06.13.20 Rock decoupaging, glass trivet decoupaging, glass plate decoupaging, wine bottle decoupaging and more!

It’s been a while since I’ve written about rock painting. During this hiding out at home to stay safe from the coronavirus I’ve had lots of time to expand from rock painting to rock decoupaging, glass trivet decoupaging, glass dinner, and luncheon plate decoupaging, wine bottle decoupaging and Health Care Heros rocks.

This is going to be a series of posts on each of those endeavors. Some I am good at, and some I have to admit I’m not so good at! My rock room is now a craft room and has on some days looked like a hurricane whipped through it.

Here’s a picture of each type of creation to give you an idea of what to expect.

Rock decoupaging

Glass trivet decoupaging

Lady Bug rocks

Plant pot decoupaging using plastic containers

Wine bottle decoupagingHealth Care Heros rocks

Glass dinner and luncheon plate decoupaging

My brain is not cooperating with me trying to write a really long post about all of these projects. So, I’ll show it and I’ll do several shorter posts that each will cover one project. It took me a month to be able to put this one blog post together. When I try to create and nothing works I’ve learned to stop and not get so frustrated.  I truly love creating these posts and will keep doing it in whatever form I can for as long as I can.

 

 

05.10.20 Treasured Photos from Trinity’s 2018 Mother’s Day Presentation

Before the wonderful Trinity Mother’s photos, I want to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to my mama, Jo (Josie Mae) Blum Traylor who is Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I miss you every day sweet mama! Josie Mae taught Harriett and I how to be mothers through the life she lived. I am so thankful for that.

 

Harriett, Mama and Me in Mama’s younger days
Mama, her daughters, son in-laws and her four grandchildren in the early 1980s
Mama’s wedding day to Mr. Vivian

We may not be together in our church this Mother’s Day 2020 but I hope you feel the closeness between our Trinity Baptist Church family members and their mothers in the photos below. Young mothers, old mothers, and all in between!

These pictures below were originally published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 and were shared during Sunday morning’s Worship Service on May 13, 2018.  So many church members participated and sent in their treasured photos of their Mom or their children/grandchildren with their Mom/Grandmother.

Thanks to everyone that participated! We have a wonderful church family and I love seeing our extended family through these photos!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

Mother's Day - Proverbs 31:26

 

 

04.26.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 6

Sunday morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website.

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is.

https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music!

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.19.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 5

Sunday morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website.

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music! To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.14.20 Let’s gather at the Grand Canyon North Rim for a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins!

Just writing the words Grand Canyon puts a smile on my heart!

What an unbelievably beautiful handiwork of God.

I still remember seeing it for the first time and it took my breath away.

This was what we saw when we walked up to it for the first time.

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I could go on and on and would never be able to explain how special this place is so I’ll let the photos and videos speak for themselves.

See both rims if you can!

The North and South Rim are only about 20 miles apart but the drive goes way around the side of the mountains and through some mountains to get to the other side about 200 miles away. We drove about halfway and parked for the night in the Marble Canyon – A M A Z I N G!!!

This video is taken from where we parked and spent the night in the Marble Canyon!

I took several videos of the North Rim and narrowed it down to eight for the original blog. These are two of them.

The North Rim and the South Rim are two totally different places in most all aspects.

The North Rim is much cooler, more beautiful tall trees along the roads, not any visible animals that we saw, and can be seen in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace and for some reason it is not at all crowded.

The South Rim is still cool but not as cool as the North Rim, not nearly as many trees but lots of bushes with flowers, several elks were seen and we only saw a portion of it in about 5 hours at a brisk pace and it is crazy crowded! Several big shuttle buses travel several different routes to all the spots where you can see different parts of the canyon.

Photos from the North Rim

 

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The lodge had a wonderful outside sitting area where you could enjoy a comfortable viewing of the canyon!

20151002_155322 (Medium)There are several cabins there for those who want to stay in a cabin on the North Rim.

I loved how the view kept going on and on and on into the distance!20151002_154358 (Medium)Oh to be young and able to climb atop this rock area. We felt blessed to see what we could but that had to be super wonderful!

20151002_154407 (Medium)That was just a peek, a very very small peek at the magnificence of the North Rim. Here are links to our original posts when we visited Grand Canyon North Rim in 2015. Yes, I wrote four blog posts about the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. It is that amazing!

From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon – I included this post because it gives lots of Grand Canyon info that would be helpful to someone planning to visit there.

The Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part One

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part Two

On our next Virtual Vacation, we will visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim which is very different than the North Rim!

Have a wonderfully blessed week!

04.12.20 Happy Resurrection Sunday! Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 4

Sunday morning at 10:45 am Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and the church’s website.

The newly updated online Worship Service at Trinity now includes so much that a lot of what I was sharing here is no longer needed. The words of the songs we will be singing will be easily readable on the screen of wherever medium you are watching the worship service. The names of those leading the various parts of the Worship Service are also now on the screen.

The feeling of togetherness joining with others during our Sunday online Worship Service is deeply comforting. I love that the same people we sit in a physical church with are all in their homes worshiping God at the same time!

Please join us this Easter Sunday which I prefer to call Resurrection Sunday!

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The picture below is from the page on the church’s website that you will be taken to. The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music! To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.09.20 Let’s gather at Pikes Peak for a virtual vacation with the Chauvins!

Roy and I loved Colorado so much that we spent a month there in 2015 and two weeks in 2017. I’ll be sharing what all we saw and enjoyed doing in Colorado next time but this time it’s all Pike’s Peak!!

This beautiful mountain quickly became one of our most remembered adventures. During our life in our motorhome living on the road, everything was an adventure for these old folks and we loved it!

The elevation at the peak of the mountain is 14,110 feet. That is the very highest elevation we’ve ever gone to. I was a bit worried about altitude sickness but we followed the guidelines for ascending to that elevation and we did well! Us little Louisiana folks from the flatlands were deeply moved by the mountains, clouds, snow, boulders and pine trees that we saw on our 19 miles drive up to Pike’s Peak.

 

On our way up we began seeing patches of snow and this is when I began squealing with glee!

More and more snow as we got further up. Seeing the winding roads as we looked over the edge was awesome!

Yes they put the roads right on the edge. Makes for

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! People were so kind to each other offering to take each couple’s photos there. We took the photos for the new folks behind us. I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

When we reached the Summit of Pike’s Peak we were well above the clouds which you can see in the pictures below. We are also above many of the surrounding mountains with snow on top. Going from looking up at mountains to being above the mountains looking down is such a change in perspectives, it’s exhilarating!

At the Summit, we also ventured out at a different spot, as close to the edge as we could like two crazy old folks. This involved walking through snow and rocks (large and small) to get there. The views were amazing even with clouds covering some of the area. We were the only folks there for much of the time which was nice. The young folks we did see were just be-bopping along over the rocks and through the snow

It might be the light air up there but I was fearless up there and even wound up face down in the snow at one point!

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Roy carved our last name, C H A U V I N, into the lower portion of the snow on the side of the road! Enlarge the photo and you can see it better!

This was sweetest beautiful area tucked in on the side of the road going down the mountain. If it wasn’t for the freezing cold it would have been a lovely place for a picnic!

The air became full of fog and moisture on the way down. It was hard to see but we made it! Near the bottom, there is a pullover site where they check the temperature of your breaks so you know if you should pull over and let them cool down for a while.

Since Roy drove up and down the mountain the day before, he really didn’t get to see all the amazing sights so one day after the first visit we took the Pike’s Peak COG Railway. No driving for Roy and clear skies this trip! We saw very different things on the train ride. It was fun though and less stressful than worrying about our brakes burning up going up and down the mountain.  

Isn’t that an amazing site, the railway track right next to the edge next to the clouds!

In September 2017 we went back to Colorado and got to experience Pike’s Peak at a different time of year. This time there was no snow on the way up and when we reached the Peak. I recommend going in June like we did in 2015. Mountains are always beautiful but once you’ve experienced being at the Peak with snow all around that’s the best there is!

After eating a couple of their World Famous Donuts the last time we visited we planned to have some this time also! This is the only place in the world where you can get donuts (and hot chocolate) at this altitude, over 14,000 feet.  I went a bit nuts and bought 4 of them for $20, gulp, yes gulp! It is still awe-inspiring to look down on the clouds from Pike’s Peak!

Feeling like we were on top of the world was a mighty powerful experience. We were bubbly happy getting to experience that! I hope you will make a point of visiting Pike’s Peak to see in person what all we loved about this unusual part of America! 

Be still my heart, I love God’s mountains!

 

The original Pike’s Peak blog posts

Part One Pike’s Peak 2015

Part Two Pike’s Peak 2015

Pike’s Peak 2017

 

04.06.20 Rosie’s Flowers of Spring

God gives us this beautiful time called Spring. He allows us to be blessed by seeing the tiny blooms of flowers that were hiding all Winter.

Those vivid bursts of color will bring me joy all summer, especially when hummingbirds and butterflies zoom in for a taste of nectar.

When we moved to Amite our property was like an empty slate waiting for us to dig, plant and pretty up! We wanted to make the front of our property where people pull into our driveway as welcoming as possible. The guy wires already there presented a bit of a challenge but we’ve tried to fancy it up with our metal art, a big rock from Arkansas and pretty daffodil bulbs.

This was taken a month ago when the daffodils were blooming for the first time in a couple of years. Since then there are no more flowers and the metal flower has been repainted. I am so happy I got this picture when I did. This and the next two photos are what you see when you come to visit us and we really hope you will come visit at some time in the future!

A lily near the top on the right, small ground cover sneaking out and a new spider plant greet our visitors we do not have lately!Both mailboxes are surrounded by some of the lilies that were planted last year. I hope our mail lady likes them!

The following photos are not grouped by location like they probably should be. They are from the front and the back and each side and the middle of our property in no certain order!

Looking up from our hammock at the sprouting oak tree leaves. Two of my favorite things to do. One is swinging in the hammock and the second is watching the big oak trees every day from the time they start sprouting new leaves until they are filled and everything is beautiful!The little groundcovers were hidden under the pine needles to protect them from freezes. They been uncovered and are growing really nicely!The azalea bushes we planted last year are happily sprouting new leaves and flowers!These lilies were the original ones that I separated and planted all around our property last year. They are all starting to bloom now! These are some of the creeping daisy groundcovers that were protected over the winter by pine needles.  A couple of weeks ago all you would see here was pine needles, now the green vines of creeping daisies are bursting with growth! In about a month there will be little yellow flowers all over there.Lantanas get cut down to the ground at our house so it takes a while for them to make it back to a nice busy plant. Plus we divided them this year. There was nothing here but short branches not too long ago and now the bushes are back!  A much smaller version of their soon to be giant bush selves but they are already starting to bloom a bit!One of the new lantana bushes with its first bloom!

Our cacti sit there all year looking prickly and strange for this area of the country. Every now and then a beautiful flower will bloom and I happened to catch it on the day it bloomed!The white daisy gift from our friend Ellen last Easter was planted and is coming back nicely this year!  Anyone coming to visit that brings me a daisy plant will be a friend for life!Three years ago we bought two mums in the fall. They have rebloomed every spring and fall since then! One is purple and the other is yellow. The purple is full of tiny blooms getting ready to burst open but not quite yet!Our grass plants that Roy cut all the way down a few months ago are now sending new shoots out all over the place.  They will get much larger but they are starting to grow real nice! Our refurbished Billy the Cow now lives next to them greeting everyone who comes to visit, well when people actually visited!

These red knockout roses just burst out with buds and flowers this past week. The spider looking plants were tiny when we planted them last year after dividing a few into many!

Last fall we planted small pieces of plants around one big oak tree and other places around what we call our picnic area. Most survived the winter and are sprouting out now. This picture doesn’t pick up a lot of them but they are there!  As are our new Happy Spring Ya’ll rocks!

.Look at all the lilies around the other big oak tree in our picnic area. From the time they were planted in the fall they multiplied a lot and there are a couple starting to bloom!

This azalea bush was the only one that we transplanted from our son Chip’s home to our home last fall when they planted all new bushes. It was just a bunch of branches until a couple of weeks ago but now it’s got leaves coming out all over it!

More of the tiny plants coming back to life and the pansies that regrew after the ducks or other creatures enjoyed eating them last fall!

We name each of our garden areas and for a while, this one was our Jesus Circle because our wooden cross was in that garden. The cross was moved elsewhere but the garden still keeps that name! This is one of my favorite gardens. It holds two of the small bay leaf plants that were originally Roy’s mama’s plant. It also contains different flowers that we love.  It also covers the concrete covers to our septic tank!!!

More of the transplanted lilies. This group was planted there to help hide the utilities pole that we used for Dora and our renter uses for his RV.

The water in our much-loved pond has begun to go down some which is always something that begins in the spring. I know that blueberries are not flower plants but I am so overly excited that they are producing I just had to share again here!  They won’t be edible for a while but this sure looks promising!

I hope your Tuesday is a blessed one!

 

04.07.20 A quiet thought, by Bro. Bob Adams

Today is the anniversary of the day I became a mama! My oldest son is now 41! Wasn’t he the cutest little boy!!! Happy Birthday!

A quiet thought, by Bro. Bob Adams

In the throes of this world-wide pandemic I see God everywhere!

Surely He is visible in the scriptures, prayers, and music of worship that come easily and richly to faithful believers.

However, He is also present beyond the words and music of our beautiful faith.
The crisis has birthed magnificent displays of the creative spirit: Stories. Jokes. Memes. Poems. Music. Pictures. These sometimes shake us with laughter and sometimes melt us in sorrow, but it is all a fresh-born expression of sacred peoples’ minds and hearts.

The source of such human creativity must be God Himself, the Eternal Creator! God is also glimpsed in every gloved hand and masked face.

He is found in the six feet between people standing in lines to get supplies. All these shout, “I will protect my loved ones, and myself, and even you – the stranger.”

Surely this protective spirit has its roots in God who hovers over us as a mother hen covers her chicks. Look out and see all the selfless acts of service on display around us.

The truckers driving long, lonely miles.

The policeman risking his life to guard our streets and cities.

The checkout clerk spending the day close to endless faces with panting breaths.

Government leaders carry the suffocating burden of making wide-ranging life and death decisions.

Every health care worker that rises day after day and night after night to wade into the middle of a vast cauldron of suffering people is an expression of God’s own unselfish sacrifice for us.

On and on and on . . . Hallelujah!

Thank you Bro. Bob! We miss you and Ms. Janice.