventures. During our life in our motorhome living on the road, everything was an adventure for these old folks and we loved it!

The elevation at the peak of the mountain is 14,110 feet. That is the very highest elevation we’ve ever gone to. I was a bit worried about altitude sickness but we followed the guidelines for ascending to that elevation and we did well! Us little Louisiana folks from the flatlands were deeply moved by the mountains, clouds, snow, boulders and pine trees that we saw on our 19 miles drive up to Pike’s Peak.

 

On our way up we began seeing patches of snow and this is when I began squealing with glee!

More and more snow as we got further up. Seeing the winding roads as we looked over the edge was awesome!

Yes they put the roads right on the edge. Makes for

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! People were so kind to each other offering to take each couple’s photos there. We took the photos for the new folks behind us. I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

When we reached the Summit of Pike’s Peak we were well above the clouds which you can see in the pictures below. We are also above many of the surrounding mountains with snow on top. Going from looking up at mountains to being above the mountains looking down is such a change in perspectives, it’s exhilarating!

At the Summit, we also ventured out at a different spot, as close to the edge as we could like two crazy old folks. This involved walking through snow and rocks (large and small) to get there. The views were amazing even with clouds covering some of the area. We were the only folks there for much of the time which was nice. The young folks we did see were just be-bopping along over the rocks and through the snow

It might be the light air up there but I was fearless up there and even wound up face down in the snow at one point!

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Roy carved our last name, C H A U V I N, into the lower portion of the snow on the side of the road! Enlarge the photo and you can see it better!

This was sweetest beautiful area tucked in on the side of the road going down the mountain. If it wasn’t for the freezing cold it would have been a lovely place for a picnic!

The air became full of fog and moisture on the way down. It was hard to see but we made it! Near the bottom, there is a pullover site where they check the temperature of your breaks so you know if you should pull over and let them cool down for a while.

Since Roy drove up and down the mountain the day before, he really didn’t get to see all the amazing sights so one day after the first visit we took the Pike’s Peak COG Railway. No driving for Roy and clear skies this trip! We saw very different things on the train ride. It was fun though and less stressful than worrying about our brakes burning up going up and down the mountain.  

Isn’t that an amazing site, the railway track right next to the edge next to the clouds!

In September 2017 we went back to Colorado and got to experience Pike’s Peak at a different time of year. This time there was no snow on the way up and when we reached the Peak. I recommend going in June like we did in 2015. Mountains are always beautiful but once you’ve experienced being at the Peak with snow all around that’s the best there is!

After eating a couple of their World Famous Donuts the last time we visited we planned to have some this time also! This is the only place in the world where you can get donuts (and hot chocolate) at this altitude, over 14,000 feet.  I went a bit nuts and bought 4 of them for $20, gulp, yes gulp! It is still awe-inspiring to look down on the clouds from Pike’s Peak!

Feeling like we were on top of the world was a mighty powerful experience. We were bubbly happy getting to experience that! I hope you will make a point of visiting Pike’s Peak to see in person what all we loved about this unusual part of America! 

Be still my heart, I love God’s mountains!

 

The original Pike’s Peak blog posts

Part One Pike’s Peak 2015

Part Two Pike’s Peak 2015

Pike’s Peak 2017

 

04.12.20 Happy Resurrection Sunday! Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 4

Sunday 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.

The newly updated online Worship Service at Trinity now includes so much that a lot of what I was sharing here is no longer needed. The words of the songs we will be singing will be easily readable on the screen of wherever medium you are watching the worship service. The names of those leading the various parts of the Worship Service are also now on the screen.

The feeling of togetherness joining with others during our Sunday online Worship Service is deeply comforting. I love that the same people we sit in a physical church with are all in their homes worshiping God at the same time!

Please join us this Easter Sunday which I prefer to call Resurrection Sunday!

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The picture below is from the page on the church’s website that you will be taken to. The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music! To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.05.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 3 – Welcome to Trinity Baptist Church

Sunday 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 blog post will be published Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The feeling of togetherness joining with others during our Sunday online Worship Service was deeply comforting. I loved that the same people we sit in a physical church with are all in their homes worshiping God at the same time! Please join us!

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

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

The picture below is from the page on the church’s website that you will be taken to. The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

Those who will be leading our Worship Service are:

Youth Minister, Jonah Kyle Traylor will be welcoming everyone

Music Minister, Teddy Forrest will be leading the singing

Pianist, Deanna Cummings will be accompanying on the piano

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 not, the words to the songs will be up on the church’s television screen and I’ve included them below.

17           I Sing Praises

18           Glorify Thy Name

93           His Eye Is On The Sparrow

His Mercy Is More

Music Message    Jonah Kyle Traylor

413         Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

I SING PRAISES

I sing praises to Your name O Lord
Praises to Your name O Lord
For Your name is great and greatly to be praised

I sing praises to Your name O Lord
Praises to Your name O Lord
For Your name is great and greatly to be praised

GLORIFY THY NAME

Father, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Jesus, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Spirit, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Your name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely
and long for heaven and home,
when Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is he:
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, (I’m happy)
I sing because I’m free, (I’m free)
for his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,”
his tender word I hear,
and resting on his goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
though by the path he leadeth
but one step I may see:
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted,
whenever clouds arise,
when song gives place to sighing,
when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to him;
from care he sets me free:
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

HIS MERCY IS MORE

Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness
New every morn’
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

What love could remember
No wrongs we have done
Omniscient all-knowing
He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea
Without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness
New every morn’
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

What patience would wait
As we constantly roam
What Father so tender
Is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest
The vilest the poor
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness
New every morn’
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

What riches of kindness
He lavished on us
His blood was the payment
His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt
We could never afford
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness
New every morn’
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

Our sins they are many
His mercy is more

INVITATION HYMN

TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

2 Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion-
For more than conq’rors we are!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

3 His word shall not fail you – He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well.
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

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

04.04.20 God’s fingerprints are on all His amazing creations

God’s fingerprints are on all His amazing creation and flowers are no exception…

These pictures of beautiful flowers are pictures my friends let me use in this blog post. Pictures of their beautiful early spring blooms! Thanks, ladies for letting me include these today! My friends’ names are below their pictures

In a couple of days, I’ll be sharing the flowers at our home that are starting to bloom and make us very happy!!

Caren Cox
Nancy Duvic
Gay Sterken
Nancy Duvic
Nancy Duvic – Love this metal art flower!
Nancy Duvic
Nancy Duvic
Jeri Bankston
Jeri Bankston
Jeri Bankston
Jeri Bankston This is bottlebrush
Johnnie Whisenhunt
Johnnie Whisenhunt
Johnnie Whisenhunt
Johnnie Whisenhunt
Johnnie Whisenhunt
Lynn Anderson
Rebecca Willoughby
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Well that left me with a smile on my face! I hope it did that for you as well!

04.03.20 Something invisible came and put everything in its place

I’ve wanted to write something like what I am sharing below since early on in this time with life-changing coronavirus.  We’ve had our lives thrown up in the air and are having to figure out what is coming back down. I wanted to write because even in this time of uncertainty I could see so much happiness in people’s lives getting to spend much-needed family time with their loved ones.

Yesterday, Thursday, was a really hard brain day for me. One of those days that I don’t understand things, don’t remember how to do things (big and little things), can’t do things I normally could and just cry and curse from frustration.  I’ve loved writing these daily blog posts lately and by the large number of views, ya’ll are enjoying reading them.

It seemed to be really helping my brain writing these blog posts daily again. Today, however, my brain wouldn’t cooperate so I could write something for Friday. This afternoon I came across what I am sharing below.  I wasn’t even looking for anything to share.  I thanked God for putting this before me as it relieved my mind of “what will I write for tomorrow?”  If something new doesn’t come into your mailbox each day I want you to know that I’d like your prayers that day for the brainpower I need to keep creating!

 

I don’t know if you agree, but something invisible came and put everything in its place.

Suddenly the gasoline went down, pollution went down, people started to have more time.

So much time that they do not know what to do with it – parents are spending time with their kids as a family, work is no longer a priority or traveling or social life either.

Suddenly we silently see within ourselves and understand the value of the words “solidarity”, “love”, “strength”, “empathy” and “faith”.

In an instant, we realized that we are all in the same boat; rich and poor. That the supermarket shelves are empty and the hospitals are full.

New cars and old cars also stand in the garages, simply because nobody can get out.

Empty streets, less pollution, clean air, the land also breathes.

The human returns to his origins, realizing that with or without money, the important thing is to survive.

Today, health is the main thing, even in spite of wanting to have or possessing.

It took 6 days for the universe to establish the social equality that was said to be impossible.

Fear invaded everyone.

At least this happened to realize the vulnerability of the human being.

Nature is forcing us to clean up the mess made by ourselves.

Our overthrown gods:
– Money
– Sports
– Fame
– Politics

What the coronavirus is teaching us:
– Our best protection: GOD
– Our best refuge: HOME
– Our best company: FAMILY
– Our real-time: TODAY
– Nature’s call: STOP US
– Its message: WAIT, RESPECT

We are not gods, we are not kings, we do not have the power of controlling everything.

We are part of a whole, fragile, brittle and vulnerable something.

Part of a whole something that we wanted to dominate & today is telling us:

Stop, breathe, respect.

Go back to the basics, to the essentials, that the peace of your soul guide you towards what you are: a CREATION.

I hope this finds everyone well and comfortably tucked in at home with your loved ones!

 

04.02.20 Let’s Gather at Yellowstone and take a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins

If you ask Roy where his favorite place is in our country and he will say immediately “Yellowstone!”  We visited Yellowstone in July 2015 in our first trip out west.

Last week ya’ll came on your Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins to Niagara Falls. This week I am sharing some of  the photos and some of the information about Yellowstone that we shared in the longer original posts.  The links to those oroginal posts are at the bottom of this one!

This is a great map showing all of Yellowstone. Driving through what is a figure eight you see everything – it’s amazing!

Yellowstone is 2.2 million acres in size. Shaped like a figure eight (see picture to the left), the upper loop and lower loop combined are approximately 142 miles long with the average speed limit of 45 mph.

 

As we drove up to Yellowstone we saw one lonely bison and we got good pictures of him. You can see how large they are. To take the photo of the bison by himself we pulled up alongside him in the RV and I opened the door and snapped the photo.

20150721_132348 (Small)The wildlife we were able to see and some we got up close with was unbelievable!

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These pictures and others are of fumaroles. A fumarole (ultimately from the Latin fumus,” smoke”) is an opening in a planet’s crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide.

If you haven’t been to Yellowstone you really can’t grasp what these fumarole’s actually look like. Being from Louisiana this all looked like what a different planet might look like.

2019We were given a very helpful paper map when entering the park. Get one and use it, it was a wonderful way to know what we were looking at was really all about!

It seemed like every curve we’d take while driving through Yellowstone we’d see a beautiful babbling creek, a beautiful waterfall or forested countryside.

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3034The lower loop is a world of heat and gasses, where microorganisms live in such numbers they change the color of the landscape.

b19b14b20b28After seeing these wild places in the earth we came across again beautiful forests and rivers.  God painted this place beautifully!

b31We finished off the second day by experiencing the phenomena which is Old Faithful

b37b46The sounds of awed people when the eruption was in full force was goose bump material!

b47bYellowstone information states there are over 10,000 geysers in the area.  We were constantly reminded that we were traveling atop a volcano which is difficult to get our mind wrapped around. God’s creations always amaze and humble us.  He is so great and we are mere mortals living in His world.

b54b52And around the next corner is another magnificent waterfall and river!

b68We took over 500 photos in our two days at Yellowstone. There are not 500 pictures in our original blog posts but there are many more pictures of this beautiful National Park than those I’ve shared above. Check them out and enjoy your virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park! It is absolutely worth the time to travel there and your “America is Beautiful” meter will be reaching SUPER AWESOME!

Day One in Yellowstone

Day Two in Yellowstone

Next week I’ll be sharing another one of our favorite places to visit in the United States! There so many to choose from!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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