Saturday, August 23, 2014

FRIENDSHIP & BLESSINGS


This lovely note, and a box of chocolate awaited us on August 18th when we arrived!!

 Our wonderful friends, John & Phyllis Rathbone, allowed Mickey & I, children Jacque & Marc, grandchildren Jessica & Aric, and Mickey's brother Jerry, from Tennessee, to spend wonderful days at their beautiful Lake Hudson home. (Son David from Florida, and granddaughter Oksana from Indiana were missing.  They had been scheduled to come but there was a change in plans and their visits will occur later.)
 Aric, Marc, Jacque
Mickey & Jerry 
Jessica in the background dishing up the spaghetti.
This family loves to eat and there were many meals during these days around this lovely large table, with a lazy Susan in the center. 


The lovely exterior.

 The large welcoming door.

 Right on beautiful Lake Hudson

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 Two views of the Living room


 Told you this family likes to eat!  
This time I fixed a spiral ham, along with fresh tomatoes and new potatoes from Mickey's garden.

 One of the most unique features of this beautiful home is the LARGE panty with all these pull out drawers, with shelves above, on both sides of the room.  AND they were filled with all kinds of food and goodies!!

 Jacque & Jessica spent lots of hours in, and by, the pool.


 Jacque & Aric used the trampoline but I only got a picture of Jacque. 

 Father & Son in deep thought and discussion over something!! Not an unusual scene at all.

 Mickey with that first cup of morning coffee!!!


 The huge downstairs game room where Aric spent most of his time and the guys watched several football games on the large screen TV

 I was always the first one up and absolutely LOVED the QUIET
and watching the sunrises out the living room window.
This is also where Mickey & I got to do our Daily Devotions, Bible Study and prayer each morning. 

 Gorgeous kitchen where I prepared all the meals.
Note the box of chocolates (I spoke about in the opening picture) on the bar that welcomed us!!

Mickey & Jerry spent a lot of time enjoying the lake from this one, of two, patio tables. 
 The guys watching TV in the upstairs TV room.  
We all played a board game with Aric and then Marc & I joined Aric in a Wii game sort of like monopoly (which I was confused on the entire time, but it was still fun!)



Loved my LONG soaking bath each day in this lovely tub and master bath.  Of course everyone else opted for the huge showers.

Thanks again to our wonderful friends for being so very generous and blessing our family with this wonderful 
week on Lake Hudson and their beautiful home and love. 

Mickey & I and John & Phyllis's friendship and connection has been forged mostly in the prayers for each other and our families.
No wonder it is so strong!!
We love you John & Phyllis~~~~~
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Exciting Things Happening at The King's Kitchen



The King's Kitchen was given a very large anonymous gift in December, 2013.  After much prayer, and I truly mean MUCH prayer, and talking to our Chief Cook Sherry Kelly, it was decided it would be a blessing to add a convection oven to assist, not only The King's Kitchen in our weekly Tuesday preparation of meals to serve 50-55 shut-ins, but also for the church to use for Funeral Dinners, general Church dinners and various parties and activities that go on pretty constantly in our kitchen.

Next, was Mickey & Sherry researching various type and styles of convection ovens.  Once the choice for electric was arrived at then Mickey went to restaurant supply show rooms to view them, reading up on the various models, etc.  Once the Royal brand was determined to be the one of choice then Mickey presented it to the Pastor and Deacon Board for approval.  As always with improvements additional electric work had to be done, which meant another Board meeting and approval.  Next, locating and selecting the electrician to use, scheduling him and getting the work done. 


Finally this chrome beauty arrived.
 Mickey has been working hard with all the details and procedures involved purchasing this lovely Royal brand Electric Convection Oven with 5 tray/racks, timers, heat controls, fans, cooling control - all the bells and whistles.




 July 1st Mickey is showing Sherry the oven and explaining some of the features and information to her.
That is one of our Super Soupers, Gayle working at the exising  stove preparing the soups to be added that Tuesday to the regular meal.


 The next project was Mickey selecting a larger Mixer, twice the size of the existing one.  The Young At Heart Adult group of the church added a donation of $700 (which was about 50% of the cost). Same procedure of ordering, board approval and waiting for delivery.  This beauty arrived and was picked up by Mickey on Thursday.


Yes, The King's Kitchen and Coweta Assembly of God are now the proud owners of these two beautiful additions thanks to the generosity of a wonderful anonymous gift and The Young At Heart group. 
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

FAMILY "FUN"....

.....With my 3 guys. This Saturday was spent with Mickey & I taking the pick-up and heading to Owasso for Mickey to help will getting the new bed.  Marc was still at work but we went earlier than the 4 o'clock we were told to be there so Mickey & Aric could get the preliminary work done.

1st - remove existing twin bed from the guest bedroom to the garage for Marc to give away.

2nd - dismantle existing queen size bed from Marc's bedroom and move it to the guest room and reassemble it there.

By this time, Marc had come in and he and Mickey went to pick-up the new bed.    

Just pictures of these three: Grandfather Mickey, Father Marc, Son & Grandson Aric putting together Marc's new queen box springs and mattress.  

 Assembling the frame

 Showing out and acting silly

 Box spring set on frame

 Checking out the mattress

 First tester

Seeing how it feels.

THEN we headed out to El Chico Mexican Restaurant to meet Aric's Great Grandmother Beryl and Great Aunt Kathy who live in Texarkana and Tulsa family friend Barb for dinner.  Kathy was in town showing her wonderful hand made glass jewelry at the 3 day Affair of the Heart craft show.  Delightful meal, time and visit with these 3 special ladies in our lives.  Didn't take a picture one----bummer.

I am so grateful for our busy, involved, never a dull moment life and the joy of my 3 guys!!!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

FRIENDSHIP/KINSHIP

Mary Lee Glassburn

God works in marvelous ways in the lives of His own.

Such is the story of our friendship and connection with Mary Lee. In September,2012 our California son was flying Mickey & I to San Francisco for a visit with him.  I asked if we could first fly into Phoenix for a few days to visit a dear couple, Danny & Kathy Wright, and their children, Bethany & Daniel.  Our son David was agreeable and the flights were booked.

I wanted to SURPRISE Kathy with this visit so contacted Danny privately and told him our plans and could we pull it off.  Danny was agreeable and connected us with Mary Lee, who I knew a little bit, via blogland, to work out the details. 


During the following weeks, through e-mails back & forth, Mary Lee took care of locating the motel for us to stay in that was close to The Wright's home.  We had planned to fly in, rent a car and proceed to said motel, but Mary Lee insisted we did not need to rent a car, she would pick us up at the airport!!!

When our plane landed on Saturday here was Mary Lee, not only picking us up but informing us that she had taken off work on Monday and would be our "wheels and chauffeur" the entire weekend and take us to the airport on Monday to fly on to San Francisco. She and Danny had also devised the "cover-up" of Danny suggesting that he and Kathy go garage selling that morning so Mary Lee could get us to their home.  Danny & Kathy entered the house via their garage and the children detained Kathy in the kitchen as Danny joined us for the grand SURPRISE.  

THIS is what Kathy saw, a few minutes later, as she made her way into their living room.
Talk about surprised.  Yes, Kathy was VERY surprised!!  

The 7 of us spent all day Saturday visiting and talking, and TALKING, and visiting some more.  

Mickey & I wanted to treat us all to a nice dinner so they selected a wonderful Italian place that was quiet and the food was delicious.  We had our waiter take this picture of our group.


By now it was almost bedtime, after a full, busy day so Mary Lee took us to our motel, and she went home.  The next morning Mary Lee, Bethany & Daniel picked us up and we joined Kathy & Danny at their church, Covenant Grace, and we had the joy of participating in Worship lead by Kathy with Danny on the drums.

Back to The Wrights lovely home after church and a delightful meal prepared by Kathy.  Another wonderful afternoon with the 7 of us talking, sharing and sharing some more.

Monday morning Mary Lee in her vehicle, and all the Wrights in theirs, are picking us up at the motel.  We check out and all go out to breakfast before saying our goodbyes and Mary Lee driving us to the airport for our departure.

These 3 days with Mary Lee and getting to know her developed a very deep kinship and a place in our hearts for her that was deep.  

When her journey with her illness began we were in constant contact with Kathy, praying daily and holding her in our thoughts and sending Mary Lee a few cards of encouragement.

From our physical distance of many miles and several states away we held Mary Lee close to our hearts and always in our thoughts. Yes, God had cemented a connection between our Spirits and hers. Although we weren't there we are fully aware of the GOOD fight of Faith that Mary Lee fought.

We have shed many tears over the last 4 days after hearing Hospice had been called in and her family was with her.  Mary Lee's fight with the dreaded CANCER (how I hate that word!!) was very similar to that of our beloved Suzette so it hit Mickey & I especially hard.  Yes, they both fought such galant fights of good faith and ready to go HOME where there is no sorrow and no tears. 

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Sharing a few pictures that I got via Kathy to show the many reasons why we loved her and who she REALLY is.
Putting one over (or trying to)on Kathy.  Instigated by Mary Lee I'm sure!!


 The love and patience she had for Bethany & Daniel. I love this picture because it shows how long she has been an important part of their family.

Her beloved Sunday School class

Always the beloved cut-up.

Mary Lee's Memorial Services
today, June 28, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Covenant Grace Church
Phoenix, Arizona

We are there in Spirit and in our Hearts!!!
Tell our Suzette "hi" and give her a BIG HUG
you're going to get to see and meet her before we do.

We love you, Mary Lee,
         Mickey & Susan 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FATHER'S DAY 2014

Father's Day 2014 found just the 4 of us celebrating.  Daughter Jacque was visiting in Missouri and of course son, David was in Florida.  Both Jacque & David called Mickey and wished him Happy Father's Day. 

Marc & Aric surprised Mickey by showing up for church service which was the best gift EVER, but in addition Jacque & Marc got him a pair of blue Sperry Top-sider's.  His favorite!

My "guys" want an old fashioned Pot Roast dinner so that's what I prepared.  Roast, carrots, onions and FRESH NEW POTATO'S from Mickey's own garden.  Of course, the BIG tossed salad, and doughnuts for dessert.  

Had enough left over that I was able to cut it all up in small bit size and mix together for another great meal for the 4 of us in Monday, when Marc brought Aric and the dog over to stay with us while he went to OKC for 2 days on business. 

 One of our favorite  picture pose's.
Mickey is ALWAYS the cut-up.
 These guys are never serious, especially when they are endeavoring to put one over on me.
They did in this one !!!
 3 generations
Father, Son, Grandson

It was Father's Day but I was one VERY blessed wife, mother & grandmother.
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