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Cameron, Karla, Gene, Chad

We flew back to Texas last Thursday to help in the installation services of Gene and Karla Holley (my sister and brother-in-law).  They had been newly elected as pastor to Life Tabernacle in Wichita Falls, Texas.  We had a great time being there with them and the rest of the family.  Friday Night Bro. David Bernard preached a great message about “Knowing Christ” and what the great Name of Jesus means to us.  I so enjoyed getting to spend a few moments with Connie (Bro. Bernard’s wife).  She is so much fun. 🙂 _0000396 Bro. and Sis. David Bernard

_0000170 The Hursts, Holleys, Elms

100_3352 Ginger and Me

After service, Life Tabernacle put on a reception that was incredible.  They had a professional caterer and decorator come in and do all the work. 🙂  It was beautiful and delicious and then to put the “icing on the cake”, they hired a easy listening band to come and provide beautiful background music.  It was first class! _0000320 The Carving Station_0000322 Fruit and Chocolate_0000325 The Band

Saturday, we just had a family fun day.  Ginger (Keith,my deceased brother’s wife) and his girls, Carmen, Shara and their husbands, Brook and Jimmy and all their kids was able to come up for Friday and Saturday.  It was so great getting to see them all.  I must say that Keith would be absolutely wild over those six grandbabies. 🙂  They are so precious.  Thank you Carmen and Shara for bringing them to Wichita Falls so we could spend a some time with them. 🙂  We missed Ryan!  I really wanted to see him but I understand his work schedule wouldn’t allow him to take off and come.  😦  I also missed Matt and Danelle not being able to be there.  Oh well, maybe next time EVERYBODY will be able to join in the family fun. 🙂  100_3419 The Grand Kids (except Danelle and Ryan) We missed you guys!

DSC_0021 The Great Grand KidsDSC_0040 The whole clan (except Matt, Danelle, Ryan and Brenda (she was sick today).

After we ate lunch and the “Dallas” family had to leave, Wendell, Linda, Gene, Karla, Nathan and I went out to Mother and Daddy’s grave.  I had not ever seen the head stone and wanted to go by there to see it.  They would have been so proud this weekend.  Maybe the Lord allows them to see the good things that happen in our lives. 🙂100_3433

Sunday was a day filled with Glory.  Nathan preached Sunday Morning on “A Worthy Successor”.  WOW!  It really was awesome.  He said that this was a very easy sermon for him to preach about Gene because of his qualities and his love for God and the ministry.  Gene you are a worthy successor.  God has great things in store for Life Tabernacle and Wichita Falls under the leadership of you and Karla. 🙂  Sunday Night Wendell preached another incredible message.  He had a few things that the Lord had told him directly about the new pastor when the church was in the decision process and he shared that with the church.  Then he passed the blessing that Bro. W.R. Holley had given to him when he became pastor of Life Tabernacle, 24 years ago onto Gene.  It was incredible and very emotional.

DSC08374 Sunday Morning

DSC08383 Sunday Night

We stayed over and extra day, Monday and Linda, Karla and I got to spend time together.  We shopped and laughed.  That’s it!  LOL   100_3421

I’m smiling because you’re my sisters and laughing because you can’t do anything about it. LOL

We had a great time in Texas with family.  Nothing like it.

Congratulations, Gene, Karla, Cameron and Chad!  I’m really glad we got to spend this weekend with you all.  Thanks for everything.

Please tell Julie that the welcome basket was awesome.  Above and beyond!

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More Pics on my flickr page. Go to right column and press “More Pics to Enjoy”. 🙂

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