is to be praised.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
is to be praised.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I love dishes -- plates especially
The soffit area above the kitchen cabinets.
I LOVE bowls too !
Above the sink
Collection of cookie cutters--
most of them old from my grandmothers
Fish Bait styrofoam cup -- one of my prized
I was so blessed to get to travel to Baton Rouge in the week
after Hurricane Katrina to
help feed people.
There was a huge stack of these bait containers
(used to hold worms and dirt)
that we used as coffee cups.
I just loved it so much --
I brought it home and
have kept in a prominent place
in my kitchen since.
It reminds me of the sweet people
I met there
AND the sweet people
I got to work with.
My kitchen blackboard
with a favorite verse --
Thursday, July 16, 2009
"OK, Lord, you are trying to teach me something here?? (deep breath - exhale) Then, I will listen. Teach me what You want me to know."
Love you all,
optimistic and encouraging. The brain bleed had stopped on its own before the surgery began which meant the surgery did not have to be so invasive and therefore, a bit less risky.
Elizabeth was alert and knew people immediately upon arriving in ICU, a great sign. Of course, she was woozy, sleepy, thirsty and kept trying to be sneaky and slip HER watch off of her daughter's wrist.
She had given the watch to Elaine the night before to keep for her
and after I thought about it....I don't think I've EVER seen Elizabeth when she didn't have her watch on. I'm sure she feels just not right
without it....like I do when I forget my wedding ring. Of course, she still had in IV and tubes and couldn't wear it and didn't need it. But that didn't stop her in her "medically induced" state of fuzziness.....
Anyway, it got to be pretty funny there in the ICU with Elizabeth trying to weasel the watch off Elaine. Pretty cute !!
She is having another CT scan today and that will tell a lot of how successful the surgery was and what her recovery will look like from here.
Thank you so much for all your prayers !!! Much love to each of you!
God is good, All the time
All the time, God is good !
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I am a fan of a good sandwich -- and picky-er about my
sandwich fixin's than any other food I eat.
For instance ---- IF I'm having freshly baked ham in a
sandwich, then I want white bread with Miracle Whip
and nothing else -- no tomatoes, no lettuce, no cheese -- nothing!
A grilled cheese sandwich just screams for white bread.
IF I'm having pastrami, then I gotta have good, hearty
Jewish rye bread...ummmm...so good!
Cajun roast beef sandwiches are best on
bollilos with a good spicy mustard and lettuce.
Now a sliced turkey sandwich can be made on any
kind of sliced bread, but must have
jellied cranberry sauce instead
of mayo or mustard -- I love that!
I do know a good sandwich, let me tell you.
So when I say this one is the BEST EVER
(til the NEXT best comes along)
believe me !!!
Spread two slices of any kind of bread -- but good
hearty grainy bread is best -- with
about 2 Tablespoons each of
pineapple cream cheese.
Layer on very thinly sliced ham --
I bought Tyson brand Black Forest ham
and it is superb.
Then layer on thinly sliced tomatoes, cucumbers,
red onions, romaine, spinach -- just load it up
with everything you love.
Friday, July 10, 2009
As I sit here rocking....
this is my view.
Notice the cotton in the field beyond the fence....we've had
just enough rain and lots!!! of HOT
and it's really lookin' pretty good.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
but soon had the "when you've seen one fireworks, you've seen 'em all "
She was worn out and it was past her bedtime, so
she got comfy with Pops covering her ears and
she just took a little snooze.
The following night at Freedom Fest fireworks,
she brought her stethoscope
with her and it served as earplugs.
Then, she leaned back on her Daddy and took
a little nap.
Too cute !!!
The wait from 5:30 until fireworks begins is quite long, so we
brought along games and activities to occupy.
The girls played a little Fancy Nancy game
and then chased bubbles.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Charla, Dana's best friend since they were in diapers, and her daughter, Cora came over to visit and Cora kept us entertained with her latest "water moves" since she just finished her swim lessons. Lily Kate was, at first,pretty hesitant to throw herself into it like Cora did but she finally did and we all had a splashing good time. Great fun!
After we came inside, Dana started the rest of dinner for tonight -- chicken mole, red rice, cucumbers in yogurt and dill sauce, rolled up in a big ol' flour tortilla. The little girls played and the big girls visited while Dana cooked. Something about the whole scene made me "flashback" to a time in my life that was so good, so satisfying. Just thinking back on it all made me smile.
When William and I were 33 years old and had three children ages 3, 4 and 10, we knew we were being led by the LORD to leave where we were - with the nice salary and the great benefits, nice paid for house, surrounded by both our families and lots of friends - and move to Fort Worth, 4 hours away from home, for him to attend Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary and go to graduate school. Crazy enough --- we heard the LORD and obeyed. We have so many memories -- ALL sweet ones -- from that next 6 years of our lives. We all learned so much. We have some really great stories from those years. Those stories will just have to wait til another day.
When we moved, we very fortunate to get assigned seminary housing. It was a tiny house with a total of 6 rooms, 2 bathrooms. It had been a duplex at one time and was now combined to make a single family home. The house was lacking in many things but the backyard more than made up for it. A couple of enormous trees provided lots of shade. William found a place to buy sand for the kids to play in and we had brought the kids small playhouse/fort with us. Soooo, we had a "playland" for a yard, especially compared with the other hot, dry and treeless yards in the neighborhood.
Surrounded by other little seminary houses we were also central in location, so most afternoons our house was the gathering spot for the neighborhood. There were 5 women and 16 little kids that would come over for playing and visiting.
All the women stayed home with the children, many homeschooling, while the guys went to class most of the day and worked at various jobs until late in the night. None of us had much money and we all were on very tight budgets. So even on the very hottest days, we never ran the air conditioners. Some would run the a/c window unit in one room -- which we all referred to as "the cold room". If you were just absolutely about to perish, you could duck into "the cold room" just long enough to revive so you could go about your business. Summertime in Texas is blazing hot.
I remember so many afternoons --- naptime would be over and the women and kids would start to appear. The sounds of the children playing and laughing would come through the open doors and windows. And we girls would sit where we could see the kids and visit and sweat. I remember one time my parents were coming to visit and they got there early in the day while all the neighborhood was still there. I was in the middle of mixing up and baking cookies for everyone. And someone else had brought over a box of popsicles. There were kids everywhere!!! It was pretty much flat out chaos that day. But fun chaos!! I never found out what my folks really thought of that day. I suspect they just shook their heads in amazement. It really was a three-ring circus! Such fun! Such good memories !
I'm not sure I could even do such a thing today. Of course, that's been nearly 25 years ago, so I'm much older. And, therefore, like my air conditioning more. But I really truly believe we women were all empowered by something beyond ourselves. It was a matter of pride to NOT cave and turn on the air conditioner and spend your family's money needlessly. We all lived on strict budgets. We were sacrificing for the financial good of the family. And none of us wanted the others to think us wimpy. AND almost all of the husbands worked very physically demanding jobs and we figured if they had to be out in the heat every day....then by golly, we could do it too.
Wow! I'm so thankful the LORD didn't leave us where we were all those years ago, but called us out into the unknown for His purposes. AND I am also so glad we heard and responded. We've never been the same. What a great life - then and now!