I was just tagged by Susie's Space for this meme - So here goes another one!!!
INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.
Still See A Spark In You
walking through doors
Next select five people to tag:
Sunshine on my Shoulder
Bloggin' with Lori
Frazzled Farm Wife
Learning to Weave
Anyone else who wants to play is, of course, welcome!! (and no obligation if you don't feel like doing this either!)
Now ~ the questions:
"What were you doing 10 years ago?" My husband had just retired and we sold our large home and were heading for a 6 months RV trip to Alaska. My husbands life long dream.
"What were you doing 1 year ago?" Taking care of our 7 year old grandson and 11 year old granddaughter all day for our Son who had just become a Single Dad 2 months earlier.
Five snacks you enjoy: Popcorn, Pretzels, Peanuts, Ice Cream, Cookies
Five songs to which you know all the lyrics: Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, Just as I Am, How Great Thou Art, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire: Set up a $100,000 trust for all 4 of our children and 6 grandchildren (They could spend the interest but not the principal, Buy our daughter Jacque a home, Buy our son David a home, Go to Israel, Go to the Netherlands.
Five bad habits: Talking too much, Snacking too much, Back seat driving (drives my husband crazy), Not liking to exercise, Always trying to buy the least expensive thing.
Five things you like doing: Blogging, Going out to dinner with friends, Entertaining Friends and family, going to Church, traveling.
Five things you would never wear again: 3" heels, a bathing suit, a wig (unless for medical reasons), real heavy makeup, a mini skirt
Five Favorite toys: My computer!!!, Dish Network, Stereo system, Can't think of 2 more :o(
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I was just tagged by Susie's Space for this meme - So here goes another one!!!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Yeah!!! Its Show & Tell Friday. Go over to Kelli's at There is a Place Called Home and get all the particulars, if you're not already doing this. Then join in the fun and show us something special, unique, interesting or just plain fun and tell us all about it.
I am showing this, as much to tell this story, as to show the picture.
One day as I was painting this picture I had spent the ENTIRE day (almost) just painting. Hadn't gotten dressed, hadn't made the bed or done the dishes.....no dinner being prepared....you get the picture!!! I'm sure I did take time out to feed my 2 little girls lunch and tend to their immediate needs.
Enter my husband of 1 1/2 years........He never criticised, he didn't say much...but he didn't have to as he looked around and very gently said, "What's you been doing all day?" This young bride and mother of 2 small girls got the message Loud & Clear that he expected more out of his wife and that he was disappointed!! To my knowledge he never came home to that scene again. I am a quick learner!!!!
I am very proud of the picture. I had it framed professionally upon completion. For 48 years it has hung proudly in every home that we have lived in and in 3 states. It is a constant reminder to me of not only my Lord but the loving, kind and oh so very gentle, gentleman I have been blessed to share these years and my life with. It is also a testimony of my stick-to-itiveness of not being a quiter.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The topic this month is Share an important quote and what it means to you. I knew I had to get in on this one when I heard the topic because I love words.
This is what this quote means to me.
When I fully grasped that it was His finished work and His continuing work and He was faithful and would perform all that He has said He would and He would perform it ALL what a freedom and joy it brought to my life. Joy unspeakable and full of glory!!!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Well it's Friday again and Show & Tell time again. Such a fun time. Be sure and go here, to Kelli's blog There Is No Place Like Home to find out all about it and sign up on Mr. Linky.
He has quite a few stampings on the bottom showing he was made in Western Germany and then initials and numbers.
Thank you Kelli for letting me once again participate in your Show & Tell and show off this special little guy.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".Age 5
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 26
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 42
I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 90
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Here's all the guys enjoying their meal. Mickey, Dave, Marc, Aric & Benny.
The gals, Jacque, Oksana, Suzette & I, ate inside on the linen table cloth and enjoying the cool air.
We had a grand time of honoring Mickey. We love family and time spent together just enjoying each other and having a good time.
Saturday Suzette and I spent the entire day together. We meet at 10 a.m. and I didn't get home until 5:30 p.m. We had such a good time. We went shopping, then ate at a new "girly" eatery and then Suzette treated us BOTH to a manicure and a pedicure. It was absolutely the best pedicure I've ever had. Thanks honey :o)
Aric came home with us and is spending a few days. Grandpa made a run to the doughnut shop this morning. Aric equates Grandma & Grandpa's with doughnuts!! Friday night Dave, Suzette, Jacque, Benny, Aric & Oksana are all going to the lake for a weekend camp out. Mickey, Marc & I are passing on that one :o)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
* Relevant Scriptures
Saturday, June 16, 2007
If there is ANYONE reading this from Nova Scotia would love to hear from you.
We went around Cape Breton in 2000.
Is there anything, or any place, that is a must visit?
Any advice and information will be greatly appreciated.
We are also going up and around the Gaspe'
Any information about what to see and do here will be appreciated, too.
Friday, June 15, 2007
This week I am sharing 3 books, which represent 3 years, of Adult Bible Memory that I began on December 16, 1976. Each week you would have 5 or 6 verses to memorize. The following week you would recite them to an assigned "coach" who would initial and date that page.
This is Book 2 which I began in December, 1977.
This is a one of the pages of Book 2 as an example. You can see "lw 7-2-78 very good!" marked by my coach.
This is the 3rd and final book I began in December, 1978.
I truly believe with all my heart "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalms 119:11 I was just a few days from my 39th birthday!!! It is never to late to begin planting God's word in our heart.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I've blogged about my feelings on blogging before here. But saw this one on my dear friend, Linds, blog and since it was answering some specific questions I thought it would be fun to do.
It's being hosted by chilihead so go over and add to her Mr. Linky if you want to join in.
#1 - How did you start blogging? A young mother in our church, Kahri, had a blog about the miracle of her daughter, Kaedra. As Care Leaders of our church I would check the blog daily to keep up with the family. I never left a comment but Kahri knew I was reading her blog.
#2 - Did you intent to be a blog with a big following? If so, how did you go about it?
This question makes me laugh, When I finally got up the nerve to begin my blog I hoped that someone, somewhere, sometime might stumble on me and perhaps leave a comment. To have had 2 people stumble by and leave comments was a dream.
#3 - What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals? Since the blog I had been reading was a young SAHM, and her blog friends listed on her side bar, which I would also read once in awhile we also young SAHM I was hoping to find a woman or two of about my age which is in my 60's.
Oh my, I have been more than successful. I have found numerous woman, and a few men,of ALL ages: young, middle age and my age with varied interests and from all over this wonderful world of our. They share not only their ideas but their very selves.
#4 - Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How? The scope and range of my blog have changed a lot since I began on January 31, 2007. I blog about a much more vast array of topics than I ever imagined. I have found it such a wonderful way to document my long life and be able to share a little of the wisdom and experience that you gain living a long and interesting life. I have found it a wonderful avenue to honor people who have played such an important part in my life and making me who I am today. It has been an avenue to make such wonderful friends, literally around the globe and to find out how very much we all have in common. It's been wonderful to learn of all the interesting and varied lives others have, and are living. I have found it to be educational on events and topics.
The thing that pleases me the most, is I realize what a tool it is in leaving a history of my life for my family after I am gone. I wish I had something like this where my mother and father had shared about their feelings and activities.
#5 - What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started? To have picked a few basic labels to put on my blogs. I have way too many labels and am attempting to narrow them down as I go. I still don't understand what the links area on the blog below the title means or how to utilize it.
#6 - Do you make money with your blog? NO! I truly hope blogland does not turn into just another revenue venture. We are retired and on a fixed income, so it's not that I couldn't use extra revenue, but I just hate the fact that people seem to always have making money effect anything and everything they get involved with.
#7 - Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why? Yes all my extended family know I have a blog. They read it spasmodically and hit & miss but not actively. It beats me why not. If they had blogs I would delight in reading them. My extended family consists of my children so maybe they feel that they already know everything I think, feel or have to say. Or maybe they find me boring!
#8 - What two pieces of advice would you give a new blogger? Just jump in and do it without hesitation. Be real, don't be phony.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
These are the pictures from our 30th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal that took place on October 1, 1988.
Our youngest son, Marc, and our son-in-law, Terry, were Best Men
Our daughters, Suzette and Jacque, were the Brides Attendants
Our 2 year old grand daughter, Jessica, was the flower girl (she would not walk down the isle by herself so her mother, Jacque, walked with her)
My forever friends, Bev & Joan were candle lighters
The pastor was Terry Matthews
The church was Oasis of Love, Albuquerque, NM
Annie, of My Life As Annie, is hosting Time Travel Tuesday. I've never participated before but the topic, Vacation Memories, reminded me of a very special and different one for our family so I'd like to share it with you. Go here and sign in Mr. Linky if you'd like to participate.
Vacationing At Home!!
I don't remember the exact year, but it was in the early 70's. We had all 4 children at home, and it was a rather tight time (financially) for us. Vacation time was rolling around and we did not have the funds to take a vacation as we normally did. I've always been one that sees the glass half full & not half empty. I also believe in making Lemonade out of Lemons. SO...........
We decided that we were going to vacation at home, in Tulsa!!! We would get up every morning and go out to breakfast and then begin the sightseeing and activities we had chosen for the day, we ate lunch out and we ate dinner out, and then we would go home at the end of the day, and fall into our own beds, to sleep. The next day we would do the same and so on.
Even though we had lived in Tulsa a number of years there were a lot of places and things to see that we had never taken the time, or had the time, to visit. This was our time to do just that.
These are the places we visited:
Philbrook Museum - This was the home of oilman, millionaire Waite Phillips and has been turned into a very fire Art Museum. It is one of only 5 museums in the country that is a combination historic home, art collection and gardens.
Tulsa Rose Garden & Woodward Park - Near Philbrook this is an outstanding and beautiful area.
Gilcrease Museum - This houses the works of world famous Western Artist Fredric Remington and one of the world's largest western art collection. It sits on the NW edge of Tulsa and has beautiful panoramic views of the area.
Wollaroc - This was the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips in 1925. It is 25 miles north of Tulsa and consists of Petting zoo, wildlife preserve and a museum of both Native American heritage and Oklahoma oil history.
The World Museum - This was a beautiful building, right along I44 in Tulsa, and houses the collection of art and artifacts of T.L. & Daisy Osborne. The Osborne's traveled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing thousands brought into the Kingdom. T.L. gave the facility to Billy Joe and Sharon Daugherty, after the death of Daisy, and it is now the home of Victory Christian Bible Insitute. We feel privileged to have seen it when it had all it's treasures on display.
Oral Roberts University - Even thouugh I had worked for Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association from 1966-69 it was fun taking a day to tour. We went to the top of The Prayer Tower, viewed the displays depicting the life and journey of Oral Roberts the man, viewed film clips of his early tent revivals and toured the beautiful, world class buildings that make up this great University.
By having this vacation in our own city we saw many things we had not seen, We saved money by not having to buy gas to travel to some far off place, and we saved the weeks motel bills by staying at home.
Our older children still remember this "vacation" as one of the very special ones. Even in line with Disneyland and other amusements parks, etc. I would highly recommend your considering taking a "vacation" in your town or city.
Thanks Annie for letting me share a very special, and totally different, vacation.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Listen more, talk less,
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19
Season your words with grace.
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
Deal righteously with your anger.
"In your anger do not sin; Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." Ephesians 4:26-27
Don't keep score.
"love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." I Corinthians 13:5
Help each other out.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Be a good husband. (The man, of course!)
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word." Ephesians 5:25-26
Be a good wife. (The woman, of course!)
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies...She is clothed with strength and dignity." Proverts 31:10,25
Give each other time to grow.
"It was he who gave...to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become Mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."" Ephesians 4:11-13
Do not neglect to keep the fire burning towards each other.
"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.: Song of Solomon 8:6
"So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let men not separate." Matthew 19:6
Friday, June 8, 2007
It's Show & Tell Friday again. If you don't know about this head over to Kelli's for all the info and join the fun.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Meet the happy couple -
Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Joyce
Here we are on our honeymoon in Las Vegas. We stayed at the Stardust Hotel. This picture is a dinner show at the Shara.
Yes, sorry to say we both smoked in those days. The show we saw this night was Tony Bennett. I was so disillusioned because he was short, and had about 2 1/2" heels on his shoes!
Mickey with the 2 other girls he married!!
Me with our 2 precious daughters. The girls dresses were black & white. I bought them to wear for the planned wedding before we just decided to go to Flagstaff by ourselves to get married. I still have Suzette's little dress. I gave Jacque's to her when Jessica was born and Jessica wore it!! It was one of the many things Jacque lost in Katrina.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I've talked a lot about my forever friend, Joan, now it's time to introduce you to my other forever friend, Bev. This picture is of her and Mickey on a balloon ride in Albuquerque in 1981.
Bev and I met in early 1958. She was 17, and already married to Jim, and I was 19, and dating Mickey. We worked together and became good friends almost instantly. One of the first things I did was introduce her to Joan. The three of us became close. After Mickey & I married both Bev & Joan and their husbands began attending the same little Independent Baptist church I attended. These were great years of growing in the Lord for all of us. We were all raising our young families and sharing everything. We rotated going to one of our homes every Sunday for dinner. We would play cards 'til the wee hours on Friday nights, with all our kids asleep on pallets on the floor. Bev & Jim had one son and 2 daughters.
I have lots of pictures of all of us from these years but they are all on the 35mm slides that I have not been able to get into my computer yet so I'll just have to share older pictures of us!!
This picture was taken of Joan and Bev in 1981.