May 24, 2008

Dad's Dress Clothes

With my mom in Abilene and my husband in NYC, my dad and I are doing the job of 4 adults here on the farm. One of our assignments was to buy a new sports jacket for my dad. So, today, all of us went to Cavender's and we think we have him suited quiet nicely. Dad dressed up so we could send a picture to Mom for her approval. So, what do you think Mom? Handsome? I must say he looks really striking in his dress clothes.

Mom, can you call dad and let him know that you are happy with his choice? He said, "Your mother will worry about this jacket until she gets home to see it. Can you send her a picture over the computer?" I think what he really meant was, "I am going to worry about the choice I made until you mother says she likes it so will you send her a picture so I don't have to think about it for another week?"

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May 23, 2008

Laura's first rodeo

Here are 3 of many attempts to get a good picture before we head out to Laura's first rodeo to watch her Great Aunt April ride barrels!

Meredith is in NYC and my mother is in Abilene helping my sister. So, Dad and I decided to take the children to the rodeo tonight. It makes our lonely evenings without our spouses go by faster and keeps the kids busy!

Hope you enjoy my little cowboys and my pink cowgirl!

May 11, 2008

OH, and one more comment

In all of the kitchen pictures, has anyone ever noticed the empty black plate holder STILL hanging on the wall? Well, there used to be 3 beautiful plates in the holder with scenes of hens and roosters. My mother-in-law gave it to me for Christmas.

Every time I post a picture of my kitchen I think to myself, "I really need to take that empty plate holder off the wall." But then I think, "No, the thing is made of iron. It can hang there until my kids are grown and THEN I will buy some new beautiful plates to fill it."

Now, how do you suppose those plates got broken..................

Let's think about this, hmm.......7 children.....5 of them boys.........perhaps bulls in a china closet?

More Mother's Day Pics

Picture 1 - John letting me know how many eggs he has put under on of his hens that is laying
Picture 2 - Lela serving up lunch as Grandad supervises. She just LOVES for Grandad to supervise her!
Picture 3 - Our sweet Grammy Faye!

I realize that I published our day backwards but sometimes things just go that way. Enjoy anyway!

I had a WONDERFUL MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

Picture 1 - Lela and Bradley being mischevious
Picture 2 - Justin and William being wild
Picture 3 Justin and Anita (my mother) being just a little wild
Picture 4 - Meredith working on the irrigation as Luke and William look on
Picture 5 - Mommy and Laura hanging in there just 3 days post surgery
Just look at all those georgous kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mother's Day Feast

Our family table got used today. All SEVEN of my kids were home to celebrate the day with me. And my parents. AND my grandparents. We had 4 generations together around the table today. 13 people. It was just so much fun. I was so happy.

My kids are great! The grown kids, Meredith, and my mom prepared the meal. The menu?

Grilled Shrimp
Grilled Chicken
Justin's Potato Special
(Above prepared by Justin)

Green Salad
Fruit Tray
Wild Rice
Macaroni and Cheese
(Prepared by Lela)

Home Grown Green Beans
Home Grown Berry Cobbler
Vanilla Ice Cream
(Prepared by my mother)

God has blessed me beyond measure and I have the joy, joy, joy down in my heart!

Preparing the Feast

Who's the Boss?

Laura and I were having a discussion about what the doctor REALLY meant when he said soft foods! She was determined to eat grilled shrimp and wild rice. I offered her vanilla ice cream as an option and she FINALLY consented! And all of this while she was feeling terrible and running a fever. She is one fiesty little lady!

Riding the Ferry

Crabbing in Galveston

Boys at the Beach

Building castles in the sand,
But tomorrow they will wake up a man.
Surfing the waves that last only a minute,
Young at heart and strong in spirit!
Laughing and running and gathering shells,
Inhaling with excitement the salty sea smells.
Today they are boys playing at the beach,
I wonder what heights as men they will reach?

May 06, 2008

The RACE of Life?

I was just thinking.....the Bible teaches husbands and wives to be "heirs together in the grace of life."

It seems to me that married people have misunderstood this verse. They have left out the G. They are trying to be heirs together in the RACE of life. The race to have the last word, the race for success and popularity, the race to control the relationship, the race toward bitterness, unforgiveness, and divorce. Then, they truly become the "heirs apart in the race of life".

What if married couples tried what the Bible really says, "heirs together in the GRACE of life"?
The GRACE to let the other person have the last word, the GRACE for contentment and thankfulness, the GRACE to forgive and love each other regardless of their shortcomings?
Then, they truly become the "heirs together in the grace of life."

No unhappy insecure children, no issues to drag from relationship to relationship, total peace within yourself because you harbor no bitterness toward anyone. A relaxed and joyful home free from anxiety and where your children grow up happy and secure without worries and strife.

Oh, how I wish people would clean out theirs ears so they could hear the truth of this wonderful promise from God. What a better world this would be.


One Splendid Granddaddy!

Proverbs 20:29 "The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head." He is quiet splendid!!!!!!

Laura's Surgery

We leave tomorrow morning for Galveston. Laura has appointments with the team in the afternoon tomorrow. Her palate surgery is Thursday as we will come home Saturday. I won't have internet so I will have to post when we get home.

Please pray for traveling grace, no complications, and minimal pain.

Some New Pictures of Laura

Picture 1 - Berry picking. BUT, since she is allergic to poison ivy, she had to stay in her stroller and watch us pick!

Picture 2 - Harassing the cat! She loves the kitty. And she loves to carry around cooking utensils!

Picture 3 - John and William dressed her in her overalls today and took her out to play in the dirt. As soon as she was sufficiently dirty, they brought her to me for a bubble bath! I don't know if she has more fun getting dirty or getting clean!


Proverbs 14:1 says, "A wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands (mouth)." I have a story for young wives and wives to be.........

This is our new table. My husband and young sons built it for our family. It is the family table. For many years I have wanted a large table where many could sit and eat and fellowship. We found one at the furniture store. It was $3500.00!!!!!!! Of course, we talked of how we could afford it, or save for it but that is soooo much money.

So, we began to think about building one. I drew a plan for one and put it on our fridge. Sunday after church, Meredith asked if I wanted to go to Lowes and buy the materials. Well, all I wanted to do was take a nap! But, this was my opportunity. So, we loaded up and went to Lowes. Understand, young wives, that when you husband offers to do something for you, don't put him off. You both will miss a blessing. Just have a cup of coffee, smile, and go!

Around 6:30 Sunday evening Meredith, John, William, and Luke began working on the table. They measured, cut, sawed and hammered for 4 hours. And then they were done. We stood looking at our new table. John and William stood watching me study their work. They asked, "What do you think Mamma, do you like it?" Meredith stood behind them looking at me too. I knew he was as anxious for the answer as they were but he was too grown up to ask. Now, at that moment, I could have been critical of their work. I could have pointed out little flaws here and there and totally crushed them. But, I remembered Proverbs 14:1 about how a wise woman builds up her house but she can destroy it with her hands (or mouth as I usually think about it) and I smiled from ear to ear and proclaimed, "It's perfect. I just love it. Thank you guy so much for building our family table. I am so proud of it and of you!!!!!!!" They were absolutely beaming. The next day I stained and varnished it. It is truly lovely.

There are so many lessons to glean from this project. As I pondered our experience today, this is what I learned.

First of all, the memories we made are priceless. Would they remember so well a furniture truck pulling up in our yard and bringing a factory made table into our house? Or, when they are married will they tell the story of our table to their young wife? Will they tell her of how they built the very same table in which they sat to tell us of their engagement? Will they assure her that they will build her one prettier that mine? Will they remember how proud their little hearts were the night they got to stay up after 10pm to finish it for me?

Second, do you think my dear husband might be just a little appreciative that he didn't have to fork over thousands of dollars so I could have a beautiful table in which to continuously yell at our children not to ruin? Do you think he was proud that he was able to make me happy by building something for me with his own hands?

Third, I was thinking of how our "Family Table" reminds me of our family. You see, it is Meredith's vision that designed the table (he changed my design to a better one) just like it is his vision that gives our family a plan to follow. It is his strength that built the table just as it is his strength that is required to lead our family. Once he had the vision cast and the table built, I added the color and shine just as I add grace and joy to Meredith's leadership within our family. The children made the building of the table challenging and exciting, just as they add childlike excitement to everything we do in our family. God's design for a family is so wonderful and when we follow it, we can be sure that the result will be so beautiful for generations to come.........just like our family table! It will stand strong and serve us for many years just like our family stands strong and will serve the Lord until we meet him in the air!

So, please, stop by some time and see our table. We are all very proud of it. It's not perfect. Neither are we. But we love our table and we love each other. That's all that matters. You are welcome to sit at it and fellowship with us. Have some berry cobbler and ice cream, sit a while, share your time and you life with us and always be sure to ask me about the joy that is in my heart because I am just so excited to share it with you!

So, young wives, please read this and learn some of the most valuable lessons for a happy home. Be very appreciative of everything your husband does for you, don't ask for things that he might not be able to get for you, let your children see you admire their daddy, thank them daily for their service to you, love your family, read your Bible daily, and ponder everything to learn God's lesson for you and your family.

God bless you and your family!

When you walk in the way.......

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets beween your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9