05.19.19 It’s Been One of those Weeks, by Susan Adams Moffett

It’s been one of those weeks.

And it’s only Wednesday.

Hard thing after hard thing after hard thing keeps pouring into our text messages and news feeds and phone calls.

So how do we pray? How do we lift each person and request to our Heavenly Father that knows and sees all?

Boldly. Because He says we can.

Simply. Because He is faithful.

Honestly. Because He already knows.

Fully. Because we can’t fix any of it.

But some days, in some moments, the words don’t come. It’s too much. It’s not enough.

Just sit. And allow the Holy Spirit inside of you to speak and commune and intercede and stand and fight and witness and pray on your behalf.

He will. He does.

by Susan Adams Moffett, reposted with her permission

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05.18.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part Two, the Party

On Saturday, the day after our oldest granddaughter Kallie’s graduation ceremony, a graduation party was thrown in her honor!  The location was Kallie’s daddy Ronnie Barnes and step mama Dee Dee Barnes home in Ponchatoula.  They have a back porch perfect for the band to set up and play. Also, a large open carport where we all sat to eat and enjoy the festivities! Misty and Chip and the Barnes really did it up nice!  I hope it is a memory Kallie will take with her as she goes off to college and in the future!

Kallie playing her daddy’s drums.  WordPress is causing the video to stretch larger than it should.  I couldn’t get it to shrink enough to make it clear but this is such a precious thing seeing Kallie playing her daddy’s drums I left it in and hope you won’t mind.

The band playing at Kallie’s graduation party

Here’s where the party food production took place!

Paw Paw Roy loves his sweet Kallie Girl!

Misty and Chip had a photo book made for Kallie of photos taken each year of her life.  Kallie is reading the beautiful card that went with that gift. Misty’s love for her daughter spilled over in a few tears in the last of these three photos. Class of 2019 GuestbookKallie and her bestie Madi!

Paw Paw Roy, Misty the Proud Mom of a 2019 Graduate and Daddy Chip

Kallie’s little Sissy Madisyn and Daddy ChipMadisyn, Alaina, Grannie Rosalyn and Kallie GirlMama Misty and her daughter Kallie enjoying some dancing! The Master Griller was Dee Dee Barnes brother

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden and Dee Dee’s other brother!

Daddy Ronnie Barnes playing with his band for Kallie’s party 

Some of the party attendees enjoying the music and visiting!

Kallie’s Great Uncle LC HooverMisty’s Uncle Dennis Mumphrey and precious little Cali were quite a cute dancing couple!DeeDee Barnes joined the cute couple dancing!

I feel certain everyone had a great day.  Lots of kids swimming in the pool, lots of old and young ones eating delicious food and visiting.  Kallie’s now graduated from high school and will be on to college next year at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS.  We love you Kallie Girl!  Go make us proud!

 

 

 

 

 

05.14.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part One, the Ceremony

 

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie Barnes, graduated from Ponchatoula High School on Friday evening.  I‘m thankful that the next graduation will be 7 to 8 years from now as this one stirred up a lot of emotion in my heart!  Ponchatoula High School is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  It is where both of our sons graduated from lots of years ago. They are 37 and 40 years old so it’s been almost 20 years. Wow, they are old!!!! I’m not but they are!!

 

Back to Kallie! I tend to get sidetracked and go down memory road. Friday night at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center we were blessed to see this precious young lady graduate.  A big milestone for any young person.  These are some photos from the big event!

Kallie in her beautiful white dress for under the graduation gown!

Kallie and her bestie (from childhood to present) Madelyn Crowley. Madelyn goes by Madi in real life! Yes, they are pretty inseparable! They even plan to go to Southwest Mississippi Junior College together, majoring in Nursing!

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden, her mom Misty Chauvin, her stepdad Chip Chauvin, cousin Haylee Perrotto and little sister Madisyn Chauvin waiting for the big event to begin!

Kallie’s nieces Raylynn, Alaina, her sister Stephanie Barnes and Stephanie’s boyfriend Travis Hahn. There were other relatives there supporting Kallie, I just didn’t get their picture!

The Ponchatoula High Orchestra

After all the graduates marched in the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.  We are proud to live in an area where this is still respected.

The Senior Choir sang a combination of classical and hip hop music

The big moment arrived when the seniors lined up to receive their diplomas!  Here is Kallie waiting in line for her turn!

Drum roll please!!  The PHS Senior Kallie becomes PHS Graduate Kallie!

Only a mama (Misty) could get this picture, picking her daughter out of the hundreds of graduates!

And in our area prayer is still a respected moment.  This was taken right before they prayed. A student gave the closing prayer and I know God was smiling!

All Ponchatoula alumni in the audience participate in the Alma Mater.  The video pans to Chip participating with his finger held high!  I love this part of the ceremony, the graduates are all so proud to graduate from such an excellent school!

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 Ponchatoula Alma Mater

Ponchatoula, Alma Mater, we love to sing thy name in praise,
And we cherish pleasant memories of all our happy days.
We love thee dear old Alma Mater fair
In our heart’s a song for you we share
Through the ages sing the praises of dear ol’ Ponchy High.

And the most fun moment of the night when the graduates celebrate and throw their caps in the air!  This is always a special moment in any graduation and this was Kallie’s graduation’s special moment!

A few photos were taken after the graduation outside the University Center with Kallie’s mom Misty Chauvin, her Dad Ronnie Barnes, and her cousin DJ Redden

After graduation we all went to Don’s Seafood for an after graduation dinner.  The food was delicious and the family visiting was even better! All the young girls want a place on Paw Paw Roy’s lap. They let me in the picture too!

Sweet Alaina got Paw Paw Roy to take a picture with her inside Don’s!  Stephanie’s girls have claimed Roy who is Kallie’s Paw Paw as their new Paw Paw!

Madisyn and her Paw Paw.  I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here is Roy hugging on his granddaughter Madisyn Ann Chauvin.  Grannie and Madisyn

I planned to include Kallie’s Graduation Party in this blog post.  I changed my mind and it will be in a blog post all its own.

Ya’ll come back now for Part Two!

05.12.19 Happy Mother’s Day 2019 – When God Created Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers I am blessed to know.

A special Happy Mother’s Day to the three young women who have blessed us with grandchildren. Happy Mother’s Day to Amy, Misty, and Liz!

My own mom, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor, is now with God and I miss her every day. Happy Mother’s Day Mama!

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine-year-old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

What’s it for?”

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”

Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers

05.09.19 Rain, Rain, Flood in the pond

The rain is far from over here in Tangipahoa Parish in Southern Louisiana.  Right now our pond is way over its banks and for the first time, I’m seeing the flow of rain waters from our neighbor’s lands completely cover the land from the fence line to the pond.  The pictures should explain this better than words can.  I took several photos just now and will share them all below.  I usually try to reduce the number of photos but these all are needed to show what it looks like.  There is a video as well that starts from the neighbor’s land and ends at our pond.

What it looks like coming down the hill from the house.

There is a white bench that is completely underwater and cannot be seen.

The neighbor’s property fence line where our culvert starts. The water is completely over the ditch and flowing into the right-hand side of the picture below on their side of the fence and ours.

The property between the fence line and the pond.  The pine trees in both photos should be completely off the shoreline. The video below shows the water going from the neighbor’s property over the culvert and into the pond.  If the rain stopped now it would drain into the pond and off the grassy areas fairly quickly But the rain continues and is forecast to continue for the next few days.  If the scene out there changes drastically I’ll share again!

On my way back to the house I snapped a photo of the main vegetable garden.  It’s looking great!

Ya’ll have a Blessed day even if it is rainy.  I am enjoying the rest that the rain is causing me to get!!

 

05.08.19 Precious Visits, Dentist, Talent Show, Crawfish Boil, Doctor and Trinity Life Center

Last week started with a great visit from my sister and brother in law. On Wednesday we went to Louisiana Dental Center in Hammond. We saw Dr. Eugene Graff and really liked him. He explained everything thoroughly and we appreciated that.

Then we had a visit from our son Chip on Thursday.  Just getting to sit around an hour or so with him makes this mama so happy! He gives the best bear hugs just like the photo to the left.

After Chip’s visit, a couple who use to go to our church in Hammond many years ago came to visit us.  Betsy and Wiley Traylor are in town visiting their family. They and I have been Facebook friends for a long time.  One memory I have of them when they came to Hammond to live after serving as missionaries in India was very special.  They would cook homemade biscuits every Sunday night for the choir to enjoy after we practiced.  Isn’t that special?  Roy and I enjoyed visiting with them with them down by the pond and showing them our gardens. The picture below was taken with Roy’s drone while he was showing it to Wiley. They got to visit lots of their family on this trip and I’m thankful they made time to come visit us!

Saturday night our son Chip and his wife Misty treated us to seeing Ponchatoula’s Got Talent.  It’s been going on for seven years but this is the first year we attended.  The top 13 contestants sang, danced, and played music.

This young lady that we know, Mia Dixon, was one of the performers. Not only is she cute as a button, she made everyone who knows her proud.  She sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. She is only 10 years and sings like a polished 20-year-old! The judges had the highest of praise for her. It doesn’t hurt that we know she has a heart for the Lord! Roy videoed her singing and I’m so happy he did so we could share it with you. God Bless You Mia for sharing the talent God has obviously gifted you with.

Yes, we did say she’s only 10.  Mia is our pastor’s daughter so we’ve heard her sing in church a few times and are always blessed by her God given talent every time she sings.  This was the first time we heard her outside the church and were so proud of the poise and strong vocals she showed that night.

Sunday afternoon we went to Chip’s church, The Harbor, where a massive crawfish boil was enjoyed!  Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes, and mushrooms!  Hot dogs for the noncrawfish eaters and children. Fruit popsicles for all of us young and old children! Thank you Pastor Poole for having such a welcoming group of church members and allowing us to join ya’ll!

A few tents were set up for those who needed to sit down while eating crawfish.

That’s Chip in the center with the black hat and shirt that says Welcome to Church! This tent was way bigger than you see here and it was full of people!

Roy and Ryan filled this box top up twice with the heads and tail shells!

Stephanie and TravisThe kids had a great time sliding down the water slide!

Tuesday we went to Benson Dermatology in Amite to have some skin problems checked out and treated.  We met Susan Smith, a Nurse Practitioner who treated us very well.  We are happy to find some of the doctor’s practices we used to see in Hammond have opened offices in Amite.  After a fun grocery visit to Walmart where I hid some rocks and we bought meats and some fun things we came home and plan to stay here until Friday evening when we attend Kallie, our oldest granddaughter’s Ponchatoula High School graduation! We are expecting several days of rain so

I don’t remember which day this occurred last week but the construction on our church’s Trinity Life Center has begun!  Here’s a link to the photos of the beginning of construction!  There are several photos so be sure to look at them all!  https://www.facebook.com/241862645845904/photos/pcb.2372349732797174/2372345926130888/?type=3&theater

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.07.19 Chauvin family is expecting a new baby!

Our tallest stalk of corn is expecting its first baby corn!!!  It’s not time for a full vegetable garden update but this new development is too wonderful to wait!

This is the stalk that was started from seed inside and was the only one that lived long enough to be planted outside!  The rest of the stalks were seeds planted directly outside so they are a bit behind that one.

Roy and I are very proud grandparents and cannot wait for the arrival of our newest grand baby, even if it is a corn!

The proud mama corn stalk

Baby Corn, due date unknown!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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05.05.19 A Quiet Thought, by Bro. Bob Adams

Our culture screams with fear.

We are constantly told that sure disaster is ahead, attended by pictures of disasters in faraway places.

We are warned to buy or not buy certain products and take certain actions or our future is probably doomed.

All this makes fear a dominant factor in this present day.

Unless we guard against it the fear that runs our culture will run our lives.

Even though we sing about trusting Jesus we may panic like those who have no great, living Savior.

The fear of the Lord is the only appropriate fear in a believer’s life. This is not a fear that terrorizes us, makes us cringe in the corner, or slump in despair.

Fear of the Lord is a deep trembling in the soul, often beyond words, that comes from seeing some measure of the Lord’s infinite power, holiness, and love.

It is being overwhelmed with His glory.

It is the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos falling down like a dead man when seeing Jesus in all His glory.

Let us fear the Lord and live boldly! Grace to you.

Written by Bro. Bob Adams

05.04.19 Our One Year Anniversary!

One year ago today we began moving into the home we built three years before.  We rented it out for three years and this time last year we were moving the few things we had into our home. Since our motorhome was furnished with built in furniture there was only one small table to move into the house! Personal items and kitchen utensils made up the rest of what we had to move!

We’ve come a long way this year! We have a furnished living room.  An almost furnished bedroom (just missing the Grand Canyon canvas art) and cream colored short shag area rug for under the bed.  The other two bedrooms are as furnished as we need them to be for now.  We’ve moved around a lot of the flowers, blueberries and other bushes from where Dora use to live to around the house. We’ve established our main vegetable garden and that’s going really well!

More of the canvas prints from special places we traveled to and bunk beds in my rock room for grandchildren vists are planned for the future. We’d love to have a nice big deck outside the back door. More grass growing down the side hill would be nice.

Roy and I don’t need much to be happy and I can say we are very happy here! Occasionally I’ll miss the adventure of traveling and seeing our beautiful country. But when I sit outside and watch the hummingbirds play, and all the other birds and squirrels play around outside, hear the birds chirp and sing all day long, watch the cows with their baby cows following them, pick the wonderful blackberries down the road, sit by the pond to enjoy the fish, and feel the breeze there I realize we have it pretty good here.

All that doesn’t include our wonderful small home that is just perfect for us. I have a room dedicated to my rock painting and Roy has his computer, tinkering, building, fixing room! Three bedrooms in all and two full baths.  We love showing our place to friends and family so if you haven’t visited yet please do! Leave a comment below and we’ll set up a visit. I may even bake a cake and have some hot coffee for our visit!

God has taken care of us as a couple in so many ways and we are both thankful to be where we are at this time in our lives. Yes, we are old, I have dementia and both have health issues but we are blessed in so many ways and are happy we made the decision to move out of Dora and into our little home!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!