Monday, August 30, 2010

RILS (Random I Likes) ...

I like this picture...
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And I like to drink this...
...It's not a cheap soda... so it's a splurge.
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And I like to go here......on good weather days.
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And I like this...Well,"Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee."
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And I like
... having people take my poll.
(CHECK OUT THE NEW ONE..... upper right corner ... Remember, it's totally anonymous.)

On my last one: 21 of 31 people voted for "Vacation" being the word that made them smile the most.
"Holiday" got 5 votes.
"Dessert" got 3 votes.
"Buffet" got 2 votes.

Yes, the poll is just frivolous fun... and so is this blog (for the most part)
but...
HAVE FUN TODAY!
(You need to on Mondays.)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The truth is out there...

... and it is absolutely fantastic.

That's what I believe.
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When I was younger I went through some major questionings about life... and God.

And then I found out that most folks go through that.

I mean, how can there be a God... period?
Much less a good God... in a world with so much misery?

And this Jesus' stuff...
... how can I buy that?

... I'm not going to buy it just because I've been taught it all my life.

Well, that's the reason I'm NOT going to buy it.

I could keep going, but long story short: I ended up buying it.

And in my mid-twenties I wrote a country western song about it.
I put it on a CD once, but then got apologetic for living and never got it 'out there'.

This is MAJOR for me to share the words of one of my songs with you....
... but I'm going to do it!!

Here it is:

CRUEL ILLUSION

Cruel illusion, gave me a state of confusion
And I could see the masses falling for that lie.

Psychological pacifier from another emotional liar
Telling them they’d have eternal life when they die

Well I just had to expose that joke to all those common folk
I just had to prove it was just a fraud
I just had to set them straight about those pearly gates
I just had to prove there was no God

And so I began my endeavor - I was thinking I was mighty clever
I knew I’d find the proof to show I was right

But it seemed that the deeper I looked into those history books
The more I began to think maybe Jesus WAS the light.
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But I still just had to expose that joke to all those common folk
I just had to say, ‘use your common sense’
I just had to set them straight about those pearly gates
I just had to tell them it was only nonsense

But it seemed the harder I’d try to get them their faith to deny
The more I began to think maybe I was misled.

The facts showed he rose from the grave for his people to save
And that he was exactly who he said.

Then I just had to fall on my knees and pray, ‘Dear Jesus, please
Forgive me, I know that I’ve been wrong.
You are the Way, Truth and Life to me
And I’m glad I finally see that You really are God’s own son.’

You see I couldn’t deny it, so I thought I might as well try it
And you know, he’s done exactly what he said.

Oh my problems haven’t disappeared, but I know my Jesus is here
And he’s guiding me all the way ahead.

So if you just have to expose this joke to all us common folk
You’re gonna find we’re not as foolish as you say
And I just know that like me you’ll discover the truth
and be so glad you’ve uncovered the proof
that Jesus is the Truth, the Life, and the Way!

So there you have it.
It needs some tweaking (I always say that).... but that's it.

(I was driving home from the tea room this afternoon and just felt like doing this post.... and starting it with THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE... AND IT IS FANTASTIC!..... because that is what I believe.)




Friday, August 27, 2010

Here's a (fuzzy) picture I like....


The little boy on the right is 26 TODAY!!!!

The little girl on the left turned 24 August 11!!!

Yes, this is birthday month in the Carmack family.

Here they were a year ago...(Notice the Tabasco sauce... It is only appropriate in a picture of Will.)
Here's another picture I like...That's Will and his dad... in Indonesia. They went on a mission-type trip a few years ago... and Will was the photographer.

Here's another picture I like...That's Will and Bailey at Rob and Caroline's wedding two years ago.
(They did the music.)
(They make incredible music together.)
(They're getting married Oct. 30!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!!!
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In closing I want you to notice the poll on the upper right hand side.
This a new and exciting feature I've added to my blog.
(Aren't you excited?)

It is TOTALLY anonymous.
It will change every now and then. (Now that I've figured out that I (ME) can determine how many days and hours it stays up.)

Take it, okay?
Just for fun.
(Humor me.)

Thanks.

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(Sorry if you liked that 'August' background I used... I deleted it.)
(It was too 'busy' for me.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday Wandom (Wandom is 'Random' with a W)...

We had some tea room fun last Friday...(from left: Victoria (Ryan's sister), me, Vicki (Ryan's mother), Laura (my daughter), and Ryan (Victoria's big brother and my son-in-law.)
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Here's Will, Bailey and Sam with Bailey's dad Dennis and stepmom Lita... out by the pool - thinking about the wedding.(It didn't seem that dark when we were out there.)
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Here's a picture taken the other day when Will and I were babysitting Caroline and Andrew...(I need to ask Andrew's parents what they're doing letting him wear orange.)
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And there's this:
"Spent 11 hours at work today but I sure am loving my job!!!!"
Those were Bailey's exact words on Facebook last night... after her second day of teaching.

Hurray!!
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And I may call Texas Country Reporter... to have him come out and do a story on this fella...(Click the picture to see him better.)

That's the school crossing guard at Glade and Pool (which becomes Jackson going south).

He waves at everybody!!

EVERYBODY.

And he ALWAYS has a big smile.
ALWAYS.
Rain or Shine.
Cold or hot.

(I've thought many times about stopping and getting his name and just interviewing him...
... cuz I just love him.)
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From that picture you can tell there's roadwork going on -
A 'roundabout' is being built at that intersection.
(That makes me feel kind of British.)

Actually I think Colleyville has gone roadwork crazy.
Everywhere you turn it's there (not roundabouts, but other stuff).

I guess there could be worse things in life.
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Well, the blog background I'm using today is called "August".
Whew...
I found it just in time!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Today is a big day...

... for lots of folks.

Bailey started teaching high school English. I can't wait to hear how her day went.

And lots of relatives and friends started school, or college, or something. I know one who started a job.

Me, I got a new grandcat!...(He takes a dashing picture, don't you think?)

Laura and Ryan adopted him from the animal shelter in Denton. I mean, his days were numbered. If he hadn't been adopted, well, as I said, his days were numbered... till the end of this week. (I'm serious.)

Talk about a fortunate fella.

They've named him Scobi.

His new 'siblings' are Felix, Marti, Regina, Clyde and River (in the big tank)... and Lorenzo (who has his own bowl)...

Here they are...(Clyde and River are so small you can't see them.)



Hmm. You think Laura and Ryan might have a problem on their hands?
I hope not. I mean, some cats just go for canaries, right?

My other grandcats are Will's...

Here's Pretzel...
and Tambourine...
I don't know if they'll ever meet up with their cousin Scobi - and his fish-siblings...

... but I have been known to put together a pretty good family reunion...

... well, as long as everyone likes Mexican food.
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In closing....here's their Uncle Shiloh...He likes Mexican food.
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(I know I can get kind of silly on this blog.... but I hope you didn't miss my serious tribute to a wonderful lady... in the post right below ....)

Friday, August 20, 2010

One Godly woman....

I want to honor Aunt Martha... but I'm overwhelmed as to where to start.

I get teary just thinking about writing about her.

She was Sam's father's little (and only) sister.

She lived a long life, dying this week at the age of 94.

She knew tragedy like few people know tragedy.

She was married and had two sons.

That sounds good... but there's this:
Her husband was tragically disabled in a car accident which left him bedridden for about 20 years until he died in 1974.
Aunt Martha took care of him .... while raising their two sons - and keeping their business going (a big department store in Frederick, OK).
Sam only remembers Uncle Guy as being in the bedroom - in the bed.

When her youngest son was in his late twenties he was murdered by some guys who thought he had a bag of money on him (it was trash he was going to throw away.) (He left a wife and young son.)
Aunt Martha had to go through the loss of Sammy, plus the trial of those men.

Her oldest son, Guy F., was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was about 1 1/2 years old, which was back in the 1940's. He was not expected to live a long life. Fortunately he lived till about 60 I think, dying about 5 years ago. After his funeral Aunt Martha declared that she wanted her own funeral to be just like his - with Sam officiating and preaching - and me doing the same music.

Yesterday we did that.

Sam, who is not the crying type - had a hard time delivering the message. But he did, and it was wonderful. He honored her well.

Me, I sang and played "In the Garden" and "When We See Christ". That second song is not well known, but awesome. It has been one of my Mother's favorite songs through the years.
I'll put the words to that song at the end of this post.

Here are some photos:That's Aunt Martha with her little brother whom we call 'Uncle Dub' (he's Samuel Williams Carmack IV), and his daughter, Linda.

That's Aunt Martha, listening to her niece (Sam's sister) Pat play the keyboard. Pat has been like a daughter to Aunt Martha through the years. Oh my. Pat took her shopping, and eating out (when Martha thought those days for her were over), and Pat has overseen all the care of Aunt Martha the last several years. Aunt Martha could never speak highly enough of Pat (or 'Patsy' as Martha called her.)

Did you notice the expression on Aunt Martha's face? That was always her expression.

Here's an old picture of her oldest son, Guy F. ...



And here's Sammy with his son, Jonathan....
I'm guessing Sammy must have been murdered soon after that picture.

Here's Jonathan and his family in a picture taken maybe three or four years ago...His wife is Becky and his precious daughters are Kayleigh and Abby (Abigail).

Here's a picture of Pat and Sam in front of Aunt Martha's house yesterday....
... Aunt Martha lived in that house for, I think, six decades.

Here's Pat with her daughter (our niece), Jennifer...

Here's Uncle Dub yesterday, checking out the 'machine' with which Aunt Martha could read letters and look at photographs, etc...Ken and Pat got that for her a few years ago... and it made all the difference in her life, as you can imagine. Uncle Dub now has it, as his own machine-thing wasn't working well.

Here's a sketch of Skippy, the family dog they had for years...(Pardon the reflections. I took this (and the other photos from pictures on the wall) in Aunt Martha's house.)

And here is a little Skippy figurine...
Finally there's this (fuzzy) photo of the 'bulletin board' that was in Aunt Martha's dining room...
I think this reflects Aunt Martha's interests.... all of her loved ones.

What a dear lady she was. Always thinking of others. Always trusting God. Always being wonderful.

In closing here are the lyrics to that song "When We See Christ":

Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We're tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God's eternal day.

Refrain:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We're tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav'n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem - just go to Him in pray'r.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.


Life's day will soon be o'er, all storms forever past,
We'll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We'll share the joys of heav'n - a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we'll lay our burden down.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wonderfulness...



That picture was taken over a year ago.
Is that not the sweetest thing?

And now there's this (I'm going to copy and paste from Caroline's mom's blog):
On Wednesday, August 11th, our sweet Caroline prayed to receive Christ in her heart.

"If you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

We are rejoicing in her new life and are so thankful for her precious heart!!!!!

She had been talking with us about salvation for about 6 months or so and about a week before that Wednesday, she asked twice if she could "pray for Jesus to save her." We made sure she understood what that meant and why it is so important.

Here is a picture I took of her over a year ago... looking back of course and thinking of this past Wednesday, it brings tears to my eyes. We are so thankful for our sweet little girl.


And then Elizabeth put up that picture that I started the post off with.

Here is what I wrote as a comment to E's blog post (so you'll see what I think).
Oh my goodness! That is WONDERFUL!

I know she's young... but I also know she's wise beyond her years... and I'm glad you didn't thwart her longing.

WOW.


So I'm rejoicing that I have another sister-in-Christ!

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My next post will be about Sam's wonderful Aunt Martha. She died last night.

She was truly one of the most Godly women we have ever known (and we've known many).

Her funeral is tomorrow afternoon.

If you did not know her I want you to meet her ...
... in my next post.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Here's some outside and inside....

... of the Maxwell House (my daughter and her husband's new little house)...(This beautiful plant was a house-warming gift from Laura's grandmother.)


(These potted flower-plants were used for decoration at the rehearsal dinner.)


(These two pictures were placed on some of the burlap that was used in the wedding.)


(That is the chair that goes with the lovely duct-taped couch I showed you earlier.)
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On a different note:
A cool front is coming (or came?)...
... it's supposed to be just 99 degrees today!
'Course with the humidity the heat index will be 105.

That wouldn't be too bad - if you had air conditioning!
Part of our huge house's air conditioner went out Saturday. ... the part of the master bedroom, Sam's study, and the guest room.

Ah, but we're going north today.... across the Red River ... to get to our business meetings early... to stay in an air conditioned hotel room. (Life IS good.)

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On a different note, Sam and I have started our 'eating-right' campaign.

I would call it a diet, but that would just jinx it.

He is going low-carb.
I'm going just 'no-white-sugar' - and 'no-white-flour'.

We started a week ago.

It feels good.

I'm optimistic ...
that I'll keep it up till tomorrow.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Playing a duet with Wage!

You just never know what a day will bring forth.

Thursday I was playing in the tea room and this little fella named Wage (his first name is Minimum) came over and wanted to play a duet with me. Usually I would say, "Thank you but I don't play duets with people with whom I haven't practiced."

He assured me it would be okay.

So here we played "Heart and Soul"...
(I told you he was a little fella.)

Then he just listened a while...... while I played "Over the Rainbow."

Oh, and Wage has his own fan page on FaceBook. Click HERE to go there.

Like I said, you just never know what a day will bring forth... and just who you'll meet.

Life is sweet.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Here's some whimsy I found at LoneStar...












Oh, and here's something I like right before you get to the tea room...

Have a good day!