07.02.19 TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH, FROM THE SKY!

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

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

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

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

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

and higher and higher!

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

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

And Zelda Zoooooms down!

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

Ya’ll have a very blessed week!

06.19.19 Rejoice with Joy, by Susan Adams Moffett

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

rejoice with joy
inexpressible joy
glory-filled joy

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

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

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

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

Rejoice
Joy
Inexpressible
Glorious

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

06.17.19 I Want to Be That House! by Liz Newman

I Want To Be That House! by Liz Newman

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

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

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

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

I Want To Be That House

I want to be that house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The latest Playstation game.

Extra clothes and a toothbrush for whoever sleeps over.

Extra pillows.

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

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

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

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

I want to be that house. ♥

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

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Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-by Joanne Bailey Baxte

06.12.19 Painted Rock Inspirational Sayings, by Rosalyn Chauvin – PART FOUR OF A FOUR PART SERIES

Below are some inspirational or silly sayings I’ve collected over the years. I’ve used most of them on one or many rocks, either the front or the back!

The saying I’ve used the most is “God Loves You”. That can be written on even the tiniest rock. If you want to spread God’s love or a Christian message this is the perfect way to do it!

The second most used phrase includes the word kind.  Such as “Be Kind Always”, “Be Kind”,  “Kindness Matters”, “Kind words are free”.  If our world had more kindness in it, it would be a better place!

Silly rocks are also some of the most popular. Get as creative as you want and sleep well in the knowledge that you may have added some sunshine to someone’s day!

The phrases below are kinda, sorta in length order to help you find the right size phrase for the size rock you have.

Did you make God smile today?

Go make a difference in the world

Orange you glad you found me

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional

Life is short, smile while you still have teeth (my favorite funny one)

.May your week be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their effects are truly endless.

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.

Every moment is a fresh beginning

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Make your dreams happen

Never, never, never give up

Turn your wounds into wisdom

Don’t regret the past, just learn from it.

Throw Kindness Around Like Glitter

Just be you no one else can

Be the reason someone smiles today

Kindness changes everything

Hope is the heartbeat of the soul.

Jesus loves me this I know! Do you know this?

Be the change you want to see in this world

God will carry you through every storm in your life.

Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle.

Do small things with great love

Be the light in a dark world.

Whatever you are, be a good one

You are precious to God.

Be silly. Be kind. Be honest.

Life is better when you laugh

Kindness changes everything

Slow down and smell the roses

Try and fail, but never fail to try.

Shine brighter than the stars.

I am a child of God! Are you?

You are amazing

Choose happy

Dream big and dare to fall.

Live what you love.

Practice kindness

Enjoy the little things

The best is yet to come

Kindness matters

You are special to God

You are precious to God

Kind words are free

Never stop believing

Miracles happen every day

Listen to your heart

Smile! God loves you!

Live Laugh Love

Be kind always

Keep the faith

Trust your instincts

Don’t just exist, live

All you need is love.

Live and let live.

Joy is contagious

Live beautifully

Dream passionately

Love completely

Be your best self

It’s cool to be kind

Help others

Live your dream

Keep going

Do your best

Aim high

Love more

Be true

Let love in

Never give up

Work hard

Have hope

Yes you can

Don’t quit

Laugh often’

Be Strong

Make today great

Let freedom ring

Choose joy

Life is sweet

Never give up

Dream big

Be kind

Smile!

I keep this list on my phone so I can bring it up in my rock room when I need an inspirational saying. Print it out, keep it on your phone, whatever helps you!

This is finally the end of my rock painting series of four posts.  If you haven’t read the first threeparts, here are links to them.

The first part can be found here HOW TO PAINT ROCKS AND HIDE THEM

The second part can be found at PAINTED ROCK HIDING PLACES.

The third part can be found at ROCK PAINTING INSPIRATION

Ya’ll have a Blessed week.  I hope this series helps you get started with rock painting and spreading joy to all who find them!

06.11.19 Rock Painting Inspiration – lots of pictures of painted rocks! by Rosalyn Chauvin – PART THREE OF A FOUR PART SERIES

I’ve painted well over 2000 rocks since I started rock painting. These below are just a few that I’ve painted and a few rocks others painted that inspired me. Sometimes I paint holiday related rocks, sometimes silly rocks, sometimes I use stickers on my rocks, sometimes it’s inspiration wording, most of the time there is somethingi about God somewhere on the rock, and sometimes it’s a picture (rarely those though!).  I will try to keep the rocks organized by type or holiday.  I hope these bring you some inspiration in your rock painting!

Here are links to the first two parts to my Rock Painting Series.

First part HOW TO PAINT AND HIDE ROCKS

Second part PAINTED ROCK HIDING PLACES

CHRISTMAS

This year’s Santa rocks were my favorites.  I loved putting the messages on the back!

From time to time when I find cool stickers I use them occasionally on my rocks.  I like using stencils and on the Christmas tree rock below that’s what I did.

 

HALLOWEEN

The candy corns are my primary Halloween rocks.  Because I don’t want kids to think the smaller ones are real candy corn I write either “Smile” or “God Loves You” on the front of them!

4th OF JULY PATRIOTIC 

EASTER

I do dozens of these easy little hatched eggs each Easter.  Kids love them and they don’t take a long time to put together.  I mostly find the rocks for the eggs in our driveway!

Easter is in the spring so there are usually a lot of pastel colored rocks.  The 1 Cross + 3 Nails= Forgiven are my favorites for Easter along with the Hatched Egg.  The pink and blue rocks with initials are my grandchildren in age order.  That is an idea I found elsewhere and loved doing it.  Very simple but it keeps them close without a picture, their names, just initials.   VALENTINES

I paint a lot of Love rocks all through the year.  These are some I did this year using stickers.

With summer comes enjoying eating watermelon and my mind always goes to making watermelon rocks! They are by no means perfect looking melon slices but everyone seems to really like them!

My favorite style of rock painting doesn’t have a name (I call them my colored closed letter rocks) but it’s the ones I can use to inspire someone, make them happy, make them realize that God loves them, and any number of things!  Here they are!

These were pictures of two rocks I saw that stuck with me and inspired me.  Mine are a bit different and have evolved over time to the last one in this group.  The saying on the first one is one of my favorites to put on bigger rocks. The number of words would not fit on a small rock.

These are them in various stages of completion.

The basic idea behind these is to write a message that hopefully includes several letters that are closed in like the e, d, a, the circle over the i, o, etc. After writing the words I fill in the closed letters with a different letter each (as much as that is possible.) Sometimes as you’ll see below I experiment putting art, stickers, crazy eyes or something else inside the black-rimmed space.  Sometimes the space where the words are written is white, sometimes its a color.  It depends on my mood that day!   You can see that being a kind person is a big deal to me on my rocks.  Recently I’ve started writing “Did you make God smile today?”  I want to get the finder thinking hopefully about God!  

These are the most recent version of the colored letter rocks.  I just bought Posca pens and experimented with their fine tip for writing and the pastel colors. I’ve also started adding similar colored glitter glue on top of the painted letters.  The reverse side of these is black with a red rim instead of the usual colored back and black rim.

I sometimes make a few rocks centered around a sticker, or a tiny pearl, or colored stone, or clover for St. Patrick’s Day.  Pretty much anything I can find for 97 cents a sheet at Walmart, sometimes Dollar General! You’ll see them in some of the photos above and below.

The first photo below has a couple of rocks with stickers on them.  It also includes my sun, sky, grass and flowers rock that comes in many forms depending on the rock and what I have available to decorate or paint on it! I love doing the sun, sky, grass, flowers ones!

Heres a silly one I did with some ladybug stickers going up and down a highway!

M&M rocks with a bite or two taken out are great, silly small and large rock creations! The right shaped rock is hard to find so I search specifically for those when I can. These are a batch I did not exactly look like M&Ms but they came out cute anyway!

Our vegetable garden has the cutest rocks at the end of each row designating what’s growing on the row.

We rented out our motor home to families for vacations last year.  I made each family a painted rock to remember their trip.  They all loved them.  I put a message to them on the back.

I made our pastor and church staff individual large rocks with scriptures or other things on them to let them know we appreciate them. Here are two of them.

I made a rock village of houses, recreation area, lots of shopping stores, etc. I had somehelp from the grandchildren on those! After enjoying it as a village for a while I decided to put my labels on the back and hide them like any other rocks.

I found a Facebook group that walks you through step by step drawing a picture on a rock.  I haven’t been able to duplicate very well anything but I like being able to at least paint something that looks like a flower, a rose, or an owl on a branch, or a penguin.  The Facebook group is How to Paint Rocks Step by Step Tutorials.  This link will take you directly to the pages where they do the step by step instructions.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/RockPaintingStepByStep/photos/?filter=albums        If you just go to the main page you’ll need to click on Photos on the left and then when the Photos page comes up click on Albums on the second line underneath the group’s picture.  A crazy way to get there, but that’s how you do it.

Some of my favorite rocks are the silliest, fall into no category and make me happy when I’m creating them.  I love putting dots on rocks in varous forms.  It kind of makes them cuter in my opinion!

 

New Orleans Saints Fleur de Lis rocks are made all of the time by this New Orleans born girl!    These puppy rocks are a favorite of my youngest granddaughter.  In fact, she has two!

There is a technique called paint pouring.  It can be done in several different ways.  Googling it will give you videos for several of the ways to do this.  I try it from time to time and really like the results.

.The rocks above with inspiration painted on them below!

The rest of the rocks here are some groups of rocks that I’ve made or others made that inspired me over the last couple of years.  Some of the inspirations caused me to push the limits of my ability to try something new and harder.  Maybe you’ll find something too!

   

     

Mandella dot rocks is a technique I’ve tried but wasn’t very good at.  I love it so here’s a couple of mandella dot rocks. If they inspire you and you want to try it Google it and you’ll be set!

I’ve searched for inspirational sayings that I can use on my rocks.  Since this blog post is sooooo long already I’m going to create a fourth part to the Rock Painting Series of Inspirational Sayings ya’ll can refer to!

This post went on and on way longer than I originally intended, so sorry!

Stay tuned for Part Four! Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

06.09.19 Painted Rock Hiding Places, by Rosalyn Chauvin – PART TWO OF A FOUR PART SERIES

It’s taking a long time to go through all the photos I’ve taken of my rocks to pick out maybe 50 to share here.  It was quicker to go through the photos of places I’ve hidden rocks so they are below.  The inspiration for rock painting will come in the next blog post!

Click on the link if you didn’t read the first post about ALL THINGS TO KNOW AND TO BUY TO PAINT ROCKS.

Hiding rocks in plain sight takes a little bit of getting used to! At first, I was afraid that people who saw me hiding them would think I was hiding little bombs!  I’ve gotten over that and hide them wherever we go! I don’t leave my house without a basket of rocks to hide just in case we stop somewhere!  The lower to the ground you can put a rock the more chances a chlld will find it!

Just to give you some ideas, these are a few places I’ve hidden my rocks.
Poles in parking lots are great places to hide rocks.  They all usually have posts like this.

The big light posts are perfect for displaying your precious creations.

Leaning up against a pole.  Every doctor’s office or hospital has columns somewhere out front so one is always left on those too!

Leaning up against a wall near the entrance to a business.  This one happened to be a church front door.

Convenience stores always have an ice machine you can leave a rock on top of near the edge so it will be seen.

Convenience stores also usually have a ledge going around the front of the building where you can hide a rock.

This was in our travels but wherever you can find a rock wall is a good place to hide a rock!

In front of RaceTrak and other gas stations/convenience stores, they have poles where rocks can be hidden

A painted rock will stand out when placed on top of a bed of rocks. .On cement where it meets a flower bed.

Lowe’s and Home Depots vegetable and flower stands

Any object like this!

Up against a window on the ledge   On the ground up against a building.  Most of my rocks are hidden in these locations.

A seating place or ledge against a building 

A wooden railing 

.Concrete ledge near a water fountain

On top of a large rock in a garden, out of a garden!

Keep others’ safety in mind. I hope you see from these pictures that the rocks are placed where it will not cause someone to trip over them, they are out of the way and are not in the grass where they could be thrown at someone when the grass is cut.

Think about the person finding your rock. Don’t put them in a dangerous situation to retrieve your rock.  And don’t put them where someone could trip on them.  As you can see, against a wall, on top of a pole, up against a pole, in a garden, on a rock, on a ledge, etc. is recommended.

National Parks and National Forests prohibit rocks from being hidden on their premises. They will throw them away so don’t let that happen!!

Let meknow if you fin a new place to hide your rocks!  The hiding is part of the fun!!

Click on the link if you didn’t read the first post about ALL THINGS TO KNOW AND TO BUY TO PAINT ROCKS.

Part three can be found at  ROCK PAINTING INSPIRATION – Lots of painted rock pictures

Part four can be found at ROCK PAINTING INSPIRATIONAL SAYINGS

Have fun hiding rocks, but be respectful!