Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Boy.

Last year...(2010)...Christmas morning.
Blake & I.
Love this guy!
(Please dis-regard the "no make-up" on me. We get up before 5AM to do our presents.
This was "after" the unwrapping.

Friday, December 9, 2011


I put up 7 trees each year. Plus, put out tons of other decor items, garland & lights on stairway banisters & around doorways, etc.
This is the largest tree. My most favorite. And, takes the longest to do. But, I LOVE it when it is all done.
(The picture was taken on my phone and does NOT do it justice. It is so much more beautiful in person...if I do say so myself).  :-)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday from the WORD

Ephesians 3: 16-18
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit
in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that
you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to
grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Colts Game.

We went to the Colts game yesterday.
Home Opener.
Peyton not playing. Probably won't be back
this Season.
Not as fun without him, but we are still LOYAL
BLUE fans, through & through.
It's always fun to go to Lucas Oil.
We had a great day.
(Yes, this is last year's photo).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dreamy Donny

I'm going to see him.
Sept. 3.
So excited.
Isn't he the cutest?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spacing Problems

I don't know what happened to my last post.
All the spacing is CRAZY !!!!
I have edited & edited & can't figure out how to fix it.

Any ideas for me ???

Miss Mandrell, Miss Mandrell

Did you watch the Barbara Mandrell show back in the early 80's ?

It was one of my most favorite shows. I don't think I ever missed an episode.

If you did watch it, you might remember these guys. They are called the Krofft Puppets.
One of them would have a sit-down conversation with Barbara each week, but would
always start out with...."Miss Mandrell, Miss Mandrell!"

Whenever I think of Barbara, I remember that puppet calling her name. :-)

On our recent trip to TN to visit Blake, we took a tour of what is called the Fontanel Mansion.

It's the former home of Barbara Mandrell. It is fabulous. It is now a tourist stop, with a Farmhouse restaurant & gift shops. It also has an outdoor venue that hosts concerts.
The mansion is also rented out for weddings, parties, receptions, etc.

Coming up the mile long drive to the house.

This is actually the back of the house.

Inside. Just one of several Great Rooms.

The pool. It was covered that day due to a wedding reception being held there that night. They were in the midst of setting up and decorating for it.

These portraits hang in the formal dining room.


Barbara & her sisters, Louise & Irlene.

This is now the gift shop, but was the home that Barbara & her family lived in while the mansion was being built.

My precious son & I.

Hubby & Me.

My 2 guys.

I have more photos, but didn't get as many as we could have.
My photographer ( husband) was too enthralled with
talking to the tour guide about his favorite subject.....G.O.L.F.!

I think he forgot why we were there !!

And, incidentally, our tour guide was the son of Boots Randolph!

Friday, June 17, 2011

B B's

Blake & Blake

Best Buds

Bachelor Boys

Best Behaved

Big-Hearted Boys

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday from the Word

Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word I put my hope.


May 31, 2011 - A day of Birthdays.

This handsome "dude" is my son's best friend, Blake.
He is the oldest son of my friend April, who I posted a picture of a few weeks back.
Blake turned 28 on May 31.

This lovely lady is my dear Grandma Opal.
She passed away on April 3, 2003 at the age of 90.
She would have turned 91 on May 31 of that year.

Then there is ME!!
Yes, my birthday was also May 31.
Yes, I was born on my Grandmother's birthday.
I was honored to share my birthday with her every year.

And, notice that I am not telling what my age is.
That would be TMI !!! (Tee!Hee!)

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I'm heading out to visit my son today.
He lives in Nashville.
I love Nashville LOTS!!
I love my son MORE!!

Doug hasn't been there since April of last year. Blake has been home, but it hasn't worked out for Doug to go there. The 2 of them hope to play golf. We might take in a couple tours. We have a checklist a mile long. We try to mark things off each time we go.

Tuesday is my birthday, so we will do a little early birthday celebrating, too!!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday from the WORD

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love / Hate

We all have Love/Hate relationships about various things, don't we?
I know I have one for the gym. I took a month off from working out; not necessarily planned, but it just ended up happening. I missed about 5 days in a row because of scheduling conflicts & appointments. Then, decided to take a couple more off... you I could start back up on the "right" day. Can't start in the middle of the week, can we?
Before long, an entire month had passed. I say to myself, "why do I do that"? "I'm going to hate myself for being negligent". (Doesn't that sound better than saying 'lazy' ?) HA!

So, this morning I got myself back to the gym. And, I have to say it felt good.

Here are a few "Love/Hates" about exercising/working out/going to the gym.

Can anyone identify with any of these ?

Love to feel good about ourselves & our bodies.
Hate what it may take to get us there.

Love the way we feel once we have worked out.
Hate the exertion it takes to do it.

Love the way we look after we have lost weight or toned up.
Hate to put the time in to get there.

Love to eat food.
Hate to count calories, carbs & fat grams.

Love to take a break from our work-outs for a week or 2 or more.
Hate to get back into the routine.

Love it when we are disciplined.
Hate it when we are not.

Love walking out of the gym when we are finished.
Hate taking time out of oue day to go.

What do you say? Any other Love/Hate comments regarding the gym ?


Friday, May 20, 2011

Fhoto Friday

Today is the birthday of one of my very good friends.

This is April. People often ask us if we are sisters.

We say yes. :-)

She is an only child. I am an only girl (I have 2 brothers).

I have one son. She has 3.

She has a Blake. I have a Blake.

The 2 Blake's are best friends.

They have known each other since Kindergarten & are still best buds to this day.
Her Blake now lives in FL. My Blake now lives in TN.

They don't see each other often, but the bond is there for life.

I love this girl. We have fun together. We like to cook, bake & swap recipes...and, oh yeah, talk about our boys.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by & encouraged me about my new blogging adventure. You have all been so kind.

Tell me something that you are thankful for today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wednesday from the WORD

Matthew 18:19, 20 (KJV)

Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Counting Coins

Today I counted a bag of coins that I had stashed in my drawer. There were no quarters...only dimes, nickels & pennies. The total came to $40.00 !!!! I was pleasantly surprised.
From here on out, I will be scrounging up all the loose change I can find to let it "add" up until the next time to count.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I am being so blessed by this little Devotional.

It is fairly new & is selling out like hotcakes in the bookstores.

A friend gave it to me & I have since ordered extra copies to have "on hand" to give to those whom the Lord inspires me to do so.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Alan Jackson





Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day 2011.

Last night Doug & I went to a Kenny Chesney concert. This is probably the closest I will ever get to the "real thing". It was great. We have seen Kenny at least 20 times. We love him. He is such a high energy person. He is a great entertainer. We had a great time.

Yesterday, I got flowers delivered to the house. They were from Blake. I love that guy. He is the best son.