Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last Day of May

Summer is a-coming! Today is the last day of May- and here are some pictures of things that have happened in our lives this month...

My niece and my daughter, on a Sunday afternoon, eating out with the family!

My son with his second grade teacher,
at her retirement party at the last of the school year

My four nephews at the high school graduation of my youngest nephew!
Regan was voted "Most Intellectual" by his classmates!

My 2 daughters and my daughter-in-law
having lunch at the Glenwood Tea Room
in Shreveport, Louisiana
Memorial Day weekend

My husband was in on our tea party!


Have a great Summer, Everyone!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Second Day of Summer Vacation

My husband left early for work this morning, leaving the children to sleep in since school is out. He came back while they were having a late breakfast and lined them up with work for the day! saying, "we can't take our trip until you finish these jobs! haha" But these jobs are things they aren't complaining about- here are some pictures of them hard at work, but actually it's more like play to them...









Woo Hoo!
No tornado-type weather today!


Make hay while the sun shines - -
to do something while the situation or conditions are right




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

First Day of Summer Vacation

School's Out for the summer! The children have spent the day mowing and playing checkers! I spent the day finishing a watercolor portrait of my oldest daughter, Alison.  Here in Oklahoma we have been under tornado watches for 2 days in a row- we ended up alright here but others were not so fortunate. We are praying for the people of Joplin, Missouri, who experienced an awful tornado a few days ago...one of our acquaintances was at the WalMart there when the tornado hit- the building was destroyed and our friend narrowly missed being hit by the collapsing roof. So thankful for mercy amidst the destruction.

The smell of newly mown grass is delicious!

Here is my portrait of my daughter- my scanner did not pick up all the subtle shadings in her face.

Before beginning this project, I had been working on some cards for some of my friends- a retirement card and a birthday card. Here is the birthday one- - -

The retirement card I did was of the same rose, only rendered as a pink one. I forgot to scan it before I gave it away! But the inside read, "NOW you can take time to smell the roses!"

Also I finished the painting of the two roses in the canning jar- but I am not happy with it. Just for the record, here is a photo of it. I could not get the whole painting to fit on the bed of my scanner.

This is Memorial Day weekend- we plan to travel to my nephew's high school graduation in Louisiana this Friday. God Bless all the American Veterans. I pray for our military members virtually every day. Thanks to you if you are a veteran and read my post. 

Happy Memorial Day!
Enjoy your loved ones while you can.
God Bless America





Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunset Gold

Here are some photos of a Monday evening in May- from my backyard!


I call this Eat and Run!




Our big dog- she loves to ruin the flowerbeds...


but she's a lovable dog!


It's been a beautiful day in Oklahoma




Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lately

I know- I am behind on my updates! Last Sunday was Mother's Day and my oldest daughter came back home to spend Saturday evening and Sunday with us. After church services in Enid, my husband's family stayed at the chapel to eat dinner together. Pizza from Domino's! a Caesar Chicken Salad from my sister-in-law Angela! and Applesauce/Coconut/Walnut Cake by yours truly! Every one of my mother-in-law's children were there except Kathy and her family- we missed them and also Kim's husband . And two of my nephews could not be there.
Me and My Big Girl!

Mom and Dad with their children and spouses that could come

Mom and Dad with the grandchildren that were present

A dear friend is graduating tonight from high school- I painted a little card for her and added a graduation cap.  This was a fun project! I hope she likes it...I did add a gift card inside. I tried to scan my original but could not get a good copy, so I did this fun pop-art style to post here. Hope you don't mind, Anna! 


Right now I am working on a watercolor painting of some roses- Here's a picture of my worktable and my work-in-progress!








Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First Sale!

The first of the month my husband had to trade in his work truck for a newer one, because repairing the one he had was almost the price of what the truck was worth. When we went together to pick it up, he wanted me to take the picture I had painted in the art workshop to show the salesman. Our salesman showed it to the others, and one of them asked if I would be interested in doing a watercolor portrait of his little boy! I agreed with much nervousness as this would be my first one, and I had only just completed my first workshop- a beginner! But I completed the project this past Monday and took it to his home, and he and his wife were very happy with it! We had not talked price at all, and I was very happy to accept a check for $150.00 for My First Commission! LOL  Of course, now I am telling myself, "They were just being nice, it wasn't really that good...etc" But I have the money in hand, so there! Here is a photograph of the finished watercolor portrait. I know there was probably more I could have done, but I did not know how to proceed further and decided to call it good. (If you click on the picture, it should open up in a larger format)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Day Of Prayer

This is the First Thursday of May- the national day of prayer for the United States of America.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May

Just a few weeks ago, a lawsuit challenging this observance was tossed out of the US Court of Appeals.

 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled 3-0 that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and its plaintiffs do not have standing to continue their challenge of the 1952 congressional act declaring an annual National Day of Prayer.

According to the appeals court ruling, the proclamation imposes no requirement on a person and therefore no one is hurt by a request that can be declined. “Those who do not agree with a president’s statement may speak in opposition to it, they are not entitled to silence the speech of which they disapprove,” wrote the appeals court’s chief judge Frank Easterbrook, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.
The 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place on Thursday, May 5th – this year’s theme, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” is based on Psalm 91:2: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Esteemed author and international advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada will serve as the 2011 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the national observance in Washington, D.C.
presidential-seal
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2011
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

2011 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PROCLAMATION

From the President of the United States

2011 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PROCLAMATION

Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.
Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation’s leaders.  President Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”  The late Coretta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, “Lord, I have nothing left.  I have nothing left.  I have come to the point where I can’t face it alone.”  Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.
It is thus fitting that, from the earliest years of our country’s history, Congress and Presidents have set aside days to recognize the role prayer has played in so many definitive moments in our history.  On this National Day of Prayer, let us follow the example of President Lincoln and Dr. King.  Let us be thankful for the liberty that allows people of all faiths to worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience, and let us be thankful for the many other freedoms and blessings that we often take for granted.
Let us pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the many selfless sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of our Nation.  Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect their fellow citizens.  And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance.  And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, as a National Day of Prayer.  I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
BARACK OBAMA


Dear fellow-Americans:
Please join in this appeal to God for our country! As you finish reading this, pause and pray for our country! 'With prayer and praise, let your requests be made known unto God'

Monday, May 2, 2011

YMCA Fun Walk/Run



Saturday a lot of the kids from our school participated in the YMCA's 2K Family Fun Walk/Run and Healthy Kids' Day at the new  facility for the Y in Ponca City. It is a beautiful brand-new building on the edge of town. Our private school had over 30 children show up on the cool, WINDY morning- the first 100 kids to sign up got free shirts, and all the facilities were free for the day. My two really enjoyed the indoor climbing wall! They were too scared to climb up very far, but after getting out of the harnesses they both wanted to do it again! My phone died after I had taken pictures of David climbing, so I could not get a picture of Julia.

In the background in this picture, I am sitting down in a white sweater, and beside me is David waiting for a turn to climb up...

And there he goes! He did not get much higher than this- it was his first time to do anything of the sort, and he was too scared to go farther. But afterwards! "Let's do it again!"

Julia won a door prize! We stayed a little longer than we had planned, just in case one of them would win something...her winning number was 62!  She picked a basket that had several fishing accessories- and a little bit of candy. (The baskets were actually leftover Easter baskets).

I walked the 2 miles, Julia jogged most of the way, and David probably did a mixture of walking and running. It was a little too cold to really enjoy and I kept hoping no one would get an earache...but we all held up fine!