Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Camp Neena has run into a little technical difficulty during the HGTV portion of the camp. Camp Neena administrator, Neena, thought that while relocating her office to another room would be a cinch...it wouldn't be for the Time Warner Cable people. In other words....when they came to hook up the new computer they realized that they couldn't do what they needed to do until July 11th. So Camp Neena is officially "Off Air". While they are still having loads of fun, eating tons of popsicles, and swimming everyday until they prune up....there will be no pictures or blogging about it until after July 11th.
I still find it hilarious that Mom, I mean Neena, isn't going to have computer access until July 11th. Poor Dad, withdrawls are going to be bad...
Camp Neena News
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
- He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.—Albert Einstein
If I had my child to raise all over again,I'd finger-paint more and point the finger less
- One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.—Chinese Proverb
- When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.—Louis Pasteur
- Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.—Mother Teresa
- Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you Before you were here an hour I would die for you This is the miracle of life.—Maureen Hawkins
Today is going to be busy. I can only share this with you today...........It's only Tuesday at Camp Neena and each night this week I have snuggled tightly and fallen asleep in the arms of a trusting child. I have danced around with the innocent sound of a precious child's laughter, answered daily "Why's" with what little I have come to know of life, and listened to the most honest prayers break through the gates of Heaven. Just some thoughts from Neena ~ 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Let me tell you, there is a fine art to tree trimming. It is all in the wrist. Safety first. NEVER NEVER NEVER, well you get the picture. Just remember the safety first part.
Once you get the limbs trimmed, of course, you load up in the wagon to the burn pile. We will have a big bon fire when the rain stops. Only practicing the utmost fire safety. Because Papaw is a firefighter and he knows everything about fires.
Now in the cooking department, Neena is the champ. But, we are using "Aunt Becky's" famous meatloaf recipe. Please don't talk to us about hygiene. Or the frogs in the bucket. Or the fact that we have not gotton the tangles out of our hair yet. We have been very busy at Camp Neena.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Day 2 of CAMP NEENA has been a busy day. We started the day rushing around, as usual, getting ready for church. Everyone was very glad to see CPM was visiting and especially glad to hear of her CAMP NEENA fun. We ate a yummy lunch off the camp grounds today! We ate lunch with Nana and Poppi. Aunt JoJo and Jim were there too. Everything was extra good.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
An analogy is a comparison between two different things, in order to highlight some form of similarity.
I love analogies. More and more they pop up around me and always invoke some real “life” message to me. Maybe it’s one good thing that comes age and experience because I haven’t found a lot more! It can be something so simple but it thunders a message to me that just parallels something I am going through, have gone through, or know I’ll go through!
Especially in my spiritual life I love analogies. It seems like everything in GOD’S UNIVERSE, including me, can be summed up by something you can’t really explain but it’s there. I heard a reference one time, probably in a sermon, about one analogy that I just keep drawing on and expanding on in my mind. It applies so much to things I feel, read and see. Yet, it is so elementary.
The basis of this analogy is this:
Restlessness, with which I am very familiar with, comes from not being contented with your surroundings. Don’t get me wrong. I love my life. I love my beautiful “things”, my home, my family ( OH MY GOODNESS, I love my family ), my awesome friends ( OH MY GOODNESS, I love my awesome friends) , the grass, the trees, the ocean, the sky. I love to go places, do things….you get it now? But, these things are so temporary. In a world where everything has an expiration date on it all these things do too. So, not seeing the future, ( thankfully) all these things only content me for a time being. I am working so hard on not holding onto these earthly things because I know they won’t pack up to Heaven. With the exception of my family and friends! Pour Bibles tells us..........(paraphrased) “Lay not up your treasures on earth.”
So, the analogy is something like this…………..watch a goldfish swimming so happily in his bowl. Get a net and pull him out and lie him on the table. See how uncontent he is ? That table is NOT his world.
The water is his world. For as long as you leave him on that table a little of him will die. Much like we do in the world. That table is not where he longs to be. He longs to be HOME….in the water where he belongs. We are like the goldfish……the bowl, whichi is his ocean of water is like Heaven to us.
We, as humans, will never be content or continously happy on this earth. We are not supposed to be. We are fish out of water. We won’t be content until we are in the waters of Heaven. If all this happiness, peace and perfection came to us on earth, why would we long to go to Heaven. Then there will be true peace and happiness beyond our wildest dreams. We can not expect the world who fell to sin so long ago to provide us all the happiness we think we deserve.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
authored by Anne Frank June 1929-March 1945
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
So, all my blogger friends, thanks for being in my invisible world. Your encouragement spoken or unspoken is felt. Sometimes the comments are more fun than the post! So as we say in Texas, "Yall don't be strangers now, ya hear?"
Monday, June 18, 2007
THE BEST NEWS .....Samuel Ray is here! I've been waiting for my sister, Giggi, to post photos but I think she has collapsed in a heap somewhere after all these long months of waiting, caring for everyone, and trying to be normal. But, he is here. All 3 pounds 14 ounces. 16 inches long. With his little legs curled up his other precious MIMI said he is about as long as a ruler! Beautiful baby, head full of hair and perfectly formed. The NICU was all in the room on standby to rush him off in the special bed but he gulped a big breath of room air and God said "IT IS GOOD!" He's been breathing on his own since. Amid a room of tears he was walked down to the NICU where he will be until sometime in August when he was actually due to arrive. Maybe home sooner if things keep going great. I wasn't there and when I talked to Kathy ( my sister, Sam and Jack's Giggi, she was sobbing with happiness and that made me cry so mostly we just rejoiced with each other silently! Big brother Jack is not sure what to think yet! There were a few scary moments today like there has been since Tine got sick in January, but God was and is in control as we have known all along. THANKS to all of you who prayed and cared. Maybe pics tomorrow.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Once again, our family asks for your prayers. Baby Sam is coming into our lives on Monday, June 18th. We know he weighs around 4 pounds and will most likely have to stay a little longer than his Mommy will in the hospital. But, our prayer requests are for his safe delivery and health and of course, that Christine will experience a relief for her tired body upon his delivery. She is exhausted. She is sick of being sick. She wants her life back. Matt wants his wife back. Jack wants his mommy back. And Baby Sam wants to come home. Welcome to the world Baby Sam....we love you! We can't wait to meet you.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
When we got to Abilene we kept ourselves busy finishing the nursery and getting ready for baby Jaxon to move in. Furniture had to painted. Things had to washed and organized. Of course, a little decorating from mom and Neena. She is still on schedule the dr. says. June 30th! I'll be headed back soon. Everything looks great in the pregnancy and JD looks radiant. She is so beautiful! I know she doesn't feel it but she is. I know she is ready to have these last few weeks pass quickly. Especially in the HOT west Texas weather.
I did get to catch a little football action as Mitch's Abilene High Eagles played a little 7 on 7 on the ACU campus Monday night. It was confusing to me but it looked like they were having alot of fun. It seems so weird after all those years watching my son as the athlete now watching him coach. He is the guy in the middle with the orange ACU 7 on 7 shirt and his hands on his hips. His trademark! We are really looking forward to his coaching move over to Abilene High. If you know this area of West Texas you know it is a football town. And the EAGLES ARE THE BEST. I plan to start a collection of black and gold Tshirts or whatever because I plan to catch as many games as I can.
In our "spare" time in Abilene when we weren't working on the nursery, going to games, or shopping, the guys put down wood flooring. I was very impressed! It looks great, don't you think? They saved alot of money doing it themselves. JD's dad, Randy helped Mitch and even Gordon got a crash course. Everyone complained of sore knees from scooting around. After they were through JD and I headed out to the mall to our favorite store and bought a few decorating accessories and put the finishing touches on their cozy little home. Hurry up Jaxon, my little love, I can't wait to meet you.
But, I am so glad to be home. I know they are glad to have their little house back to themselves too! I love to go visit my children in "their" adult lives. It is such a glimpse to me of who they are now. Of their dreams, their likes, their habits, and their relationships. They are amazing children with amazing futures. I am a very proud mom! Proud of all of them.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
***** Upcoming events that are keeping me busy?
Mother and Daddy celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary........try and top that!
Macy is coming to stay with me for a week while Heather and Reid go to church camp
Baby Jaxon is coming into our lives and hearts around the end of June. I plan to be in Abilene alot the month of June!
Then........drum roll please........
In about a month we are headed to the beach! I can not wait. All 12 of us and hopefully Mother and Daddy too! New babies and all. I am just so excited!
Don't you think baby Avery is ready for the beach and hasn't she grown? She is almost 8 weeks and has brought alot of joy in our family that I can't even explain! She is anxiously awaiting her new cousin, Jaxon to come from Heaven. I think they will get in a lot of mischief together. Macy and Reid are each going to have a baby to hold now and they are pretty excited themselves.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sometime around Christmas one of "my other daughters", Tara stopped by our house to visit with the girls. We chatted and talked but don't ask me how our subject turned up to her love of this product. She went on and on and on about how wonderful this soap was and how her skin had never felt better. Tara is so beautiful anyway we all immediately thought we'd look like her if we started using it! Anyway, she just happened to have a CASE of it in her trunk and went out and brought us in all kinds of products. We are all now HOOKED too. It has even helped my OLD skin! You can get it scented or not. We all like the scent. It smells so clean! I am always one to try something new especially if it's going to make me look younger. But, goat soap?
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I can't read these words without thinking of sitting in chapel at ACU and hearing the voices around me sing this song. Or sitting in a large assembly while this song is being sung. I can barely sing for listening. It is one of the most awesome and soul stirring moments. Today, worship God with other Christians...........share a like faith.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
OUCH....that hurt. Confession though feels free! I am the queen of too many projects at one time. It stems from late night hours of watching HGTV and all the easy do it yourself project that can be done. These projects can be completed in 1 hour segments while never breaking a sweat and wearing your best khakis. My big strong and virile son came home for 2 days to help me complete "some" of these projects knowing full well his mother was as usual, "biting off more than she could chew".
My intentions are so very good though. My house is my CASTLE and my refuge!
We rented sanders, bought paint, brushes, and drop cloths and started to refinish and stain the deck around the pool. This area is my sanctuary and I felt it needed a face lift. For the first day and a half I pretty much just stayed in the way. ( as usual ) He whirred and sanded and sweated. Occassionally, he shot me a dirty look. I had forgotton what that felt like so I lurked inside watching HGTV. We only had the BIG sander rented for 24 hours and he used it about 12! There were areas that the big thing couldn't get to so the next day we rented a smaller version and he rode that thing around the deck for about 6 hours. I think he remembers now why he left home and went to college to get a degree. Anyway, when he pulled away on Friday evening he was all apologetic that he couldn't stay and finish but I assured him that the hardest part was done and I could complete the rest, NO PROBLEM.
I stayed up late Friday night and by the light of the moon and the porch I started painting little white spindles. I just had to have these CUTE little white spindles around the deck. Saturday morning I'm up and at 'em again painting little white spindles. WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN? WHERE IS THE HIRED HELP? I JUST GOT MY NAILS DONE! My mantra has been to look only 3 spindles ahead and mutter, "Oh, only 3 more to go!" Not letting myself see the other 75,000,000 ahead! I am inside the house now. After 4 hours. I am ready to curl up in a ball. So......left to be done is:
- Touch up ( at least 6 hours worth ) of spindles, railings and dropped paint splatters. Did I mention that I am the messiest and sloppiest painter in the world? I hate to paint. Even Tawana stopped by and took pity on me and joined me in painting for a couple of hours. Friends are wonderful. Then she mentioned something about having to pull out her wisdom teeth with a pair of rusty pliers and running bamboo splinters under her toenails so she had to leave.
- Finish taping around little panes on 2 sets of French door windows to be able to paint doors.
- Paint the steps on both sides of the deck while promising God that I will never start another home improvement project without His blessing and a lot of money in the bank to hire it to be done. OOOOOOH did I say promise? I meant I would pray about it more before I started one.
- WHINE AND MUMBLE really pitifully so that hubby will come out and reach the high parts so I don't have to climb up and down the ladder. Clutch my chest.
- Go back to Home Depot and get more paint for the trim because I ran out. I can not accurately calculate anything. It looked like enough.
- Let it all dry completely for 6 weeks or more.
- Roll the stain over the deck. Let dry 12 more weeks or more.
- Call and beg my son to back again. Have him bring friends. Have him bring the football team. And the baseball team.
- Go to the bank and borrow 5 million dollars to finish this project
- Call my other children and tell them what a wonderful mother I was and why aren't they all here to help me????
- Take the front door down and paint it along with the porch swing. This only took 30 minutes on HGTV.
- Doctor the wasp stings on my ankles from trying to take the porch swing down by myself yesterday . DANG those things hurt.
- Call the travel agency and get on this.
And when we get back I need to start ripping up the carpet in the house so that we can lay new flooring. Anyone got some extra vacation time to spare to give an old lady a hand?
***** Update at 7 PM
Things progressed nicely. Tawana came back and we went to Home Depot and got the extra gallon of paint. We painted and touched up for a couple of hours and called it quits for the day. I am now headed for the shower to see if I can get this paint off me. Hopefully, by Monday I'll be able to roll on the decking stain. Then after that dries.....how long I don't know, I will go to Walmart and buy me some lovely new outdoor furniture. I'll pitch all the "junk" and I'll make HGTV wish they had been in on this multimillion dollar project with $ 1.00 under budget! Pictures to follow.