Archive for August, 2008

Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Have a safe and happy


holiday week-end !

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This is an interesting little game: My score was 29. I knew I was too young to be this old. ๐Ÿ™‚ See if your brain is as old as your body. Read this carefully because the instructions on the site are in Chinese;

Procedure of Flash Fabrica Game:

1. Touch ‘start’
2. Wait for the countdown to finish, i.e.: 3, 2, 1.
3. Memorize the number’s position on the screen and their numerical order, then click the circle from the smallest number to the biggest number. This sequence will repeat ~ 10 times until the game ends.
4. At the end of game, the computer will tell you how old your brain is in Years

Good luck !!


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Matthew John Silveira and Danelle Layne Hurst married 2 years, August 25th.ย  I pray that God blesses you with many more years and that your home rings with a lot of laughter.ย  I love you both dearly! Congratulations!

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Danelle and Matthew

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Got my man dance!

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The Garbage Truck


The Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so….. ‘Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.’

(author unknown)

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

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Happy Birthday!

Copy of 100_2964 Happy Birthday to Matthew Silveira! Matthew is our son-in-law and we are so proud to have him as part of our family.

Matt, you are a prince. We love your personality. You are fun and have a great sense of humor. However, you know when and how to be serious too. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are a very balanced young man. We also appreciate your work ethic. We love and appreciate you. Hope your day is blessed beyond measure and that this year brings you God’s richest blessings. Happy Birthday!

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Yesterday we celebrated four years of being the pastor of The Pentecostal Church. What a great time we had. As I reminisced about the past four years I thought, “we sure have not been lazy”. This church, along with us has been extremely busy. God has been so good to us. He has blessed us with a phenomenal people. If I began to tell you about all of them it would take up way to much space. Suffice it to say that The Pentecostal Church family are incredible people of God. Their love for God, each other, the lost and their pastor and myself is sometimes overwhelming. I love them with a love that I cannot describe in words.

We had incredible church yesterday. From the very first note on the instruments to the very last prayer in the altar service, the presence of the Lord was with us. Bro. and Sis. Gurley from Houston was our special guest speaker and we were not disappointed. Bro. Gurley was full of the anointing and preached awesome. One lady was filled with the Holy Ghost!

After the service we enjoyed a time of eating and fellowship with our church family. This is always a highlight for us. We love to fellowship with our people and just enjoy being together as the family of God. Sis. Christina and Sis. Tena did an great job putting this all together. The young people served and cleaned up and did an excellent job. Several of the people spoke of us and how they felt. It was very touching and very humbling to us. Then they presented us with a gift certificate to be able to get away for a few days of relaxation to the Woodside Hotel of our choosing. These are very elegant, distinguished and gracious places in California. We are looking forward to those days. How thoughtful this was. Thank you again, church family. You are the best! Thank you for a great 4 years! We love YOU!

Today we were able to spend a good portion of our day with Ken and Tessie before they had to leave to fly back to Houston. We have been friends with the Gurley’s for 30 years and always enjoy the time we get to spend together. We had a very relaxing day with them. We went over to Santa Cruz and tried a new restaurant (to us), “The Crows Nest”. It is right on the Santa Cruz Harbor and was an absolutely perfect day. Then we tried to watch a few surfers but there was just no waves to speak of today. That’s unusual. However, we still enjoyed the beauty of the ocean scenery. And being with friends makes it even better. Can you believe I forgot to take my camera along today?

I thank the Lord for friends, family and our precious church family. He has been better to me than I deserve but I love Him for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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DSC_0658 “I Am”

DSC_0659 Pastor Hurst introducing Bro. Gurley

DSC_0670 Some of the Young People that served

DSC_0675 Bro. and Sis. Gurley.

DSC_0678 At the dinner. Mmmm…good

DSC_0681 Receiving Gift.

DSC_0710 Us and The Gurley’s

THANK YOU, for a GREAT 4 years!

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Yesterday we were able to go up to San Francisco and spend some time with Gene, Karla (my sister), Cameron and Chad. We had a super great time. It is always fun to be with them. Nathaniel was able to take off a few hours early, so he met us up there too. Danelle was able to go with us. We ate, and ate some more. We went across the Golden Gate. The marine layer was already coming in but it was still beautiful. It is really weird to not be able to see the top of the “towers” of the bridge as you’re driving across. They were completely covered up by the fog. However, when we got across to the other side the sun was shining bright. I never get tired of seeing the beauty from the “other” side of the bridge. ๐Ÿ™‚ We ate lunch at La Terrasse in the Presidio. That was quite an experience. We couldn’t really read the menu but we managed to get some good food here. We then went down the “crookedest street” in the world. That is always rather breathtaking (not going down, going up)! You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth while you wait on the very steep incline. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then, we went to the hotel lobby and hung out, drank coffee and just talked and talked and laughed. Matt got there, after driving up after work and then we went to eat at Scoma’s. This is one of our favorite places in San Francisco to eat. They have great seafood. When we was finished eating and began paying the bill, Matt all of sudden said, “Oh no! My wallet!” He had quite a bit of cash in it, etc. We all searched and searched. The waiters, bus boys, people at the next table was all looking for the wallet. We finally determined that it had been pick-pocketed so I paid his and Danelle’s tab with one of my credit cards. Well, needless to say that was not a good feeling for the end of our day. After we said our goodbyes to Gene and Karla and the boys we walked to our car. My phone rang and Danelle said, “We found the wallet!” It had been left in their car. LOL Well, we all felt much better of course. All’s well that ends well. Right? And yes Matt paid me back. ๐Ÿ™‚

I always enjoy my time with family since they all live in Texas. Gene and Karla, I’m glad you chose San Francisco for your family vacation this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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DSC_0559 Nathaniel, Cameron, Karla, Chad, Gene, on the Golden Gate.


DSC_0567 At La Terrasse

DSC_0568 Cruise Ship, heading out to sea.


DSC_0578 Just walking around. Having Fun!


DSC_0582 You just had to be there.


DSC_0591 At Scoma’s

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Camp Meeting 2008 has come and gone. It was probably one of the best camp meetings I have participated in. The preaching of Bro. Jones and Bro. Davis was impeccable. I received such a wonderful blessing on Wednesday after the preaching of the word by Bro. Davis. He spoke of keeping the things of God sacred. Keeping His house a place of reverence, etc. As we began to sing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty. Who was and is and is to come. With all creation I sing, praise to the King of Kings. You are my everything, and I will adore you”…such a sweet presence came over me. I had to put my microphone down and lift up hands in praise to my King. As I did this it was like a cool refreshing water began to flow from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I find it hard to explain, but some of you will know what I am talking about. There is nothing like the refreshing we receive in the presence of Almighty God.

As most of you know I took care of the Hospitality Tent again this year. I had incredible help too. Matthew and Danelle went down to Santa Maria with me on Sunday Night. We got the tent ready for the beginning of Camp on Monday Morning. Three ladies from our church, Christina, Brenda and Gloria got there about 2:30 and helped us finish everything. Sis. Christina arranged the beautiful flower arrangements. She also made about 250 cookies for the hospitality tent ahead of time. She made, chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles and chocolate/chocolate (oh so rich). Everybody loved them. In fact if they wasn’t sitting out on the table, people would come in and start looking for them in all the snack bins. LOL Thank you Sis. Christina, Brenda and Gloria. You were a tremendous blessing to me.

I had an assistant this year, Sis. Donna Claborn. The Claborn’s pastor in San Bernardino. Donna, you were a life saver! Donna Claborn is one of the sweetest ladies I know. She always has a smile and a twinkle in her eye. She organized Tuesday and Thursday for me and did an incredible job. She also helped me serve on Monday and Thursday nights after service to the ministers and special guests. Thank you Donna. Can you come up next year too? ๐Ÿ™‚

I must give a huge shout out to my daughter and son-in-law! Matt and Danelle you guys were incredible. Matt, thank you for all your help throughout the week and for all the times you had to go to the store to refill the ice and restock the drinks, etc. You are awesome. I’m so glad you and ‘Nell got to go and that you had such a great time. Thanks to my son, Nathaniel, for loading and unloading everything for me. Also, thanks for helping out on Friday Night. Your the best!

I must give another shout out to Tena Valenti (from our church) for helping me with the dinners on both Monday and Thursday Nights. Monday night we served Brunswick Stew and Sandwiches with all the trimmings. That one was quite simple. Then on Thursday we cooked a dinner of Chicken in Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce, Rice, Mixed Vegetables and Dinner Rolls. Dessert was Chocolate or Carrot Cake. We nearly had a disaster but we pulled it off. LOL Tena, thank you so much for sacrificing your Thursday at Camp Meeting to help me. I know I couldn’t have done it without your help.

Also, I want to thank all of the ladies that helped me throughout the week. You all were such a blessing to me and to the camp. I love my sisters in the Lord. You guys are AWESOME!!!

Steve and Debbie Saiz, you out-did yourself once again. You are incredible people. The camp meeting was awesome and you are responsible for it all. I love you both dearly.

I was able to take a few pictures on Monday and Friday. The rest of the week was to busy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

There are more pics on my flickr account. Click on More Pics to Enjoy in the right column.

More Pics @: Shirley Buxton, Tena Valenti, Steve and Debbie Saiz.

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Prayer Request

I received this note this morning from a lady in our church and wanted to make this known to you all. I know you will pray for little Luke. Also please pray for Jen, his mother.

Sis. Hurst,

Could you post a prayer request for Luke? He is my friend Jenโ€™s son and he has a mass on his liver. He is having chemo. He is only 6 months old and they need a miracle and Godโ€™s great comfort. You are the superstar in the blog world so I know if you post it. Tons will pray!!
Love you,
Sis Noel

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Camp Meeting

This is the last day of Camp Meeting 2008 here in the Western District.ย  We have had a phenomenol time.ย  The teaching and preaching of the Western District pastorsย and Bro. Davis and Bro. Jones has been over the top.ย  WOW!ย  God has met with us in such a special way.ย  We have enjoyed good fellowship with our friends andย we have also enjoyed making new friends.ย 

This is just a little update.ย  I will post more later about the camp and hopefully have some pictures to go with it.

Blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

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