Showing posts from October, 2012

The Men of Renewal Ranch

First of all, I just have to say that I was NOT the photographer for these pictures. I got one of the residents, Josh, to take them for me. He is an incredible photographer having sold some of his work in the past.

Oops!  Looks like I lost one in class today.

Ummmmmmm............let's see now, Chase, would you just kindly lean over a little bit and

tap Bro. Loy on the shoulder?

Good job--now back to the lesson!
I didn't really say that but it seemed to go well with the pictures--smile!
He is also a very good sport about getting kidded--Love you, Bro. Loy!

And in his defense, he is one of our older residents and has had some sleep problems.  He is so kind and soft spoken--all the guys love him and look up to him so much.  He was due to graduate last Saturday but his daughter had some serious health issues and had to be hospitalized.  Of course he wanted to postpone his graduation to a date when she would be able to celebrate with him.

Michael, Dave, Shawn, Paul, Jordan and Tanner--

The Force Is With Us!

I've had the most wonderful last few days.

Spent it in Tulsa with my youngest son and his wife and two daughters.

Ashton and I taking "selfies."

I got to go to doctor's appointment with my DIL and see the baby's ultrasound. It is so hard to believe what you are actually seeing--baby in the womb playing with his toes in front of his face, etc.

 These are his 4-D pictures from a few weeks ago--we only did 3-D when I was there.

That night we celebrated Noelle's 8th birthday at Zio's-

My husband worked three days on the nursery--painting it, putting up molding to highlight the baby's name which is James.

We went to Ricardo's--the best Mexican food place in the world--

watched our first Christmas movie of the season--

went to Russell Stover's candy store--

went to their church for Imagination Celebration which is their fall celebration for the kids.  The theme for this year was "SPACE."

Looks like some of the adults decided to participate.

I am p…

Good Morning, Sunshine!

My daughter-in-law, Traci, and I went out of town this weekend to see her daughter, my granddaughter who is a student in her first year of college.
We had a couple of hours to spare Saturday morning while Katelyn was busy with some other obligations, and decided to run up to Bella Vista to see the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.  It is so quaint and beautiful.  If you are familiar with Holley Gerth, you might be interested to know she got married there a few years back.
I featured the chapel in a post a few years ago and in a comment she related that her wedding had taken place there.  It is a gorgeous place to get married.

This is right above the doors to the entrance.

Just after we entered--

 Believe it or not, Traci and I were standing at the end of a pew when this picture was taken.  The green teeth--Pay no nevermind--it was the quiche florentine we had for breakfast!

This picture was taken looking up and back towards the front entrance.

Looking back towards the entry doors--

My beauti…

What a Wonderful Wedding There Will Be!

And there was! Kailey and Josh got married September 15
in a country outdoor venue. It was pouring down rain
so we ended up under a pavilion that had been set up 
for the reception. There were mason jars and sunflowers 
all over the place--so pretty!  Hope to have more pictures soon.

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Stay the Course

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Joshua 1:7 NIV

This driveway belongs to my husband's cousin and his wife, Kathy.  In fact, she posted the picture on Facebook (they live in Michigan) and I begged her for permission to use it.  I loved it so much.

It reminded me of a scripture from the Bible--the one I posted above.  The road to John and Kathy's house is laid out plain before me.  The destination is clear.  I should not swerve to the right nor left to reach their house in the most efficient manner and with the least obstacles.

God has laid out a path for us--the destination is Him and His glory--the way may not always seem clear to us but the directions from God are.  Our part is to trust Him.

Dear Lord, The way before us doesn't always seem clear but we know we can trust You.   Please give us wisdom to make the right choices, to …

Sunday Afternoon Drive

Last Sunday afternoon after church my husband and I drove out through the countryside. And even though we don't have the incredible colors that some places have right now, it was still beautiful. Won't you hop in the backseat and take a little trip with us?

Even the weeds were beautiful!

I took all of these pictures with my phone camera--makes me wonder what it would have looked like with my better camera.

Hope you enjoyed the ride,

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The Teaching Trees

And whatever is not from faith is sin. 
Romans 14:23b

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

The trees of the field stand before our great God and declare His glory--they stand in faith believing that He is who He said He was and will do what He said He would do.

They stand in glory in Spring as they are clothed in crocheted lace and tulle, don their Easter frocks, and celebrate new life.

In Summer they stand in awe before Him as they do His bidding, providing cooling shade to the drought-weary.

Knowing soon they will be stripped and naked, they stand before Him in majesty in the cool crispness of early Autumn.

And in great faith they stand in winter's bare garb trusting the Father will so…