Tuesday, January 20, 2015


When my children were growing up, my mom used to really enjoy playing SKIPBO with them when they stayed with her. I can still see her at the kitchen table now with one of the kiddos, the cards, and this crazy fun little card shuffler.  

Roll forward "a few years." Here are my cards and a cute little card shuffler.

The last two times Jonah and Glory have stayed here with us I've managed to talk them into a game or two. I'm not sure who enjoys it more (probably me).

I think I am my mom!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pursuing the Closeness of God

Loving our ladies' bible study. Oh Lord, we do want to always be near you.

    Call upon Him.  (Jeremiah 29:12)

    Seek Him w/ your whole heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

  Love Him.  (Proverbs 8:17)

  Wait for Him.  (Lamentations 3:25)

    Ask Him anything.  (Matthew 7: 7-8)

     Have faith in Him.  (Hebrews 11:6)

   Trust Him.  (Psalm 9:10)

     Do everything in His name.  (Colossians 3:17)

  Praise Him.  (Hebrews 13:15)

 Return to Him.  (Isaiah 55:6-7)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Love My Ladies' Bible Study Group

We just kicked off our new ladies' winter bible study here at the house last night. I really prayed about which study God wanted us to do. I was headed in another direction, but God prompted and confirmed this was the one. I love it when He does that!! 

This is not the first of Angela Thomas's studies we have done. She tells us in the forward that "Stronger" will help you realize you do not have to live in weakness. "God is stronger than every struggle you will ever face. Because of Jesus Christ, your life has been hidden in Him, made alive in Him, filled in Him, brought near to God in Him, and blessed with every spiritual blessing in Him."

I can't wait. God is going to do miraculous things!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

 A Recap of 2014

*Began 1st Time Participation in Quilting "Block of the Month"

*Girls' Trip to New Orleans
*RV Trip

*Called our new Pastor 
*Trip to Fredericksburg
*Planted the Garden/Turned out Lots of Produce

*Rick's Retirement from T.I. (37 years)
*Jenna and Jared's Engagement
*Rick, Jenna and I -- Trip to Denver/Estes Park

*Girls' Trip to Montana, Idaho, & Utah

*4th Holiday Weekend/Fireworks Stand
*Family Trip to Lake Bob Sandlin

*Seattle Trip and Alaskan Cruise

*Bridal Shower for Jenna
*Ebola at Jenna's hospital 
*Greg and Lisa's daughter, Anja, born
*Purchased our 5th Wheel

*RV Trip
*Mansfield Shower for Jenna and Jared

*Early Thanksgiving Celebration with ALL Family Members Present
*Wedding Week Activities (Chad and Tara home from Singapore, Spa, Bridal Luncheon, Rehearsal, Rehearsal Dinner
*Jenna and Jared's Wedding 

*RV Trip
*Completed the Year Quilting "Block of the Month"
*Justin and Keelie's Anniversary -- 13 years
*Our Anniversary -- 37 years 
*Keelie's Christmas Girl Party
*Christmas Road Trip with Jenna and Jared

And Now....Here's to 2015!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Weekend Road Trip

We spent the night with Jenna and Jared Christmas night. The next morning we headed out with no firm plans or reservations. We just headed to the east part of the Hill Country. The only thing on the agenda for sure was to hit a few BBQ joints (Jared's fav). Our first "sample" stop was Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin. We made other BBQ stops in Smithville, Lockhart, and Luling. (I think those are right.)  We had a meal at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard which sits off the Colorado River in Bastrop. We saw some pretty country and great architecture. We spent the first night there in Bastrop.

The second day we made our way over to Fredericksburg. We got to go back to The Grist Mill for a chicken fried steak (Rick's fav)Enchanted Rock, and a local show.

Ready for another weekend road trip anywhere anytime!