Friday, April 11, 2014

BLESSINGS of DOUGHNUTS

Broadway Bakery & Cafe recently opened downtown Coweta.  They are open for lunch and Mickey, Aric & I visited them recently on a Tuesday after King's Kitchen.  

When the new owner found out we serve 50+ shuts-in's a meal every Tuesday they offered to donate the doughnuts that did not sell each Sunday (they are closed Mondays) for us to use on Tuesday's!!!

 We could not believe all the variety and boxeS (yes plural!!) we picked up.  Here is just a sampling of delicious, appealing variety of doughnuts.
The first week we were able to send out 3 items with each meal.

The quantity we get will, of course, depend on what is left each Sunday. The second week they were completely sold out.  Last week we were able to have 2 a piece for every delivery.  



Mickey, Danny & Robin and the chests and racks they had just emptied for us!!

Today Mickey and I dropped in for lunch.  Mickey had a cheeseburger and I had a BLT and of course fresh made home style fries.  YUM!!!  My BLT was absolutely delicious and will probably become my "regular".  

Everything is delicious so be sure and stop by, get to know this lovely couple and welcome them to our little burg of Coweta.

Just ANOTHER blessing from God for The King's Kitchen.  


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Friday, February 14, 2014

A MURDER TRIAL

My feeble attempt to share, mostly by pictures of the people involved, our experience of attending the murder trial of Darren Price.


How did Mickey and I come to get involved in this?  
The parents of one of the victims, Ethan Nichols, is the son of Scott and Teresa Nichols who attend our church.  Scott and Teresa had come over to visit us the evening of Saturday, January 25th.  The jury selection was taking place and Mickey and I offered to attend the trial with them for personal and pray support.  We didn't want them to be alone.  Teresa said they'd like for us to do that, after the jury selection was finished and the trial began. We were set to attend on Monday, February 3rd but the jury selection was not completed on Friday, January 31st, as hoped, so Teresa called and said it would be Tuesday the 4th.  They did actually end up starting mid-day on the 3rd so we missed that.

Mickey was able to attend all of the other 8 trial days, except Tuesday the 11th which was King's Kitchen.  I missed the 5th, due to a previously scheduled eye appointment and also the 11th, due to working at the voting poll at a special school position election.  Scott and Teresa, who only live a few blocks from us, picked us up each and every morning. Others were able to attend on various days:  Sean Westley, Gary and Shirley Smith, Gary Russell, and Dale and Dianne Russell from Coweta Assembly and the Pastors of Destiny Church, where the family attended at the time of the murders, Mike & Renae Goolsbay.  MANY others - their friends and family in Iowa and other at Coweta Assembly were praying.  

We meet the wonderful parents of Carrisa, Susan and Rod; Scott and Teresa's daughter Leeann and son-in-law Shawn (who we had previously met when they came to church),  and Teresa's sister, Laura.  Most days we had to be at the courthouse by 8:30 or 9:00 although one day it was noon.

On Monday, the 10th, the jury found Darren Price guilty on all 5 counts he was charged with:  2 robberies, 2 murders and alluding the police. 

On Tuesday, the 11th, additional information about 2 former convictions were presented and charges filed on them.  The jury's verdict was 15 years for alluding the police and 30 years for carrying a gun as a convicted felon.

On Tuesday, the 12th all 4 parents read their impact statements.  There were few dry eyes, and soft sobbing in that courtroom.  As one TV reporter said, "It was gut wrenching".  
    
The sentencing portion of the trial was finally given to the jury at 2:15 yesterday, February 13th and the verdict came down last night at 8:15 p.m.  The DA had asked for a verdict of Death for the death of Carrisa, and a verdict of Life Imprisonment without parole for the death of Ethan.  The final jury recommendation was Life without parole for both cases.


  Judge William J Musselman, who presided over this case in Court Room #501 set the date for final sentencing on March 27 at 9 a.m. 


Darren Price is the defendant in these murders and other charges.

Jerard Davis, the other defendant involved in these robberies and murders, had previously confessed and is currently serving a life sentence without parole. 

Carissa Horton, 18, and Ethan Nichols, 21
The victims of the double robbery, execution style murder on September 18, 2011.  Carissa was an ORU student from Iowa. 

Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris

Assistant District Attorney Julie Doss 

I had never been in a court room in my entire long life.  Mickey has served on a jury about 10 years ago.  I was totally awed by the wonder of our fabulous judicial system.  Watching Attorney's Harris and Doss in action was absolutely amazing to me.  Not only were they superb in the courtroom with their presentations and cross  examining but they spent time, and shared lunch with us, both when we were awaiting the initial guilty verdicts on the 5 counts and when we were awaiting the sentencing on those verdicts last night.  They are both strong Christians and Tim Harris' time with us  was spent sharing  his views of the trial events and his strong Christian faith.  Tim's son, Luke, a recent OU student was also seated with our group in the court room and a pure joy.  The 2 assistants assigned to the family:  Heather and Lindsey were absolute jewels and made the experience so much easier on the family and all of us.

An aside:  Last night as the family were all giving interviews, Heather and Lindsey asked Mickey, "Will you be our grandfather?"

Neither of them had grandfathers and wanted to adopt him!!!  I told them they had to also take me as grandmother in the deal.


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(Left to right) Teresa, Ethan's Mother and Susan, Carissa's Mother
Scott, Ethan's Dad
Rod, Carissa's Dad

I do not have a picture of Leeann, Ethan's sister, but she was the real star in the capture, her testimony in this trial, and her interaction with both the reporters and the jurors after the verdicts.

The final jury verdict last night, February 13th,  at 8:15 p.m - the jurors recommended 2 life sentences without parole, plus 45 years.  After the families spent time with reporters and the jury we arrived home at 10:30. Thank you Scott & Teresa for allowing us be with you during this most difficult time.     

The entire details and story of these murders, and all the evidence that came out in this trial, are amazing but they are Teresa and Scott's story to share with everyone.  I know they will and are anxious to do so.  


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Sunday, February 2, 2014

ARIC'S 15TH BIRTHDAY

How can it be???  The "youngest" member of our family turns 15 on February 3, 2014.

What a joy Aric has been all his life.  We love his wonderful, gentle spirit and kind heart.  He is growing up to be a fine young man like his father, Marc.


As always we celebrate with food!!  The honoree always gets to pick, and Aric's choice was Zio's Italian Restaurant.  It was also a lot of other people's choice as we waited almost an hour for our table. Aric choose to celebrate on Saturday February 1st instead of his actual birthday on Monday. 

 After dinner and opening his gifts with his chocolate birthday sundae.  You can tell Aric & Uncle Benny are having one good laugh.
 Father Marc & Aric ordering their meal.
 Uncle Benny & Aunt Jacque.
Jacque had worked all day and still had her name tag hanging around her neck!!!
 Ever present Grandma & Grandpa
The two "kids" Aric & Jacque acting up!!
A picture of Aric, taken at our home with him in the living room recliner on January 31st.   I love this picture because it shows him, with one of his MANY electronic devices, as his very relaxed and at ease self. 

Yes, this young man is a pure joy in ALL of our lives. 
Happy 15th Son, Nephew, Grandson Aric -- we love you!!!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

WOW Woman Bible Study -

I started up WOW Woman (Women of the Word) again on January 21st after about a 5 month break. We meet in my home every Tuesday evening at 6:30. 



(left to right) Jeanne, Kathy, Glenda, Sandra, Carmel, Brittney, Susan

I love these precious woman so very much.  They encourage me, stretch me, and make me a better Child of God as we study and share together on a weekly basis.  

This group was started on January 18, 2011 so we are beginning our 3 year.  Some ladies have come and gone but the core of the group has remained.

January 21th I showed a dvd by Brad Scott about Satan and his tactics that was from the 2013 Revive Conference in Dallas.

January 28th we watched a teaching by Pastor Mark Biltz from May, 2013.  We have ordered 4 dvd's by Pastor Biltz on The 4 Blood Moons that we will be watching and studying next.

At the January 21st meeting we also anointed 3 prayer cloths and prayed over them.  One was sent to Washington State, another to Arizona and the 3rd Mickey & I took to a man from our church.  We do not always do that but prayer requests are an important part of our meetings.

I highly recommend that you find a women's Bible Study to attend, or maybe God wants YOU to be the one who starts one.  You will never regret it.
   
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Our Amazing God

There is a story behind this road sign!!!


Go to Double Nickle  and read ALL about it.

I love the way God works in mysterious ways!!  I first met Jen and her family about 7 years ago via her blog Pen of Jen.  She and I have followed each other faithfully over these past 7 years and we were even scheduled to visit them in October 2004 but had to abort that visit due to Mickey's heart.

I have followed their wonderful, inspiring journey of The Double Nickle Farm and the growth of her children leaving the nest.  Our connection was first and foremost based on strong Spiritual beliefs and values.   

This is another picture Jen took and even though it is showing the desolate surroundings and I know that is a telephone pole and lines in the picture it also looks like a Cross!!!

So as Mickey & I and Jen & Bill follow Gods leading and direction in our individual spiritual walks with God we know, without a doubt, that God has had and does have His plans and purposes for this connection.  Nothing happens by accident in the lives of us who have made Jesus LORD.

Yes, the road sign reads:  
Joy Road & Hope Highway!!!


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Monday, January 6, 2014

WORD for 2014


Since 2009 I have asked The Lord to give me a word for the New Year.  
2009 Unity
2010 Vulnerable
2011 Persevere
2012 Fervent
2013 Expand

My word for 2014 is FORWARD

for.ward (adjective) 1) near or belonging to the front part of something 2) moving or directed ahead or toward the front & 3) moving toward the future or toward a more advanced state or condition

Oh I love this word!!  The first thing that came to me when He gave it to me, was definition 3 moving toward the future.  When I looked it up and saw definition 1, near or belonging to the front part of something, I really got excited.  

FORWARD feels right!!!  I'm not sure what God is planning to do in my life and walk with Him as He moves me FORWARD and EXPANDS His plans and purposes FERVENTLY. but. I determine to PERSEVERE, and continue to make myself VULNERABLE, as I strive for UNITY in The Body of Christ.

It is so amazing how these words have "built upon themselves" over the past 5 years and I am eager, and very expectant as I move FORWARD.

2014 here we go!!!! 



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Sunday, January 5, 2014

PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

There are many words to describe us.  One word to describe me would 
definitely be READER.  I can no more imagine not reading than I could imagine not breathing. One of the many things having a blog has done for me is I have, for the first time in my life, kept a listing of the books I've read for the past four years.  As I finished up 2013 I realized I had read even more books this year!  2010 fifteen - 2011 sixteen - 2012 thirteen 


 The TWENTIETH book for 2013 

This book was not only my twentieth for the year, but also the 5th book of study in our Real Christianity small group.  As you can see, this is The New Pilgrim's Progress and yet it holds close to the original work, in maintaining some of the more archaic wording than many of the more modern translations. Kent (the co-facilitator) actually selected the version based on our discussion of not wanting to use the most current translation.    
I first read the above earlier translation in 1966.  I earned this book from The Bible Memory Association, Int. of St. Louis, Missouri after completing several of their Bible Memory programs.  An aside, I am so thankful that I began to plant The Word of God in my mind and spirit way back when I was 29 years old.  It set a pattern for my life that has served me well in my walk with Jesus, my Lord and Savior.  "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Psalm 119:11 KJV & "I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won't sin myself bankrupt." The Word

I know I recommend a lot of books, because there are a lot of really good books available to us, but THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS is, in my opinion, a MUST READ for any Christian.  First published in 1678 his Allegory of spiritual and moral truths rings as true today as it did 335 years ago.


Begin the New Year 2014 right by reading this classic.  

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