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.




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.










Friday, April 22, 2016

ADVENTURE

Without knowing it, I have taken on this word....ADVENTURE!!!

It is the word I use when I gather my grandsons into my arms and sweep them away for an 
ADVENTURE!!!

The joy of getting older is you don't care what people think as you make a clown of yourself to produce a smile in your grandsons or even your youngest child.  The cost is worth it as I jump or gallop like a horse to take them on an
ADVENTURE!!

Recently, my daughter-in-law found this shirt for my grandson to wear when he goes with me.



Today is my precious husband's birthday.  The man I have loved for over 39 years.  The man who is the father of all six of our children, ranging in ages from 32 to 10!  That alone says it all...........
it has been an 
ADVENTURE!


Adventure - An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome




This card today just jump-out and said it all for my husband.





An Adventure takes risk and has an unknown outcome....that is what life is all about.  It isn't always laughing, sometimes it is crying, but most of all, it is a choice to enter into the ADVENTURE.
I believe God calls us to enter into the ADVENTURE He has for us all.  As we enter His adventure we also learn to trust Him in deeper ways. We walk in faith, through all the dangerous and unexplainable parts of our own personal adventures, trusting Him with the outcome.  



Our second son took all of us on an ADVENTURE, we hadn't experienced.  We all went to the horse races for his birthday and had the joy of dressing up, as if we were going to the Kentucky Derby.

The ADVENTURE, gave us some wonderful picture time, while we celebrated his new decade of life. It was a time where God showed me He is in the ADVENTURE.  

My youngest son and my six grandsons lead me on ADVENTURES each week.  They stretch their arms out to lead me on an ADVENTURE....life...it is risky...an unusual experience.
It has been an Adventure, this journey of being a wife, mother and now a grandmother.
I have learned somethings on this Adventure, but most of it is, I don't know God's next move.
What I do know is............He leads the ADVENTURE.

Enjoy your ADVENTURE, each of ours looks different.
Love the ones who are on the ADVENTURE with you.
Thank you God for leading us on an ADVENTURE.






usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Benjamin's Spring Concert




Last night I again, set amazed at our youngest son's playing ability.  He had one of only two solos for the concert. Afterwards people asked him how long he practices, they were blown away.  In comparison to the other students he is years ahead. The fact is..........it isn't his practice..........it is just a God-given-talent.  As parents we can't take any credit, we have done nothing, other than provide the opportunity.  We are now wondering where do we go from here?  How do we encourage this gift God has given him at such a young age?  We want to be faithful, while not being "too child" centered.

Today I wanted to just share with you our little's guys concert. He played in front of over 300 people last night.  His legs hurt at the end from nerves. He said he kept thinking, "don't lock your knees or you will faith", which is what happened to his brother at our oldest son's wedding.

What was priceless last night was when a friend (age 10) came running up to him afterwards and said, "Ben, I knew you were good, but I had no idea you were that good!!!"  I watched my son's eyes light up, as a peer gave him praise. I could just hug that kid!!!

This is to give credit where credit it due.............To God!!!, and may Benjamin's playing be for God's glory.


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