Monday, August 22, 2016

Hang In There...

Hey Mom and Dad, do you feel like you are just hanging on for dear life?
The first day of school a little rough? It is tough getting back on schedule and for sure tough to leave a little one in the care of a teacher for the first time.  
Praying for all of you.   
Breathe.  God loves your sweet child even more than you do. 
Amazing and comforting.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Memory Coffee Mug Rack...

Good morning! I finally got around to a little craft project that I have been wanting to work on. As you can see below our house is not in style right now and possibly will never be. I think the going look to decorate with is all white and crisp and well...white everything. Not happening.  I. LOVE. COLOR. It makes me cheerful and I LOVE cheerful. :)  So, I guess we have more of a coffee shop, country, garage sale, eclectic, lived in look in our home. 

This window was one found at a work site that our youngest gentle giant was cleaning up last year. He knows to keep such great nuggets of beauty for his mama. Thanks boy!  So, I just wire brushed the paint off, drilled holes and added World Market pulls to hang the mugs on. Waa laa. 

These mugs hanging have such sentimental meaning to me. I am going to love seeing them and remembering great times and great people. All are special in this pic below but especially the little peace mug. My mother in law gave me a set of the fruits of the Spirit mugs a long time ago. This is one of them. Beautiful. The green one is close to my heart also. This was one of a set that hung above the sink in our house where I grew up. We each had our own color cup. Lots of love in those little mugs.The Indian Lodge mug is from the Davis Mountain State Park. Numerous spring break trips with our boys were spent in that area and in Big Bend National Park camping and enjoying life together.
If you are still reading I am sure that you are a mug collector also. Thank you. The Java Jack's mug is from our favorite coffee shop in Nacogdoches, Tx. Many a good cup of coffee was shared there with friends.  The Yosemite mug is precious because it takes me back to summer after summer of going and singing at the Yosemite Family Encampment growing up. One of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Blue Haven mug is probably the most important. Our lives and the lives of our children have been molded and touched for good by God having been associated with this camp that feels like a little taste of what heaven will be like. The last is the Aggie Mom mug. What more is there to say? The best university of ANY in the country.
This last one is a random little mug someone gave us when we were first married. It has seen lots of water under the bridge. Oh, if this mug could talk.
 The daily Bible reading adventure was rich today!
Have a great Friday and weekend!
Let's spend our time today praising Him and looking for ways to glorify Him.
Let's ASK Him how He can use us!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tall View Media- Our Gentle Giants...

 These sweet and silly little boys have grown up-

They are men that love to see the beauty of people and places and capture it on photos and video.
They practiced on their old folks (us) ;) a week or so ago.
 It was fun and goofy and I am really proud of them.

Our gentle giants have their own part time business. They are still working on the name. I think it will be Tall View Media.  Check it out if you need any kind of photography or video services:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Real Olympics...

Good morning!!
I love watching the Olympics. I have REALLY loved watching it this summer because several of the people we love the most were THERE enjoying seeing it in person. Our sweethearts are now back on US soil having had a great time with family and seeing spectacular things. (The women's overall gymnastics final included.) Wow!

When I was reading my daily bible a few days ago I came across this passage below. So interesting to me in light of watching the Olympics right now. How we live our lives on earth is the real Olympics and we are striving for our crown that will last forever.  Praying that we run the race by the Spirit of God and that we do all to glorify Him in our competing, training and living!

Here is the word origin for the word Olympic.

c.1600, "of or in reference to Mount Olymposalso to Olympia (khora)town or district in Elis in ancient Greece, where athletic contests in honor of Olympian Zeus were held 776 B.C.E. and every four years thereafter;from Greek Olympikosfrom Olymposof unknown origin. The modernOlympic Games are a revival, begun in 1896.

Look at these beautiful girls. What fun they had.
We are ready for hugs from both.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stop and Pray...

Happy Anniversary to two people that are most dear to my heart. Love you Mom and Dad and thank you for showing me Jesus and helping me to learn how to pray. I give thanks for you today and each day for devoting your lives to Kingdom work and to loving people in the name of Jesus.

Have a blessed and joyful incredible day!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Dream Giver Book...

Hey friends!
In any season of life, this book is for you!

I have the most wonderful husband that ever walked the earth.Yes, it's true. He took some much needed time to hang out with me for a few days last week. We enjoyed visiting the Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs, AR and then a night in Jefferson, TX at an enchanting little bed and breakfast called The Delta Street Inn. (Check it out. You will love it.) The Delta Street Inn

The most important time we spent was doing an exercise and workbook on the book "The Dream Giver", by Bruce Wilkinson.  For several years since we became empty nesters, after our kids flew the coop, I have wrestled with and prayed over what would be next for me and for us. (Being a full time Mom was the best job ever! Hard, but so good.) Maybe better said, What do we want the back part or end years of our lives to look like and how do we want to spend them? We know that most importantly it is all about Kingdom focus and that in everything we want it to point to Jesus.  

This book was awesome. I was finally able to pinpoint specific things that I have prayed over, and some that I had never thought of to seriously pursue. We discovered we have dreams to work on together, as well as individually. We are SO VERY excited to see how we think God is directing us and anxiously are praying and working toward fulfilling these goals with God's leading and blessing.

We all must dream big dreams for God and for the Kingdom.
Please, Lord bless us to dream big for You.
 A beautiful view... DeGray Resort State Park

 Blessings on this new week and its awesome possibilities!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

WORK > Handouts...

Good morning. I see these thoughts in our millennial age Americans right now. Not all of them of course, but lots. Praying for revival of work ethic and sane thinking and teaching coming from parents and mentors.

God's way described in the verses below is the best way to think and work and live. I especially love this one because it gives the why about working. To help others.

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

This excerpt below comes from James Whiddon, who wrote a book called The Old School Advantage. It helps us remember timeless tools for every generation.
His website
2237 DANGER OF SELF-ESTEEM “I recently took a photo at an American public school of a flowery poster with the words “Dream until your dreams come true.” That’s bad advice. That advice cultivates a self-righteous sense of entitlement. Better advice might be, "Work until your dreams come true." That might not sound as good, but it would be one notch closer to reality. A truer statement, possibly suitable for framing, would be, "Work in pursuit of your dreams, but realize that life is what happens while you are making other plans. Tomorrow may never come or may be unrecognizably different."
Self-esteem at age 15 is setting her up for disappointment and resentment at age 25. I have witnessed this trajectory many times. Soaring self-esteem in childhood and adolescence, carefully nurtured by parents and teachers, predictably leads to a crash after college, typically about 3 to 5 years after graduation, when it slowly dawns on the young adult—the same adult who had been so talented as an adolescent—that she’s actually not as talented as she thought. She discovers that just because she was repeatedly told that she is amazing does not mean that she is, in reality, amazing.
Put bluntly, the culture of self-esteem leads to a culture of resentment. If I am so wonderful, but my talents are not recognized and I’m still nobody at age 25, working in a cubicle—or not working at all—then I may feel envious and resentful of those who are more successful than me.
Many parents confuse self-esteem with courage, just as some parents tend to confuse humility with timidity and cowardice. To be courageous means that you recognize the risks and your own limitations, but you find the resolve to move forward anyhow. The young person with bloated self-esteem, unaware of her own deficiencies, is unlikely to do well in the job interview. But the young person who is genuinely interested in what the recruiter has to say is more likely to get the job.” Excerpt From: Sax, Leonard. “The Collapse of Parenting.”

Colossians 3: 23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

 Proverbs 21:25
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Red, White and Blue...

It was a hot Independence Day celebration but a good day filled with lots of family time.
       The red bows and the blue eyes are so pretty in the pic above...
I think this little sweetie loves her granddad- Chief. :)
I have been trying to stay in the Word everyday by reading the One Year bible that my folks gave us all for Christmas.  It has really helped me to have this journaling bible with lots of room to write out the verses that stand out to me. I have had fun trying to illustrate or draw reminders with the verses sometimes too. I'm not a good artist but have learned as I have gotten older to embrace just doing what I am moved to do and not worrying too much about if it is good enough not to be embarrassed by it.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.
Stay cool if you can. These dog days of summer are a little oppressive.
Fall will be here before we know it. You will be able to see us doing a happy dance when the first cool front sweeps in. Ahhh....But, I am so thankful for today and for summer and for everyday blessings from above.