02.11.15 Concrete is stained!

saints good morningThe concrete stainers just left and the floor is stained! They re-cleaned the floor and taped spaces where the spray might land on that it shouldn’t   Our process does not use acid but uses acetone.  Our color is a mixture of warm walnut and cowboy something to bring out the golds we want.

I’m sure we don’t need to explain why we want a Fleur de Lis in our stained concrete floor!  But just in case someone slept through the many posts where we mentioned our love for the New Orleans Saints.  That design is their logo and it’s on the front of the coffee cup in the graphic to the left.  The Fleur de Lis that Roy has (not Roy Chauvin but Roy Bankston) is too large for our small living room, so he’s getting a smaller one to fit in the diamond as you enter the door.  This means he couldn’t put the first coat of sealer on today.  They will be coming back later today to cover the floor with two layers of paper protection.  He said they will put 3 or 4 layers of sealer on when they uncover the floor nearer to house completion.

Roy is a really nice guy and answered all my questions and allowed me to video some of his work.  He also sprayed a coat of sealer under where the cabinets will be so I could see what it will look with some sealer on.  He said it will lighten up as it dries so I’ll take another picture of that area tomorrow to get a better idea.

It’s taking the internet forever to download the pictures and videos, so I may not be able to post this until Thursday morning.

These pictures do not do the floor justice.  Also without the sealer you cannot tell what it will really look like since the sealer really brings out a lot of highlights.

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AFTER STAIN KITCHEN FLOOR

Roy Chauvin worked on the water well shed doors all day.  Never will there be a more perfect pair of doors anywhere!!

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Thursday there will be no construction other than Roy working on the water well shed.  I’m going to buy bushes nearby in Amite, for the front of the house tomorrow. Friday the wall insulation man will be here and the vinyl siding guys will make more progress on the siding.  Next week – the many phases of sheet rock which takes a few days.  The sheet rock man came today to measure everything so we got to meet him.

That’s it for today! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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02.01.15 Family Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Our Sunday was full of family!  Sunday morning we worshiped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn.  Chip is a “Connect Group” leader.  Their connect groups are small groups based around a common interest of that group.  Chip’s is Softball.  The picture below is of all the Connect Group leaders in front of the church.   The church moved into it’s new building (the old Schwegmann’s building) in Hammond.  It is huge and very nicely done.

a1On Saturday Chip’s church created a video of three of their family members (Chip was one of them) sharing their testimonies of turning to God from their addictions, and how their lives have been changed forever. They showed the video during Sunday morning worship.  I’m so proud of Chip being willing to share his darkest times so that others can see the amazing work God has done in his life.  The video was great and if I can get a copy of it, I will share with ya’ll.

Chip treated us all to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Eating out with two little ones under two years old and a five year old is quite eventful.  It sure makes Roy and I eating out alone seem quite boring!  We loved it!

a2They all followed us to Amite where we showed them the progress we made on the house and in clearing out all the brush and trees.  Here’s some pics of the little ones and big ones checking it all out!

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Chip, Braxton and Madisyn checking out the path along the pond.
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Chip, Braxton, Kim, Bentley and Madisyn making their way across the temporary path to the other side of the culvert.
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Madisyn, Kim, Bentley, Chip, Braxton and Roy making their way down the hill.
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Chip and his little buddy, Braxton
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Chip and Bentley checking out the view from the rear guest bedroom window.
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Madisyn crawled inside the return air space after seeing her daddy crawl in there.
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Bentley and Braxton with their “Superman” rain boots Grannie Rosalyn bought them!

Braxton and Bentley are very active little guys now.  After hours of play and activity we put on the TV “Bubble Guppies”.  This is the stillest you will ever see these little ones.  They and Madisyn made themselves comfortable on the floor and for 30 minutes there was calmness and quiet in the Chauvin household!  As soon as it went off they were ready for a nap and then more fun!

a9We all watched some of the Super Bowl together which was eventful with three little ones playing around.  It rained for most of the day so we spent a lot of time inside.  They left in time to get Madisyn home for bedtime so she’d get a good night sleep and be ready for school tomorrow.

It was so wonderful to have this time today to spend with all of them.  We hope to leave here by early to mid March so time for this is growing short.  I’m certain we’re off to a good start making the most of this time.

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01.26.15 “You are my All in All” and more house framing!

i am a child of godSunday, January 25, 2015 – During our Worship Service this morning one of the songs we sang was You are my All in All.  The lyrics for the verses are below (without the chorus)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

prayTaking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

This was originally a choir special, so we sang it often while practicing it.  When I first heard the words that I bolded above, I felt as though those words said exactly how I look at God as my Heavenly Father.  When all in life is void of meaning and I am running totally on fumes, only God can lift me up, fill my cup and give me strength, just like the song says.  Those few small words say so simply what God means to me.  I am never so low or so dry that he is not my all in all.  No one else can do that, only God. It means so much to me that I had to pass the words of this amazing song along to you.

After we got back to Amite from church we had a wonderful visit from my sister, Harriett and brother-in-law George.  This was their first visit and they loved it out here which made Roy and I very happy!  It was a beautiful sunny day perfect for showing them all around and sitting outside visiting and eating King Cake!

Monday, January 26, 2015 –  Roy started early cutting in half the wood stakes used in the slab forming so we can use them for firewood in our new campfire pit. He got a lot cut up.

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#60122 -kitchenThe cabinetry and counter top company, D L Cabinetry, sent us a picture this morning of what our kitchen will look like.  Yes it is small but it has everything and since we enlarged the pantry to much larger size we will have all the storage we need.  The only change will be to the end cabinet on the bottom which will go from a 12″ to a 21″ cabinet because we found some more room!!!

The framers arrived again at 7 am this morning. All the interior walls were framed by lunch.

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A friend of ours said he couldn’t tell there was a fence between our property and the property next door where the cows are.  That’s because Roy cleared off the property line so well!  I took a new picture today from a different angle where you can see the fence.

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I made two more batches of the haystack snacks to go in the Thank You tins for the construction workers. I wanted more in the tins but I had to replace those I nibbled on the last couple of weeks. They are very good and addicting. Plus peanuts and peanut butter are very healthy for my brain!

Roy built a big mound of trees, bushes, and thorny vines on our land just past the culverts and set it on fire. We are sitting out here by the fire right now, enjoying watching it burn and watching the construction workers work on the house.   There are several men working on the house and hearing them shout measurements to each other and discussing their work just warms my heart!

b4 a2a1 a4When the framers stopped working for the day at 3 pm they had sheets of boards (plywood?) around most of the exterior and the ceiling joists are going up also. Here’s pictures from their work today.  Great progress made and they say they will start on the roof tomorrow!!  With the interior walls studded and the exterior walls closed in you can get a better idea of the room sizes and they are not as small as I thought they may be!  It will be a  house before we know it!

a3 a5 a6 a7Brain Note: North Oaks Hospital called this morning to say they dug deep into their storage and found my brain MRIs from 25+ years ago so I’ll be picking them up and bringing them to Dr. Shamsnia (brain doctor) for him to use as comparison to the more recent two!

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09.11.14 So what’s new??

dont try to face the day untilSoutheastern and LSU won their games Saturday by huge amounts.  They are both powerhouses in their conferences.  The bad news is that the Saints lost (oh how it hurts to say that word) to the Dirty Birds of Atlanta by a field goal in overtime in their first regular season game.  Our defense was rotten. They face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and, as a loyal Saints fan, I know a 1 in the Win column is on the way for us!

We are still at zero offers on our house.  The volume of traffic through the house indicates a lot of interest yet no offers.  After much consideration, prayer and talks with our agent we’ve decided to lower the price $10,000 from the original asking price.  We’re hoping to reach a different group of home shoppers with this lower price, hoping someone will snap it up.

Roy is still working at Southeastern in his temporary position and can stay a few more weeks, Thank God!

Church softball games are one of those things for me that make me very happy!  We were treated to a church softball game this week.  My son’s church, Soul’s Harbor, has a new team and Chip is the coach.  They lost the first game but put several runs on the board so it’s a promising start!  What an amazing evangelistic outreach church softball is and I’m thankful Soul’s Harbor has started this at their church.  I miss the good old days at Trinity when we had a softball league and we all cheered and fellowshiped at the ball field together.  Here’s a picture of the new team!  Chip’s the guy with the full beard .

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My 60th birthday is coming up this Sunday, September 14th.  Wow the big 60!  I didn’t dread 50 because I never thought10501705_719614951418386_5147329040968202366_n of that as old.  Now I don’t really dread 60 but I do think of 60 as on my way to old (like my sister who was probably expecting that comment!!).  My sister and brother in law are taking us out to dinner Saturday for my birthday.  Hoping to spend some time with Madisyn on my birthday when we gather after church to celebrate.  Madisyn now in school full time, dance class, cheerleading class, AWANA on Wednesday nights and has very little spare time to sleep and breathe much less spend time with us. They grow up way to fast!

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We’re not traveling right now so all I can do is dream about that and look forward to future times on the road when we can share our adventures with ya’ll again.

Today being September 11th is the 13th anniversary of the day terror struck the United States on our own soil.  The saying “We Must Never Forget” means so much to me.  Every year I try to watch videos of that day because I feel it is extremely important that we relive the impact of that day so we don’t forget the sacrifices so many Americans made that day and in the days afterward.  I don’t dwell on it except for on this day.  My mind can’t wrap itself around what horrible people would do this to our country.  The multitudes of young men who joined the military after that to give us renewed protection are due all our gratitude and prayers.  We are a resilient country with tremendous pride for what these folks did on September 11th and afterwards.   I worry so much about the path our country is on and pray daily to God for his continued mercy and grace on our country.

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Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend – it’s almost here – and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??!!

 

08.02.14 Oddities in looking for an online jobs – not your normal job search!

10372772_10152428449723903_4041537508783919441_nI found that the best type of work for me is work I can do online from wherever we travel.  The work I do with RVillage is perfect since it’s only 15 hours a week and can be done mostly any time of the day.  I usually tried to work 3.75 hours a day 4 days a week but if I needed other days off I’d just increase the per day hours.  I still feel blessed to have this job even though right now the number of hours I work each week is very little.  It should pick back up soon so between now and then I decided to see what else is out there as far as a “virtual” job is concerned.

Two websites that I know of featuring these types of jobs are oDesk.com and Elance.com.  I’veelance odesksigned up with both, completed my profile and searched for jobs.  There are some things that I’ve learned during this process that I’m going to share.

First is that at least half the jobs online pay as little as $1-2 per hour.  This may sound odd to us until you consider that the jobs are open to people around the world.  In the Philippines $2 an hour is top pay and most of these jobs go to people in countries like that.  Americans can’t live on that low rate of pay.  On these websites you see feedback from people who have worked for the company and what they thought about working for them.  it also shows their total pay and how many hours they worked.  Most of them show a days work for $8.  After having applied for some of these jobs and finally figuring it all out, I stopped pursuing those.  People from other countries can apply for any job, even the higher paying jobs.  Because of this there are not a whole lot of jobs paying more than $8-$10 per hour. Most of the jobs require that you state how much you are willing to do the job for so there’s always a mixture of $1-2 per hour bidders for any job.

Since I originally heard about RVillage through Workamper.com and Workamper.com is an extremely reputable RVer employment company I never had any doubts about the interview process with RVillage.  Other companies on these sites are totally unknown and there is much to be leery about.  They have a wide range of ways they use to see if you qualify for their open position.  One very unique process I went through asked the applicant to do the following:

-Download a zipped file with directions.

-First direction was to go to a specific web address which they provided to the Gettysburg address.  Find the word brave and using that as word 1 and the following word men as word 2 go to what would be word 10.  Go to the 7th letter in word 10.  Assign a number value to that letter as it would be where A=1, B=2 and so on.  My letter was R so it was = 18.

-Next go to a video on a different web page where several actors read parts of the Declaration of Independence.  You were to first Google the actor Edward Nelson and familiarize yourself with him so that when you see him in the video you will know it.  Of course I thought two of the actors was him so I had to work a little harder to narrow it down!  Once I came to him I was to skip the first time he talked by himself.  The second time he talked I was to find the 18th word (because my R equaled 18.  This required me listening a couple of time and then writing down each word he said and figuring out that the word was “the”.

-Next you went to a different website and after the web address:xxx.xxxxxxx.xx/ you were to insert your word.  If and only if you had done each part of it perfectly would you access the webpage with the next step in the process.  I did it an was terribly proud of myself!

=The next step was to post a youtube video of myself talking for 30-60 minutes about what wonderful things I could do for his company.  Once you post it on youtube and send him the url to it he’ll let you know if he wants to interview you. I didn’t create a video and that’s where I am now, not really sure I want to go that far. This is the only job process I’ve come across like this one.

It looks like these weird processes are used to see how detail oriented you are and how willing you are to stick something out.

The other, not so wild, process I did was to download a zipped file containing a Word document and a photograph.  I had to take those and put them in to a WordPress blog.  What you are reading is a WordPress blog and of course I know how to use Word and work with photographs. I did what they asked which was to copy and paste the words from document into the blog, formatting the words by bolding specific ones and making sure spacing was correct, add the photo resized to 500 x 200 from a much larger size and center it.  That sounded easy enough as this is exactly how I do a lot of my blogs, so I did it.

Only problem was that the grammar and a lot of things about the document wording were quite, quite bad.  One thing you always have to keep in mind on these virtual job websites is that since foreigners are sometimes writing the job posting their English writing is very odd so what we might immediately think as suspicious here may possibly be the translation to English so I’ve had to overlook some of that.  I don’t think this was the case with this document, however. I actually think the article needed to be taken apart and put back together in a way that provided some continuity and having a lot of spellings and grammar corrected.  I did what I could without totally redoing the article even though that was never mentioned in the instructions.  I’m thinking they may want to see if you’d catch that.

I submitted my proposal for this one (that’s what they call your application which also includes you telling them the lowest price you will do the work for – another oddity) and explained that I corrected as much as I comfortably could change in the document without totally redoing it.  Haven’t heard back from them yet!

The next blog will be about a job application process I’m in that I truly believe is an employment scam.  I haven’t found another job yet but my days are filled with going through the many different processes these people put you through and it’s opening my employment seeking eyes quite a bit.

We had a family tour our house earlier this week week and it rained before they came for the first time in two weeks.  I water every other day but can’t reach many plants who have been pitifully sagging so we just knew the rain was God’s gift so the flowers would all be perky!!  The family stayed an hour and a half and we were so hopeful we’d get an offer right away from them.  We got good feedback but were also told they are still looking at other houses.

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Our Saints play their first pre-sesason game this Friday night!  I saw this picture/quote below today.  It’s me all the way and I want you to share with ya’ll!  Roy said many times he could hear me through our outside walls in our sticks and bricks house when he was outside during a game.  Can you imagine what people must think when we’re in our RV.  Roy’s right up there with me these days cheering and doing what he can to encourage and fuss at our boys too!

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Last year we were in Minnesota for preseason games with very little coverage of Saints games that far north. We even watched one of the games last year over Skype watching the game on my son’s TV in Louisiana.  We’re quite pleased to have such good TV coverage here and be in Black and Gold land right now, if just for three hours this Friday night and weekly until the house sells!!!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week  – REMEMBER – God loves you!

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07.24.14 His Kids Special Needs Day Camp – what a blessing!, cleaning the engine and visiting with Madisyn!

Some experiences in life stay with you. No matter how many other experiences you have in life, that one sticks in the back of your mind as a very special experience. Two years ago for just one day I was blessed to be able to help with our church’s His Kids Special Needs Day Camp. Around 20+ children from ages up to 25 came together to learn about Jesus and experience the love we, as Christians, have for them. I left there that day being blessed by their gentleness and joy. They did more for me that day than I could possibly have done for them.

Last year we were in Minnesota during the summer when they held His Kids Camp. This year, since we are home, I was able to help again.

IMG_20140721_115725_170The theme this year was SHINE. The area I worked with was crafts with Ashley and Alisa. Each child made four coasters which were four inch ceramic tiles with a shiny surface. We sprayed alcohol on each, wiped it down with cotton and then creatively dropped small drops of various colored special alcohol paint.  When we dropped the paint on the tile it spread quickly and when the children blew on the paint with straws it created special shapes.  I had fun making one before we started and could see the joy and pride in the children’s eyes when they created theirs!

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Between some of the parents and caregivers being there, several of our church members and outside volunteers who work with special needs kids we had almost a one on one ratio so each child was given the attention they deserved.  There were crafts, recreation, bible study, music time and group time.  Sort of on the same order as a Vacation Bible School is set up.

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Christie Williamson is the director of the camp and is a member of our church and most importantly she is my hairdresser (who of course knows all my secrets as all hair dressers do!)  She works all throughout the year having periodic His Kids activity days and during the summer His Kids Day Camp for a week.  I know she has a lot of help to make all this possible but she is amazingly creative and dedicated.  Her son Lucas is a special needs young man and she’s been an inspiration to me in her dedication to making his life what he deserves it to be.

A lot of times we take for granted all the things our kids without special needs can do.  My sons didn’t have physical special needs but were both in the special education programs at their schools.  One was gifted, which has its own set of challenges, and the other had a learning disability which he only overcame through the special techniques used by his schools and us over the years.  I’ve always thanked God for the special needs of my children since I know it brought me closer to both of them in their own way.

Again I got to spend one day there this summer and it was again a special experience!  I wanted to share about it with you all so you can pass this along.  Maybe invite someone to it next year or start one at your church.  I can imagine it is an enormous undertaking  though I know God will fulfill every need and lift you up to overcome any challenge.

horizontal lineAfter an outing to Cracker Barrel for dinner, toys and candy, we watched (our first time) the movie Frozen the other night with Madisyn.  She filled us in on what was going to happen and who was who and all.  Of course there was (as always) a bowl of ice cream in it for all of us.  She doesn’t quite fit like she use to under her Paw Paw’s arm but always makes her way to sit right next to him during ice cream time!

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We had a fairly busy weekend doing family things (of course Madisyn was in on most of it!). We enjoyed BBQ with family Sunday after church, helping our son Chip move into his new home on Saturday, and purchasing a used riding lawnmower to cut our grass with.  My work with RVillage is very slow right now so we realized we couldn’t afford the luxury of paying to have our lawn cut. Roy started searching Craigslist and we found one, just perfect for us!  Of course it needed a few parts, some tinkering and a good cleaning but that’s Roy’s specialty!  It will pay for itself in a month of cuttings and we’ll decide what to do with it when we sell the house! I really didn’t think we’d own a lawnmower again but it is true that we should never say never!

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06.19.14 Frankenstein staples, Raising Canes and Godzilla!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – I’m sitting in the surgical waiting room while Roy is in surgery to remove some lumps from his chest and back.

I just ate a delicious meal of North-Oaks_3-1024x640baked spaghetti casserole and green beans for only $3.20. Food at North Oaks Hospital is always very flavorful and plentiful.

They took Roy back about an hour ago and I’ve been told he’s doing fine. We prayed before he went back and I know God is watching over him so there’s no need for me to sit here worrying.

The waiting room is oddly quiet and empty right now. Sitting here in the waiting room, it seems that my mind is very clear and I find myself thinking about Roy. We’ve had a lot of years of marriage, not all were great years but we didn’t gave up on our marriage and when we were wise enough to let God guide us we’ve been very happy.  I really don’t know what I would do without him. Even as recently as right before they took him back to surgery I couldn’t get internet on my phone and I needed him to figure it out for me, which of course he did! Not just for the technology loss I’d suffer, but for so much more. He does all the driving of our RV, the hooking up and unhooking of the utilities each stop we make, all the RV maintenance and finds time to keep an eye on me, love me and do lots of special things for me all the time!

Roy’s surgery went well and now, two days later, I just took the bandages off all his bo bos.  He’s got lots of staples which will come out next Thursday.  I think Frankenstein would be proud of Dr. Liner’s handiwork with all the staples!

Roy got some great news this week. He got a call from Southeastern Louisiana University that they want to hire him for a temporary (at least 3 months) full time job doing what he use to do there before he retired! That is so perfect and a huge blessing for us. We will be here at least 3 months trying to sell our sticks and bricks house so we’ll have extra income to see us through that time. Since he’ll be recovering from surgery this week, unless they find out he committed some crime during our one day stay in South Dakota, he will start at Southeastern next week. I still have my work at home with RVillage.  I may take the extra alone time I’ll have to visit with friends and family, or I may be lazy and read! Probably some of both!

We spent a wonderful Father’s Day with our son Chip and his daughter Madisyn. Our church had Donuts for Dad which Roy, Chip and Madisyn went to. We all went to raising canesSunday School and then our Worship Service. It was a wonderful day in the House of the Lord and I am thankful for our Christian family to worship with. Chip treated us to dinner at Raising Canes, a local amazing chicken place.

We’ve been able to spend a little time a couple of times this week with Madisyn.  When I go to pick her up from summer camp and see the surprise and joy on her face, it’s the best!  We asked if she wanted to go with us the the peach farm on Friday or go with her friends at camp to Tickfaw State Farm water park.  She chose the water park and then thought a bit and said “But you know I’ll be missing you all the whole day, so please bring me some peaches and nectarines”.  Guess she’s figured out how to get the best of two choices!

I went outside to pull weeds earlier and lasted about 15 minutes before my clothes were drenched – and I was in the shade.  Louisiana’s heat is one of the reasons we loved being able to live up north during the summer.  This year we can’t help being here but it reinforces in our minds that we’ll never be here for this awful heat in future years!!  The boiled crawfish, shrimp, peaches, strawberries, king cake, etc. etc. do help make up for the heat a bit!!!

We’ll let ya’ll know how our visit to Walter’s Peach Farm goes when we get home today!

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06.11.14 Anyone ever tried to re-create something you liked on Pinterest????!!!!

I’ve tried re-creating many things from Pinterest and while all haven’t been epic fails, many have. The things we made for Madisyn’s fourth birthday party were all pretty much a major success so people do get it right sometimes! 

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These pictures, compiled by Desi Jedeikin, illustrates so well how a lot of Pinterest re-creations turn out and I had to share them with ya’ll.

 22 People Who Tried Things On Pinterest and NAILED IT! (failed!!!)

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Hope ya’ll enjoyed these as much as I did.  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

06.08.14 John 3:16

 

john-3-16What a morning!  Our first morning Worship Service back at our home church Trinity Baptist Church since we returned last Saturday.

I slept until around 11 am last Sunday and didn’t go to church.  Do you know what kind of week I had?  A very difficult one.  Every thing that happened felt like it was pulling me deep into a depression that I constantly struggle fighting.

Many blogs are written by those dealing with depression but I usually choose to focus on what God’s done to lift me out of that, than the times I am not close to him and start sinking.  I don’t think I opened my Bible once last week when added to not being “preached to” as I put it just resulted in a very difficult week.  I prayed all the time but it was a lot of asking for things (even if for others) much more than giving Him Thanks for all He’s done for me and others.

People who make comments like “I can worship God just as good in the duck blinds, or in the fishing boat, or on the golf course as I can in church”, and any number of other comments I could quote here are just full of crud.  There is no way you can even attempt to live a Christian life, drawing closer to God like we should be, by skipping or missing going to church.

For years I used the excuse that I worked all day, cleaned and ran errands on Saturdays and needed Sunday morning to sleep late or I wouldn’t make it through the week.  I let that excuse fool myself and tried to convince others that I didn’t need to be in church.  I tell you that so you’ll know I have a strong basis to know what life outside of church fellowship is like compared to life being in church fellowship.

Being in church doesn’t do anything for you. You’re thinking, wait woman I thought you just said it does.  Occupying a pew at church on Sunday mornings, evenings, etc. is what doesn’t do anything for you.  What makes the difference is us having our mind and spirit in a place where you are truly Worshiping God through the songs, scriptures and sermons while we are gathered with others trying to grow in Christ, just like we are.  Christians who fellowship together make friends who have the same beliefs, morals and desire for God like they do. God wants and deserves ALL our Worship and Praise and our lives cannot be what they should be without a weekly, but preferably daily, time spent doing this.

Wow, that wasn’t what I started out writing when I opened my laptop just now but it’s what I needed to say I guess. When we open ourselves to the Lord He can use us to do anything He wants done.  If you want to know more about what it means to believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, just ask.  I can only tell you what He’s done in my life and guide you to a pastor who can explain more, but we can take the first step together!

Spot Traylor and Teddy Forrest blessed the congregation this morning with a duet singing about God’s Love.  The mixture of their voices does something to my heart that I can’t describe. We even sang “Jesus Love Me” as a congregation.

We’re having Vacation Bible School this week at Trinity and I’m going to be helping Monday and Friday with the 1st and 2nd grade class.  I will be guiding (perhaps herding!)  them from location to location and hope to get to know some of these little children that I’ve missed out on teaching in Sunday School.   If you have the opportunity to bring your children to a Vacation Bible School this summer, do it!  Many times it is the only exposure to Christianity some children experience which makes VBS one of the greatest things available for reaching them.

Roy and I moved from the driveway at our house to the yard on the other side of the house.  We are parked under one of our huge oak trees with our big mat laid down on the ground, our two rockers in place and our table ready for more crawfish!  We’re hooked up to a new 50 amp box Roy installed on the house and the water and sewer lines are hooked up so we’re quite happy with this arrangement.

We purchased a replacement front door for our sticks and bricks house this week and it’s sitting in the garage  waiting to be installed.  Just couldn’t pass up the one with Fleur-de-Lis on the glass!  We need to pressure wash the house and garage before the door is installed.  All that will happen when the house is empty, but it’s nice to get something ready now for doing that work then. I’ll be pulling weeds late in the evenings which will take quite a while with all the gardens I have to pull weeds from!

Our first day home we were treated to a BBQ dinner at Chip’s house where he gave me my Mother’s Day present.  A beautiful Origami Owl necklace with pendant.  Inside the pendant was several little charms.  A stone for 2014-06-02_10-50-40_487my birthday, a stone for our Anniversary, one that said Blog (guess why??!!), a cross because I’m a Christian, a precious little camper for our RV life and a heart that says Grandma.  They float freely in the round pendant.  It is so special and I’ve never seen anything like it before.  He picked the perfect gift personalized just for me!!  What mom wouldn’t love such a personalized gift!!

The highlights for this past week were one night when Madisyn spent the night, one evening when Chip came to visit, a wonderful visit we had with my sister and brother in law at their house and a surprise visit at our RV from Marcus McMillian.  We haven’t seen Marcus since his wedding last year and had a great time royandmadisynteapartycatching up with him on his life at work, with his wife and their baby coming soon!  Madisyn ate boiled crawfish with us outside, had a tea party with us inside where she poured us a “spot” of tea, watched ET (which she’s never seen before and she absolutely loved) and then had a sleep over with us.  God definitely put all the goodness in our family into that little girl, she is such a joy to spend time with.   When Madisyn leaves we are exhausted but it’s a wonderful exhaustion that only a grandparent gets to experience.  We’ve gotten a little rest and work in between all that so I consider it a very successful week now that we’re spiritually refreshed from being in God’s house this morning!

Just saw the counter on the RVillage page go to 8000 members!  Keep up the great growth guys!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ year!