08.13.14 First day of school, victorious Saints, and beautiful butterflies!

10592924_888246874536144_3531076100874874366_nSaints fever is spreading throughout the South in these weeks leading up to the regular season.  Time to get the plastic bag and tub containing all our Saints paraphenalia, clothes, signs, etc. out from under Dora.  Near the end of last season we bought our Sproley Oley tin can man to hang outside.  Since Sproles is no longer a Saint (can I say what a sad day that was!) we’re going to convert him to another Saint before the regular season gets here.  Gotta see who rises to the top during the pre-season before making that decision though!

The long awaited first Saints game of the pre-season was victoriously won last week and the second was also a victory by our Boys in Black and Gold!  We’ll be more properly attired for the game next week since Roy, me, Chip, Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley now have new Saints Socks!!!  I believe we must be Saints outfitted for every game so now we’re complete! 

Madisyn came to stay with us one day last week. After dinner we went to Baskin Robbins which Madisyn use to call the special place that Paw Paw takes her to. It’s still a special place but she definitely knows the name of the place now. They allowed me to go with them this time and what a treat it was.

She and I spent the evening on the floor making homemade Christmas gift cards for her to give some of her family this year. I’ve always loved making them for our family and friends and now that she’s old enough and getting quite crafty we can do them together!

She spent the night with us and in the morning we went shopping for Saints clothes for her (she’s now wearing a precious Saints cheer leading outfit with pompoms) and grocery shopping with Grannie (half of the things I needed are still at the store).

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We picked up fried fish dinners at Marcus’ fund raiser and came home where Chip (her daddy, our son) was waiting for us with a bouquet of roses! While we were shopping I even got my first “Oh Grannie you embarrassed me” comment (which she properly told me in private) from something silly I did. When she left I napped for two hours which I never do. I think it’s the Madisyn after effect!

Madisyn starts Kindergarten on Thursday and it’s so terribly hard to believe it’s been 5 years since she was just a tiny baby.  I’m sure she will take the school by storm and pray that Chip doesn’t get those calls from her school I use to get about him!!! Here’s some pictures of this very special event!

10599351_824321034259392_7900065225115363511_n madisyn kindergarten madisyn kindergarten2I sure hope her school is ready for this one!!!

No house showings this week but our real estate agent posted two pictures of a butterfly visiting our lantana bushes today.  I’m looking out the RV window right now watching this very butterfly and it is so beautiful. 10440714_10152611242207486_517008494434595231_n10455320_10152458433278903_387111309761223217_n

Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

01.01.13 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2012, Looking Forward to 2013

What a year 2012 has been. Those closest to us, who lived it with us, know that 2012 was a challenging one for Roy and I. Some challenges were too deep and private to list here. Only with God’s support and guidance did we not cave under the pressures that presented themselves in 2012. I want no one’s sympathy. It’s just what happened this year. We’ve addressed all the challenges as best we could.   100_2687

Our cherished family dog Nacho died this year, the wrong man was elected President, the Saints bombed and our country seems to be growing increasingly dark and turning away from God by leaps and bounds. Our staying here in Hammond isn’t going to change any of our personal challenges so we’ve made the decision to make 2013 and beyond years to look forward to.

This past year also brought about some exciting new developments. I’d much rather focus on these cool things than the ugly parts of 2012! We’ve received much love and support from family and friends this year. We learned many life lessons this year. Roy and I took a Computer Science course together at Southeastern Louisiana University and both made an A. We enjoyed the hours of studying together and walking to class holding hands! We took a fantastic Christmas trip to Disneyworld with our precious granddaughter Madisyn in our new home and we all made it back in one piece, even Dora. rcrcmcmickey

As a result of all the brain tests I found out that my IQ is extremely high which if you knew me you might be surprised to learn that. Also my eye surgeries resulted in my not needing contacts or reading glasses AT ALL!!! We’ve sold all of our household furniture. We thought that would be hard to do but it’s been fairly easy. We met some criminals in Texas and some wonderful policemen who got our money back! We found our home for the future, Dora the Explorer. rvmain

The month of November was dedicated to naming things we are thankful for and I had way more than 30 days of big things to be thankful for. We were handed lemons this year and made lots of sweet tasting lemonade from it! We are a truly blessed couple and with God’s guidance are planning for a wonderful 2013 doing our best in all we do for His Glory and making ourselves open for wherever He leads us.

The scripture below makes it clear that Gods ways and plans for us are far higher than our plans so we MUST leave 2013 in his hands. Isaiah 55:8-9, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”

We plan to head west once we take to the road, seeing Texas one region at a time. We can’t really make too many plans now because the timing of our travels starting will determine what area of the country we head to. If it’s still cold we will stay in the south until the heat reaches our tolerance point! We have contacted the North Americans Mission Board to find about doing campground ministry. They’ve provided us some general information and as we get further into our traveling will be able to add more details to that plan. If this is what God wants us to do he will make a way for it to happen!

Our invitation hymn Sunday morning was especially meaningful to me. It’s what I strive for but fall short of many times. I’ve included the lyrics below in case you’ve never heard the song. It’s a perfect depiction of the life a Christian should live.

Living for Jesus, written in 1917 by Thomas Chisholm

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Happy New Years everyone!