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where is my brain? October 25, 2012

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What a crazy morning- I just had the silliest series of events unravel and I think this must be what people feel like as they discover they are “forgetting” things.

We have an AWESOME pre school teacher, Miss Valarie. She is also becoming a dear friend. Thank goodness when you read the crazy statements I made to her this morning…

I have had on my calendar “bites” for Wednesday, Oct 24th.  Our preschool sends home a calendar and it is on there too- “bites”.  I made a mental note to ask what it meant, but focused on the beginning of the week first. This morning as I was making the kids’ lunches, Lucy comes in and says she is supposed to bring lunch to school today. She has been known to lie 🙂 So I ask LOTS of questions and she demonstrates that they will bring food and bite it. I realize that this must be what “Bites” are!! So I call her teacher (at 7:41 am and school starts at 7:45)  and I ask her,”Is Lucy supposed to bring something to eat to school today?”

She sounds a little hesitant.  She say something like,”We shared foods yesterday so that the students could focus on the sense of taste, but it is no big deal. If she wants to send in some today, little grapes or something.” I say,” I am so sorry. I have it on the calendar for today.” She says sweetly and utterly confused,”today. It was on today’s calendar?” I confidently say,”Yes. Today’s. I am so sorry!.”

I pack her some pretzels to share with her class and head to the door and it hits me…..It is Thursday! I have been thinking it is Wednesday and I am completely off. It was on Wednesday’s date on the calendar, but TODAY is THURSDAY.  Good grief.

So I get my phone out to text her that I am crazy and thought today was Wednesday and I see this text:

“Tomorrow is “bites” day..just wanted to remind you :)”

OH MY. She also has gone to the trouble of texting me on Tuesday so that I would remember to bring “bites” on Wednesday and I didn’t even see it!! So I have to text her that 1) I thought today was Wednesday 2) I wrongly confidently told you it was on today’s calendar 3) I didn’t see your reminder text 4) I still have your die cut machine that I borrowed last week.

This patient teacher knows that I forgot HAT DAY last week for Lucy and she graciously tried to help me remember “bites day”. I think I am turning into that mom- the one that is constantly having to go back to the school to bring up what she forgot. ugh. I hate being that mom.


**by the way, I am typing this as I look at one shaved leg and one unshaved leg. I literally forgot to shave the other leg in my shower two days ago…I haven’t even fixed the problem yet. Ugh, again.


Happy 125th, First Presbyterian! October 21, 2012

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This weekend our church celebrated its 125th anniversary. What an amazing milestone! The weekend began on Saturday morning with a presentation about the beautiful stain glass windows. A very dear lady in our congregation gave the history of the families that donated the windows and explained the symbolism in each one.  She did a wonderful job pointing us to God who is the ultimate provider for all that we have.


God’s faithfulness to this congregation was repeated over and over as the history of the building and all the obstacles that accompanied that were mentioned. From a shotgun house of worship that was shared by three denominations to this beautiful structure that is now on the grounds, we see the generosity of God’s people and the faithfulness of those who went before us providing this generation with so much.


Former pastors joined us. It was a beautiful reminder that it is God’s house of worship and not one man’s church. One of the former pastors and his family came to our home (the manse) to see what had changed since they had lived here. It seems that there were far more pecan trees in their backyard and far less room that we have now 🙂


Today we had a joint Sunday School where Eric highlighted God’s faithfulness to keep His Word in front of His people throughout history. He highlighted Martin Luther and challenged us that we, of all generations, who have God’s word so easily accessible to us, should be the ones who read it the most and know it the best. Yet we as a society are the most illiterate about God’s word. Easy access seems to have made us lazy.

We worshipped together, and then like all good Southern church goers, we ate a huge meal together! Thanks to these Amazingly Gifted Ladies!

A few of the ladies are missing from this picture- no doubt they are running around helping others. As always, the luncheon was beautifully done and a sweet time for members and visitors alike to fellowship with one another.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning.
Great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 )

May this church be a herald of God’s goodness and faithfulness to one another, to the community, and to the world for many, many more years to come!


visits to the delta October 16, 2012

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This week has been so much fun! We have had a great week of visitors. It began with our dear friends the Kennedys. They came for their fall break. They arrived on Saturday afternoon and stayed until Thursday morning. As soon as they arrived and we had all hugged each other, we took them on a tour of Indianola. We went to see the church and walked all around town and saw the bayou.


Monday my kids were out of school for fall break too. We drove to Cleveland and went to a model train museum. It was Awesome! They have a scavenger hunt that is a list of items to look for in the display (a certain coal car, a pepsi delivery truck, a moonshine still) Afterward, we walked the downtown and got snowcones at the Sweetery, It was a gorgeous off day and tons of fun.


The next days, my children went to school each day while the kennedys hung out with us. Eric and Jason had an awesome time shooting one afternoon, while Julie and I had a chance to eat at a great diner in Greenwood the next afternoon. Julie went to biblestudies with me. Their family went to church with us and they were able to meet so many of our new dear friends. We walked to pick up Lucy each day. They really lived life with us. One night we had a great time eating with our mutual friends, the Jones family.

 12 happy faces around the kids table- thankful for each one.

This family is always so gracious to have us over and we always enjoy every minute. The kids played and played while we got to visit. It is rare that you get to have family friends in which each person has someone to enjoy. These two families are awesome blessings to us. Now when my friend Julie and I talk, she knows the place I am talking about or the person that I mention. Too fun!


to live is Christ, to die is gain October 2, 2012

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We have been running and unwinding and visiting and celebrating and grieving over the past couple of weeks. We celebrated my sweet father-in-law two weekends ago. It was such a sweet time with the whole family. There were so many emotions that weekend- we laughed at stories about him, we cried as we experienced new “firsts” like being at the house without him, we hugged lots as we saw people from so many seasons of our lives, and we celebrated God’s faithfulness to keep his promises to us. We looked death in the eye and said it would not prevail. We thanked the Lord for his immediate taking of his saints to be with him. We answered lots of questions about where our grandfather is now, how eternal life works, what is he doing now- so many good questions and good conversations about death. We believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain and that weekend allowed us to talk about and live it.

My mother-in-law was amazing all weekend and really set the tone for the celebration of his life. She embraced the beauty and the pain of the experience and therefore, all our family did too. I am so grateful for her- for her example of loving for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. She shared all weekend what God was teaching her, and my children and I saw that God is an ever present help in times of trouble and He gives hope in the midst of tragedy.  I have watched her faithfully care for him over the 14 years that I have been part of this family-and I am so grateful for it. Her determination, thoughtfulness, and wisdom allowed us to enjoy him for many, many more years than we expected.

We returned to a sweet community that welcomed us home, filled our refrigerators, and sent flowers and contributions to our church in Wayne’s memory.  One even made us a blanket that is simply beautiful!

God used my father in law’s death to show us His kindness. He can take all things and make them beautiful in his time.