Friday, September 30, 2011

Pleasant Company

This evening, we were blessed with a wonderful visit from our pastor and his wife, Leslie and Sylvia Busbee. This is the first time they've seen our home since we've been here for a little over a year now. Also, my mother is staying with us , and may end up living here permanently. Brother Leslie and Sister Sylvia have been our friends "time out of mind" and they came especially to pay her a visit. You know, I really feel sorry for my church friends who have not been privileged to be under their pastorate! For most of our married life, they have ministered to us in the Enid, Ok congregation- they have been such a blessing to our children, both sets! We had 2 children and then waited 9 years before we had two more, and Brother Leslie especially loves to work with children. And children everywhere respond to him! Before they went home, we all gathered in our family room and Bro.Leslie played the piano and sang, and all sang too, except me! I wanted to capture it on camera, and I just enjoyed listening to everyone else.

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Julia insisted on making a face in every picture!
(that's my mother's walker )

Mother really did good tonight...
if I didn't know any better, I would've thought
she was perfectly well (she's singing here)


Sister Sylvia was letting our dog Pepy
give her a kiss

It really made me feel good to see and hear
David singing loudly when Brother Leslie
played "Onward Christian Soldiers"

here's a fuller shot- David is lying on top
of a toy chest that his Grandpa made around 20 years ago
for our first son, Benjamin
(you can see the clutter in the background-
that's my worktable piled high with mending to do!)

Julia wasn't mad, just...picture-shy?
(My husband is leaning on the loveseat)

Here, Brother Leslie is reading a little story especially for the children
that happened 125 years ago-
an intriguing "tract" about an angel visiting 
several children while their parents
were away from home

Whenever they visit, we always have prayer together and he always asks God to bless us all. We sent them on their way with 2 cantaloupe from our garden( and some green tomatoes! ) 

Praise to God for these times of PLEASANT COMPANY


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday Kids Workshop

Our children enjoy the free Saturday workshops at Lowe's- this past Saturday they made firetrucks, complete with sirens!

The pre-fab kits come with easy, detailed instructions


This makes it easy for the children to put together, 
and they also learn to EXACTLY
follow the steps




Julia, hammering the little nails in


David adding the finishing touch-stickers!




It was such a nice morning that the workshop
was held outside the store.
These children's kits can also be purchased
if you ever miss one of the free workshops.







Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homework Sweet Homework

Here's Julia, demonstrating the proper way to do homework...











Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sorry Folks

Well, I made a boo-boo...I deleted a picture from my stash and now my signature rose ending photo has disappeared from most of my blog! I don't know if I want to go back ALL the way through and re-do it...

but here it is for TODAY anyway! hahahahahahahahaha

Sorry about that...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitution Day

September 17, 2011 is the 224th birthday of the United States Constitution!

















Applauding PayPal


Thanks to PayPal for not caving in to pressure from homosexual activists to drop the accounts of ministries and charities that do not endorse homosexuality.  For a full article, click on this link
http://www.citizenlink.com/2011/09/15/paypal-won%E2%80%99t-concede-to-gay-activist-pressure-to-close-faith-groups%E2%80%99-accounts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Citizenlink+%28CitizenLink%29

A PayPal spokesperson said, "We take into account the rights of free speech and freedom of religion. Balancing these conflicting rights is often difficult." PayPal bans porn and gambling sites from using its services.
You may express your thanks to PayPal for standing up for free speech and religious freedom by calling their customer service number 1-888-221-1161

The information in this post was found at CitizenLink.com.







Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oopsie Daisy

Back at the Farm on Labor Day weekend, everyone went to "the canyons' for a picnic. As the name implies, you have to hike a little ways down into this place...My husband's mother had been sick for a few weeks previous and was just getting back on her feet again. She didn't want to miss out on the picnic so she went, but of course climbing out of a canyon is harder than going into one! A grandson and son-in-law rigged up a sort of coolie-chair to tote her back out. One of the rods twisted in transit, and Mom had a Fall! Luckily no one, especially her, was  hurt. She was a good sport and kept a smile the whole time- even a laugh! Here is a photo sequence...
















Here's David kicking up sand...











Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Meat Markets-Nice Folks



We just had our PIG processed locally- we took it in "on the hoof" to Osage Country Meat Market and now have everything in nice packages in our freezer. The folks at Osage gave us a discount, I think because we were trying their sausage seasoning for the first time. It's a good blend and we are looking forward to enjoying the regular pork chop cuts this winter, too! We are fans of "fresh side" also- David had never had it before and he's been asking for it for breakfast every day since! So no cured bacon, just fresh side. We had them do two hams for us and took the other two to Head Country, along with the ribs, to see how THEIR smoked hams tasted. Ponca City is the homeplace of Head Country Barbeque which is touted as the best sauce around. We haven't tried the sauce from Osage Country yet...
The folks at Head Country gave us a great deal, too- NO CHARGE! When my husband picked up the hams and ribs today, they told him 'no charge' and he said ' I didn't pay for it in advance'  ...got the manager and he said, "NO CHARGE". Isn't that great?! Got the hams smoked AND sliced- no bones to deal with! And the famous seasoning on the ribs- How's that for some NICE people!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cutting and pasting today from CitizenLink



September 8, 2011
2011-09-08-tsEvangelicals To Hold 9/11 Prayer Event Saturday

by Karla Dial
Evangelical Christians won a key victory Thursday when the New York City police and parks department gave them permission to hold a prayer service at Ground Zero on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The Family Research Council (FRC) delivered 62,000 petition signatures this morning to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asking him to reconsider his decision to exclude clergy, first responders, prayer and public expressions of faith from the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial event Sunday. At the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., there will be prayer — but none from evangelicals, who were not invited. Instead, the “Call to Compassion” service will feature some mainline denominations, a Jewish rabbi, a Buddhist nun, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.
Though Bloomberg gave no indication of changing his mind, the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, told CitizenLink the city’s police department has no problem with public prayer at Ground Zero.
“For the last two days, we’ve been working with city officials to do that, and we just got the green light,” he said. “It will be the only public prayer service at the 9/11 (site). Mayor Bloomberg does not represent the feeling of most people in the country — who, though they may not agree with us on all issues, agree it was faith that sustained people through 9/11 and for the last ten years.”
Approximately 50 people will meet in front of St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday, then walk to Ground Zero.
“We have to keep it small. That was one of the conditions, because traffic is going to be quite heavy,” Mahoney said. “But we have a feeling that once we initiate the prayer service, people will just spontaneously join us. So we’re working that out with the police right now.”
In a press conference at City Hall, FRC spokeswoman Cathy Ruse said “the nation needs prayer more than politics.” The group collected its petition signatures from all over the country in one week.
“When our country was attacked, Americans didn’t say, ‘Oh, Great Politicians, please hold a press conference!’ ” she said. “No, they turned to God for help and solace. It was and is their natural response to a great tragedy.”
Saddleback Church will be hosting a webcast of a prayer service held at a church near Ground Zero on Sunday.