Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Don't Fence Me In

I think that is why I love summer, I don't want to be fenced in!!!  My spirit and soul are refreshed when I can run outside the fence.
 I Love Summer 

  • I like not having a schedule
  • Not having to stay in doors because of weather

  •  Not having a Huge to-do list - cleaning can wait until Fall
  • I love getting up early to watch the sun rise, spend time with tea and God's word, before anyone moves
  • Free outdoor concerts 
Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute

  • I love not rushing Benjamin off to school
  • Being spontaneous - go some where or do whatever, at the last minute
Breakfast at the lake the other morning

  • Water...water, and more water - beach - lakes - pool - Water refreshes my soul
  • Nature - all nature!!! Hike, camp, explore 
Yes! Grand Mommy allows mud!!!
  • Sun - long days of Sun!
  • Playing.................the joy of playing!!

Twins chasing bubbles while everyone else is unloading boxes in their new home!  They love the new place

Picking Blueberries.

  • Travel - if at all possible, seeing what is around our world - this means "staycation" more than out of town, but all of us could take more time to discover what is around us
Now as I look around and see all the dust, the cluttered places and disorganization, of my home.  I just say, "Yes!" this is evidence of us making the most of summer!  Fall will come, and once again we can organize, clean, be on a schedule, but for now................drop on in, but don't expect a show place. I will meet you for an adventure, my trunk is stocked for summer.  I carry chairs, blanket, ice chest and car seats!  Come on...we will have an adventure.  Just don't fence me in before September!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Whirlwind May and June

I can't believe it is already the middle of June.  It has been a whirlwind around here.  May ran so fast I couldn't catch my breath.  I truly wonder how families do all that is required these days. I think home schooling was easier on our family.  Benjamin's school schedule had us jumping.

God's faithfulness was seen again as he completed his third year in a charter school and fourth grade. This year was a challenge for him as God put on his heart to share the Gospel with a class mate. This meant he was taken into the director of the school's office.  Although his school has all their school events in churches, and each program is started with prayer, a student was offended because Benjamin picked up the Bible from the holder in front of him.  As the kids were waiting their turn to present their songs at the Christmas program, Benjamin shared Genesis 1:1 with a student setting beside him.  As he told me later, "well where do you start when you want to share Christ?  You start at the Beginning...in the beginning there was God."  Without a word, he just showed the scripture.  So, this year, God challenged him to step out and share.  The parents were upset at this display of religion and the fact Benjamin brought a Max Lucado book to school, which was Cosmic Christmas, a fictional book.  We learned as a family that our nation is different than when we were in school.  He learned he still has the right of speech and to stand strong.  What a young age to see that there truly is spiritual warfare.  He is learning.

 As he finished this year he received Academic Excellence, having received all A's  in every subject for the complete year.  His orchestra, of which he is the only elementary student, it is the Jr High orchestra, received Superior in their competition.  He also was introduced to baseball this year, and fell in love.  Our sixth child to play baseball/softball.  This delighted my heart, as I was allowed to go down memory lane over all the years of our others playing ball.  As God showed his faithfulness to Benjamin, He also showed His faithfulness to me...a mother who still has a home schooling heart.  He also showed his faithfulness to this "older" mom, it truly is a challenged to be in a world of mom's in their 30's!!!   His ways are truly greater than ours!

Benjamin followed the Lord in baptism in May also.  He had committed his life to the Lord a few years ago, but hadn't followed his commitment in baptism. His father had the honor of baptizing our youngest child.  Our prayer now is that God will walk with him and uphold him with His hand.  It is God who works in all of us until completion.

My precious Mother-in-law celebrated her 101st birthday the first part of June.  My heart hurt this year when she couldn't see Benjamin play baseball.  You see, she was the wife of a semi-pro baseball player.  Even in her 90's she would drive for four hours to come see her grandson play baseball. Benjamin is the first child she hasn't seen play sports.  Her and him share a very special bond.  There is 91 years difference in their age, and have a very tender love for each other.  Benjamin's relationship with her has given him a heart for the those who are rich in years.

May meant the twins turned 1!!!  Our daughter still hits the ball out of the park with all that life swings at her.  This weekend they moved...again...and are so excited about their new home.  We rejoice with them on their journey of life. The other grands are all growing and the delight of my heart, as we continue "Grandmommy Adventures".

June meant 36 years of marriage for Bill and I.  WOW! what an eventful journey.  As we add seasoned color to our hair, we also add seasoned love to our marriage.  God truly works through our relationships to show us HIM.  Thank you Bill for 36 years.

In the midst of all the events God also blessed me with a desire of my heart.  I wanted Benjamin to be able to go to the beach, which his siblings enjoyed multiple times in their childhood.   I wanted to spend time with the Lord on the shores of the ocean. To my surprise, God provided through a company business trip. Bill worked and Benjamin and I played.  I hadn't been to this beach, which we held years of memories, in 18 years.  Not only did the beauty bless me, but walking down the memory lane again, reminded me of God's faithfulness.

I end with - God is faithful and I am not, yet, He continues to love me.  What an awesome God we serve, I am humbled.  He continues to walk with me through this "Adventure" called life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Side of Fixer Upper Mania

Yes, I am jumping on the Fixer-Upper Mania, but probably not in the way you expect.

If you want to hear about the Gaines, the jewels of Texas, you can google search to find post all over the internet.  You can't turn anywhere without seeing their precious faces. They are even icons in the Christian world as they openly share their faith.  I posted on them years ago, I think it was the end of season one of their show Fixer Upper.

I will show you pictures of my time at the Magnolia Silos, but what I will share here is my view on this "around the world" , "city changing couple."

You see, I know Waco and McGregor and all the towns surrounding this area of Texas.  I am a native Texan, at least four generations have been born here, therefore, I seem to have relative stretching the expanses of this large state.  Therefore, I grew up going to Waco, where my Aunts, Uncles, Grandmother and cousins lived.  It was WACO!  It was and still is a SMALL town.  I on the other hand was from Austin......................then smaller than now, but a big city in comparison to Waco.
  Lucy and Ethel take the Silos, to celebrate both of our birthdays!

Waco had Baylor University and that was about it!  There wasn't much to do in Waco, in comparison to the large cities of Texas.

The city hasn't changed much.  Baylor did build a wonderful, eye-catching football stadium and their football titles have rocked them into the spot light.  I posted in 2012 on my trip there with Ethel and what was in WACO, this was long before the Gaines started their transformation.

But then,
                       came the show

                                          Fixer - Upper 

which woke up this town and it will never be the same.  You see, when I went to the Silos, silos I had passed all my life, silos that were just empty, what I saw was God.

You see, when God gets a hold of anything...............there are changes.

God took this one couple and He ignited a movement.  There are jobs that were created out of the success of Fixer-Upper.  Buildings were and still are being restored.  A city has come to life!!!  Restaurants have customers filing out the doors.  Parking goes down the street. The vision keeps expanding.

One couples "Yes" has transformed a complete city!! People drive from everywhere to visit Waco now.  Where Waco before was just a gas stop on your way to the large metropolis of our state, it is now a destination.

Local antique shops are full on Saturdays.  Businesses that use to have just a few inside their store all day, now have to monitor the flow.  The first time I visited her little shop on Bosque, there were only two people in the shop. Now you wait in line to get into the store!!!

My Ethel and I followed all the businesses Joanna had recommended on her paper you receive when you visit the Silos.  I kept shaking my head and I repeated more than once....THIS IS WACO!!! I had to pinch myself.

Bottom line and end of this story.  If you get a chance  go, but what I hope you see isn't the store, the bakery, the gardens, the barn............the list is still being added to, as God continues to bring more and more of His vision to life, I hope you see HIM.  I hope you see how God can take the little in our hand and expanded it for everyone around you.  I hope you can see how, as my Uncle said, "we watched this young couple take a shack and make it into their home, thinking, what are they doing?", and see how God can change everything.

The Gaines latest purchase is the Elite Restaurant in Waco.  Another historic landmark in Waco, where we have eaten through the years, on our way to another city, and also celebrated my mother-in-law's 98th Birthday.  They will preserve history, as well as provide more jobs.

One couple.....................handing over their "dreams" to the one who gave the "dream" and then walking in obedience, they get to be part of what HE is doing in and through them.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures, but mainly I hope you see what I saw when I visited Waco. Now you can read their book, watch interviews on every network, read tons of blogs and hear their side of the story. I just wanted to share mine and my applauds is to a Big God....BRAVO!, what awesome works you do through those who say, "YES" to you.

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