Archive for August, 2006

A Few Wedding Pics

The big day has come and gone. Of course we will be paying for it for awhile. LOL Everything was PERFECT! Thanks to the many people who did so much. Andrea, our daughter-in-law did all the decorating with the help of her folks, Steve and Cheryl Frederick and her sister Audra. They came all the way from Texas to help out. WOW Fred and Rene Brewster took care of the food at the reception and it was sumptuous. Christina Atkinson made all the girls and bride’s bouquets. She did an incredible job. Everyone helped move chairs and furniture etc. Tena Valenti organized the whole thing as our wedding coordinator. I don’t think we could have done it without her. A HUGE thank you to you all.

The spirit of the Lord kissed this wedding too. His presence was so sweet when Grandpa Hurst prayed for the couple. We laughed, especially when Danelle did her little things. You just had to be there. We cried when she walked in on the arm of her Dad and a little through out the ceremony too. And then we cried again when Danelle and Matthew began to go to each one in their wedding party and hug them and thank them for making their day special, as the song “That’s What Friends Are For” was being played. It was a very special moment.

Danelle was so appreciative too, of all the people that showed up. Family, new and old friends alike. She said her life long dream had come true. Thank you to all who came and made her’s and Matthews day so special.

Here are a few snap shots from different people. I will have better pics later.


The Radiant Bride


Eskimo Kissing?


Danelle and Dad


Us with the Bride and Groom

I will have more pictures later as I get them.


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Here are some basic dos and don’ts for you who are worn out by children’s angry outbursts.  No one has a magic answer to this problem, but here are some ideas that are known to help.


Please DON’T

*feel guilty and condemn yourself

*make the oldest child responsible for keeping his anger in check all the time

*lash back at the child who is exploding

*condemn your child for feeling angry

*expect your child to put a smile on his face when he is angry

*pretend nothing is wrong when your child is angry

*jump right in and punish a child for being angry without knowing the whole story

*reward tantrums by giving in

*set your child up for an explosion by provoking them


Please DO


*listen to your children when they are angry

*give your children permission to feel angry without guilt

*set limits on how long your children can vent their anger

*tell your children that they have a right to feel angry but do NOT have the right to harm anyone or anything when they are angry

*arrange for an angry child to spend some time alone to cool down and think about what caused the outburst

*spend time with a child who has lashed out after he has cooled down

*teach children several options they can use to diffuse their anger

*teach children how to forgive (this is so important)

*pray with your children about their feelings in a positive, understanding way

*hold your children close after they have cooled down. Many youngsters are terrified by their own anger.


Hang In There! Time has a way of dulling swords. Life gets more pleasant as they get older—–even if older means after twenty-five.

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New Web-Site

Our trial period is over so now our church has bought into the web-world. Our new web address is www.thepentecostalchurchonline.org. Put us on your favorites list and come visit often.

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First Service

My husband greeting the congregation.

We had a wonderful time in our new sanctuary for out first service. God’s presence met us in a very special way. Excited, Powerful, Sweet are just a few words to express all we felt that night. Thank God for the things He is doing.


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Empty Nest II



Well, Danelle’s room is empty as of today.  There are a few clothes and shoes left that she will need this week and her things for the honeymoon. But other than that the room is bare.  She will be sleeping on an air bed this last week at home. I hope Matthew enjoys that good mattress. LOL

You know a few days ago when I wrote about the “empty nest” I said I had shed a few tears.  Well, today I just flat out broke down and went to “squallin’.”  For those of you that don’t know what that word means, it’s crying real hard.  Don’t judge me for my tears until you’ve been where I am.  I know, I didn’t think I would either but…..boo hoo. I did. And now I feel better.  Isn’t it funny how crying makes us girls feel better?

I  don’t know how much blogging I’ll get to do this next week because I will be extremely busy with final touches for the wedding.  Family and friends start coming in on Tuesday so I know for sure there will be no time after that. Maybe I should just kick back and let them all work. Yeah, right! I could see me doing that.

I  look forward to this week and all the excitement of Matt and Danelle, family and friends to share it with. And I’ll be back in a few days with a lot of pictures I’m sure.

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Alone In My Thoughts

Seasons Of A Lifetime


People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.


When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.


Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.


When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. It is real! But, only for a season.


LIFETIME relationships teach you lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person anyway; and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.


I have lived long enough to have had everyone of these kinds of relationships. Some have come into my life at certain times for a specific REASON. And then when they or I have moved on there is not a major misunderstanding or bad feelings toward each other; it’s just that life has taken us in different directions. And then there are those that have been in my life for a SEASON. And the same thing happens as with those who came for a specific reason. Things and circumstances change and I am eternally thankful to them for having been there for me for a SEASON.

LIFETIME relationships are quite different because, well, it’s for a lifetime. I have friends that are very dear to me that I don’t have to talk to every day but I know they are there. And I am for them as well and we just know it. How do you explain the “just know it” factor? I thank God for my LIFETIME relationships: My husband, my children, my sisters,my in-laws and my dear friends that have been beside me through the sad and happy times. And the people that God has brought into my life in the past couple of years. God knew what he was doing and the kind of people I needed to surround me for the rest of my life.


May today there be peace and joy within you.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

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Nathaniel, Scott, Kyle and Matt are all back from Florida, safe, sound and EXHAUSTED! They are all sooooo excited. Total for the 4 days they were there is 206 received the Holy Ghost and 192 baptized in Jesus Name. Thank God.

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Heart is Full

My heart is full this evening as I rest on the couch. We had a full day of work at the church today. My husband is still there as I write with some of the other men still working. A lot of people came today a worked, worked, worked. I am so proud of our church family. They are putting together a beautiful place of worship. I heard an elder minister from Louisiana say one time that he didn’t want his sanctuary to be so elaborate that it took away from the One that people were coming to worship. I agree. I believe our building will be conducive to worship and the saving of souls and that is what it’s all about. However, it will be beautiful too.

My heart is also very full of joy and thanksgiving because Nathaniel (our son) just sent me a picture on my phone of a man he just baptized in Florida and he had also received the Holy Ghost. Nathaniel and 3 other guys (Matt Bowdish, Kyle Valenti and Scott Scribner) from our church went to “Soul Winners Boot Camp. The reports we are getting back from them are incredible. Thank God for this.  I don’t know how many they have baptized and prayed through to the Holy Ghost.  We will find out when they get home. Matt sent me a message today and said, “We are all getting baptized with Holy Ghost FIRE”.  AWESOME is what I wrote back. AMEN

 In this day and age we live in with so much of the world in turmoil and everyone crying for peace, Revival is the only thing that matters. It is also the only answer for a lost world. I’m reminded of the song, “Jesus is the answer for the world today. Above Him there’s no other. Jesus is the Way.”  I believe that with all my heart. He is the only one that can bring real peace to our troubled lives. I love him more than I could ever express and I’m thankful for what He is doing in me and in the lives of the people that surround me.


Well, just as I was getting ready to publish this post I received another message from Florida. 82 Holy Ghost, 65 baptized tonight in park. WOW! Hallelujah!

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chocolate lover: somebody who is extremely fond of or apparently addicted to chocolate, and who craves it or eats it in large quantities

*If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.

*How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a  hot car:

eat it in the parking lot.

* Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite, and you will eat less.

* Put eat chocolate at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

Now here’s a recipe to help you get your chocolate fix:

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

2/3 cup cocoa

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Mix butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Mix until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Place on cookie sheet in rounded tablespoon size. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Hope you enjoy!

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Empty Nest


I have been extremely busy since we returned from Camp-meeting and haven’t had a whole lot of time to write. However, I was thinking this evening that soon and very soon I will have an “empty nest”. Danelle will be married in a few short days, 16 to be exact. I have mixed emotions. I am very happy for her and Matthew and happy that we are getting such a great guy for a son-in-law. But when I think about our “little golden girl” all grown up and no longer hearing her laughter in our home on a daily basis I kind of choke up.

When Danelle was born I think that half of Landmark (our church in Texarkana, Texas) was at the hospital. Everyone wanted us to have a little girl and when she was born you could hear cheers and laughter all down the halls. Nathaniel, our son was 2 years and 7 months old at the time and he was caught up in the excitement, and has been a good big brother ever since. No one could make Nathaniel laugh like Danelle. Many nights at the dinner table we ended up in hilarious laughter because of something Danelle said or did.  How could we ever forget “pedi-strain-ians”? and that was when she was older. Time nor space would grant me the privilege of writing all her antics here. Matt better be on his toes for this girl. LOL

I know that life goes on after the last child is grown and leaves home. And I am looking forward to what the future holds. I had just a moment tonight and shed a tear, remembering and being thankful for all the good times when the kids were at home and the “nest was full.”

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