07.06.19 Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin!

Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin who was born on this day in 1981 at 8:56 pm a healthy boy of 8 pounds born to a young dad of 30 and mother of 26.. Today is Chip’s 38th birthday.

Chip, you’ve made us proud, you’ve made us quite crazy😉, and we love you now more than ever! We celebrated his birthday on July 4th complete with fireworks!

Here’s some pictures of Chip throughout the years.

 

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Have a great and special day Chip! Love you, Mom and Dad!

07.04.19 Some fun stuff for the 4th of July

Just wait till the end of this one!

A woman and man got into a car accident. Both of their cars were badly damaged, but amazingly neither of them were hurt.

After they crawled out of the wreckage, the woman said: “Wow, look at our cars – there’s nothing left! Thank God we are all right. This must be a sign from Him that we should be friends and not try to pin the blame on each other.”

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The man replied: “Oh yes, I agree with you completely.”

The woman pointed to a bottle on the ground and said: “Here’s another miracle. Somehow this bottle of whisky from my back seat didn’t break. Surely God wants us to drink it and celebrate our good fortune.”

Then she handed the bottle to the man. The man nodded his head in agreement, opened it, and drank about a third of the bottle to calm his nerves. He then handed it back to the woman. The woman took the bottle, immediately put the cap back on, and handed it back to the man.

The man asked: “Aren’t you having any?”

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The woman replied: “No. I think I’ll just wait for the police – I’ll let them decide whose fault it is.”

BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

WINDING ROCKS IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

THE SNOW TRAIN IN WERNIGERODE, GERMANY

TAKACHIHO GORGE IN MIYAZAKI, JAPAN

SECRET FALLS IN NORTH CAROLINA

CENTRAL PARK AND NEW YORK CITY

SHE WROTE TO TECH SUPPORT ABOUT HER HUSBAND. THIS WAS THEIR EPIC REPLY, by Josh Starling

We’ve all needed advice at some point or another about relationships. And for good reason. They’re often hard to keep fresh!

Well, the young woman who submitted the tech support message below (about her relationship to her husband) presumably did it as a joke… but then she got a reply was way too good to keep to herself.

The tech support people’s love advice was hilarious and genius!

As a wise person once said, “You can only control your efforts, not the outcome.” This letter reminds us to always make a fun effort at pursuing your significant other!


The query:

Dear Tech Support,

’Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as: Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as: NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?

Signed,
Desperate

The response (that came weeks later out of the blue):

Dear Desperate,

“First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter command: I thought you loved me.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1. Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)In addition, please, do not attempt to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend: Cooking 3.0.Good Luck!’

Good Luck!

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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07.02.19 TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH, FROM THE SKY!

Our church, Trinity Baptist Church, recently broke ground and poured the foundation for our new Trinity Family Life Center.  After church Sunday when most everyone was gone, Roy and his spiffy Drone (Zelda) took to the air to capture aerial photos of the new building’s foundation and the rest of the church buildings, softball field and property.  As construction proceeds, we hope to share more aerial photos with ya’ll!

Sanctuary, parking lot to the right and parsonage to the left

Sanctuary in front by the road (Pumpkin Center Road), Education Building in the back and Youth Building, the smaller building next to that

The foundation for our Family Life Center!  It’s in the back of our Education Building and Youth Building.  The Family Life Center will be a two story, over 9000 square foot building.

Zelda zoomed higher! The small building to the right of the foundation is the concession stand for our softball field. Lots of good memories there for the Chauvin family!

and higher and higher!

The softball field at the back of the church property.  Both our sons played a lot of softball games back there. Lots of other church events have been held at the softball field.

A few of our favorite folks were a little leary of the humming Zelda taking their picture but they managed to smile so their picture could be taken! Thanks, Ms. Louise, Johnnie, Spot, and Leanna!

And Zelda Zoooooms down!

That’s it for now.  Thanks Roy (and Zelda) for these terriffic photos! As construction proceeds we’ll try to get more pictures and share!

Ya’ll have a very blessed week!

06.28.19 WE NEED WASHING

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A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the Wal-Mart….

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ she said.

‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain..’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’

‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ‘ ‘

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…

So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.

by Anonymous

06.27.19 Chauvin Produce Update – It is Harvest Time!

Read on to find out what this is about!

The vegetable plants are as big as they need to get and they re all producing.  We are now harvesting daily!

Instead of showing the garden itself, I’ll share some photos of the harvest and a couple of the garden! We’ve been dealing with hungry little insects and bugs and spraying and spraying the plants

Every morning I go out to the garden and harvest whatever is ready.  Maintaining the garden and picking the vegetables have turned out to be difficult because my back gets inflamed within a minute of starting to bend over.  The rows seemed to be well spaced before the vegetable bushes grew to full size.  Now we feel they are too close together which is something we’ll change in future gardens.

 

 

Our corn has produced 12 corn on the cobs. They are so delicious!!! As time has passed the quality of the corn has gotten better and better.

When each corn stalk produced one and sometimes two corn cobs they started naturally withering and dying.  We’ve pulled up around 10 stalks so far.  There are around 5 stalks remaining.  New corn seeds were planted where there is available space and the next crop of corn has sprouted.  The picture below looks pitiful but they are doing what they are supposed to.  I cut the top half off when they need to come up out of the ground so Roy knows which ones to pull up.

These are where there were originally beautiful potato bushes.

Now, most are gone which is what they are supposed to do.  The potatoes growing under the ground take what they need from the plants above ground until there is nothing left of the bush.  The almost nothing you see below means things are going right!  They need to be in the ground a while longer before they can be harvested.  

Cucumbers are being harvested every day and they are big cucumbers.

I pickled four jars full a couple of weeks ago. Once we started eating them we realized I shouldn’t have pickled these really big ones since their skin is tougher.  I’ll be pickling the cucumbers while they are smaller from now on.  

We’ve been enjoying garden fresh tomato and cucumber salads every day. The lettuce in this picture also came from the garden!  I think this is the part of our vegetable garden adventure we are enjoying the most! We grew these from seeds, isn’t that cool!

At least a dozen usable bell peppers have been picked.  A few nonusable bell peppers were picked, the bad spots cut out and then the remainder chopped up to use for seasoning in my cooking. Three nice eggplants were picked so far.  Several eggplants are hanging on their bushes getting bigger every day.

I stuffed 12 bell peppers with ground meat, rice, garlic, onions, bell pepper, etc.  They were frozen in groups of three. 

This is the pot of eggplant that is being smothered with ground meat and seasoning.  We were able to make two large casseroles of smothered eggplant.  One casserole we’ve already eaten and it was delicious! The other is in the freezer. It looks totally different when the eggplant is cooked and smothered down!

The number of tomatoes in the bowl below are being picked every day.  We’ve either popped them in our mouth to enjoy or put them in a salad.

We pick about the amount of okra shown below every day.  We’ve picked around 40 okras so far. They are all being chopped up and frozen.  When we get a big enough bag we will fix smothered okra.

Our bigger tomatoes are just now starting to turn red.  Some of the bigger tomatoes have developed “blossom rot” which comes from a deficiency of calcium in the soil.  Roy researched it and found that lime needed to be added to the soil so he bought a 40 pound bag and treated the soil of the tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants since those last two can be affected by blossom rot.

The okra plant makes this beautiful flower as it is growing.  You can see behind the flower in the picture are several budding okras.

Our one and only artichoke plant is doing well.  No artichokes yet but it’s a neat plant to watch it grow! 

The first of our green onion crop has been harvested and chopped using it in our cooking.

Now for the fruit

Our eight blueberry bushes were moved this year so we didn’t anticipate much of a crop and that’s what we got.  We let Madisyn pick the three blueberries and she shared them with me!

Our watermelon vines have one watermelon that is growing every day.  First is a close up of the 4-inch watermelon and second is the vine the watermelon is growing on.

In the garden down by the pond the watermelon vine is finally growing and flowering.

The cantaloupe in that same area is blooming really.  I am hopeful there will be fruit growing on each within the next week.

The fig trees are growing really well and figs are all over the trees.

The garlic and yellow onions are still growing and aren’t ready yet to harvest.

Our militon vines are having an issue with yellowing and dying leaves.  While those yellowing leaves dry up and fall off, lots of new green growth is blooming all over the vines. We researched this whil the yellowing occured and learned that the new green leaves may start growing so we are happy to see that happen/ Militon plants don’t start blooming and producing until around August or September so we’ll see how they do then!

The sweet potatoes are still a big bunch of vines that haven’t shown any sign of being ready to go away so we can dig up the sweet potatoes.  If these sweet potatoes do well and we decide to do it again we will NOT plant it in the middle of a garden.  The vines are so long and even though we let them go up and down a fine, they still take over a lot of area in the garden.  The big bunch of leaves on the right are the sweet potato vines.

Different types of inspects and bugs have attacked the plants in different ways. We’ve purchased three different types of insect sprays to wipe out these bugs that love the plants.  With the vegetable plants close together it is difficult to spray the whole plant. Lots of lessons are being learned so that’s good!

After I finished writing this yesterday I was in the garden and found 3 eggplants on the ground that had fallen off the bushes and had a bad spot on them.  Between that and the spots on a few bell peppers recently I decided to pick all the eggplants and bell peppers that were almost the right size to pick to avoid the possibility of a bad spot on them.  This morning I did that and here’s what I picked.  This mornings harvest included picking some smaller cucumbers that are better suited for pickling than the larger ones were. It only takes a couple of days for these cucumbers to grow from the small size to the large!

That’s it for now on our Spring 2019 gardening adventure!

 

06.19.19 Rejoice with Joy, by Susan Adams Moffett

As Tim preached yesterday, he brought us to this verse and sat there a moment.

rejoice with joy
inexpressible joy
glory-filled joy

So I left thinking…how do we do that?
How do we express and rejoice and share something so real and still so gloriously inexpressible?
Even when it’s scary.
Even when it’s unknown.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it’s uphill.
Even when it’s lonely.

Remember as kids, on a swing, we would just lean back and kick high and say “Wheeee!”…

We didn’t analyze, we didn’t do mathematical calculations, we didn’t explain how our hearts felt or work through what our minds were thinking. We didn’t work at finding just the right words to declare and exclaim.

We just kicked back our heads and declared, “Wheeeee!”
It came bubbling out of us.

Rejoice
Joy
Inexpressible
Glorious

So today, you may need to pump your feet a bit harder, fling your head back a bit more and shout it out a bit louder.
Go ahead.
Wheeeee!
Reposted with permission from Susan Adams Moffett

06.17.19 I Want to Be That House! by Liz Newman

I Want To Be That House! by Liz Newman

For as long as I can remember our house has been one with an open door policy.

Long before kids were ever even thought of, friends gathered here more often than not and you never knew when someone would pop in.

Admittedly, it was my husband who created this feeling in our home and it was one I had to adjust to when we got together.

But the older my children get the more I realize just how much I want to be THAT house.

I Want To Be That House

I want to be that house.

You know the one. The one where all the kids want to go.

The house where kids know they can show up and be greeted with a smile and a “How was school this week?”

The house every kid knows they will have fun at; but a house that will not hesitate to call their mama if need be.

The place they gather to on Friday nights to play video games way past their bedtime.

The house that allows mud on the floor, dirty socks and shoes thrown about, and 7 half empty cups on the kitchen table.

The house that isn’t mad when the nail polish spills.

The house that can handle the noise of 4 giggly girls plus 3 crazy boys. At the same time.

The house where there will always be fruit snacks in the pantry and juice boxes in the fridge.

The latest Playstation game.

Extra clothes and a toothbrush for whoever sleeps over.

Extra pillows.

Extra blankets.. I want this house to be comfort and happiness and love. Not just for my two kids but for their friends, too.

I want to be the house that my kids know they can bring someone for dinner that might need a break from their own house.

The house where someone can stay the night because they’re having a hard time at home.

There will be plenty of things I can’t do as a mother, but what I can do is love fiercely, and give you a home that feels so safe and secure you don’t want to leave.

I want to be that house. ♥

Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.

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Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

06.16.19 To my fabulous husband Roy Chauvin!! Happy Father’s Day!!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ROY, CHIP AND our oldest son!

We all love you Roy! Thanks for being the great father and grandfather that you are!

11377100_10152526363489364_1682411937975987897_nFather’s Day is a day set apart to honor fathers. My husband Roy Chauvin has been an amazing father raising two young men, our oldest son and Chip Chauvin. Our oldest son and Chip have gone on to be amazing fathers to their children. God has blessed us abundantly!

Here are some pictures of Roy being a father and grandfather to our youngest son Chip and his children over the last 36 years. Hope you enjoy it honey!!

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Roy has worked hard every day to provide for our family. He’s brilliant in more ways than I can count. The knowledge and skills he passed along to his sons is amazing. For all the years of sweat and tears, love and caring you’ve given to me and the boys, I thank you Roy!

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful and caring dads out there!

P.S. This is your card and your present!

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06.13.19 When I Am An Old Lady, by Joanne Bailey Baxte

Other than the smoking, I’m thinking this may be me one day!  Enjoy~
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When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they’ve provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they’ll be so excited!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

I’ll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues,
And I’ll bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.
I’ll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I’ll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they’ll shout!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

When they’re on the phone and just out of reach,
I’ll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they’ll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I’ll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I’ll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry I’ll run if I’m able!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

I’ll sit close to the TV, through channels I’ll click,
I’ll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I’ll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud ’til the end of the day!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

And later in bed, I’ll lay back and sigh,
I’ll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, “She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!”

-by Joanne Bailey Baxte