Tuesday, August 5, 2014

46 Years of Fundraising (Friend making)...

Our wonderful DaddyBob, my husband's father is retiring at the end of the summer and he was thrown an incredible retirement party last week. It was so fun to see lots of the friends he has made over the last 46 years. A life so well lived.  He is with out a doubt one of the best fundraisers in America but even more important- he is a disciple of Jesus Christ and has shared his love for Him with all people he has come in contact with. So thankful for this man. 
 Wonderful article on DaddyBob's work at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M Fundraiser- Bob Walker Retires After 46 Years...
 Don't these cakes look too beautiful to cut and eat?

 Clayton Williams said a few words...
 My handsome husband, Uncle Jim and DaddyBob...
 Clay Bright, son of Bum Bright...
The best part was being with family.
It's always too short, but always sweet...

 His grand kids from Colorado got flattops that day. So handsome...
 Precious girls..
 Always fun with this guy...
Randy Matson also spoke.
You may remember that he was a two
time Olympic medalist in the 1960's.
He is a wonderful, Godly man.
 After party get together...
So- congratulations to a wonderful man.
He is one of the best fundraisers but even more important-
he is a super Grandfather and loving man of God.
We love you DaddyBob!

Friday, August 1, 2014

California Here We Come...(Right Back Where We Started From...)

Howdy! Summer is drawing to a close but the best is yet to come for our family. We still have our vacation coming up! Heading very soon to our oldest gentle giant and his sweet wife's house for some great fellowship and then to the beach and DISNEYLAND with the family. I wish it was all our family every one of them but this time it is just the 5 of us. One of us has never been to see Mickey Mouse. It's gonna be super fun! No, I probably will never get over loving Disneyland. Sorry. No, not sorry. :)

This photo is from around 1968 on one of our first visits to California. 
My precious Mom is a California native and we drove out just about every summer of my childhood and spent two lovely weeks with family.
My brother and I having our pictures drawn in Disneyland. 
Mom still has these up on her wall in her house today. 
 My favorite thing besides the fireworks way back when was the Electric Light Parade.
See- even before kids with our parents and brothers we loved Disneyland. 

When our kids were little I made them all shirts to wear so that we could keep up with them easier in the crowds. Didn't they look cute?! There were a couple of the older ones that fussed about how uncool it was but they wore them. Good sports.

 The shirt this summer (in this picture) was blue with Goofy on the back. Very appropriate for our group. :)
The tea cups. So much fun. Laughing till we cried. Yes, I needed some sort of hair intervention.
 And again...
This is the reason we always went to California. My precious granny and granddad and of course cousins and the rest of Moms fun family.

My Dad had an old camper top with windows on the sides. (no air conditioner) This is Will in the back of the camper on a hot summer trip. We could rough it with the best of them.
 There were always of course several days at the beach.
Usually Newport Beach or Balboa Beach. Cold, cold water but great fun.

So- we eagerly anticipate family time before summer ends at these lovely places that we have such deep fond memories of. Can't wait.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chacos wearing rules...

Mr. Gnome and I were wondering if there is an age limit on the wearing of Chacos? Or possibly if there is a rule about your feet being too white to wear them. I hope not because these cuties were not cheap. :)
They are so comfy I may never take them off again. Please let me know if I might possibly be too old because of course I don't want to embarrass my children. Oh wait- no, that does not bother me. 
Have a fun day. Get out there people. 
The sun is shining and summer fun is calling. 

Water Kefir...

If you have a gluten problem or stomach issues of any kind you should make your own Water Kefir. It has improved our health significantly in the past few months. If you take an oral pro-biotic that is great but this fermented probiotic really is better. Keeping your gut healthy is one of the major keys to keeping your whole body healthy. Mix some up and enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions. 

What is the advantage of taking Kefir instead of a probiotic supplement?
Fermented products such as kefir are considered functional foods 
because they offer enzymes, pre-digested nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, 
minerals, calories/energy and billions of probiotics. Probiotic pill supplements 
contain just one or a select variety of bacteria, and usually that's it. It's always 
better to eat something in its whole form when possible, because each part
 makes the other more digestible. This is why companies are now adding 
fiber back into cereals and fruit juices, and citric acid into calcium - 
you often need all the parts to assimilate nutrients correctly.

Why is kefir good for your health?
It is loaded with valuable enzymes, easily digestible sugars, beneficial acids, 
vitamins and minerals. Water kefir is also generally suitable for some diabetics 
(though personal discretion is advised). It also is a nice option if you are trying 
to avoid the caffeine present in kombucha, but still seeking a probiotic drink. 
Water kefir supplies your body with billions of healthy bacteria and yeast strains. 
Some store-bought probiotic foods or supplements can help, but they are 
not as potent, and do not contain the beneficial yeasts usually (just bacteria). 
Within your body there are already billions of bacteria and yeast. Your internal 
microflora support proper digestion, synthesis of vitamins and minerals, 
and your immune system by warding off foreign and harmful bacteria, 
yeast and viruses. It has thus long been known to promote and aid in digestion 
and overall health. Some studies show it may be anti-mutagenic and help 
manage free radicals in the body. Folic acid (and B vitamins) increases as 
the length of the ferment increases. Some people let the strained kefir sit on 
the counter or the fridge another day to increase the folic acid and B vitamin 
content before drinking (this will increase the acidity too). Kefir may also help 
reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. As with most things we've personally 
found, food and health is too difficult to reduce to facts and statistics. 
While kefir is not a magic bullet for health (what is) we believe kefir has a 
myriad of possible health benefits, and those will be individual for everyone. 
Some feel it helps them digest better, others get colds and viruses less often, 
some get more energy, and some people feel nothing much in particular, 
but enjoy the taste and value of it over store-bought yogurt, kombucha or kefir.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friends. Freedom. Fearless Squirrels...

"If you live to be a hundred, 
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."

"Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day."

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you."
Winnie the Pooh
There are those friends (sisters) in life that no matter how long it has been since you have been together that the moment you catch her smile and glance you are instantly slipping back into that comfortable, beautiful friendship.  My friend Lisa above is one of my closest heart friends in the story of my life,(everyone has a story).  Her son married a lovely young girl last Saturday in Ft. Worth. It was a happy celebration and we were able to see so many people that we love so dearly. Terri and Sheri are two more precious friends that I really miss from deep down in my heart.  
Isn't it awesome that God provides sisters that are real and down to earth and concerned most of all about Jesus and furthering the Kingdom of God?! How blessed we are when we have relationships like that even though we may not be living in the same place physically. I know that they are out there and that they will always be there for me. No matter what. (Not necessarily in the physical sense, but spiritually and after all, that matters the most.)  
Beautiful. So- the quaint, sweet Winnie the Pooh quotes above really are how I feel. 
Just call me Pooh Bear. 

Call us crazy but we just sold our house and are moving.
We. Are. So. Excited.
We realized that we could pay off some debt if we sold and hatched a scheme to buy a significantly cheaper house and to have much lower PAYMENT, and so...we did. God seems to be blessing it all and so in a few weeks we will live in this lovely 57 year old grandmothery house across town. Yes, it is in a more diverse (we are glad) part of town and yes probably, well certainly more risky crime wise, but we are thinking that we want things for us to look a little different. It's not for everyone but this idea IS for us.  Goodbye trying to keep up with the Jones's (whoever they may be and not that we ever could) and goodbye to the American dream that says you have to keep pursuing more and more expensive things. We are done. We would rather bank some cash to travel to see our son and daughter in law in Arizona or Sid's sister in Seattle or his brother in Colorado Springs. (Did I say we LOVE to travel?) Or save to have more to help people in need or to pay those college bills. Eeeek!! Anyway, we are over the top excited. 
Come on over in a month or so for a cup of coffee! 
 I LOVE the old built in cabinetry...
Would you look at that lovely bookcase! What a fun room this will be...
Yes, I will miss our kitchen and our red pendant lights and red island...(very sad face)...
But- I am very infatuated with these limy/whatever green this is cabinets and the light that flows into this kitchen...
Well- enough of that house stuff for now.
Just a little update on how hot it is here.
Our squirrel that eats most of my bird seed is so hot he just layed on the concrete and stared at me hoping that I would not try to chase him off. Well- begging me not to make him move. Cooling his belly.
I have to admit he is pretty cute.
I think I have posted this scripture before but here it is again- twice won't hurt. 
It is that GOOD!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Red River Encampment and the Rest of June...

Good morning on this hot, glorious (steamy and humid) summer day!
We are trying with all of our hearts to find the thankful in everything. There is so much to be thankful for if you just look at all things with the glass half full attitude. Working on it. Only through His eyes there is grace, mercy, blessings and thankfulness.
I thought you might like to see how these lovely flowers are singing joy this morning...

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    but the word of our God endures forever.
June was a blast!!
We were blessed (not Sid- he had to work...boo hoo.) to be able to be at the Red River Encampment again this summer. It was been a beautiful part of our spiritual story for the past 24 years.  What a blessing it has been in building knowledge and heart for God and in meeting and having sweet Christian friendships.
My quiet and tranquil perch up in the trees at our condo. Cool breezes and birds singing. I can still hear it.
 No words for this beauty...
As beautiful as the picture is above, this one below is more so. My sweet strong mama drinking coffee and reading the Bible early in the morning. These times are precious. The sun and the son shines on...
The scenery on the road to Red River from Camp Blue Haven through Mora. One of the loveliest roads in our country. 
 Precious times with this sister.

And this brother...
My other sister and brother in the McCoy family were only there for a few hours.
Missed taking a photo with them. :(

Shifting forward to the end of June...
We made a quick trip to see Garner State Park.
What a wonderful park. The cool  err... cold Frio river flows through this magical place.

So- now that we are all settling into a hot, wonderful summer-
I pray blessings on each day and moment for all of us!
A powerful scripture that we used with our campers this summer...