07.11.18 Mama’s Publishers Clearing House List

Image result for publishers clearing houseEven those of you who knew my mama well, probably did not know this.  She was obsessed with winning the Publisher’s Clearing House for several years.  She knew without a doubt that Ed McMahon was going to show up at her house with her prize.  I think I remember her having a special box of cookies for when they came.  That part could just be in my mind!

Anyway, on her birthday in 2001 (she wrote it as 2K1) she wrote the following note about what her wishes were if she should win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.  This is it in her writing.  I’m going to type it up below her handwritten version in case you can’t read her writing.

I thought about this note when Philip Bankston got up to speak a few Sundays ago about the Family Life Building we hope to soon start on at our church Trinity Baptist.  You’ll see why in #1 of mama’s note.

Rewritten from 5-18-2K1. Notes:  My wishes if I should win the Publishers Clearing House “Sweepstakes”.  after thanking God for his hand in it.

1. I would pay off debt on Trinity Church, help build the much needed “Family Center”

2.  I would pay off Harriett and Georges home, Rosalyn and Roys, also Dana and Erics.  Pay off Rosie’s Car, buy Harriett a new car, give Greg a generous wedding gift to go on a home for he and Nancy, Buy Chad a new car, whatever Chip wants for his truck and help for school.  A new car for Gloria and Olga.

Pay off loan to bank (not to much)

Car Insurance 6 months and house for 1 year.

Good health policy and keep enough to keep my car in good condition, also home.

I do not need or want a new home or car, I like what I have.

If there is anything left over add to future schooling for Joseph and Annie.

I want to keep my Hibernia bank account with Joyce Kemp.

An unlisted phone number.

Chip approved this – too bad if no one else does!!!

The words on the side say “In case it is necessary Harriett and Rosalyn Joint Power of Attorney”

Yes we are now looking forward to the approval and building of our Family Life Center at Trinity.  Can’t wait to see that dream become a reality.  Our church family has grown so much we really need it now.  I know that mama will be smiling in Heaven when it does!

This note also says so much about my mama.  Her wants were so small in comparison to what she wanted to do for her family and friends from her winnings.  Her first wish was to give to God’s church and her last wish was for very little for herself.  She loved each of us in her family so much and always sacrificed for us.  We knew we were all loved and still know that!

Hope ya’ll enjoyed this little insight into a sweet lady’s wish list for when she would win the Publishers Clearing House in 2001!

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07.09.18 Doctor, doctor, doctor, no doctor – in reverse!

Monday, July 9, 2018 – I wrote a nice long blog post to document, for me, recent doctors appointments that happened and didn’t happen.  I need that level of detail to help me remember these things.  I’ve decided all this doesn’t really need to be public (I know, I decide this after years of telling everything!) so below is the very brief version of the nice long blog post!

Yes I did make an appointment to see Dr. Mortesia Shamsnia, the doctor I swore I’d never go to again a couple of years ago. After making the appointment for May 22nd and receiving the “new patient” packet (because it had been so long since I’d seen him that I had to fill out a new patient packet), I received an odd phone call. I was totally flabbergasted when a young lady called to say that Dr. Shamsnia was no longer with Advanced Neurodiagnostics in Metairie and hadn’t been since February of this year.  The clinic’s website is still active at http://www.adneuro.com/physicians.html if you’d like to check it out.  He’s just not with them though the website says he is.  He is now associated with Tulane Medical Center. To see him I have to get a referral (long story) which I don’t feel like doing.  For now, no appointment, no new improved MRI.   So no I didn’t see Dr. Shamnia and who knows if I ever will again!

First doctor I did see is Dr. Valdes.  Saw him last week and my a1c is down to 7.4. He made some changes to my diabetic medicine to help push it on down to the goal of 7.0.

Second doctor I did see is Dr. Blessey. Since we no longer have Dora (our motorhome) available to go to Tennessee and stay for a while like Roy did while he recovered we made a decision.  Image result for dr. peter blesseyI decided to look for a local doctor who does partial knee replacements. The pain in my knee is worse than it has ever been mostly because of the activity lately getting the motor home ready to rent, moving into our house and getting everything in the house set up as much as possible.  A friend recommended Dr. Peter Blessey with Ochsner in Covington.  Roy and I went to see him and really liked him.  He does a similar type partial knee replacement as Dr. Schrader does and the surgery is done outpatient!  Surgery is scheduled for July 31st.  We have a class scheduled on July 13th with them that will discuss my surgery and aftercare plans as well as go over my medical history and medications.

Third doctor is one Roy saw. The long awaited visit with Dr. Pulin Shah at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was on June 6. He said he could do the lens replacement and do the asteroid hyalosis removal.  But he, just like Dr. Creed, wanted Roy to get and wear glasses for a while to see if that could correct some of the problems without doing surgery.  Of course, Roy has hardly worn the bifocals we bought after Dr. Creeds recommendation, and who knows if he will wear the monovision glasses if we bought them.  Roy still has trouble seeing but it’s up to him and no one can make him wear the glasses. We really liked Dr. Shah and his office door was so cool I had to take a photo of it!

I now have a terrible toothache which I’m living on pain medicine for until I see the dentist this afternoon.  More fun!

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07.08.18 Trust Me When I Say God Always Has A Plan, by Taunya at Love, Life, Relationships

Trust me when I say God knows what he’s doing. Even if you’re confused and you don’t know how you’re going to move forward or where you’re going to go, he will always open a new door for you. An unexpected door. A door that could lead you to a kind of happiness you never imagined. A door that puts an end to the hard days.

Trust me when I say God doesn’t take things away without giving you something better. God knows when something has served its purpose even if you can’t see it. God knows when things should end even if you’re not ready.

God is planning what’s next for you because he knows that you need a change. He knows that he’s taking you to a better destination or guiding you to a more fulfilling life.

Trust me when I say God hears your prayers. He’s listening to you and he’s giving you exactly what you want but in his own way. Maybe his way is different from yours but his way is always the right way. When you ask for happiness and you find yourself drifting away from the people you love, he’s telling you that these are not the people to surround yourself with because they drain you. When you ask for peace and you lose your job, he’s telling you that your future is better somewhere else. When you ask for love and he gives you heartbreak, he’s telling you that you need to make a better choice. He’s telling you you’re loving the wrong people. He’s always answering your questions, you just need to trust his answers.

Trust me when I say God is looking out for you. It may not be easy to see at times and it might be impossible to understand why things happen the way they do but one thing I know for sure is that God won’t leave you alone in the dark. He will guide you. He will inspire you. He will rearrange things in your life so you can change your life. 

Trust me when I say God wants you to count on him. He wants you to learn that people are unpredictable and they change their minds every second. He wants you to know that nothing in life is secure or complete. He wants you to know that there will be times when you’ll just have to count on your faith instead of your logic. He wants you to go through enough problems so you can have enough wisdom to know that he’s the only constant in this life and he’s the only one who can truly heal you.

Trust me when I say God always has a plan for you and that plan always includes what’s best for you.

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07.07.18 ‘Good Cemeterian’ honors veterans by restoring gravestones, celebrating their stories, by Allie Raffa | Fox News

On any given day, Andrew Lumish arrives at a historic Tampa-area cemetery without fanfare or attention. He’s there to carefully restore veteran’s gravestones blackened by the elements and decades of neglect.

Cemeteries across the country will show you a similar scene—thousands of long-forgotten monuments belonging to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

But Lumish, a cleaning company owner, aims to refurbish the memories – and the gravestones – of America’s heroes whose time-worn tombstones have started falling apart.

Lumish said he stumbled upon a Tampa cemetery five years ago to photograph some gravestones, but what he saw that day would change his life.

“So many veteran’s monuments…were in really poor condition and it was upsetting to me,” he said. “I didn’t want for them to be forgotten…I started to research how to properly restore monuments.”

His preparation is always the same, even after 1,500 completed restorations.

He is given permission to restore a monument from cemetery staff or a descendant, charges no fee for his services and brings all his own equipment—a few 5-gallon water containers, some microfiber towels and an assortment of over 12 brushes ranging in shape and size.

Recent, he was restoring the gravestone of Milton H. Phelps, a U.S. Army Private First Class in World War II who died in 1973 at the age of 67.

“Each one tells a story…our subject right here is originally from New York state,” says Lumish, as he methodically sprays the stone while scrubbing away mold and mildew so deeply permeated that each swirl of his brush creates a wave of green muck.

He rinses the stone with water to check his progress and sprays it again with something called D/2 biological solution, which Lumish said is the only product used to clean monuments in national cemeteries.

Lumish said in a typical eight-hour day, he can complete the first cleaning phase of four to five monuments.

“A monument restoration has to be done by hand, you cannot use a pressure washer…so a monument will take minimally two months to restore and some take in excess of a year,” he said. “I won’t reveal a restoration until it’s reached its pinnacle and peak and it’s ready to be shown.”

This is the first of many visits he will make to Phelps’ burial site over the coming months, and each time, he will learn more about each veteran’s personal story.

“It’s very important to me,” he said. “It’s become a mission of sorts.”

Joe Caltagirone, caretaker of the L’Unione Italiana cemetery, where Lumish has completed several restorations, said his work means a lot to the families of the deceased veterans.

“He is treating the individual veterans as if they were members of his family,” Caltagirone said. “Words can’t express how much we appreciate that.”

Lumish’s mission doesn’t end once the gravestones are clean. He takes before-and-after photos and posts them to his Facebook page and website, titled with his nickname “The Good Cemeterian,” along with a short biography so his thousands of followers can celebrate their life.

“You find these things that are unbeknownst to anyone when you walk by or drive by a stone in a cemetery…it represents a life that we should respect and remember because we learn so much,” Lumish said.

He and his assistant, Jen Armbruster, use numerous genealogical websites and old newspaper articles to tell the story of the person behind the name.

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“I never anticipated that these restorations from 100 or longer years ago would personally affect people in today’s times the way that they do,” Lumish said. (Fox News)

“The individuals that we honor didn’t consider themselves heroes, they didn’t toot their own horn or pat themselves on the back—we’re doing it now…we don’t only talk about their service, we talk about their lives, from the day they were born until their last day on earth,” he said. “We are delving into that person’s life so that we can respectfully tell what that person went through…I don’t want anyone to be forgotten.”

One of those Lumish wants everyone to remember is his friend, 12-year U.S. Air Force veteran Chris Scala, who took his own life in 2013 after battling post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

“We honor the past, but I also always honor him,” he said.  “I always think of him.”

Lumish’s dedication to Scala and others is getting nationwide attention—hundreds of new “Good Cemeterians” across the country are joining his cause. He plans on providing them with starter cleaning kits to use in their own local cemeteries.

Inspired by the outpouring of support for his work, he created “The Good Cemeterian Historial Preservation Project,” a non-profit raising money for gold star families and veterans suffering from PTSD.

At the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national convention in Kansas City, Mo. later this month, Lumish will be honored with a National Citizenship Award.

“Personally, I’ve learned a lot through these restorations and telling these stories…I learn every single day and unless you’re learning every single day, you’re not living,” he said. “So, I’m going to live this life, however long it’s going to be, and leave it a better place than I came into it. That’s my goal.”

Allie Raffa is a multimedia reporter for Fox News based in Tampa.

 

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07.01.18 A quiet thought for this Sunday, July 1st, by Rev. Bob Adams

Different expressions of the Christian faith offer grace to needy people in different ways. Some churches seek to convey grace to others through rituals and liturgies, others through sermons and events, and most through some form of music. All these are loving efforts of faithful people trying to awaken broken lives to the presence of Jesus.
However, beyond the rituals and liturgies and apart from books and sermons, is a vast army of un-robed, un-ordained, un-elected, un-commissioned conveyers of grace. These grace-carriers appear as teachers in classrooms, truck drivers in big rigs, store clerks in logo shirts, managers in offices, grey-haired grandparents in dated clothes.
These unofficial, unnoticed agents of heaven come and go day and night in multiplied thousands of places, reaching far more broken lives than faith expressed in institutions and rituals can hope to reach.
Each quiet act of grace from these unheralded believers (like many of you) is nothing less than a blood transfusion for a fainting soul. In their words and deeds Jesus Himself is shared from one life to the other, all of it being empowered by the Spirit who is Jesus present with them.
So to all the grace-carriers, known and unknown . . . Thank you!

06.23.18 Emptying, cleaning, stocking and renting Dora!

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Our big girl Dora is carrying another family around the country this week and she’s happy to do it!  Over two weeks ago we moved out of Dora into the house we built in Amite three years ago.  Before that we worked almost constantly getting Dora spotless and packing up the mountain of things we carried with us in Dora.

When we started getting rental bookings for Dora we were so happy.  Seven weeks of rentals were booked while we were preparing to move into the house.  Then a wonderful family contacted us about renting Dora beginning last Sunday.  That one happened fast so we sped up all the work involved in moving everything out, cleaning Dora and getting all of the things we offered as “extras” to those who rent Dora.

First here Dora is getting ready to say goodbye to her mom and dad who moved into their house next door to her.

Every storage bin outside and every drawer, cabinet, storage place inside had to be emptied and cleaned.  As we moved things from Dora to the house and started to fill up the house we realized how very much we really carried with us in Dora!

The photos below start with Dora pretty much all torn apart inside and outside getting her ready to be rented. Yes I am courageous in showing you all our mess while moving.  I’ve sure we’ve all experienced this at some point in the moving process.  Ours was just all confined to a 400 sq. foot home!

From all that mess to a nice straightened up and pretty empty Dora!

   

I knew Dora was out there sad and lonely.  We visited often and even brought others to meet and get to know her.  The families who are going to rent her came one at a time to familiarize themselves with all that is Dora and to drive her so they are comfortable, and so we are comfortable with them driving her.  We are finding that some really great people want to travel our country with our big girl Dora.  They love her and I can’t wait till they each return after their trips to share with us how she does!

Here’s some pictures with Roy teaching them all about Dora’s many systems and features.

This is Jeff posing for me so we could see what he will look like while they are touring this beautiful country!

This is Jeff faking like he’s stuck in traffic! 

We decided to stock the RV with lots of items including cleaning items, first aid kit, coffee pot and filters, toaster, stainless eating utensils, pot holders, chip bag clips, cooking utensils and pans, induction cooktop as an alternative to the propane stove, pots and pans, sheets, pillows, bedspreads, quality paper plates, saucer and bowls, cups, coffee cups, medium outside table, six foldable chairs in bags, large outside mat, and several other things.  We’re expanding that soon to include a small ironing board, iron, towels, wash clothes, clothes hangers, and shampoo. We want our motor home to be the one renters choose and are learning that these things will help. 

Here’s Roy giving Dora a final complete washing before she leaves.

The moment our dear Dora left with her first rental family heading to Tennessee and Arkansas.  Great family of four hoping to create lasting memories together.  I can’t wait till they get home to hear all about it!

   Here’s Roy working hard getting the beams level again and the gravel leveled off while Dora’s off having fun.

Dora’s patio is empty now, everything moved to the house.  This week’s renters left their vehicles with us while they are off enjoying their time with Dora!

Well, Dora comes home this evening late.  We have a quick turn around before she leaves for 17 days with a sweet couple from about a hour from here.  After that she is rented until middle of August.

We are making slow small steps to making our house into our home.  This is the console we purchased that our tv sits on.  The TV will eventually be mounted on the wall but for now it’s happy on the console.  The wood color matches the color of our kitchen cabinets in the adjoining kitchen.

The guest bathroom is all dressed up and ready to be used!  She needs some wall decorations still but that will come!

Our fig trees have lots more figs on them than last year!  They should start ripening soon.

My rock painting took a two week break but I’m back at painting!  One of our bedrooms has become Roy’s computer room and the other has become my rock painting room and Madisyn’s room for when she comes to visit overnight.  I’ve started creating medium size rocks for our renters to help them remember their adventures with Dora.  I’ll post pictures of them after the renters receive them.

This is the view from my rock painting room!  I love it!  It’s way prettier than the picture shows.  When the wind is blowing and the trees move and water rripples across the pond it is such an amazing sight!!

Our master bedroom has nothing but a new king size mattress, box springs and frame but I sleep like a baby in that big bed!  We do have sheets but just not in this picture!

We just had a three day Dora rental book for September and one is pending for October.  Dora is renting out really well and we couldn’t be happier.  If any of ya’ll are interested in renting her please let us know!

Roy and I put many hours into creating an instruction manual for the renters to learn about all of Dora’s systems and features. Our dear friends, Cindy, Jacqueline and Donna helped proof read the manual and made many, many helpful recommendations.  Thanks ladies, you are all wonderful friends and we appreciate you!

Once those recommended changes were made in the manual it is now ready to give to the next renters.  We email a .pdf copy of the manual to renters once they pay and book their trip so they can learn about her at home ahead of time.

Chip, Misty and Madisyn came over after church for Father’s Day and were the first company in our new home!  I cooked a big pot of spaghetti sauce in my big (compared to Dora’s) kitchen and we enjoyed spending time together.  Our older son’s children called Roy to wish him Happy Father’s Day.  I loved hearing their small voices tell him they love him.

I’ve made a decision about having the partial knee replacement.  I also haven’t shared about Roy’s visit with Dr. Pulin Shah at Ochsner in New Orleans or about why I’m not going to see the neurologist in New Orleans that I thought I was going to see back in May.  Maybe next time I can write about all that!

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06.20.18 HEARING GOD IN THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS METHODS by Sam Williamson

Like Sam Williamson says below most believers long for – desperately long for – clearly hearing God’s voice. 

Oh how many times have I longed for verbally hearable words to come from God’s mouth to my ears.  As I’ve been reading through the Old Testament this year when God speaks out loud to someone I wish so deeply that I’d have one of those moments or more than one would happen in my life.  When making a major decision or minor ones I always ask God for guidance.  Through many of the ways Sam talks about below God does speak to me, just not verbally or with the loud clear voice I think we all long for.

When an unexpected person in my life shared with me long ago that when you keep feeling little “nudges” towards a decision or towards reaching out to someone, that is God. And time after time that has proven true.  Getting into the scriptures daily or more often opens my eyes to so much of God’s wisdom and the messages in the Bible are God’s way of letting us know what we should do.  I think that is why every time I read the Bible I see new wisdom in the same verse I got a different message from before.

I hope, if nothing else, my blog encourages you to learn more about my amazing, BIG, ever present God.  Read his Word, pray with him

(directly with him, He listens to us when we reach out to him directly), open your life to scriptural preaching (not the Joel Osteens of this world) from genuinely God lead pastors, associate yourself with a Godly person who you can go to for mentoring, counseling or  just to ask a question, attend a Bible Study or Sunday School class (same thing).

I encourage you to reach out to someone whose life displays God to find that Bible Study, or find the church where scripture is genuinely preached.  Your life will never be the same when you connect to God.  Not only will your life be

changed, your children will see God in your life and their lives will be changed.  The most important thing a parent can do for a child is to introduce them to God and what Jesus did for us, through your life and your Christian guidance.

I don’t know where all of this came from, just now.  Well yeah I do, God put it in my heart to share.  That’s the kind of thing He does.  If God can use a woman with dementia to share her faith when sometimes I can’t make a complete sentence, He can work in your life too.   I think Sam Williamson shares his message below very clearly.  Here it is!

 

HEARING GOD IN THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS METHODS by Sam Williamson – Beliefs of the Heart

Most believers long for—desperately long for—God’s voice, but most of us experience silence. Scripture says, “God speaks in many and diverse ways, but nobody notices” (Job 33:14). We miss his voice because he’s not a paint-by-number God. He speaks in ways we don’t expect.

Well-meaning people often mislead us when they describe their conversations with God. Their exchanges with God sound like dialogues written by master playwrights:

I asked God: What should I do with my life?
God answered: Are you willing to take a risk?
I replied: Yes, but I don’t know what to do.
God said: Move to Timbuktu.

When people tell us these stories, we think, I never hear God so clearly. Let me tell you a secret: neither do they. At least not most of the time. Their stories are usually shorthand summaries of hours spent reading Scripture, reflecting on his words, praying, getting Godly nudges, and recognizing God’s voice in circumstances or through friends.

Because God speaks through his infinitely imaginative, artistic mix of methods.

Methods

Let’s not put God in a box. If we limit his voice to a few methods—the scripted dialogue or heavenly visions—we will miss his voice when he paints his words with different brushstrokes. Below are seven common methods in which God speaks.

Responsive Resonance: God’s Spirit often resonates in our spirits as a response to external events. Perhaps it’s a burning in our heart or a sense that God has something significant for us in this moment: a Scripture passage leaps out at us in prayer, or we overhear a “chance” comment in the coffee shop. God moves speaks to our hearts to pay attention.

For example, “While waiting in Athens, Paul’s spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was full of idols” (Act 17:16). Now, think with me: there were idols every city Paul visited, but God stirred something in him in that moment in Athens.

Spontaneous Nudging: Sometimes God nudges our heart out of the blue: to pray for a friend or to act on an issue. It comes more as a sense on the heart than as a direct word.

I once got a sense to pray for a friend, so I phoned him. He had been let go from his job just hours before. We prayed on the phone and he thanked me for my concern. Only I hadn’t been concerned—I hadn’t even known—it was a concerned God who spontaneously nudged me.

Direct words: Sometimes God speaks direct words—usually just a sentence or two, or perhaps just a phrase. The first time I heard God speak, I had just become a ten year-old atheist. He simply said, “Sam, I am realy and you don’t understand.” For me, most direct words—if any—usually only come after I pursue God in prayer and reflection following a resonance or nudging.

Unbidden Memories: Sometimes God brings to mind a past event. I once remembered my twelve-year old self saying something harsh to a neighborhood kid. Weeks after remembering, I bumped into that kid, now a grown man. I reminded him of the story and repented. He too remembered and wept when I repented. (My eyes teared up as well. Just don’t tell anyone.)

Planted Images: God isn’t limited to nudges and words. Sometimes he even paints pictures.

Around 1915, my grandfather received a mental picture in which the letters KWANGSI were spelled in red letters across the sky. In the local library he discovered that the letters spelled a province of China (now spelled GuangXi). He spent the next two decades living in that very province, founding four churches. Should we tell God we won’t accept a vision?

Recalled Passages: God often brings unbidden passages to mind at just the right moment.

Once while talking with a man—and when I had zero wise words to say—a verse popped to mind: We comfort others with the comfort we’ve been given (a paraphrase of 2 Cor. 1:4). I told him of a comforting word God had recently given me. Nothing wise, just comfort. It answered an unspoken question of his. Since my Bible memorization is abysmal, it simply had to be God.

God Shaped Thoughts: Perhaps these are the hardest to recognize because our thoughts feel like our own. Yet how many times have you felt utterly empty, no words to pray, and then a brilliant (and obvious) thought streaks through your mind? C. S. Lewis expressed it like this:

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener’s role and through
My dumb lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.

God speaks in many and various ways. Let’s not box him in.

Sam

P. S. This article is an excerpt from my book Hearing God in Conversation. Its topics include:

Learning to recognize the sound of God’s voice
Hearing God in his silence
Hearing God for another person (and how to respond when someone gives us “a word”)
Hearing God in the ordinary
Hearing God for guidance

To read more of Sam Williamson’s writings check it out at http://beliefsoftheheart.com

 

Dora is out in the big world with new explorers this week.  I hope to write next time about getting Dora ready to travel with others and how the rental process is coming along!

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06.19.18 Trinity’s Senior Adult Luncheon

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Last Thursday our church, Trinity Baptist, had a Senior Adult’s Luncheon for us Seniors.

Several, many years ago Julie Lester and I put together Senior Adults Luncheons for the then senior ladies.  Julie did a cooking demonstration and cooked for them one year and Bro. Randy cooked for them the next time. We did crafts with the ladies each year and I think Julie and I enjoyed it every bit as much as they did. I remember that Debbie Berteau did a flower arrangement demonstration for the ladies and one of them got to take it home. At that time I think we had only a hand full of senior ladies. This is a photo from the year we made flowery bonnets with them. Ms. Olga Hubsch and Ms. Louise Traylor in the photo below were with us at this year’s luncheon.

Here is Bro. Bob obviously getting some advice from Ms. Louise Traylor who was in attendance at the luncheon long ago and this year’s luncheon!

My mama’s dear friend, pretty, young Ms. Olga Hubsch in her mid 90s looks younger than most of us in our 60s! She’s the pretty lady with the dark hair peeking around Bro.Bob and David Taylor! Mama is probably up in heaven just a smiling about she, Roy and I being in the senior group together!  She was one of the two who were in attendance at the long ago luncheons and at this recent one!

Now Roy and I are old enough to be included in the “Senior” age group. Since several of our age group friends were also there I guess we really are the seniors. My friend Leanna Traylor wrote on Facebook, “I know Johnnie Whisenhunt and I were way too young to be there, but thanks for letting us come chaperone!!!” Ya gotta love our wacky friends! Look at that smile on Johnnie’s face (the blonde), she’s a hoot!  Leanna had to monitor her the whole time!This luncheon was such a blessing, I can’t say that enough. A wonderful time of fellowship, entertainment and a beautiful devotion. All that on top of delicious food provided by the church and some of our ladies. Derek, our associate pastor, was the griller of delicious juicy chicken breasts. We had potatoes, green beans, rolls and amazingly delicious desserts provided by Linda Graves and Nancy Williamson. Banana pudding, pecan pie and Carrot Cake Triffle.

Nancy Williamson and Linda Graves, the ladies that made our delicious desserts. Thank you so much!

We had around 40 in attendance! I didn’t realize we had 40 senior adults at Trinity. Then I got to thinking about all those who weren’t there and we probably have 60 plus.

The program included beautiful and talented young Lily Brocato (Teddy and Wanda Forrest’s granddaughter) who sang accompanied by her Ukulele. We we sang along with her for a couple of songs, one of which was You Are My Sunshine! We’ve all enjoyed getting to hear Lily sing as she’s been growing up and love to hear her beautiful voice! Lily’s mama Jessica grew up with our sons Chip and his brother. Lily looks just like a young Jessica! So beautiful!

Bro Bob Adams was our interim pastor before Bro Avery became our pastor. He and Ms. Janice were with us a couple of years and we all came to love his preaching, his positive spirit. As a couple, they brought so much love and a very kind spirit to our church. They both spoke to us about growing older and growing stronger in our love for Christ. We all enjoyed it. We had grown to love Ms. Janice’s witty speaking style while they were with us. Having them both speak to us was such a treat! They were celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary the day of the luncheon. When they celebrated their 50th anniversary they were with us as our pastor and his wife. There are a few special people in all our lives who speak to us deeply, this couple did that for us!

A little summary of what they shared with us is, “From the moment of our conception we become Time Travelers journeying through our lives at a constant rate! As with any journey the travel through time changes us! We often want the journey to stop and enjoy the moment we are in, but we do not have that luxury! This will be true until the Lord comes or we go through the door of death to a timeless eternity! The comfort in all of this is that Jesus enters Time to travel with us and then welcomes us into the timelessness of eternity!!” Do these folks have a way with words, yes they do! We all love you Bro. Bob and Ms. Janice!

Thanks to everyone who made this day special for all of us seniors. Derek and Koree Wall, Linda Graves and Nancy Williamson, Lilly Brocato and Teddy Forest, Bro. Bob and Ms. Janice Adams.

These last photos are random ones taken throughout the luncheon of our senior friends having fun talking and laughing and sometimes looking really serious. I think that’s what it looks like when old folks who don’t hear well any more are trying to listen to what their friends are saying! That’s all I could come up with for why some of the photos look so serious like this one below! They were laughing a moment later!

God is so good all the time! And all the time God is good! I am going to share this on facebook with some of the children of the seniors who may love to see their folks having fun!

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06.12.18 A long wild 12 days! Moving, Yard Sale, Furniture, Dora is lonely….. but not for long!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – I started writing this on June 1st but have been so busy I didn’t publish it. It’s gotten fairly long since I keep adding updates.

We’re in final count down mode toward moving out of Dora and I have to admit I’m a bit sad. We love our Dora and all of the years of adventures, happy times, and memories made.  Getting to see every one of the 48 contiguous states and so many of the beautiful landscapes in our country has been something I never thought we’d get to do.  God has been so good to us and allowed so much joy living on the road in our motor home.

We knew from the first time we entered Dora that she was the one for us.  Madisyn confirmed it was the one by saying she loved the shower!!!  That was her job when we were shopping, letting us know if she liked the shower!!  She was four then and is nine now.  I asked her when I was writing this if she remembered that and she did.  She did good! Everything we liked about other motor homes we saw was included in Dora.  We have been so comfortable living in her and truly thought we probably would live in her until one of us died.  Now that we’ve decided to move we are so happy and at peace with the decision, yet will miss our Dora.

I really hope she gets rented often so we can keep her and still take a trip or two each year.  We’ve already had several inquiries, so we’ll see.

We don’t have a bed for the house yet so we may be sleeping in Dora until we get one.  We’re in the country with no other house around our house so taking the short walk to the house and back won’t be a problem.  We checked out purchasing a queen size air mattress if we don’t find a bed soon.  Tomorrow, Saturday is the city wide yard sale in Ponchatoula.  We’ll be starting out when they all open at 8 am, looking for anything and everything we’ll need for our house.  What an adventure this is turning out to be.

Wow, since I originally wrote this and forgot to publish it so much has happened.  About renting Dora: One couple booked her for 17 days, a second is getting ready to book her after visiting us and Dora tomorrow.  Just had an inquiry from a young man who wants to rent here right in between the first too.  We are so thankful to Curtis Coleman, founder of RVillage, for sharing what he knew about how we could rent out our motor home.

At the Ponchatoula city wide yard sale we purchased a large area rug for the living room, floor mats for the kitchen, a microwave/convection oven which we think is just like the one in our motor home so we can replace the older one with this newer prettier one! Here’s Roy on our lawnmower moving the oven from the truck to the storage building.  It weighs a ton so he put his brain to good use and figured this one out.

Somewhere in the middle of us moving out of the motor home and into the house, Chip’s family came and gave us a lot of help including giving us some of their furniture that they recently replaced with new furniture.  Chip also cooked an amazing pot of crawfish corn soup which we all enjoyed while they were here and after they left!  Misty and Madisyn helped me and Chip helped his dad with heavy things and making two trips here and back to his house to pick up more furniture.  Misty gave us some wall decorations that will eventually make their way to just the right spot!

I wrote this paragraph on Facebook Tuesday so I copied it and pasted this here. We are a little settled in the house, still a lot to put away. It is truly amazing how much stuff we had in the motor home hidden in the storage compartments below and inside in the cabinets, drawers and under the bed! We kept canned vegetables in three places and when all put together we had 13 cans of green beans and almost as many of several other vegetables! Didn’t realize we had so much because it was stored all over! We’ve now shifted our focus to getting the motor home ready for rental. Roy scrubbed the roof Tuesday morning and I cleaned and polished all the wood, etc. in the bedroom. All the bedding is clean and put back on the bed. I started cleaning the refrigerator and just pooped out so I’m taking a resting break in the house. It’s so nice and cool in here, we’re loving it! We both slept all night last night without waking up once. Old folks always wake up once or twice during the night but we didn’t last night! I’m sleeping on a full size air mattress and Roy slept on the sofa. Roy’s got his computer room all set up. We got a laundry hamper (haven’t needed one of those for five years), couple of trash cans (didn’t need those in the motor home), a storage unit for his computer room (built in drawers in the motor home took care of that before now!) and some other things we needed. I hope we can sit back soon and enjoy the new house. The view of the pond from the house is so beautiful, I’ll have to share some pics of that next time.

We have Madisyn with us right now, Thursday.  She went shopping with us yesterday and we bought the following:

A 65 inch 4K Samsung television

A 75 inch long wood cabinet for the television to sit on.  It’s got lots of storage space too!

A king size bed frame, box springs and mattress.  We also bought a mattress pad and really pretty teal bed linens.  I slept like baby last night! I’m using the comforter from our oldest son’s bed when he was a teenager.  Looking for a king size bedspread now.

Chip loaned us his truck, again, so we could bring the furniture home.

The new television is so awesome, we are really enjoying it and love the wood cabinet it is on. The wood cabinet matches the color of our kitchen cabinets.

We cleaned out the motor home most of Thursday and Madisyn helped with that too!  We still have more cleaning that we want to do but the Dish Network technicians are in Dora changing out some of our satellite equipment for newer equipment  Roy spent at last two hours on the phone with Dish trying to get them to do what we need and finally they got it.  That’s a subject for a blog post when Roy feels like writing it. They are here working right now so I’m forced to go back to the house and crash on the sofa.  We have so much we want to get accomplished, but our mind wants us to do way more than our bodies can handle!

A very nice couple from not too far away came to see Dora yesterday about renting her.  We’ve talked on the phone with them first and enjoyed our visit with them yesterday. They just made her booking official!  Sunday, the couple that booked her to rent first is coming to see her in person and meet us.  We are looking forward to meeting them!

This rental thing is going so well we may change our thoughts on selling her for now.

It’s now Saturday. While all of this is good, it’s so stressful and we’re both feeling very worn out and punk today. It’s difficult to rest when you know there is so much that needs to be done.  When we moved from Dora to the house, things just got put somewhere, not necessarily where they belong.  I’m trying to tackle one or more areas each day until we feel settled.  Our closet is now in much better shape than it was yesterday.  We have two bathrooms now so figuring out what needs to go in which medicine cabinet and under the sink took a while.  We have these beautiful medicine cabinets in both bathrooms and they are now both full! There are no shower curtains in either bath.  I haven’t found the right ones yet but that will come soon!

One of my favorite things about the house is this Fleur de Lis in the stained concrete inside the front door!

I’m going to take a nap now and try to recover from feeling lousy!

Today is Tuesday, June 12th.  On Sunday afternoon we met with the first couple that booked her and the husband got to drive her around this area.  The smile on his face told us he loved it!

Monday we got our third two week reservation, booked and paid for!  That couple is coming Saturday for their walk through and test drive. Other than a few days next week and a couple of days between the bookings Dora is now booked until after school starts again here in Louisiana.

We did some shopping for additional things to provide for the renters in the kitchen, and new pillows for the beds and a bath mat.  We also bought for our house’s guest bathroom a bathroom shower curtain, liner, decorative hooks, bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, bath mats bath mat. We’re making small steps towards making our house look like a home.

I just finished cleaning out the storage bins underneath the motor home.  Roy purchased a new stereo receiver for the motor home and is busy doing whatever it is that he does to make it all work together just like he wants it to.

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