03.09.16 Family fun, Fruit Trees and Bushes, Turtles, Funny faces and more Family Fun!!

10609531_725296917519717_2835040610141353746_nThursday, March 9, 2016 – What a fun afternoon we had with our family this past Sunday!  Family times are meaning more and more to me as I grow older and this was a great one!

On Saturday Roy and I picked up the fruit trees and bushes we ordered and four beautiful knockout rose bushes! Getting them home was one thing but deep, wide holes needed to be dug to put them in……….. Two old folks, one with a healing knee and the other not strong enough just didn’t cut it! So our wonderful son Chip and his family came to the rescue!!! While everything has now been in the ground a few days we are expecting strong winds and heavy storms the next two days so we’re waiting until after that to dress them up with mulch and take photos of that.

We stopped at Lowe’s after church to pick up mulch, peat moss, fruit tree fertilizer spikes, some pretty cactus and whatever else we could find.  What we found was our new Turtle!  A concrete turtle  which is now proudly walking out of the pond in his new home!

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20160306_144034 (Medium) 20160306_144039 (Medium) Kallie even pitched in with digging the holes!  Yay for our strong new granddaughter!! 12717808_10207043992432562_7699069705957337977_n  12806257_10207043993032577_4101209079089110733_n 12821498_10207043993432587_6207760038471693581_n

Here’s Chip and his new daughter Kallie!

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After the holes were dug and they went home I crawled around on the ground filling in the holes around the plants with peat moss and dirt.  The bushes in these two pictures are the blueberry bushes. We should have a great crop of blueberries, satsumas and figs as the trees and bushes mature.  We have 8 blueberry bushes, 2 fig trees and 3 satsuma trees.  Our own little orchard!! I suggested we get a sign that says Chauvin Orchard, Roy just rolled his eyes!!20160306_165410 (Medium)

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These are the knockout roses that will replace the azaleas we originally planted that didn’t make it!  They are now surrounded by all the tulips that are starting to shoot up tall and will be blooming soon!

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After all the hard work we all had some fun time with SnapChat a phone app that adds disguises to your photo.  I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a long time.  We took many photos but in honor of the Easter bunny the first ones I’m sharing are us as bunnies!  Chip was working hard while we played around with this so the only one of him is a bit odd to say the least!

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Yesterday we had a wonderful visit with my friend Susan Taylor. Roy’s working on her computer and we were due for a good visit. She is one of the most amazing women I know. Her heart is so big and she is so giving. All while having cancer. My daily prayers is that God will give Susan a miracle.  I am confident that many many people are praying for her to continue being with us as long as possible. I’ve asked for prayers for Susan before and they are still needed. I only wish you could know her too! Here’s she and I yesterday before she left. 20160308_161253 (Medium)

Our plans for the first month of our travels are shaping up. We have our reservations made at TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, MS for two weeks March 21 to April 4th. Then on to Robertsdale, Alabama (near Mobile) for two more weeks from April 4th to April 18th. Chip’s family is planning to visit with us while in Pass Christian and if any of ya’ll would like to make the short drive there we’d love to have you join us for a visit!

We’re gearing up for Roy’s family’s gathering at the St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday in Old Metairie.  On Monday Roy and I went by  the location we will meet at for the parade.  Old Metairie is full of older homes and several new homes since Katrina.  The area look great!  This is the home Roy grew up in and his buddy Mike’s home next door.

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The location we usually meet use to be in front of Muhleisen’s Funeral Home.  They’ve torn down the funeral home and it is one huge empty lot now.  We are going to drive our RV down there on Saturday so we’re set up and ready for Sunday.  If you’re in the area and want to meet up with us, we’ll be on the corner of Metairie Road and Ridgelake!  Picked up some St. Patrick’s Day tee shirts at Walmart today and some other goofy things to wear!

Across the road and the big lot where we’ll enjoy the parade! Metairie Road is a semi major road in what is considered Old Metairie.

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That’s all that’s happening in our life right now!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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04.16.15 RV closet seasonal switch – brick garden border and pretty roses!

1897026_749015948443915_622098082_nThursday, April 16, 2015 – The culvert is still in place!!!  Just thought I’d throw that in!

Roy went to Lowe’s this morning to buy enough garden border bricks for the flowers beds around the front of our house.   We did not plan to do this, but rains over recent days have eroded the dirt and mulch we so lovingly formed into a garden.  One of the plants had no dirt around its roots since the dirt washed away so badly. It will just get worse if we don’t do this.

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Garden bricks done on the right side!
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After the flower bed bricks were laid down! No more mulch and dirt everywhere!!
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Knock out roses that were just sticks a couple of months ago! I love these!

 

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Our closet inside goes from about 6 inches to the left of the picture to the outside wall on the left where the window is. The space to the left is filled with shelving which is very helpful.

A little RV life information for those interested or beginning to live in an RV: In an RV there is generally little closet space.  We have much more space than normal, yet it’s only half of what we need to hold all our winter and summer clothing, so we rotate it all twice a year. We can hang around 12 shirts and 5 pair of pants for each of us, plus a coat, robe and well-worn, or stained work clothes.

Switching out the winter clothes we don’t need for the summer with the warmer weather clothing, and vice versa, can be a multiple day event.  That event occurred yesterday.  I put on my Return to Bruno CD by Bruce Willis and knocked it out in one day.

The off-season clothing is stored in Rubbermaid containers under the RV in the storage areas.  The in season clothing is in the closet.

All the clothing inside the closet that is going outside has to be checked for stains and washed if necessary, buttoned and folded up before placing in the containers.

My mama taught me that stains will grow if the clothing with stains 1779670_580289982108001_6143213862082352093_non them is stored without removing the stains.  Was she right, don’t know but if my mama said it, it must be true, so I do it that way!

Along the way I always throw out a few things that are just trash pile material.  I had most of a large garbage bag of throw away things this year.

All the clothing in the storage bins that will be used in the upcoming season are taken out of the containers, unrolled, sniffed for freshness then washed or hung up.  All the ones that came out yesterday were too wrinkled for wearing so they will all be washed over the next few days.  They got hung in the closet, so there’s not piles of clothes sitting around the bedroom waiting to be washed.  Now for the week long washing marathon in our tiny washer/dryer!

If you’ve just recently starting reading our blog you haven’t seen the RV we call home.  Here’s pictures taken in 2012 of Dora our RV.  Most of it still looks like this except that we’ve added stuff to it along the way!

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Tomorrow we’ll go back to Lowe’s to buy more St. Augustine sod if they have it.  They only sell it on Friday’s so we have to wait till then.

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04.14.15 Rising waters but the culvert is still there!!!

Palindrome+WeekTuesday, April 14, 2015 ( 04/14/15 )Did you know that every day this week can be written backwards and still be the same date? Madisyn and I say “Cool Beans” about things like this!

We have had a tremendous amount of rain the last few days and it will continue for several more days.

The good news is that – Our famous culvert is still standing! Yay for Roy’s brilliant engineering and God’s loving care!

The bad news is that the water in the pond has risen to a level that several of our pine trees are in the water and the legs of our white bench are in the water. The water is about halfway up the height of the interior of the culvert. Not sure what will happen by the end for he week but for today it is not over the culvert!!! Here’s some pictures of the water level.

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The bench was around 3 feet up on the shore. Now the left leg is in the water.

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The tree farthest away, in the middle, is several feet out into the water now. It use to be well up onto the shore.
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You can see the trees and bench in the water and the water halfway up the height of the culvert earlier today. It was higher later today.

I had a nice day Monday visiting with work friends, seeing my primary care doctor, a fantastic visit with my son Chip and a fun trip to the grocery scooping up on all sorts of fruit and other brain healthy foods! Absolutely exhausted after all that but very happy to have visited with friends and loved ones. Not one picture was taken the whole day, can you believe that!

Roy had a nice day to himself, though he 1654376_826105987457633_4996957998919480494_nworked on the clean water tank most of the day.

My primary care doctor is requesting all my records from my neurologist so that while we’re traveling I will know they are in better hands. I’ve removed the blog posts from this blog regarding my brain. They will be accessible soon at Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s which I am renaming Some Things I Learned About Dementia. That is a more appropriate place (as my sweet husband pointed out) for me to share that type of information. A link to the Dementia blog is at the end of this post.
1782340_10152014034961961_524337757_oMy son Chip, is just the BOMB!! We had a wonderful visit where we actually got to talk to each other. Usually we briefly speak on the phone and when we’re together there are always others around. It was really nice to have a face to face talk with my little rug rat!

The one thing I didn’t get to do yesterday was visit with my friend, Susan Taylor who has cancer.  She was having a lot of pain and had to go to bed to deal with it.  Susan has one of the most positive spirits I’ve seen and is always helping others even while she’s dealing with cancer.  I ask that all of you pray for Susan that her pain will subside but also that God will take this cancer from her body.  If she knew you were hurting, she’d be one of the first to be praying for you, so please pray for her, often.

Today’s plan was to organize everything in all the closets and cabinets in the RV. I made about 5% progress on that before getting very side tracked taking care of paperwork, scanning and putting groceries away. Then I switched over to working on my blogs but there is still hope for the organization to be worked on in a bit or tomorrow!

The rain has stopped here and may not come back until late tomorrow so if you’re gonna get outside now is the time to do it!

Thanks for reading today!

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04.09.15 Santa Paul, Madisyn, Strawberry Festival!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 -Roy’s brother Paul (aka Santa Claus) came to visit the same day we had a visit from Madisyn.  Madisyn was so surprised and is always so well behaved around Uncle Paul, just in case he is really Santa.  We took them out to dinner to our local seafood buffet at White’s in Husser.  Here’s some pictures of Roy, Paul and Madisyn at home and at White’s.  Santa did assure Madisyn she was on the nice list.  Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret (she says)!

20150409_165023 20150409_184123 20150409_184141After we got home I saw on Facebook that a friend’s children had spotted Santa driving a Tahoe.  Lo, and behold, it was Uncle Paul.  Here’s the picture she shared!   What a coincidence we saw him that day and he was wearing the same thing!  Always a little touch of red even when it’s not Christmas time!

paul santa in tahoeFriday, April 10, 2015 – We took Madisyn to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival for the 12-4 children’s ride time.  The rest of the festival time is a lot of adults and this is the best family friendly time to go.  We saw lots of friends with their children and had a great time until the skies opened and lightening put a stop to all the rides and sent us on home!  I am really sorry we didn’t get to have any of the chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry cakes, strawberry drinks and all of the other strawberry specialties that are offered.

Here’s some pictures from the festival and some of Madisyn rides and having fun.

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Paw Paw Roy and Madisyn making their way down the side streets to the festival!

sf2  sf5  sf8Madisyn’s mom came to get her and we made our way home to crash from an event filled two days!

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Good Friday 04.03.15 Madisyn, Linda, Ashley and Nathan come to visit!

jesus eggsGood Friday, April 3, 2015 – This is looking like it’s going to be a great family weekend. Madisyn arrived early this morning to brighten up our day. We hopped up onto our bed and opened bag after bag of candy. Then we filled up each of the plastic Easter eggs.  She loved doing this cause she could nibble a bit now and then.  She’s such a helpful child and always willing to do so.

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Roy’s sister, Linda, and her granddaughter (our niece) Ashley came to visit after lunch with Ashley’s son Nathan.

20150403_152334Nathan and Madisyn are great buddies as we could tell from their delight to see each other and get to play.  They each picked out about 8 rocks from our gravel driveway and I let them sit on a large piece of cardboard (from a box) with a fresh set of paints.  They very creatively painted each one and they are now part of our ever growing garden decoration!  Below they are flying airplanes and helicopters on Paw Paw’s computer!

madisyn and nathanWe had a wonderful visit, getting to catch up with Linda and Ashley while the children played.  When they left they took Madisyn with them to White’s for dinner and on to Chip’s house where Madisyn is spending the weekend.

Tomorrow we head over to my sisters house for our family Easter gathering!

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Easter 04.05.15 Hallelujah! He is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!

easter empty tomb Easter Sunday, March 5, 2015 – To a Christian, Easter Sunday is everything.  It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Unlike most other “holidays” it’s one Christians observe every day of the year. It is the anchoring message in the Christian faith.  All Christians, regardless of their denomination, believe that Christ rose from the dead and lives in Heaven with his and our father, God.   I don’t think that believe is even a strong enough words – WE KNOW IT to be true!

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My favorite hymn Because He Lives (not the new contemporary version) explains my feelings about the resurrection perfectly.  Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, yet he arose from the grave and lives today. The words of the chorus read:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

The verses say as much to my heart as the chorus does. The words to each verse are:

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
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How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Some of ya’ll who have read my blog for a while have read these words before. and know this to be the song that touches my heart the deepest.  Lots of ya’ll who are Christians know this song well and probably have related its words to something in your life of great meaning. I absolutely want it sung at my funeral because on that day I will have crossed the river and be in the glorious presence of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As I get older, that thought becomes more and more inviting.

Ya’ll have a blessed Easter.  Remember,  HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!

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04.04.15 – Chauvin/Roussel family Easter gathering

easter he is risenSaturday, April 4, 2015 – We met Chip’s family at my sister Harriett’s house in Madisonville for our Easter Family gathering. That’s what the filled plastic eggs were for.

Madisyn, as always, loves to play with her cousins Sally, John and Annie. They just get back to playing like there hasn’t been months since they’ve seen each other. We had a little men Easter egg hunt and an older kids Easter egg hunt with everyone having a great time.

We ate pizza, fruit salad, regular salad, chips and dips, chocolate covered strawberries and desserts. Great food and family fun. I love visiting with my niece Dana and nephew Greg and their families. Very happy we are home at this time to be part of the gathering. WARNING: A LOT OF PICTURES ARE BELOW. I cut out half but there’s still a lot!

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The cooperative picture taking part of the family! Brooke, Joseph, Annie, Roy, Eric, Greg and Nancy
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Do we eat good or what!!!
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Dana, John, Harriett, Brooke, Joseph, Annie
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Paw Paw Roy wearing a tiny hat!
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Greg’s daughter Sally, Chip’s daughter Madisyn and Dana’s son John
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My sister, Harriett and brother in law George. We were at their house today.
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My brother in law George with his son Greg’s daughter Sally
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My niece Dana’s sons Joseph and John
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Bigger kids easter egg hunt – Madisyn, Sally and John
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We are back home now, resting up (recovering actually!) from a wonderfully fun family day.  Easter Sunday is tomorrow.  Our only plans for tomorrow are to go to church to Worship our Lord and give thanks for Christ’s death on the cross which paid the price for our sins.

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11.06.14 Last family shindig at our sticks and bricks house!

family 1Sunday afternoon we had a banana split party with my sister’s family and our family. I’m so glad we got to do this one last time before we finalize the house sale. We’ve had Easter or Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving at our house for several years so this is one last family shindig at this location. The once little bitty children are growing up fast. Madisyn got to introduce Braxton and Bentley to her Roussel and Doyle cousins! The little boys fit right in following the bigger ones all over the place.

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Annie (Dana’s daughter), Sally (Greg’s daughter) and Madisyn (Chip’s daughter)
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One of the twins and Sally

We got to introduce Chip’s girlfriend Kimberly to my sister’s children and grandchildren and they got to know her some while we all chatted outside. We went inside to put our banana splits together but spent most of the day outside. It seemed a lot of us had blue on Sunday so one of the last pictures I took was of Chip, Greg and Roy all together.

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Chip, Greg and Roy

Of all the days for it to be very cool in the afternoon it was on Sunday with a high of 62 and in the shade on the back porch it was cool. Fortunately for the children it was nice and sunny out in the yard where they ran and played all afternoon.

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We’re looking forward to another beautiful weekend here in Louisiana and hope that ya’lls weekend is a great one as well.

Chip picked me up earlier today and I went with him to pick up Madisyn from school. She was very surprised and happy to see me (and her daddy too of course). We went by Paw Paw Roy’s office and surprised him with a visit. She loves going there and they’ve gotten to see her grow up from a toddler to now a school girl!

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Roy with Madisyn sitting in his chair. She loves to be spun around in it!

I’m home now and am enjoying the beautiful sound of rain on the RV roof.thankful thursday

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11.26.13 Here’s what’s been going on! Review of Jellystone Yogi Bear in Robert, LA

THANKSGIVINGDAY“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col. 2:6-7

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Hi folks, it’s me again!

I said I wouldn’t be writing much but my mind has become so use to writing about everything we did for the last year that it’s finding it hard to do things without writing about it! Here’s a summary of our last two weeks!

Updates on our medical issues:

Roy’s full knee replacement surgery is scheduled for Monday, December 9th in the early morning.  He’s had his pre-op testing done and will see his primary care physician this coming Monday for full clearance. We will leave Hammond Sunday December 8th and head over to TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian Mississippi for a 4-5 week stay while Roy recovers.  It’s the only place we could find to hook up for an extended period of time while he recovers so there is no moving the RV around while he’s healing. We will be working it out with the doctor next Thursday about rehab and all so we maybe driving back and forth to Hammond, or having rehab in Pass Christian.  We’ll see!

My x-ray showed there is no space between two of my lower neck vertebrae like all the others have so they know that’s where the problem is.  However my insurance won’t pay for an MRI on my neck until I have three weeks of conservative treatment (physical therapy) so this is my second week of PT.  I love the traction, heat with stimulators, and ultrasonic heat but some of the exercises really flared up the nerve in my neck so they changed the exercises to accommodate that.  I go back two days next week and I don’t know about after that. The ladies at Affiliated Therapy are great, as they’ve always been for previous PT.  Thanks to Debbie and the gang for your help with my pain in the neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REVIEW OF YOGI BEAR RESORT! We are currently staying at Jellystone Yogi Bear Resort in Robert, Louisiana.  It’s got everything a child could want for recreation and entertainment during the warm months (which are numerous) here in Louisiana.  The RV sites are concrete with trees around however where we’re parked Dora, the trees don’t  interfere with our satellite reception which is a huge plus. The campground staff has been very friendly and helpful during our stay. Since it’s cold weather right now the place isn’t as full as it would be during the summer.  More than half of the resort is year-round sites with cabins,  travel trailers, class A motor homes or 5th wheels parked with a little yard all set up.  I think that’s kind of neat.  We leave here on Thanksgiving, after a two week stay and are leaving two pleased campers!  Wish we could stay much much longer but  our free time here is up! They are part of our Coast to Coast membership so we stayed here at no cost which is a special plus!

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Madisyn and Grannie made peach jello with peach pieces in it and she’s enjoying some outside with Paw Paw!
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Their nightly ice cream “thing”!

We stopped by Southeastern our first day in and saw a lot of our Southeastern family.  So good to see their smiling faces and get to catch up some.  We’ve visited often with Madisyn, Chip, Kim, Braxton and Bentley.  Madisyn and I collected pine cones out here and painted the tips then sprinkled glitter over them.  She’s very creative and sat still for a long time focusing on the craft.  We’ve all enjoyed doing the things we use to do regularly together even if just for a little while now. She and Paw Paw enjoy special time having ice cream before bedtime and I get to snuggle with her and sing bedtime songs while she falls asleep.  There are dozens of other special times but not enough room to write them all!  We’ve enjoyed Saints games with Chip, Kim and the boys.  Getting to know the little boys and Kim has been a blessing! When the boys smile at us our hearts just melt!  They are adorable!

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Our home church the year it snowed!

We went to church last Sunday at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana for the first time in 7 months.  It was a great feeling to fellowship with and hug so many members of our church family.  Our pastor, Dr. Randy Davis, always preaches a Biblically true sermons and this Sunday didn’t disappoint! What a blessing to be in God’s house!  We’ve attended several different churches in our travels and it truly is nice to be back at our home church! Looking forward to hearing the choir sing some while we’re home too!

We’re having gumbo for our non-traditional Chauvin Thanksgiving and are headed to Calloway Campground in Hammond for 10 days!

Ya’ll enjoy your families today on Thanksgiving and ya’ll come back ya’ hear!