Monday, November 30, 2009


Hard to believe Thanksgiving is already 4 days past and it will be December tomorrow!!

Trust everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did!! Our eldest child and daughter, Suzette, hosted Thanksgiving this year. Of course we all helped by bringing something but all I had to do was a dessert. I took "Almost Pumpkin Pie Cake". It was yummy as were all the other desserts. Oksana made a cheese cake. So proud of her, at age 13, being a part of the cooks. Deann brought homemade Pecan and Pumpkins pies. We are so happy to add a good pie maker to our group. Suzette and Dave provided turkey and dressing, a wonderful fresh fruit salad, mashed potato, rolls and tea & soft drinks. Benny brought his Amish Green Beans (a must have at all our gatherings) and a Cranberry Salad. Also in attendance were Jacque, Marc, Aric, Mason, Aaron, Cody & Mickey rounding out the 13 of us.

The table was set with the china and silver, linen tablecloth and napkins in the formal dining room.

We ALL stuffed ourselves and then watched the Dallas Cowboy game and the 4 boys spent some time at the park just 2 houses down the street. The day was beautiful...would you believe 70 degrees the last week of November. YEAH!!!!

One of the MANY things I am thankful for is my wonderful family and that all our kids (except David in California) live in the immediate area.

What I am not thankful for is that I lost/misplaced/? my camera at the church on Tuesday when there taking a picture of Mickey & Sherry (the cook) .... consequently I have NO PICTURES!!! Suzette said, "Oh shoot." When I arrived and announced I couldn't take any pictures.

Please check in on the Frugal Blog to see what I've done with left overs!!!!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009


I received this as an e-mail but must post it here because it says everything I feel and believe. My prayer is that many of you will feel led to also post it on your blogs.


On Dr. Charles Stanley's Sunday program "In Touch", the guest speaker was more of a historian than a Biblical speaker, but he is very famous for his knowledge of historical facts as well as Biblical truths.Dr. David Barton is his name. He is an expert on the subject of whether or not the United States was founded as a Christian Nation.


Dr. David Barton - on Obama

"Respect the Office? Yes. Respect the Man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.
I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama.

Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him, BUT that is it.

I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this ?

It is because:

- I do not share Obama's vision or value system for America;

- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;

- I do not share his radical Marxist's concept of re-distributing wealth;

- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);

- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;

- I do not share his view that America is not a Christian Nation
- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;

- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;

- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;

- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);

- I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;

- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East;

and- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.

Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama's, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right !

For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!

They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!They have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!

They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!They have challenged capital punishment, the right to bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code! They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!

Unite behind Obama? Never ! ! !"


I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard, but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!

PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!

Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his "goals for America."

I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country!! Any more compromise is more defeat!I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!

"Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson

GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country ! ! !

"In GOD We Trust"

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to‘The United States of America’ for any amount, up to and including my life.


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Thursday, November 26, 2009

"The pilgrims who sailed to American's shore,
Were strangers who had not been there before.
Leaving their country and families behind,
They had one purpose and were of one mind.
They wanted a home where they could be free,
Through danger and peril, they crossed the sea.
In heat and in cold, they struggled for years,
Paying the price of blood, sweat and tears.
Bound to each other by faith, love and hope.
They made a new world and learned how to cope.
The problems they faced as they broke up the sod,
Brought them closer together and closer to God.
Today, we who live in the great USA,
Pause to give thanks, on this Thanksgiving day.
Thank God for our nation; a beacon of light,
We keep her strong, by doing what's right."
By Peter Enns
I am thankful for SO very many things but these are the most important ones:
1. My triune God: Father, Son & Holy Ghost
2. The Bible: God's living WORD
3. My wonderful husband of 51 years
4. My unique, one of a kind, 4 wonderful children: 2 daughters & 2 sons
5. My 3 beloved grandchildren: 2 granddaughters & 1 grandson
6. My Word based Church
7. A compassionate, loving Pastor who preaches only the Word
8. My many wonderful, inspiring friends who love & serve a living God
9. My many blog friends
10. The health I and my entire family are blessed with
11. The freedom we have in America
12. The world God has given us with all it's beauty and variety
13. The privilege to see so much of the North American Continent
14. Loving, Christian parents
15. Books
16. Access to so very much good Biblical teaching & preaching
17. The ability to hear
18. The ability to see
19. Heaven & eternal life because Jesus purchased it for me and God forgives me
There really is no stopping place to the wonderful, blessed life God & this country have provided me with.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Mickey

Today is my Mickey's 77th birthday and it is the 51st birthday I have been blessed to be his wife and share with him. In case you didn't already know.......I LOVE THIS MAN.

This November 24th birth date is also shared with our son-in-love, Dave. Now that makes it a double blessed day for our family.

Late Friday night the 4 of us celebrated this double event with Dave & Suzette taking us out to Lo*ngho*rn Steak House for a wonderful steak dinner and a lovely time of just being together, sharing and having a grand time. My fillet was one of the best I've had in a LONG time!!!

Today, on his birthday, Mickey will celebrate by preparing and serving the Free noonday meal at The King's Kitchen ministry he started on November 3rd.


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IS 2012 The END of the World?

Our Pastor has preached the past 2 Sundays about The End Of The World based on the just released movie by the same name,

Yesterday I was privileged to be part of a skit that was presented in conjunction with Pastor's sermon. There were 5 parts and we have been practicing for several weeks. I played the part of a born again Grandmother. Imagine that!!!! In character for sure. It was a wonderful experience and I am excited about being part of our Church Drama team.

Seven, yes 7, people gave their hearts to Jesus. Praise you Lord.

"No man knoweth the day or the hour"

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Sunday, November 22, 2009


The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty, the founding pastor of Victory Christian Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Sunday, November 22nd, after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 57 years old.

Church officials announced the pastor's death during church services Sunday morning. Associate pastor Bruce Edwards told the congregation that Daugherty "graduated into heaven" at 4:40 a.m.

We, along with the greater Tulsa area. mourn the death of Billy Joe Daugherty. Billy Joe was the Founder and Pastor of Victory Christian Center. He also founded Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute, and Victory World Missions Training Center, and the Tulsa Dreamcenter. From inner city families, to single parents, to troubled teens - Tulsa benefited from his influence beyond the walls of his church.
This was a work that he and has wife, Sharon, raised from the ground up and never went into debt in doing so. He, and his ministry, has reached out to the entire Tulsa area in a way that no other ministry in this area has. There has never been anything but respect for him, his ministry and his family.

We are sure Billy Joe heard the words, "My good and faithful servant... enter into the joy of the Lord".

We weep with those who weep and pray for the Peace that passeth understanding for his wife, 4 children and his entire church family.

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I am participating again in Spiritual Sunday. Please visit and read the other posts. They are always uplifting.

"Don't worry about what to say." Matthew 10:10 TLB

After going home to a cool reception Jesus said, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own home town" Matthew 6:4 TLB." In other places He was considered a hero, but not here. "His family....thought he was out of his mind" Matthew 3:21 NCV"

It is worth noting that He didn't try to control their behavior, nor did He let their behavior control His. He loved them, but He didn't demand that they always agree with Him. He didn't sulk or retaliate when they insulted Him. And He didn't make it His mission in life to try and please them. If your family is making it difficult for you to serve the Lord. observe three things about Jesus. (1) He recognized that His spiritual family could provide what His physical family didn't. That's why we need the support and stability that comes from the fellowship in a local church. (2) He didn't let the difficult dynamic of family overshadow the call from God. Your family may not understand or agree, but you can't let that keep you from doing what God's called you to do. (3) He refused to let the opinion of the crowd dictate His direction. The whole town of Capernaum "tried to keep Him from leaving them" Luke 4:42 NKLV" But He resisted the undertow of people by anchoring to the rock of His purpose: to build God's kingdom, not His own. Imagine the whole town wanting you to stay, and leaving. Could all those people be wrong? Yes! Jesus followed the will of God. And you must too.

From The WORD For You TODAY

This devotional really spoke to my heart,, since we deal with this very issue within our family, and I trust it will speak to your heart too. We must be faithful in following our Lord and His leadings.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009


Yes, you read the title correctly!!!! Thursday, the EU created this new post and the other EU leaders unanimously chose Belgium Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy. He will take office January 1, 2010.

Please read Joel Rosenburg's post about this and follow all his links for the full story.

Let him who has ears to hear and eyes to see have your ears & eyes WIDE open. We must be alert.


but He expects us to be alert and prepared. Trim your wicks and keep your oil flowing and PRAY and PRAY some more.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009


That is how I describe my life!!! Rich, full & wonderful and very, very busy.

Things to catch up on that are going on in our lives.

The first, and most exciting is Mickey has started a new ministry at the church. He is calling it The King's Kitchen and it is feeding a hot, free meal one day a week at noon. He is serving it on Tuesdays from 11:30 to 1:00. He picked to start with Tuesday since I am up at the church every Tuesday working in the Klothes Kloset but he hopes to expand it as time goes along and he is in a position to do so. Praise God he had had several wonderful young woman who have stepped forward to cook and help him. Thank you Sherry, Janice, Joi & Valerie!!!!!

I recently joined the Drama team at church. I am so excited about being a part of this group. My first "part" was as Host in the recent Veteran's Day Tribute that we put on for both the 8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. services on November 8th.

The front & back of the lovely coin that was presented to each veteran at the end of our Tribute. This is Mickey's that he received for serving in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Sunday afternoon, in between Church services our daughter, Jacque, & Benny dropped by for a nice long visit. We always so enjoy getting to spend time with our kids.

Saturday, mixed in with the emotion of my piano, was the joy that our son, Marc, and his friend, Deann, came to the auction. After it was over Marc treated the 4 of us to a lovely fish dinner. The really nice part was the restaurant was not very crowded and we were able to "occupy the table" for a L=O=N=G time and had such a lovely time visiting and catching up. Marc is so busy that it is pure joy to be able to spend a little son-mom & dad time together. We all 3 have been missing that.

Monday, of this week November 16th, Mickey had cataract surgery on his left eye. We had to be at the Hospital at 9:30 and we were out of there and on our way home by 11. He had to go into the Dr. for a check up yesterday afternoon and his next appointment will be in 2 weeks. All is going well and recovery on schedule. It sure didn't keep him from being at the Church yesterday morning at 9 a.m. to start the Stew for The Kings Kitchen!!

Monday night we were invited to the Young At Heart meeting to be Judges for a Baking Contest they had. We judged cookies, pies, cakes & chocolate. Let me tell you, we have THE FINEST cooks ever in our Church. I am not one of them!!!! But boy can I taste!!!!! The cookie winner was my friend and fellow Klothes Kloset worker every Tuesday, Thelma, She made an apricot cookie that was Divine. She brought some of them to share with us yesterday while we worked. YUMMY!!!!

Today, Wednesday, is our day to get Aric & Oksana. Always a treat for us.

For the weather report: we have been having beautiful weather in the 70's. Saturday at the auction it was a beautiful 71 degrees, a pouring rain on Sunday, to a high Monday & yesterday of 43 and 44 degrees. What a shock to our systems!!!!

Speaking of the rain on Sunday. We had such a wonderful service. Our Pastor is preaching 2 Sunday's on "2012 - The End of the World" based on the movie getting so much attention world wide. Right after the wonderful worship service we had a visitor from Australia who asked to come and give a word to our congregation and he spoke about the move of God happening world wide and how Coweta is to play a part in this. This is just confirmation to what we know and believe!! It was a bright, beautiful day when we entered the church at 10:45 and when we came out it was POURING RAIN. A symbol to many of us of the Latter Day Rain that I have spoken about on this blog several months ago.

One more wonderful thing that we have been blessed with. A family in our church recently gifted us with a whole dressed deer, plus some elk and buffalo. Thank you Norma & Mike. So far I have made venison barley soup, a ground beef, tomato, shell noodle dish we call Galosh and chili. All wonderful and delicious.

Thanks so much for dropping by and letting me catch-up. I hope you'll leave a comment. I've noticed the comments have been dropping off but I know many of you still drop by and visit. Please let me hear from you. It means a lot!!!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Since starting this blog I have endeavored to be real. To present my life, myself, my joys, my shortcomings just as they are.

Hebrews 12:27 "And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."

I truly love God's Word and I know without a shadow of a doubt that it speaks to us exactly where we are. The above verse had always spoken to me, and especially the last few months, as we've seen so many things in our political and national realm being turned upside down and shaken.

But this verse took on very personal and special meaning to me last Saturday.

Allow me to lay the background: Our Church, as I have shared with you, is in a 4 month period of raising money to pay off the loan on our ROC building with a matching $1 for $1 from a family in our Body up to $100,000. One of the fund raisers was an auction and we were asked to donate items to the auction.

At first Mickey & I could not think of anything we had of real value to put into the auction and then we decided to auction my piano. Now I have to tell you about my piano and how much it meant to me. I bought my Black Ebony Wurlitzer piano brand new in 1956 - I don't remember the $ amount I paid for it, but I do remember, quite well, I was making $1 an hour working as a typist for an Accountant. That was $173.22 a month salary and my payment on my new, beloved piano was $25 a month!!! Or another way to put it, 14.32% of my gross pay.

Please remember this was even 2 years prior to my marriage to Mickey in 1958. We have moved this piano 14 times (from NM to CO to OK to NM to OK) during these 51 years of our marriage. Not had it moved, my dear precious husband has moved that heavy piano all those times until this last and 15th move from our home to the church.

My piano pulled away from the wall and ready for the Church to come and pick it up.

Mickey & I take excellent care of anything and everything we own. It is one of the many frugal ways I was taught and trained by my parents. We were told by 2 men from our church who know piano's and their values well that with the age and condition of my piano it was probably worth $1500. Now we knew that at a Church auction, in our small town, that it probably would only bring about $500 but with the matching $'s that would be $1000 toward our Church debt that Mickey & I were happy to be able to made. At one point, prior to donating the piano I told Mickey, "I don't know about giving my piano. I'm having second thoughts." He said, "It's too late, I've already added it to the donation list." So that was that. Anything we give to the Lord should be a sacrifice.

The day of the auction and the crowd gathering.

My piano at the auction with other items.

Last Saturday, November 14th, was the auction.

My piano sold for $100!!!!!! I was near tears. Then I saw the man who had bid on it and he was from our church and I felt better about it. Then I found out he was bidding for someone else who wasn't even at the auction!!!

Back to Hebrews 12:27 "The removing of those things which can be shaken." I was shaken. Mickey & I were BOTH shaken and hurt to the core. We both hardly slept Saturday night and I kept breaking out in tears every time I thought about it. I also began thinking "Well, if I'd have known that was all it was going to bring I would have not put it in the auction" or "I would have rather just given it to.............". Even in Church several people came up to us telling us how sorry and upset they were when they heard, or saw, what had happened. Again, both Mickey & I were in church!!!!!!

From the moment the piano was pronounced "Sold for $100" the Hebrews 12;27 verse came into my mind and heart and I began asking the Lord, "Why am I so shaken by this? I know Mickey's & my heart in donating it and that is what matters." etc.

The FLESH dies hard and "I" want so badly, and so much, to be in CONTROL. To have things turn our like "I" think they SHOULD!!!!! I began to realize that this was the issue......not what the piano had sold for, or who it went to......I wanted it to be like "I" thought it should be.

My constant prayer is that God will continue to do His work in me and you know HE GIVES US THE DESIRES OF OUR HEART.......even when it hurts HE is faithful to continue to transform us into HIS plans and purposes if we will but desire He does and be willing to let him.

Thank you Lord that you love me enough to continue to mold, and sometimes to use the chisel!!, to conform me into the plans and purposes YOU have for my life and not my own ideas, thoughts, and "shoulds" and "oughts".

The reason I KNOW that the work that The Lord wanted to accomplish in this event has been done in me is : I have been able to tell my story of this episode without one tear as I was typing it. It is with joy in my heart that I know God is still very much at work in my life and not willing to let anything stand that needs to be shaken.

Thank you LORD!!

I have just recently finished reading Matthew Hagee's first book, "Shaken But Not Shattered". Yes, I am happy to say, even though I was Shaken I am not Shattered!!!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Show & Tell #14 - Prayer Shawl

Happy Friday also means Show & Tell time. Go here to join in the fun and to see the other fabulous Show & Tell items for this week.

Many of you have seen many of my posts about my Angel Collection, including my story of my Littlest Angel on my Side Bar.

I was blessed this week with this beautiful black & white Jewish Prayer Shawl that now graces the entertainment center where I display some of my angels.

Isn't it beautiful? I LOVE it and it is very special because it was given to me at Wednesday night services by a wonderful woman in our church named Kelly.

Now for the rest of the story - or the full story. Monday I was at the church working in The Klothes Kloset and had occasion to go down to the office area of our church. Misty, the Church Secretary was not at her desk so Kelly, the Office Manager was helping me. We were standing in the Pastor's office and he has a beautiful prayer shawl over a book shelf that I was admiring. I told Kelly, "I would love to have one of these prayer cloths." She said, "Well I have a black & white one that Pastor gave me and I would love to give it to you." I was floored, to put it mildly, and said, "Oh No I didn't mean anything like that." She began insisting and I began crying because I was so moved that she would even think or say such a thing.

I was insisting that no, she would NOT give me her prayer shawl. As far as I was concerned that was the end of that and settled.

Wednesday evening I had just sat down in the pew and Kelly comes and sits in the pew in front of me, turns around and hands me this beautiful Black & White Prayer Shawl. After saying, "No" several times I graciously accepted the fact that she truly wanted to bless me with this Prayer Shawl and now I have it is proudly displaying my angels and I will treasure it forever. Kelly, you are one of the many examples in our Church Body that truly has the heart of our Lord Jesus whom we serve. Kelly's only request was that I remember to pray for her!!!

This Prayer Shawl is double special to me because it came from Israel. A place I would love to see and walk where Jesus walked.

Thank you Kelly & may God bless you richly for being such a blessing to me.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009


But who's counting? I am!!! Yes, I got to meet my 10th blog friend in real life.

Yes, Dawn is the 10th one I've been blessed to meet since starting this exciting Blogland adventure 2 years and 9 months ago.

Dawn is attending her 40th College reunion in Bethany, OK this week-end. She & I have been talking about this event and meeting for months and it happened yesterday, November 6th.

Bethany is near Oklahoma City and 106 miles from Coweta. I found a spot 1/2 way between, which turned out to be Stroud, OK. Now Stroud is one of those towns, for us, that we drive by the exit signs on the Turnpike to Oklahoma City. It is also a city that a violent tornado hit in 1999 completely destroying an Outlet Shopping Center that was never rebuild.

We were to meet at 1 o'clock at 5 Star Bar-be-que. We got there about 25 minutes early and a yellow "bug" drove in just before us. We're sitting there waiting and Mickey noticed no one had gotten out of the yellow bug so he went over to see if it might be Dawn. Sure enough it was!!!!

Dawn is as vivacious, friendly, fun and talkative in real life as she is on her blog. We had a delightful hour visit and a delicious pulled pork sandwich and salad.

Dawn & I by our HHR,

Dawn & I by the yellow Volkswagen she had rented. She'd always wanted to drive one so this was her chance. Isn't it cute?

It was a beautiful, blue sky day with temps reaching 80 degrees. Dawn had just left a huge snow fall in her home in Colorado.

Dawn will be flying home and then next week she and her husband are flying to Maine where she will be meeting 3 other blog friends. I know you will all enjoy meeting her.

So I have to wonder who will be #11. I surely don't know, but God does and I'll be eagerly awaiting the event.


To the many who have asked, since I haven't posted all week......I am feeling just fine and all is good. Mickey & I have just been EXTREMELY busy this week and I just didn't have the time.

Monday we worked in the Klothes Kloset clothing room at church, putting on the finishing touches.
Judy & Thelma and the additional boxes of blessings that greeted us Monday morning for our final work day of setting up and getting ready.

Tuesday Thelma & I "opened" for the first time. We will be open 2 days a week from 9 to 3. Thelma & I are going to be working on Tuesday and Judy & Linda will be working on Thursday. We are just so pleased with the response we have had with people giving us really NICE clothing items to share with those in needs. We have infant, children & adult clothing for boys & girls and men & woman.

Tuesday night I rushed off to my Bible Study at 6:30. We had Aric both Wednesday & Thursday this week just because he wanted to come another night. Of course Wednesday is Church & Thursday night I had drama practice at church. Friday, after meeting Dawn we dashed home for our Friday night Prayer Meeting. There were 6 of us last night and it was totally AWESOME. God is meeting us in such a powerful time of praise & worship of HIM.


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