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We made it to Houston about 8:30 p.m. (Texas Time) After getting our rental car we then stopped and got a bite to eat at Pappa’s Seafood.  Nathan had the crawfish platter and I just had fried shrimp.  This isn’t just any fried shrimp though.  I don’t know how to explain it.  You just have to eat it to understand.  🙂  We headed up Lufkin Way.  We got here about midnight and lo and behold when we walked into the lobby of our hotel there was a snake right in the lobby area. 😦  Yes! A real live snake. Nathan had a conniption. LOL  Those of you that know him, know that he is deathly afraid of snakes.  The lady at the desk called for maintenance and he refused to come.  He said, “that is a deadly animal and I’m not coming to get it.”  LOL  I don’t know what they finally did.  I’m sure it’s gone by now.  I wish I could have gotten to my camera but it was packed and in the car and I was frozen in place. 🙂  Quite a welcome I’d say.

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An Old Farmer’s Advice

I know many of you have seen this before but it’s just to good to not read again. 🙂 Enjoy!

*Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight
and bull-strong.

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

*A bumble bee is considerably faster than a
John Deere tractor.

*Words that soak into your ears
are whispered…not yelled.

*Meanness don’t jess happen overnight.

*Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

*Do not corner something that you know
is meaner than you.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
*You cannot unsay a cruel word.

*Every path has a few puddles.

*When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

*The best sermons are lived, not preached.

*Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t
never gonna happen anyway.

*Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

*Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

*Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t interfere with something that ain’t
a botherin’ you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome
of a rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing
to do is stop digging.

* Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

*Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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We had a great time at our Annual Memorial Day Picnic yesterday. We started with the food of coarse and then proceeded to play games. At 3:00 p.m. we stopped everything and had a moment of silence as President Bush had asked everyone to do. And then we continued on in the festivities, enjoying the freedom that so many have fought for. I thank God for America and I pray that He will bless her. Our baseball games were hilarious because we had so many people playing. I think on one team at one time was 31people. LOL We finally had to have just a kids game and then an all men’s game. The ladies challenged the men and that was super hilarious! Do you have to ask who got SLAUGHTERED?!! Anyway, a good time was had by all. If you would like to see some photos of the day you can go to my flickr account. You will find it in the right column of this page under Flickr Photos, “More Pics to Enjoy”.

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We really expect a lot from the school teachers these days!

After being interviewed by the school administration, the teaching prospect said,

‘Let me see if I’ve got this right:

‘ You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job. ‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the state exams.

‘You want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps. ‘You want me to do all this and then you tell me……………..

‘I CAN’T PRAY?’

Thanks to my friend Cassandra for this one.

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Overheard

girls-talking-thumb771532 “It’s a sure sign that our clothes are going out of style—my parents are starting to like them.”

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When I woke up this morning I had this song on my mind, “There is name! Precious name! Oh Jesus! There is a name!” It is a chorus that continues to build with some of the attributes that are in the Name of Jesus…Healing, Deliverance, Salvation. And then it asks the question, “Does anyone love the name? Precious Name. Oh Jesus. There is a name”.

Paul, when writing to the church at Philippi, noted: Philippians 2:9-11

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There is none other like the man Jesus. To hear the name Jesus should cause us to think of all He is to us. Savior, Redeemer, Living Word, Emmanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Friend (that sticks closer than a brother)…and SO much more. The Name Jesus is above all names. Acts 4:12 tells us that “there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved”. Precious Name!

That of Jesus goes way beyond the story of an infant placed in a manger after his birth. This Jesus is our only hope of salvation! He is our supreme example of how we can live pleasing to God even while in the flesh. There is none like HIM. Oh what a Savior! What a great name! We can call on Him, on that name anytime and He is right there. Yes! I love the name, Jesus!

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I can’t seem to keep up with “health” issues these days.  First they tell you that chocolate is bad for you, now it’s good for you.  Then they say that drinking wine is not good for you, now they say you should have a glass of red wine every day for something. I can’t remember. (of course this one doesn’t effect me one way or the other.)  Eggs use to be bad for you now we should eat two a day. Tofu is good, oh no! it’s bad.  Dairy is bad, oh no! Now it’s good.  I can’t keep up!  For instance, I just read this somewhere…Start your day with a healthy buzz! Drink three cups of coffee a day, and a new study says you can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by more than 20%! Drink more, and you’ll reduce your risk even further!  Caffeine affects hormones that contribute to the development of the disease, researchers say. And then they give this extra little tip:  Drink a cup of coffee after your workout—studies show it eases soreness. Wasn’t caffeine really bad for us just a few days ago?  Oh my!  Like I said, I can’t keep up.

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The past couple of days we have been in Merced, California for our Western District Conference. My! What a Time! The Apostolic Tabernacle and Pastor and Sis. Sam Emory were the host for this conference and did a superb job. If you have never heard their choir sing you owe it to yourself to go and listen. WOW! They do know how to “get down”!

The conference itself was good too. Tuesday Night started off the conference with the Foreign Missions service. Bro. Sones from the country Spain preached and blessed us all with his zeal and compassion for souls. God has blessed them mightily in Spain and we are rejoicing with them. Wednesday morning the ministry took care of business and the ladies had a time of fellowship and worship together. Sis. LaQuita Mullings (ladies president) did a great job in putting this day together. I was honored to speak to the ladies today. There is no place I’d rather be then with people of like precious faith. I love my sisters in the Lord and it was a privilege to be part of this service. Wednesday Night was the ordination service where men and women are ordained by the presbytery. It was another great time. Elder Paul Price, Elder Harvey Cantrell and Bro. Ron Mullings preached the ordination service and it was tremendous. These are all men that I highly esteem. Superintendent Allen Abbey gave the charge and then the presbytery laid hands on them and prayed for them. It was very special. I don’t think I have ever been in an ordination service that I was not touched. It is a very special time.

Among all of this was great fellowship with our friends and also making new friends. The Kingdom of God is full of GREAT people. Perfect? No! But good. We are all trying to do the right thing and make an impact in our world for God.

We will be headed toward home tomorrow to continue on the work God has called us to do. God bless and have a great day!

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I have my own memories of The Rambo’s.  To many to tell here but here is just one: When I was a girl about 11 or 12 years of age I remember getting to ride on their bus from Visalia to Fresno.  They had been in concert in Visalia and our family went to see them and visit awhile. (Daddy and Mother and Buck and Dottie were “friends”).  After the concert Dottie invited us to the bus and since they were heading to Fresno (our home town) she asked for me and mother to ride with her on the bus.  Reba (her daughter) was with Keith (my brother) and Buck rode with Daddy. I sure did feel special that night. 🙂 Her songs have been such an inspiration to so many people and it saddens me that she was taken from this life so tragically.

 

Gospel singer Dottie Rambo dies in tour bus wreck in Mo.

Sun May 11, 7:22 PM ET

Joyce “Dottie” Rambo, an influential gospel singer and songwriter, died early Sunday when her tour bus ran off the highway and struck an embankment. She was 74.

Seven other people on the bus were injured in the wreck about two miles east of Mount Vernon on Interstate 44, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. They were hospitalized in Springfield with moderate to severe injuries, according to the patrol.

It was unclear whether the crash was related to the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the region on Saturday. Storms also swept through the area later in the night, according to the National Weather Service.

Rambo, of Nashville, Tenn., was on her way to a Mother’s Day performance in Texas, according to her Web site.

“She was a giant in the gospel music industry,” said Beckie Simmons, Rambo’s agent. “Dolly Parton recorded some of her songs.”

Parton sent condolences to “everyone involved in this terrible tragedy.”

“I know Dottie is in heaven in the arms of God right now, but our earth angel will surely be missed,” Parton said in a statement. “Dottie was a dear friend, a fellow singer, songwriter and entertainer, and as of late my duet singing partner.”

Rambo was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last year and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Rambo has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel classics such as “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need” and the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, “We Shall Behold Him.”

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We had a great Mother’s Day service and then I enjoyed dinner with my family. Here is a few pictures to let you see my day. 🙂

Mother's Day 2008 001 Tina Evans presented me with the gift this year. She is such a classy little lady. Thank you all for thinking of me and the honor you give me. I love you all!

Mother's Day 2008 026 Mindy Ybarra won the drawing for the first gift. What a precious lady and mother Mindy is. I hope your day was perfect.

Mother's Day 2008 027 Teresa Leonardo won the drawing for the second gift. You’re on a roll Teresa! Two times in a row. Yeah! You are a great lady. I hope your day was perfect too.

Mother's Day 2008 005 Danelle and I.  Love you girl!

Mother's Day 2008 012 Patricia and her boys, Josh and Chris.

Mother's Day 2008 014 Teresa and Mom. Gary, Randy and Nathan.

Mother's Day 2008 015 Nathaniel and I. Love you ‘Than!

Mother's Day 2008 034 Brandon, Teresa, Victoria

Mother's Day 2008 025 My mother-in-law and sisters-in-law and me.

We had a great time at the Cedar House for mother’s day dinner. I hope your day was blessed too. 🙂

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