05.17.16 A day at the flying field!

img0017Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Roy went earlier this week with our brother in law, George to the Tangi RC Flyers Association flying field in Hammond, where George is a member. George has been building and flying remote control planes since I was a little girl so I estimate he has about 60 years of experience. He has several planes, they are all magnificent and perfect in detail.

This is George and one of his planes from the day they went together.

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When Roy was younger he built and flew his own for several years. His niece’s husband, David, brought them home to do some repairs on them years ago and we’ve never seen them since. I don’t remember any of this but unfortunately Roy does and it still hurts.

He bought a new one a couple of years ago which has traveled with us several thousand miles, boxed up in our closet!! He finally put it together but after so many years of not flying, and wise advice from George and Roy’s cousin Chris Fox, he’s going to put it back in the box for now. He’s asked for a smaller one for Father’s Day so we’ll be smaller plane shopping soon! Once he learns to fly a smaller one well he can start moving back up to the size he really wants to fly.

Here’s the bigger one that lives in our closet!!!

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On Saturday the flying association had a WWII flying show which Roy and I went to. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed seeing all the planes fly. There is a nice large covered area with tables for people to sit out of the sun. They sold BBQ burgers, chips and soft drinks. I, of course, snapped picture after picture, way more than I am sharing. If you’re a remote control plane enthusiast you will enjoy all the pictures, if not just look at what you want!

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If you are interested in learning more about their club the web address is: http://tangirc.com

A link to the map showing the flying area is at http://tangirc.com/map.html

We’ll be looking for flying fields when we get back on the road so Roy can practice with his new plane often! I enjoyed watching so it will be something we can do together while traveling!

When we got home, I started feeling terrible, went to bed and have almost been in bed ever since. Slept 15 hours Saturday night and 14 hours Sunday night. I am mostly just worn out and really tired.

Hoping to get better by tomorrow morning when Madisyn’s school Award Celebration will be held, and of course we’ll be attending! Kallie has Jr. High graduation on Wednesday so it’s up early and out two days in a row so Grannie needs her energy!!

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05.14.16 Madisyn’s first blog post

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – This was originally posted yesterday on my Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog but I thought that more than those followers may enjoy seeing this!  Here it is for those who follow Dora and the Explorers!

Today’s Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog was created by and published on Friday by Madisyn Ann, our precious granddaughter! Grannie got to stay with her today since she was sick and we got very creative!

First her creative nails!

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First, what she really wants you to know!

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And now all the amazing photos she found and loved and wanted to share with everyone!
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And finishing it all off with a scripture from God’s Holy Word!

Daily Bible Verse in English - 407 - QuotesAdda.comShe wanted to close with this picture of bananas! She is 7 of course!!

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So long from Madisyn and Rosalyn wrapping up a wonderful day of staying home with her trying to keep her resting so she could get well and we had fun also!

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She’s thinking about what she can write for my Dora and the Explorers blog so you may not have seen the last of this dynamic duo!!

05.10.16 Do you think you’re going to Heaven because you’re a good person and do good deeds?

Monday, May 9, 2016 – Do you think you’re going to Heaven because you’re a good person and do good deeds?

I have felt for a while a burden to share in my own little words why this is not the way to salvation.

My life has been a roller coaster, like most of ours are. My one rock has been my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him I would not be able to be the person I strive to be.

I am such a sinner I am not at all deserving of what His forgiving Grace and, what His presence in my life, does for me. Yet He loves me with a love that cannot be matched. Roy and I love each other deeply. I love my children and grandchildren with all my heart. But none of them, and no other human, can provide in my life what Jesus Christ does.

Sometimes when I’m in church I think about others who are not there or in any church that day or mostly ever. I write a lot about going to church, God, Jesus Christ, and my Christian life. What I want you to know is that I do not go to church because I am expected to, or because I want to be seen there.

I go because I must, I desperately (and I need to blow that word DESPERATELY into large font!) need that in my life. I need to be reminded of what Christ did for us. I need to be sung to and preached to in a way you’ll only receive in church. I read my Bible daily and pray throughout the day each day. Being in church with other folks that I know also sin, but I know depend on the Lord to straighten their paths and to go to in bad times as well as good times, is something I wish for all of you.

When a person gives their life, heart and soul to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they become a Christian. Their life changes and from that moment on they are to be lead by God’s Grace to change anything in their life that does not bring them closer to God. Friends, even family, cursing, alcohol and drug abuse, infidelity, and how their life is lived with others and at home. Christ did good things and was a good person so it is natural for Christians to want to do good things for others and live a good life. The process a Christian goes through is called “Sanctification” which means they grow more and more like Christ over the course of their lives.

However, many people believe they are going to Heaven JUST because they are good people and they do good deeds. They are not. They are going to Hell. ONLY if they have given their life, heart and soul to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are they a Christian.

A Christians life should be filled with good deeds because it is a natural thing for Christians to do. It is not, however, what saves them.

This is as simply, and hopefully as clearly said, as I can say it. I am far from a Bible scholar but I know what Christ has done in my life and will always be happy to share that with you.

Ephesians 2:3-9 ESV 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV) 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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05.14.16 Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother, but what does Honor mean?

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Our current pastor at Trinity Baptist Church,  Rev. Bob Adams, preached Sunday before last about Honoring thy Father and thy Mother.  This sermon, as always, is clearly a message God wanted him to deliver.  I urge you to listen to it and share it.  He speaks about three different relationship stages throughout our lives and what Honoring our parents means during those times. The first stage is as dependents of our parents, next is the friends stage through the vast majority of our adult years, and the final stage being the supporter stage.

Here are the 10 Commandments, the 5th of which is what the sermon was about.

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Please listen to the sermon, it is so clear and touched my heart so deeply that I needed to share.  It is powerful, mighty powerful with wonderful insight into the various stages of our parents and our relationships and what God expects from us during each of those times.  If this sermon could be put on television in the 7 pm prime time slot it would make such a difference in this world, it’s that important.  Here it is!

I am hopeful that both of my sons will read this and listen to the sermon.  They have both, at times, been the most honoring of sons, and at other times not so much.  Bro. Bob speaks about the power that your child has to bring joy or pain by not honoring their parents.  I know this too well. If you feel like I may be speaking directly to you, I probably am.

I pray that if any part of this sermon spoke to any of you that you take what hits you most and apply it to your life.

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05.07.16 Some things

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 – It’s quiet this Saturday.  Roy’s gone to fly his remote control plane in Hammond.  Just got off the phone from a wonderful long conversation with my sister.  And I’m working on making potato salad for our family Mother’s Day tomorrow.

It seems like a lot of people like to have potato salad with their gumbo here in Louisiana.  We’ve never done that.  Just gumbo and rice, garlic bread and salad.  Roy cooked gumbo a month ago and we froze two gallon size bags of it.  We’ll have that tomorrow with rice, garlic bread and the potato salad.  Maybe some left over BBQ chicken he fixed yesterday.  Chauvins enjoy eating so perhaps we’ll have a mini feast!

Our home in Amite is on a gravel road.  It’s a pretty long distance from the main road, E. Bell Road, to the last house on the road.  The folks who live back there at the end of the road speed ridiculously down the road kicking up dust and gravel.  After much though and personally asking them to slow down, which they ignored, we ordered a sign for our front yard to “encourage” them to slow down.  Some have slowed down, others are just ugly and won’t.   The big school bus that use to zoom by here has slowed down!!  Here’s our sign:

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Chip says we’ve become the old folks because of the sign!

Roy spent a good bit of time yesterday removing all of the compartment opening handles, spraying them black again and reinstalling them.  They were quite weathered looking before with lots of grey and little black, now they are all nice and black! The first picture below shows the worn out look from before.

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My sweet husband Roy bought me two large plant pots for Mother’s Day.  Chip’s family gave me the two plants in the pots!  Roy potted them for me and they look beautiful on our patio!

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This week we went to the ENT doctor about Roy’s hearing and the ringing in his ears.  This is the big chamber they put you in for the hearing test.

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This sign was in the doctor’s office in the room we were in.  I thought it was great!

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This lantana is one that was transplanted from our house on Wardline in Hammond.  We transplanted three tiny bushes and they are all blooming beautifully!  20160504_181545

We added some new Cacti to our front flower garden and with what we had and the new Mother’s Day plants it is such a pretty place to sit outside now and relax!

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Yesterday, I got to do some Grannie time with Madisyn.  Picked her up from school, went to the doctor, got some yogurt with a slew of toppings, and ate dinner with Misty, Kallie and Madisyn afterwards.  Roy stayed home so I could have some quality time with Madisyn which was wonderful.  She’s an amazing little girl and is growing up by leaps and bounds.

We’ve enjoyed watching her play softball and being with the family for each game.  Some of the little girls have been playing for three years and it shows.  Even at 8 they are quite good.  Madisyn likes to twirl and sit down in the outfield but a lot of the time you can tell she knows what to do and how to stand ready to catch the ball.  Her monogrammed personal helmet is just the cutest!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day!  One of our sons, Chip and his family, and hopefully Misty’s mom Vicki will be joining us for a time of eating, playing and perhaps some good old fellowship! First we’ll gather together with out church family at Trinity!

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend, may you be surrounded by those who love you tomorrow!

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04.30.16 Three Years Living On The Road!

dora sign on rvSaturday, April 30, 2016 –  Wow, it’s almost May already!

Roy and I have been full timing on the road for three years now!  And we’re still married!!!  I actually think our marriage is better than ever since we started this “Thinking Outside the Box” lifestyle. I’m going to try to summarize the last three years in one blog today.

If you’ve been following this blog you will know everything I’m going to say, in great detail!  If you’re new to following our blog this will kinda, sorta catch you up to date on what’s been going on in the Chauvin’s life the last three years.

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The heroic Conroe, TX police department!

After a hair raising experience trying to purchase a motor home in Conroe, TX,, in October 2012 we purchased Dora our Motorhome in Louisiana in November of 2012.  We lived in it in the driveway of our sticks and bricks, waiting for the house to sell.  Roy retired from Southeastern in January of 2013.

When the house stubbornly didn’t sell we rented it out, I retired, and we headed north in April of 2013, three years ago.  We traveled through and saw lots of beauty in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota before landing in Minnesota.  While in South Dakota we became South Dakota residents which helped us reduce our automobile insurance by almost half.

We lived in Minnesota for several months right on the Canadian border at Northern Lights Resort as workampers.  Workampers are people who live in any type of RV and want to work a bit rickspic4while in a specific area.  We chose Minnesota because it was as far away as we could get from the summer heat in Louisiana.  Summers in Minnesota are blissfully wonderful! It was still snowing there when we arrived in early May – weird for two Louisiana kids!

We left Minnesota in October of 2013 headed south towards Louisiana for Christmas.  We traveled through and saw a lot of wonderful things in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 with our families.  We decided that future visits home needed to include a more permanent place for us to park Dora, our motorhome than hopping from local RV resort to another local RV resort.

http _99designs.com_attachments_32835390~7f1482ef84aa335d9d2430b0efa8abf95d3ff21b_viewI started an online administration job with a company called RVillage.com where I still work.  It allows me to work while on the road, on my own schedule for much less than full time hours.

2014-01-18_11-01-31_397We spent January and February 2014 traveling along the Gulf Coast and through Florida seeing Disneyworld, St. Augustine where we visited some great friends and had our windows redone so we could see clearly through them!

In March we headed to San Diego, Texas where we took care of a Ranch there for two months while the owners were in Europe.   We returned home in May where we learned our sticks and bricks house renters were going to move out since their lease was up.

We worked hard getting the sticks and bricks ready to put back on the market and we finally did that.  During summer 2014 Roy took a temporary job at Southeastern (where he retired from) doing computer hardware work, just like he did before retiring.

In December 2014 our house finally sold!  We found a beautiful piece of land in Amite, Louisiana about 30 miles from Hammond.  We bought it, did lots of work on the property, built a small 20150325_130951house and created a parking pad with adjoining cement patio for Dora’s new home!  We have full hookups and a beautiful garden here to enjoy while we’re home.  We rented out the house to a wonderful couple who take care of it like it’s their own.  God’s blessing abound!

In May 2015 we headed west and saw the majestic beautify of the west, north west and south west.  We traveled through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado (oh wow!), Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, 20151002_150710 (Medium)Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  We saw so many amazing sights during this 6 months of travel!  I’ve uploaded thousands of photos to this blog site so if you want to see them check out May 2015 to October 2015 blog posts.

By the time we got to Texas in October 2015, we were fairly homesick and drove straight through Texas to get home to Louisiana in late December.  We will make a trip just through Texas sometime in the future.

We stayed home for a few months this time since there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, our son Chip’s wedding in January 2016, and 20160116_174808two granddaughter’s birthdays in March as well as a family gathering for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Metairie. Living in an RV we can travel when we want, so staying home for these important events was a no brainer!  In between the family events Roy had full knee replacement surgery near Memphis Tennessee in January where we stayed for two weeks after so he could recover.

Before leaving home Roy designed and ordered online transparent signs to adhere to Dora’s back side and to Boot’s (our truck) tailgate.   People ask us about them while we’re on the road and it’s turned out to be a great way for folks to learn about our blog since they both have rosalynandroy.com at the bottom!

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We left Louisiana in late March  2016 traveling along the Gulf Coast headed for several months traveling up the East Coast.  Well,  after one month on the road we learned that Madisyn (our 7 year old granddaughter) was going to play softball.  After loving seeing her dad and his brother play ball for so many years, we just couldn’t miss this opportunity to have fun seeing Madisyn play.  This meant packing up and heading back to Louisiana about 3 weeks ago.  We’ll be here until after her last game, end of May.

That wraps up our last three years, quite summarized.  I’ve written over 500 blog posts during this time so you can see that this is truly just a summary!

We’ve been blessed to have a family and church family back home that makes returning a joy .  We make an effort to spend quality time with Chip and his family while we’re home.  Lots of memories for us to look back on!

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04.26.16 Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), Traylor Trio singing, Crawfish $1.99 a pound, Eating crawfish while watching TV outside!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016,  That is probably the longest title I’ve ever given a blog post, but it will be a shorter than usual blog posts!!

We attended church at our home church Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday and were treated to three special things.  First the choir sang Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) amazingly, here is a link to Christ Tomlin singing it.

Chris Tomlin is the writer of the song and while his version is great I absolutely loved the Choir singing it this morning.  Such a true and mighty witness!   Chris, in his version, provides a lot of the backstory to the song Amazing Grace as well as some extra verses.  I highly recommend listening to the You Tube video!  It’s long but so worth it!

Then the Traylor Trio (better known by Trinity folks as Spot, Ashley and Leanna) sang “There is a Fountain” and that made me so thankful that we were home to hear it.

Third, our Youth Minister, Derek Wall preached a wonderful sermon in the absence of our pastor, Bro. Bob Adams.  We’ve listened to Derek preach many times and have enjoyed seeing him grow in his ability to preach God’s word.

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After church we went to our favorite seafood store, B & J Seafood, in Hammond where we got 10 pound of crawfish and boiled potatoes.  This is the time of year when it’s really nice to be in Louisiana because seafood, especially crawfish, is a great price.  $1.99 a pound when you get 10 or more pounds and we did!

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Roy spent yesterday (before and after the fishing fun) connecting a television outside to the bedroom inside television and a television mount for the outside television so we can enjoy TV outside.  We really think that watching Saints games outside with family might be a thing in our future!

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The television mount outside in the compartment it will live in

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Side view of the television on its mount.

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The finished product!!

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He finished it yesterday Saturday evening late and we took good advantage of it after church today while enjoying our boiled crawfish sitting in front of it!

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Ya’ll have a wonderful week!  We have Monday and Tuesday which will peaceful and we will go no where.  Then Madisyn’s softball games on Wednesday at 5:45 and Thursday at 7:15!!!  Here’s a better video of Madisyn’s base hit on Thursday, couldn’t not share this with ya’ll!

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