10.09.19 1950s Home, Oh the Memories!

I recently put together the post “Name One Thing Kids Nowadays Will Never Experience.”  Yesterday, a young family member shared with me pictures of a 1950’s House they toured last week in Kansas.  Lots of things in the pictures brought back wonderful memories from my childhood. I did some research, found more cool pictures of rooms in that house, so this post is a follow up to “Name One Thing Kids Nowadays Will Never Experience.”

In 1954, Kansas City Power & Light created this ranch-style house as a model home. It was gussied up with all of the latest and greatest technological advancements, which now amuse and delight the nostalgic visitors passing through.

Our home wasn’t as snazzy or had as many electric gadgets as the home in the pictures, but we did have many of the things in the pictures. I thought you all would enjoy seeing some of the pictures from that museum even if those things are not from your era. I had a lot of fun writing about the items in the pictures that I remember in my childhood and youth! And had fun looking through our pictures to find things from when I was a baby and child!

This first one is Christmas in the 1950s. My grandmother Mimi always had a tree like this with the rotating colors projected up on it! As a little child, I loved watching it every Christmas.

We had outdoor chairs and a small table like this and those colored “tumblers” that we drank lemonade and iced tea from! Roy’s family had a BBQ pit like this one.

The bike with the banana seat was all the rage and I had a baby doll stroller just like that.  All of us kids had metal skates that we put on our shoes like the one in this picture.  We used a key to tighten them on our shoes!

Our bathroom wasn’t like this but we did have the lights and the medicine cabinet like this!  Roy and I chose to have medicine cabinets like this in our current house.  Ours do look a bit more stylish than these old ones! Our granddaughter Madisyn was very surprised to see that you could open the mirror to the ones in our house and put things in there! The colored tiles (especially that aqua color) were pretty standard in all bathrooms.

Oh my goodness, this kitchen! Our phone, yes the only one in the house, sat in a little nook in our hallway, this one sat in the kitchen. Every cook wore an apron in those days! Look at the pink countertops! The insulated tall glasses may have been Tupperware.  Some of those were pretty much the same in everyone’s home.  This kitchen is, of course, all-electric because this is a 1950’s electric house.  Our kitchen had a gas stove and was not a countertop type.  It wasn’t until we were married a few years that we ever had an electric range.

Everyone had a square folding table that was used mostly for playing cards or outside parties.  I remember growing up that if we played cards we always put them away on Sundays because the preacher might come by and see us playing cards!  We weren’t playing poker and smoking cigars, we mostly played Rook!  The decorations on the walls look like ones we had!

The wooden salad bowl with matching tongs and the round lazy susan with individual bowls were pretty standard in our friends’ homes!

Look at the ashtray next to the chair!!  People read a lot of magazines back then and I guess smoked while reading! It’s hard to remember when people would smoke inside but they did all the time!

A bread box (I’d love to have one now!) and standard pantry staples in old time cans, etc.!

Inside the refrigerator!  The green stuff in a fluted Tupperware mold on the middle shelf was quite fancy back then! My mama made a pistachio cool whip concoction in one of those.  That’s what the green stuff was! The fridge opens via a foot pedal. This was a very fancy sewing machine for the 1950s.  Mine worked with a pedal on the floor, not like this one!  Everyone sewed back then.  I took sewing in Home-Ec in school and even sewed some of my own clothes back then. The old fashioned radio was very popular as televisions weren’t really plentiful back then!

The baby’s rooms were usually yellow and green because we had no idea what sex our baby was before the moment they were born.  Baby beds back then were so hazardous. We didn’t know any better so we didn’t worry about things like that back then!  The baby bed our two sons (in the late 70’s early 80’s) used had several layers of paint on it and one of the things they played with, in their beds, was a long curly telephone cord.  I’d be arrested today if we had a bed like that!  Crazy isn’t it! When I saw this one at first I thought “nothing odd here.” Then I remembered I used one of those scales to weigh our sons when they were little baby boys.  It was actually what Roy previously used to weigh his fish!!!

Several of these things are still used today, just in different packaging.  Remember flashbulbs, photo corners for putting them in photo albums, metal bandage boxes! We haven’t been able to figure out what the items are in the white box to the right.  Click on the photo to enlarge and see if you can figure out what it is.  Let us know if you do!

I don’t think I had a modern hairdryer until I was in my 30s!  The hairdryer we used when I was young was like this.  We’d put curlers in our hair and put the bonnet on our head, then plug the hose to it to blow hot air in there! We also ironed our hair back then on our ironing board and rolled our hair on large orange juice cans!

My young family member pointed out to her children the old vibrating exercise machine.  She had to find a YouTube video so they could see it in action! I used one of those at the fitness center after both my sons were born!  Chenille bedspreads were what everyone had on their beds!   Bathrooms in these fancy houses had a separate area where the ladies could put their make up on in front of a mirror sitting on a comfy chair. 

To wrap this up, here are a few of my 1950s pictures that include items from the 1950s!  Yes, the baby and little girl in these photos is me!

A baby swing from the mid-50s

Two childhood toys, Dolly’s First Aid and Kid-O.Little girl baby doll playpen, high chair and kitchen appliances as Christmas presents in the 50s

My 1957 baby doll stroller

Every photo I found of our outside chairs had someone sitting in them!  This was the only one that was empty.  Doesn’t hurt that me as an adorable little blonde child was in it!

A real baby’s stroller in the 50sBaby bed in the 50s.  The blanket my Aunt Betty gave me survived and was used by my sons when they were born, and my granddaughter Madisyn with her baby dolls!

Our TV with rabbit ears for an antenna.

Okay my naked baby picture, but it also includes a 50s toaster, coffee percolator, and canisters.

The contact information for the1950’s Electric House is: Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at: 8788 Metcalf, Ave., Overland Park KS 66212 | 913.826.ARTS (2787)

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

10.04.19 Creating a Picnic Area – Part Three, Maybe the Final One – for now!

I’ve been sharing with ya’ll the steps we’ve taken to create a picnic area in part of our property we haven’t used for anything before now. This will be the last in this series about “Creating a Picnic Area” until next year when the grass has covered the ground and all the flowers and plants start blooming – hopefully!

Back when we first purchased our property here in Amite it had to be cleared and if we wanted to get to the other side of the ditch, a culvert had to be laid to replace the ditch back there. These first pictures are from way back then.  The circled area is what we are now calling our picnic area.

  This one is looking back from the new picnic area to where our storage building and house were under construction.

What I liked about this photo was that it shows how small our pine trees were when we first moved here compared to how much they have grown to now!

The pictures I am sharing below aren’t going to WOW anyone.  The grass runners and flower/plant clippings don’t look like anything great.  A lot of it is covered with pine straw to give the little clippings a better chance of taking root and flowering.

We’ve done a lot of runner transplanting over the years and since moving here.  I’ve learned the most successful transplant works when the runners are clipped into small segments and any dead blades removed before planting.  It’s so hot outside that I do the cleaning part with a big blanket over my lap, a container with the original runners, a pan to put the new small clean segments in and one for the parts cut off.  In the past, we’ve planted the whole runners and they’ve had a difficult time getting established and survived.  All of these new clean smaller segments are rooting and surviving! Here’s my setup for cleaning and clipping the runners!

This is one of the bare areas that I planted the small runner pieces.

   You can’t really see the little grass pieces in this second bare area but there are at least a hundred of them planted here.

A third small area where grass pieces were planted. We will be planting ryegrass back there to keep the soil in place since there is a slope in all directions.  We have to wait until it is 65 degrees during the day and since it’s still in the 90s here right now, it may be a while!

A hundred or so clippings were planted from lilies, lantanas, hostas, red sister (Florica Cordyline Plant), ferns, Gerber daisies, creeping daisies, spider plants, and other types of green ground cover. I purchased the spider plants and some of the hostas but the rest were transplants. Here’s a bucket of a few transplants.

This is where those plants and more were planted. Mostly all you see of those plants is pine straw on top and all around them!  Next year I’m hopeful we’ll have a big fern, nice lantana plant, and lilies blooming along with the hostas, spider-like plants and other Lillies!!

.Another area where clippings were planted. This area includes a hydrangea plant, marigold seeds, lilies, spider-like plants, hostas, and creeping daisies.

Next to the plants above is a beautiful shaded pathway into the woods between our home and the neighbors across the pond.

Creeping daisies that I am hopeful will grow up the metal trellis.

We’re hoping by next year the grass will have covered the dirt and the flowers will all be blooming.  The two large oak trees back there provide shade there almost all day.

I’ve been working a lot on pulling the pine needles off of all the pine branches Roy cut down. I had some help this weekend from my precious granddaughter Madisyn who is 10.  We spent some time sitting back there in the shade, pulling and pulling.  Some of the pine needles have turned brown and I’ve been distributing them among the gardens and around the trees.

Needles off of the branches. This is about 1/20th of the needles!

While Madisyn and I were plucking pine needles Roy was busy hanging the new hammock.  This one has a pillow and is sooooooo comfortable. Didn’t quite expect this but even though we purchased the hammock on a drastic price cut sale but the chains from the hammock to the pine tree cost twice as much as the hammock!

These five azalea plants came from Chip’s house.  They almost died in this heat. Chip and Misty replaced them with some beautiful gardenia plants. We took all the plants they dug up..  We cut them back as much as possible and belive these five have a chance of living. They are planted along the fence line.

In between two of the azaleas, we placed our little swing that used to be white and now is a Saint’s swing! It holds some fun rocks!

We used the area around the two huge oak trees to plant lots of clippings.  Around this one, we also placed rocks our grandchildren painted for us. One is a baseball field, one is a dance studio, one is a pumpkin patch and one is Madisyn’s school.

Too many different plants to name again are planted around the other oak tree. A lot of the clippings are covered with pine needles here. I painted three rocks that say Happy Fall Yall to welcome people to the picnic area. Of course, there is an LSU and Saints rock and a Southeastern rock is being painted right now! I found metal flower stakes at Dollar General on sale for 50 cents each so you’ll see them throughout the area.

Roy bought an LSU bucket to haul water from the pond to the plants before he put in the water line.  It’s now our official trash container back there!

Fast forward to today and this is what the picnic area looks like from the top of the hill near our house.

Here are some pictures from various angles of the finished area.  Like I said originally the plan is for it to be pretty next Spring and I can’t wait to share that with ya’ll.

 

And now the best part, in my opinion, is the startlingly beautiful view of the pond from the picnic area. If you don’t click on any other photo to enlarge, do it with this one.  I remember when we first went over there to work and after working for a while I turned around and saw this view. I immediately thought, Thank You God for this amazing blessing!

I thought I’d end with this picture of Roy sleeping in the hammock nearest our house.  We’ve spent a lot of time in that hammock while creating this picnic area. I have a video of him snoring while in the hammock but I like being married to him so I decided against sharing that one!    

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

 

 

 

09.25.19 The tree limbs came down, and the pine needles are coming off!

I’ve said it before but I must say it again.  My hubby is a B E A S T!  He’s an old frumpy Beast but nevertheless, he is one!

We usually talk about what our plans are for the next day before we go to bed.  I do best when I have a productive plan, even if it’s just one thing to get accomplished.  Sometimes Roy is like that and then other times I have no clue that I’m going to wake up to the sound of his chain saw running and when I look out the window he is 20 feet up into an oak tree cutting off the bottom branches.

I only caught one photo of him cutting down all of the bottom branches on all of these oak trees.  He doesn’t just cut them down, he cleans the area all up dragging the branches away.

The large pine tree in the front yard by the road had branches that drug along the roof of the UPS and Fed-Ex trucks so they had to park by the road.  He didn’t want them to have to do that so he cut down lots of branches from that tree.

  For the biggest  branches he tied them up to our lawnmower and hauled them all the way to the back of our property where we are creating our picnic area. He can only go so far with the lawnmower so he had to drag the branches the rest of the way.

Here is the mound of pine branches I am working on right now.  I’m removing all the pine needles to create pine straw mulch!  Free! It may take days to finish this project but I’ve already made good progress!After Roy got all the big branches hauled off he picked up limbs, and everything left behind.   This was his first use of his new lawnmower cart. He’s very happy to have this new tool to play with (oops I meant work with!)Since no cows were around for the photos above I wanted to share one that shows what we see out our front window! I love it!

UPDATE ON:

I now have a new used phone which is actually a little nicer than my old one was. It’s really just in better condition since I’ve been known to drop and lose my phone in unsavory places and it had been through a lot before I cut it apart. 🙂 Roy did a lot to put the same things on the new phone as I had on the old phone.  Each day now I’m finding something I don’t have on the new used phone and am working on getting it set up.  I hope this is the only update ever on the phone massacre!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

09.22.19 “Surprise Honey, I did something really bad……”

I have to say how thankful I am that God opened the skies for us and gave us two good rain showers on Saturday. It’s been over 20 days with no rain in our area and we really need it. We had to water everything at least 2 hours a day to keep plants, crops, and grass from dying.

This started out to be a blog post on an entirely different topic but since Saturday turned out to be something other than a wonderful rain day it’s changing course now!

Roy summarized on Facebook this morning what happened yesterday.

I haven’t been able to fly my Remote Control planes lately as I’ve been very busy doing a lot of landscape work around the house. I got everything finished today around 1:30 pm and decided that I would meet the guys at the flying field in Hammond and do a little flying.Image may contain: phone

Rosalyn, bless her heart, stayed at home and planted grass runners in some of the areas that I spread fresh dirt on. It started raining and she decided to continue working since she was under big oak trees. She constantly misplaces her phone so we recently got her a case with a lanyard. She was wearing it today when it started raining and decided to tuck it into her blouse.

She has a Galaxy S7 which is supposed to be water resistant and a non removable battery. She said that the screen started flashing so she decided to surprise me by fixing it herself.

Instead of turning off the power and waiting until I got home, armed with a razor blade she proceeded to remove the battery not knowing that it wasn’t supposed to be removed by the end user. This picture is the result of her work.

Now I have been known to be able to fix many things but I have never heard of anyone who was able to revive the dead especially after a mutilation.  When I walked in the door at home after flying she said “Surprise Honey, I did something really bad.”

Thank you and now you can laugh but before laughing too hard, remember that she has dementia.

Isn’t he the sweetest!

Fast forward to today. All my text messages and phone numbers are G O N E. Roy said that my photos are still on the Sim Card. Ya’ll know how I love to take photos and share them.  I take pictures like other people breathe!  The blog post I was preparing originally needs photos so it will get published when I get a new phone.

Roy found a used phone like mine in Ponchatoula on Facebook Marketplace.  We are meeting the lady with the phone in Ponchatoula after the Saints game to buy it so there may be a good ending to what really was, for me, a very sad phone story.  I’ll hopefully be back in business by nightfall!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

09.18.19 Creating a Picnic Area – Part Two

I didn’t say this in part one but this series of blogs is mostly so we can remember what we did while creating the picnic area on our property. If you want to read it we appreciate your interest! Once it’s finished and you want to come to visit us there

Part of the project we are calling “Creating a Picnic Area” included bringing water to the new area for cleaning and plant watering, balloon filing and other fun things!

We priced renting a ditch witch to make the 160-foot long trench for the water line and it was $165.  My hard-working husband being the beast that he is decided he should dig the trench himself. For four days in the early morning and late evening he dug 20 foot long segments of trench each time.  Sometimes when I didn’t catch him doing it he dug more than 20 foot at a time.

We got the 160 foot of pipe from Coburns in Hammond.  My ingenious hubby tied it all to the side of our truck to get it from Hammond to Amite.

 This is the PVC pipe that the pipe and faucet are mounted in.  This is located on the fence betweem the two fig trees.

And the digging began! Smartie Roy watered the pathway where he would be digging to make the digging a bit easier. He also brought his outside fan there to help with the overwhelming heat we are having. The trench pathway at the top of the hill leading to the origination of the water source.

This is where Roy tied into the water source.

The pedestal is where Dora use to connect for electricity and water.  

We’ve seen lots of This Old House episodes about putting expanding foam insulation in the walls and other spaces.  Roy wanted to do this using the liquid form in the PVC tubes at the beginning and the end of the new water pipe.  He mixed part A and part B of polymerplanet together and it was so cool watching the foam work its way up to the top of the tube.  It overflowed a little big making a mushroom shape on top.  Roy sliced that off and put the cap on! Both end pipes are well protected against freezing. These are pictures of Roy mixing the parts together and the foam insullation filling the pipe.

  All of this was done so we could have water close to the new picnic area.   

This put a big smile on my face!

In Creating a Picnic Area Part Three I’ll share photos of the new picnic area and the view from that area!

Ya’ll have a blessed week!

09.13.19 Creating a Picnic Area! – Part One

Bridging the Gap – post three

The side of the end of our pond didn’t have a lot of improvements until recently. It was on our list but money and other issues kept us from working over there.

This photo is from Google satellite. I’m sharing it so you can get a good understanding of where “side of the end of our pond” actually is.

A little back story of how we got to the point where we can Create a Picnic Area is needed. When we first purchased our property we had a ditch going from our neighbor’s land to the pond. It was difficult to cross and made it difficult getting access to our property on the side of the end of our pond. As many will remember that was a huge project all in itself.

Here are some photos of the area back in December 2015 of the culvert installation area and the area on the side of the pond I will be writing about.

The ditch was difficult to navigate so we (of course I mean Roy) and a big piece of equipment dug deeper in the ditch to install a massive (massive to me) culvert.

Once the culvert was laid in place we had an unexpected monster monsoon rain and the culvert kept trying to float into the pond.

Roy worked out in the rain for hours rescuing the culvert from floating into the pond. Once the area dried he created a very secure means of anchoring the culvert.

You can see in the video below that the water continued to wash around and through the culvert making it very insecure.

We’ve come a long way since getting the culvert secured and covered with dirt. We spent many hours planting small patches of grass to cover all of the areas shown in the picture above.

In case you’re really interested in the issues and what all went into getting the two culverts together and fighting to get the culvert finished here are three posts from back then. I know most of ya’ll don’t care but there is that really curious group who weren’t with us back then so here they are.

Bridging the Gap – post one

Bridging the Gap – post two

Bridging the Gap – post three

This year our project is to “Create a Picnic Area” surrounded by plants, a hammock and lots of visiting space. This started when we found a square picnic table with four benches on sale at Tractor Supply Store. Being Roy, he doesn’t do anything halfway so the picnic table became a project all in itself! When planting bushes and plants that far away from our house we had no way to water the plants and clean the paddle boat and picnic table. Part two of “Creating a Picnic Area” will be about how that need was achieved.

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September 11, 2001 Attacks That Americans WILL NEVER FORGET

I will always remember where I was on September 11, 2001, when the world as America knew it changed forever.  I was at work in my office in McGehee Hall.  My friend Donna called and said we needed to turn on CNN right now.  We did and you know the rest.  I’m sure each of you knows where you were that day.  I found these 24 powerful and moving photos from the September 11 attacks that Americans WILL NEVER FORGET.  Sometimes I am afraid we have forgotten and I hope these photos will help us all remember that fateful day in New York City.
These photos were compiled by Matthew DeBorn last year.  He also tells his story of that day.
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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, in New York City.
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  • It’s been 18 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • But for millions of Americans, haunting memories of that day are still fresh, and many lives were changed forever.

On 9/11, terrorists hijacked four planes and were able to crash two of them into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York and one into the Pentagon.

The remaining jet crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the hijackers.

A day that started out with clear blue skies ended with a mass of twisted, smoldering metal where the Twin Towers once stood, leaving 2,977 people dead in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, along with the 19 hijackers.

September 11 happened almost two decades ago. One-quarter of Americans are too young to remember it. I have three kids who have no memory of it at all — they weren’t born yet. But as they’ve grown older, they’ve started to ask questions.

We certainly don’t want to forget about 9/11, even as we get on with our lives and confront new challenges. So in memory of that day, here are 24 images that capture what no American should forget. And as someone living in New York City at the time, I can tell you what it was like to witness the tragedy as it unfolded.

Brittany Fowler contributed to a previous version of this story.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were a familiar sight to New Yorkers. For decades, you looked up, and they were there. It was a reassuring sight. I visited the towers many times and gazed upon them many more times.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were a familiar sight to New Yorkers. For decades, you looked up, and they were there. It was a reassuring sight. I visited the towers many times and gazed upon them many more times. AP

On the morning of September 11, I had just finished voting in Brooklyn when I looked up and saw that one of the towers was on fire. Just a few minutes later, a second plane crashed into the other tower. Something was very wrong.

On the morning of September 11, I had just finished voting in Brooklyn when I looked up and saw that one of the towers was on fire. Just a few minutes later, a second plane crashed into the other tower. Something was very wrong. Carmen Taylor/AP

President George W. Bush was at a school event when he was informed. The expression on his face says it all. No one in the government knew how serious the threat was.

President George W. Bush was at a school event when he was informed. The expression on his face says it all. No one in the government knew how serious the threat was. Reuters

The impact of the two jets was devastating, smashing through the steel structure of the towers and igniting fires that eventually brought the buildings down. Warplanes took to the skies. Every nonmilitary flight in US airspace was ordered to land.

The impact of the two jets was devastating, smashing through the steel structure of the towers and igniting fires that eventually brought the buildings down. Warplanes took to the skies. Every nonmilitary flight in US airspace was ordered to land. REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek

Thousands of people were trapped in the upper floors of the towers. Many died when the planes hit, and more perished as the fires raged and when the towers collapsed. Some jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration and the smoke. In all, 2,606 people died in the towers.

Thousands of people were trapped in the upper floors of the towers. Many died when the planes hit, and more perished as the fires raged and when the towers collapsed. Some jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration and the smoke. In all, 2,606 people died in the towers. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

The sky was blue and clear on 9/11. The winds carried a massive plume of smoke out over the city and New York’s harbor. “Manhattan looked as though it had taken 10 megatons,” the British novelist Martin Amis later wrote.

The sky was blue and clear on 9/11. The winds carried a massive plume of smoke out over the city and New York's harbor. Marty Lederhandler/AP

The towers were so badly damaged structurally that collapse was inevitable. At the time, however, no one expected this. People on the streets around the World Trade Center fled in terror when the buildings went down, one after the other, and filled the streets with rubble and dust.

The towers were so badly damaged structurally that collapse was inevitable. At the time, however, no one expected this. People on the streets around the World Trade Center fled in terror when the buildings went down, one after the other, and filled the streets with rubble and dust. AP Photo/Suzanne Plunket

Fires raged for hours and smoldered for days in the mass of twisted steel and rubble. Lower Manhattan below 14th Street would be closed to traffic not involved in the rescue effort.

Fires raged for hours and smoldered for days in the mass of twisted steel and rubble. Lower Manhattan below 14th Street would be closed to traffic not involved in the rescue effort. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The area around the World Trade Center was a scene of utter devastation. Smoke and dust hung in the air. Countless cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles were destroyed.

The area around the World Trade Center was a scene of utter devastation. Smoke and dust hung in the air. Countless cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles were destroyed. Shawn Baldwin/AP

Tragedy was everywhere. The New York City Fire Department lost its chaplain, Rev. Mychal Judge, who was killed by falling rubble while giving last rites to a victim of the attack.

Tragedy was everywhere. The New York City Fire Department lost its chaplain, Rev. Mychal Judge, who was killed by falling rubble while giving last rites to a victim of the attack. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Very little remained of the Twin Towers’ elegant facades, which architect Minoru Yamasaki has designed with narrow window openings and soaring archwork.

Very little remained of the Twin Towers' elegant facades, which architect Minoru Yamasaki has designed with narrow window openings and soaring archwork. Peter Morgan/Reuters

Two 110-story soaring towers were reduced to a contorted mass of smoking metal. Welders spent months cutting the steel apart so that it could be carted away.

Two 110-story soaring towers were reduced to a contorted mass of smoking metal. Welders spent months cutting the steel apart so that it could be carted away. REUTERS/Ryan Remiorz

The New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene and suffered incredible losses of life as it tried to save people from the burning towers — 343 members were killed.

The New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene and suffered incredible losses of life as it tried to save people from the burning towers — 343 members were killed. REUTERS/Anthony Correia

Strong men were reduced to tears.

Strong men were reduced to tears. Mario Tama/Getty Images

In the days that followed, rescue workers streamed into New York for neighboring cities and states. Scenes of horror as bodies were lifted from the rubble contrasted with signs of defiance as American flags were raised above the carnage.

In the days that followed, rescue workers streamed into New York for neighboring cities and states. Scenes of horror as bodies were lifted from the rubble contrasted with signs of defiance as American flags were raised above the carnage. Bill Farrington/AP

Loved ones posted photos of missing friends and family members in the desperate hope that they might turn up alive.

Loved ones posted photos of missing friends and family members in the desperate hope that they might turn up alive. Russell Boyce/Reuters

The city pulled together is a way that I had never witnessed before. We lined the streets to cheer on National Guard and rescue workers as they made their way into Manhattan and down to what became known as “Ground Zero.”

The city pulled together is a way that I had never witnessed before. We lined the streets to cheer on National Guard and rescue workers as they made their way into Manhattan and down to what became known as Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Soon, the nation would go to war in Afghanistan.

We also indulged our vengeful attitudes. Soon, the nation would go to war in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Russell Boyce-Files

The attacks weren’t limited to New York. The Pentagon also took a hit — 125 people were killed.

The attacks weren't limited to New York. The Pentagon also took a hit — 125 people were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The scene at the Pentagon was equally horrifying, but the building itself remained standing.

The scene at the Pentagon was equally horrifying, but the building itself remained standing. Greg Whitesell/Getty Images

A new tower has risen at Ground Zero, along with a memorial. This has provided a lot of people with a welcome sense of closure. But it’s not enough to make me forget that terrible day; the lives that were lost, and how America was changed.

But the new architecture of lower Manhattan is uplifting. Here’s the now famous Oculus.

But the new architecture of lower Manhattan is uplifting. Here's the now famous Oculus. Courtney Verrill

And once again, it’s possible to look at over the vast expanse of the city from high above.

And once again, it's possible to look at over the vast expanse of the city from high above. Reuters

But the annual “Tribute in Lights” continues to remind New Yorkers and world of the buildings that once stood in Manhattan, and the lives that were lost on 9/11.

The still photos above say a lot about that day but this video shows so much more.

Roy and I visited Ground Zero in our travels with Dora.  Everything we’d seen and heard on television was made much more real by that experience. If you’d like to read our blog post about that visit click on the photo below.

A friend posted this graphic this morning…. I MISS 9/12 TOO…

I hope you have a Blessed week!

 

 

09.07.19 Because Jesus is there! by Megan Breeland Woodham

Take your kids to church.

Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like a mad woman gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time.

Hop to the car with a shoe in one hand and your make-up bag in the other. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If it’s raining, get wet. If it’s cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to church. You know why?

Because Jesus is there.

He’s there. And He’ll meet them there. And you too, Mama.

He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as she greets them into their room. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their little bellies and hearts.

He’ll be there in the hug from a sweet friend and the encouraging smile that assures you that they “just barely made it” too. He’ll be there in the sacred words read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.

So take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations.

Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t.

Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – his power – his faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them withImage may contain: cloud, sky, tree, outdoor and nature your life. Tell them what he’s done for you and how you’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.

Take your kids to church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves.

They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement.

They just get to go and hear how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re valued. Wanted. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. It’s not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and a few less demands.

Take them to church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the dance studio or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play.

Take them to church. Let them know its a priority. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extra curricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void.

Take them to church.

I promise it’s worth it.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14.

© Megan Breeland Woodham,at One Step Ministries

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09.05.19 “Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

I’ve seen this a few times on Facebook lately. As I was reading it I could hear their little voices saying it.  I loved going back into the Winnie the Pooh world, even for just a few minutes.  Hope you enjoy this today!
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Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.

“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.

I found a short two minute video of Pooh and Piglet that made me smile so here it is below!

I hope this left you with a smile today!

Have a Blessed Week!

 

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