Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Last week we drove to MS to visit with Austin and his family.  I have known his mama about 5 years before him and Amy ever met.  Its fun to visit with them.  This weekend was no exception.  We ate at some awesome little places and went to the Blueberry Jubilee.

Friday we went to eat lunch at a diner (looks like it took over an old 7-11).  The owner greeted us at the door and everyone got a huge hug.  Billy Kent had met her before and he introduced us all her to.  She was talking about all the items on the buffet and told us not to let Austin have any rutabagas....they are supposed to be a natural Viagra.  We got a huge kick out of that news!  I had never had any and I tried them....really good.  The buffet that day was chicken n dumplings (Amy loved them), roast & gravy, fried chicken, loads of homestyle vegetables.  This stuff is not canned and reheated....its fresh!  The owner, Candi knows everyone and treats them like family.  She asked a guy to sing and he didn't...Tammy volunteered Austin ~ and he did a great job with Amazing Grace.  Everyone stopped eating to listen and a few joined in also.  Right after we sat down, Candi came to our table, joined hands with us to pray.  This is a special lady!  After our amazing lunch, I went to find her and she was in the kitchen washing dishes.  I got to thank her for her hospitality and give her a hug.  That is one place I will visit again.

Then we went junk/antique shopping.  The first 2 places were just ok...the last 2 were fantastic!  I found 2 pieces of Fire King that had a rooster on the front and bought them.  Amy found a set of pyrex antique bowls ~ ok she found way more than one set, but just got one.  At the 2nd one, I found mom a Corning Ware teapot with a lid.....her lid had broken.  We had way too much fun in these places.  I think I can safely say those last 2 shops are where pyrex and corning ware go to find a new home. 

Saturday we ate breakfast ~ wonderful ham and cheese omelet on the way to the Bluebeerry Jubiliee.  Lots of interesting things to look at, a car show, and more shops.  We hit one that was selling out her inventory and ready to bargain.  I got some cool things there and so did Tammy and Amy~

Austin was part of the afternoon singing line up so we stated this the to watch him.  He did a  great~

Sunday morning was church, then lunch and the long trip home. 

Thankful for ~

bargains and bargaining
the colorful dishes of yesteryear
friendly faces and folks'
good visits
great country cooking

Someone asked me about the wedding ~ I said it was 6 months away....and then I astarted counting ~ 4 months....yikes, that's not long!

Believe it or not ~
I didn't take my camera so I hav not pircutes to share!

Monday, June 5, 2017


We are doing a study of theology on Wednesday nights in church, using the Drive By Theology series by Todd Friel and Steve Lawson (Wretched TV).  It is a great, fast paced, study of Biblical Theology with tons of scripture references to back up their assertions.

Which makes me think (a lot) ~

*Do we do everything for God's glory or ourselves?
*Do we go to church to worship or socialize (sometimes both)?
*Do we add things to worship styles that were never intended or mandated in the Bible?  Are our preferences more important than Scripture?
*Do we place more emphasis on translations or focus on God's word? (and yes, there are some bad translations ~ but not all)
*Do we take the Bible literally or figuratively?
*Do we believe the retelling of Biblical accounts or think they are just stories?
*Do we believe everything the Bible testifies about the trinity?
*Do we love others more than ourselves?
* Do we give of our time, talents and resources to aid in furthering the Lords kingdom?
*Do we know that "His Will, will be done at all times, in all situations" no matter what we do ~ we can't thwart the Will of God.
*Do we trust Him with every aspect of our lives? With our childrens lives?
*Do we come across as humble, loving believers to others?  Or are our opinions more important than Biblical truth?
*Do we study the Bible during the week or just pull it out for an hour on Sunday morning?
*Do we realize the Christian life is our whole life ~ private, public, on Sunday, etc. We can't turn on and off being a Christian.
*Do our actions, language, mannerisms, lifestyle reflect that of a follower of Christ?
*Do we realize that the Bible says what it means and means what it says ~ we can't change the meaning of the Bible because we feel like it or because of political correctness.
*Do we realize that while God is a good, gracious, forgiving, and loving Heavenly Father, he also has an avenging, wrathful, sever side.
*Do we realize that God is everywhere, all the time ~ He always has been, always is, and always will be.
*Do we realize that God is truth ~ and anything that contradicts the Word of God is not from God.
*Are we thankful and humbled to have knowledge revealed to us from reading the Scriptures?

I am thankful for ~
a Biblical translation that is accurate & easy to read
for wonderful teachers/pastors/speakers who bring us the truth not their opinions & preferences
for a fellowship of like-minded believers
the comfort of knowing the Lord is in control and nothing catches Him by surprise
for the forgiveness of past mistakes
for accountability with believers
for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for His elect
for the glimpses of the eternal Christ throughout the Old Testament

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Virginia and Tennessee

Greg and I went to a Memorial Service for an extended family member in Chantilly, VA last weekend.  We took the opportunity to renew our National Park membership and visit Civil War battlefields in the area.  We scheduled our rambling to where we wanted to visit.

We went to Antietam, Manassas (Bull Run), and Cedar Creek (a new one to us).  Greg found a Civil War guide book at Antietam and you can stamp each park as you visit.  Our goal is to fill the book.  Gregs great, great grandparents are buried at Cades Cove.  We got home and he started researching that family line and has gotten back 7 greats to a father and son that served in the Revolutionary War.  Also, several greats back they owned 1000 acres on Cedar Creek in VA. 

The we went to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove.  I know the fires last fall were horrific and did tons of damage.  But driving through the towns ~ on the main streets, we didn't see anything.  So the reports of mainstreet Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg being 90% gone were untrue (I don't think they could have rebuilt that quick).  Pigeon Forge has become "Kississimee like", very crowded and wall to wall touristy stores.  Gatlinburg is still the walk thru town with the quaint shops....at least the main street.  I much prefer Gatlinburg.  It was raining, so we didn't get out and walk around.  Maybe next time.

We both love Cades Cove.  Very quiet, beautiful, and peaceful. We got behind some extremely slow drivers.  Turkeys and deer were their photographic obsession and even though the signs ask you to pull over, they stopped in the middle of the road and blocked all traffic.  We hit another jam and Greg's comment was "if they ever spot a bear, they will lose their minds".  I couldn't see anything of interest but there were lots of folks out of their cars with cameras.  I asked a guy what they were looking at and he said a bear.  So Greg pulled over and I jumped out of the car with the camera.  Yes, people were losing their minds.  It was great to get pictures~one is good as he dashed between cars crossing the road~no chance of a car hitting him because they weren't moving.  But the clear crossing the road picture is of his hind end as he ran between cars.

stone bridge at Manassas

for our Stonewall ~ Thomas

doctors kit

this turkey was strutting around and showing off


bear hind end

Thankful for ~

time away
a husband with a love of history
seeing deer, turkeys and a bear
cool day
picnics in the car
visiting with family
a love of history instilled by my daddy (I didn't appreciate it when I was younger)
apple fritters at the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge

And here is my politically incorrect rant of the day ~ The demand/trend/trantrum about removing historical statues is STUPID.  This is the history of our country, folks.  Removing a statue of Robert E Lee in New Orleans is dumb and quite frankly disprectful.  You can not change history by removing statues or rewriting history books.  Also, the Civil War or as daddy called it The War of Northern Aggression was not started because of slavery but it became Lincolns goal after several years.  KNOW your history ~ read history books written before 1950.  Yes, slavery was wrong, very wrong ~ but it happened.  If slaves are in your family lineage, be proud of them.  They were a tough, strong people to have come out of that evil and have families and live productive lives.  They are to be admired, not ashamed of.  End of rant.....for now! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wedding Preps

The wedding preparation is moving right along ~~~ Amy's dress for the ceremony and her going away dress + all under garments are bought, the bridesmaids dresses are purchased (thanks to Amazon), flower girl dresses are found and bought (thanks to Tammy, Amazon and Zulilly), flowers are purchased and Austins mom Tammy is doing all the bouquets, boutineers and centerpieces (thanks to her offereing), the little boys have their bowties and suspenders (thanks to Wish), and all the jeans and white shirts (thanks to a consignment sale).  Amy has gotten her bridemaids gifts in order and goodies for her 2 flower girls.  We have a menu and a plan for the reception/party/whatever you want to call it. 

I've got the muslin and burlap to make the table cloths and table runners.

Showers are being planned.

Honeymoon reservations are made.

I am trying not to panic as the day inches closer!

Amy won an in home catered dinner at a Bridal show and $250 of cookware ~ I jokingly said that would be one pot or pan and in reality I was right.  They are the proud owners of a very expensive omelet pan
 Don't remember if I have posted any of the engagement pictures we took in April but here are 4 of the 100+ I took.
They are sitting on the quilt Amy gave Austin 2 christmases ago

Thankful for ~
watching their love grow
seeing their respect for each other
their cooperation with all the pictures
fun time with good friends
Tammy's offer for flowers!
a yummy catered dinner
7 months down & 5 months to go

*I just checked...some of these are duplicates ~ but that's ok, they are a cute couple!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Engagement Pictures!

Austin and his parents visited over the weekend and we took this opportunity to go out to Indian Springs and take engagement pictures.  We had lots of fun ~ they got to see the wedding venue for the first time! 

Their Bride Bunny and Groom Monkey from Build a Bear

this will be Grannys favorite

Thankful for ~~~~~

a beautiful couple
gorgeous state park
fun with friends

And you should be thankful I only posted 19 pictures......of the 100+!