Thursday, April 28, 2011

Church Ladies!

Last Saturday
a group
of church ladies
had a party
in the tea room.

Their assignment:
to decorate and wear
hats that depicted
Gospel songs.

I guessed a few and started playing them. (Some I didn't know, so of course I couldn't play.)

That first one - the orange hat? "In The Garden"

The next two? "Fill My Cup" on the left, and "Holy, Holy, Holy" on the right.


The next one? "Leave It There"
(Get it?)

This next pink one with the candy on it? "Sweet, Sweet Spirit."

This orange one? "This Little Light of Mine"

This next picture of the two ladies is hard to tell. I can't remember what the hat on the left is, but the hat on the right is "I'll Fly Away". (You can click the picture to make it larger - if you want to see it better.)

This next one is the first one I figured out. "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"

This last one I would have never guessed because I didn't recognize the song. It's "Dine With Me".





Now if you didn't know any of those songs, don't feel badly. Nobody sings them anymore.... so if you're under 40 you would not have been able to play the song guessing game. And if you're over 40 and you didn't know these songs, well, you're not a Baptist! (That's okay.)

Oh, these ladies weren't even Baptists. They were from the Victory Assembly of God.
(And they were happy for me to take their picture.)

(When I said to them, "Ah, we have the church ladies in the tea room today!" they didn't act like they had ever seen "Saturday Night Live".)
(I never actually said that - I just thought of that just now.)

They were really fun, as you can tell.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When you get a new hairdo...

... you have to meet one of your best friends for lunch.

And
then
you
have
to
take
pictures.
Actually
Beth
and
I
both
had
new
hairdos.
The
reason
I
took
two
pictures
of
Beth
was
because
of
the
colors
in
the
room ...
and
the
colors
in
her
top...
and,
well, I was having a peaceful moment, what with the colors and all.

Then we went outside and took a picture together.

Of course we were at Gloria's ... where we shared the Nancy's Favorite, with is our favorite on the lunch menu.

Then we left a BIG tip.... not only because we split the entree, but because we stayed so long.
(Both of my kids have waited tables, so I have, of course, learned tip etiquette.)
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That was Thursday.
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Fast forward to Saturday, where the Huffmans (including John's parents - whom I completely forgot to photograph) and I met Mother at her place ... for a fun party with a funny magician. (I didn't get a good picture of him, either.)

Little Caroline was the best audience member... so the magician let her be his assistant.
Here are the pictures, first with John and little Andrew taking it in.... (then you'll see Caroline (and her mom)....








I don't know about you, but all those pictures make me smile (even the blurry ones).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Funday....

I have pictures from my camera to post... and tales to tell... but I'm tired.

So....

Here are some funnies.....

This Kentucky horse breeder had a filly that won every race in which she was entered. But as she got older she became very temperamental. He soon found that when he raced her in the evening, she would win handily, but when she raced during the day she would come in dead last. He consulted the top veterinarians and horse psychologists to no avail. He finally had to give up because it had become a real night mare.
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The teacher poses the following problem to her 4th grade class:
"A wealthy man dies and leaves ten million dollars to relatives. One-fifth is to go to his daughter, one-fifth is to go to his son, one-sixth to his brother, and the rest to his wife. Now, what does each get?"
The classroom is silent. Finally, little Paulie raises his hand and says, "A lawyer?"
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Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Nobel.
Nobel who?
Nobel so I had to knock!
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Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Norma Lee.
Norma Lee who?
Norma Lee I ring the bell.
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Finally...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

At the end of the day...

... we need to ask ourselves, What do we do with Jesus?

Was he a liar, a lunatic, a legend, or the Truth?

Many years ago I heard that question and it has stuck with me.

And that question is particularly poignant today, Easter.

Easter is a spring festival that celebrates the central event of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Christ three days after his death by crucifixion. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year.
The origins of the word "Easter" are not certain, but probably derive from Estre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.
(copied)

Whatever the origin, I kind of wish it sounded better.... like the pleasant-sounding 'Holy Week', or 'Good Friday', or 'Christmas', or something else.
(Do other people think 'Easter' sounds like 'keister'?  Well, I guess now you do, ha.)

Anyway, I wish it had a glorious name.... like HE-IS-RISEN-DAY.

And that's what we need to ask about Jesus.... if he indeed did rise again, what does it mean for me all these years later?

Well, I would ask, how many people for how many years do I need to rise again for me?

I say ONE.

I say JESUS.

And I sing HALLELUJAH!!

I do NOT believe he was a liar or a lunatic or a legend.

I believe He is TRUTH.... HALLELUJAH!!!!!

AND HE RISEN.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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In closing I found this little cartoon that I like.
It explains in a nutshell how Christianity got started.....


HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Eve...

It's getting late. (10:21 pm - Saturday night)

Sam is sleeping.

I'm wide awake.

Today has been BUSY-BUSY... but FUN-FUN.

I look forward to posting pictures of a little girl I know who went and saw an Easter show at her great grandmother's retirement center.

Well, I can't resist: Here are two teaser-pictures (more will come)....

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Oh, and I have some other pictures that I took in the tea room today.... of a party of ladies from a church... but I'll just wait to show you those (they're a hoot)....
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Oh, I should have taken pictures of baby Witten. He's the little fellow I held for an hour and a half in the nursery at Fellowship of the Parks in Keller tonight. I found out he was born in November 2010, which means he is the exact age of little Anna! Well, that made me hug him tighter, as I held him.

Here's a recent picture of Anna (that her mommy (my wonderful niece Elizabeth) took) that I LOVE!!!!!!
(This picture makes you smile, doesn't it?)
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Well, you know what tomorrow is: EASTER!!!! (Unless you're reading this tomorrow - then today is EASTER!!!!)

Here's what I'm doing: I'm going to be at Fellowship of the Parks, Keller (9900 North Beach Street, Keller, TX) at eleven o'clock tomorrow morning (April 24). If you want to sit with me... I'll be waiting in the lobby inside the front door on the right. I'll get there about 10:45. I'll wait till maybe 11:05 and then I'll go inside the auditorium.
If you come - you don't have to dress up - even with it being Easter - unless you want to dress up.

Click HERE for their website.

I'll be there....... I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!

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Here's a poster I found for EASTER:

Isn't that GREAT?!?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wonderful Friday

We commemorate Jesus' death as a common criminal on Good Friday. Kind of weird that we call it Good. ... but, of course, the point is what happened on the following Sunday.... he came back from the dead, which means we could define that (this) Friday as WONDERFUL.

That's how life is. Awfulness happens. But like a tapestry where we only see the back side - with the gnarly knots and the loops and ugliness, when we turn it over it is beautiful.

I'm a fan of Lee Strobel, a former atheist turned follower of Christ.
Click HERE for his website called Lee Strobel, Investigating Faith, Find Answers to Your Faith Questions.
He's written some great books, A CASE FOR FAITH, A CASE FOR CHRIST, and others.

Anyway, I'm linking you to his site because, well, I wanted to!

Have a great day!

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Here's a random cartoon I like...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thoughts this Thursday ...

Thursday of Holy Week is interesting.

To some it is known as the “Day of Treachery” because Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

To others it is known as Maundy Thursday. Click HERE for the all-knowing Wikipedia explanation of that term.
[Well, click HERE for the whole Wiki-explanation of Holy Week.]

All of it can seem really strange.

And I think through the years people have made it seem stranger, what with all the rituals and traditions added. Even stained glass windows aren't in the New Testament. (I DO love stained glass windows, though.)

I think if we look at the New Testament we would see simplicity.

And as I said earlier, truth... which is amazing and life-changing.

And as I said earlier (if you read my fine print) I was going to touch on Mormonism this week (a little like I touched on Scientology in my last post).

Here goes:

I wrote out a long blog-post about Mormons late yesterday morning. It was more of a 'rant', really.

Then I went and got groceries. In the grocery store I thought about what I'd written, and was so glad I hadn't already hit 'publish post'.



Being in the grocery store is kind of therapy for me. Well, that's when I'm living in my own skin, and also not overly hurried.

I was thinking things through.... like how I might have been a Mormon if my parents were Mormons. Well, of course I would have been.

And I wondered how I would have dealt with the questions that I surely would have had about the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith, etc., etc. (as I did with my own questions about the Bible and Christ, etc.). (Two posts ago I told about that.)

Well, I would have looked into it.

What would I have found?

Well, here's a book I hope I would have found:

Not long ago Greg Werner, a fine young man whom I've known since he was little, shared on facebook a link to this very book. Click HERE to go there.

It confirmed much about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) that I had studied years ago.

When I did that research years ago I found my jaw literally dropping.

Do good, fine Mormons know about what they're supposed to believe???

Mormons are WONDERFUL people.... with a high regard for family life.

They are model citizens ... and to be so admired for their high morals and just genuine goodness.

How can they be a part of Joseph Smith's 'church'?

Because I'm not a fan of super long blog posts I'm not going to make a list of the 'unusualness' of the LDS church. I'll just let you read some of that book that Greg shared on FB. (click HERE for that.) (It's long - but you can just look at the table of contents and read a little of what interests you.)

Or you can just take it from critical me that Mormonism is NOT just another Christian denomination.

Oh, Mitt Romney is a Mormon. I don't know how devout he is - if he wears the special underwear - or believes he's going to be a god of his own planet someday - but I do want to tell him he needs to do some research.

Of course I'm sure there are blogs out there wanting ME to do my research.

And I need to.

I think we all need to.... on all of our beliefs, or doubts.
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That's it for today.
I'm going to hit 'publish post', I think.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

If you do a Google search on “John Travolta”...

you may find my blog!!

Whoa.

Well, I promised to talk about him and Scientology during this Holy Week.

Now I’m going to try.
(Note to self: don’t promise stuff you may not be able to deliver.)

Well, first of all, I think that famous actors - famous anybodies - are just folks.

And (most) folks are seeking meaning in life.

It seems that Travolta was introduced to Scientology way back in 1975. And that was a time he was looking for answers. He was given the L. Ron Hubbard book, DIANETICS.
It changed Travolta's life.

(Click HERE for the Wikipedia article about Scientology.)

When I did a search to find out about the unusual aspects of the Church of Scientology I came across embarrassments: websites debunking the church by using ridicule, sarcasm, and just general disdain for any and all folks who are members.

But people need answers.

Hubbard tried to offer them.

I don't know if he was well-meaning or not.
I do believe he was wrong.

And I believe (know) this: Hubbard's church started around the year I was born.... so it is young, right? Ha. --- Well, for a religious movement it is infantile.

What were Hubbard's claims? ---- besides the fact that he was false about his military career ... and his medical career. ???
Oh, well, he started out as a self-help guru. ... and he wrote a popular, intriguing book.

I don't have a disdain for John Travolta - and Tom Cruise - and Kirstie Alley and other Scientologists for their beliefs. They were (are) searching for meaning in life.
I have a disdain for Hubbard (even I have this right) .... and I think these folks - these Scientologists - need to seek for TRUTH outside of Hubbard.

The person of Jesus Christ was written about by many, many folks - believers, nonbelievers, historians, etc., from over two thousand years ago, till the present.

Who verified L. Ronald Hubbard... and his 'auditing' system?

Where is its truth?

I think what is true is that God did some topsy-turvy stuff (in humans' view) by having his son be born in a lowly stable .... and then be executed as a common criminal.
Whoa. Who would have thought of that??

Oh, and then he came alive again... to save us from our sins, give us eternal life... and well, be the boss of our lives.
(Some of that is terminology that some of us have grown tired of - we've heard it ad nauseum. .... but we need to hear it again ... ANEW!!)

We were (are) needing a Savior....

Easter is all about that.

What a relief.... to have a SAVIOR!!
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Well, that may not have been the best post I could have written on the subject.

But do your own research.

(If Scientology is true --- well, we want to know it!... (but I would need to be more convinced that I am.... surely.))
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In closing, here's a quote I like:...
"GOD CANNOT POSSIBLY BE A FIGMENT OF MY IMAGINATION, FOR GOD IS NOTHING LIKE I IMAGINED HIM TO BE.'"
-C.S. LEWIS
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And here is a Bible passage I like (the first verse is perhaps the most common among believers - the second verse is not as common but VERY IMPORTANT (for those who think Christianity is just a big negative religion) ....
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
- John 3:16, 17

I think that is PROFOUND ... and LIFE CHANGING... if seriously considered.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The truth is out there...

... and it is amazing.
... and life-changing.
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There are a lot of religions in the world.

Some don't hold up very well to scrutiny, as far as being true.

And if something isn't true, who wants it?

When I was young (18-ish) I didn't know if I could buy that Christianity stuff.
I mean, what if it was just wishful thinking?
How sad that would be.

Well, I didn't want wishful thinking.
I could go to Disneyland for that.

I don't know exactly how I came across Josh McDowell's EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT, but I did.
McDowell had been an atheist and set out to disprove Christianity - and ended up embracing it.

Most people when they get that book they just look through it and/or use it like a reference book. (It's not a narrative.)
Me - I started from the beginning and READ the whole thing.

I so wanted to find my OWN faith - and not just believe what was handed down to me.

Well, that book, and C.S. Lewis' MERE CHRISTIANITY made all the difference in my life.

Here's a verse I love - that is often quoted incompletely:
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
- John 8:31,32

We hear the last part a lot, don't we?

But it's nothing without the first part!!!

Yesterday at church - Fellowship of the Parks - Grapevine campus - we heard pastor Charles Thorton say something like this: often people pursue truth ..... and then they think they need to, instead, pursue happiness. and then, well, that can get them into trouble.

Pursue truth!!!!!

In that light, here's another WONDERFUL verse:

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
- John 14:6
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Did you know that there is more evidence for Jesus and his resurrection - than for the existence of Aristotle?
I forget where I read that.... but I found it astounding.
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Pursue truth.

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Tomorrow I'll talk about a seemingly pretty sharp actor who is involved in extreme weirdness.
His 'truth' stands no scrutiny.
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In closing, here's a cartoon that's not rip-roaringly funny, but it's not bad either....

Sunday, April 17, 2011

This is the week that was...

Today is Palm Sunday.
(Click HERE to find out what that means exactly.)

And read here on this blog this week to find out what I think of this whole Holy Week thing.

I want to talk about it frankly ... and boldly.

Next Sunday is Easter.

Easter used to not matter much to me ... except that my twin and I would dress in pretty matching dresses and get our picture taken ... and, of course, we'd go to church (like every Sunday), where on Easter Sunday the church sanctuary (auditorium) would be REALLY crowded.
We'd also hunt for Easter eggs when we were really young.
(Oh, and the Easter bunny would visit!)
(I guess Easter DID matter a lot to me.)

Well, there was a point where Easter took on a whole new meaning to me.

I've decided to talk about it here on my blog this week.

And in talking about it I want to touch on Scientology/John Travolta, and Mormonism/Mitt Romney.

I've been thinking about those things- and reading more about them ... and I want to tell you what I think.

Stay tuned!
(I know. I'm just an average person - but I have opinions and thoughts. .... and this is MY blog!) (And where else are you going to read about John Travolta and Holy Week in the same blog post?)
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(I put up a new poll - though my other one is not over yet.)
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In closing here's a cartoon I thought was cute...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Moving along....

Time waits for no man or woman.

Frankly I'm ready for time to slow down.

The LoneStar Antique Mall has some things of yesteryear ... which make me wonder what will be 'old' in a few years.

Here's what's old now ...









The lady in the next-to-the-last picture is precious Lydia. She is one of the dearest dealers I know and she has one of the classiest booths in the LoneStar Antique mall (5605 N. Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX - a suburb northeast of Fort Worth, TX).
(The last picture is also of her booth.)

I think walking through an antique mall is therapeutic.... well, if you're an older person, like I'm getting to be.

So many memories are in an antique mall.

An antique mall is like a museum.

... And there's no admission fee!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I have a long list...

. . . of things I need to get done.
But...
All I want to do is write these things...

I saw some beautiful wildflowers on my way to and from Oklahoma City this week. I would have taken some pictures, but since I was driving I thought I better refrain.

Speaking of doing something while you're driving, I was on Glade the other day, going west right after the Pool/Jackson roundabout/intersection. I was almost hit by an ongoing car. You know what I'm going to say next: that person was texting! Well, or dialing on her cell phone ... or something. I was furious. My first thought: that lady is going to get blogged!!!

On a different note, I've decided to go gray, uh blonde.
There is a 'Going Gray' website that I found... and they suggest (as did my hairdresser) that I go lighter, so as not to look like a skunk - with the skunk stripe... in the process of letting my hair go gray.
They even have a site called 'Skunk Club Unite!'.... Click HERE to go there.
Who knew about this subculture?
Now YOU do!
(That is not a picture of me.)


I may delete his post.
It might border on 'Too Much Information'.
(Ah, but I'm not ready to show you my picture.)


(Oh, and to answer your question: I don't think that blondes have that much more fun.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I was so glad . . .

... I got to spend some time with Peggy's dear daughter, Elizabeth, today! (My twin Peggy died 22 years ago today.)

I was looking for a picture of Elizabeth and me together... and look what I found...
Little Caroline (3 years old at the time) took that picture last May. She asked us to make funny faces. I think we did!!

Here's a sweet picture I like of Peggy and Cap and Elizabeth years ago.
(I don't know what those numbers meant that they were holding up. ... but they must have been good numbers.)

Here's a fun picture of Elizabeth with Peggy's grandchildren, Andrew and Caroline (this was taken about a year ago)....

Here's a picture of Peggy's mother and daughter (taken last May)...
I think these are two beautiful -inside and out- ladies, don't you?

Here I am with Peggy's oldest, Cap, and his wife Lindsey (taken last August).
I love that I live close to them (they live in Dallas).

Finally, here's a picture of Elizabeth's family, right after Elizabeth had Anna (November 9, 2010).
I know. Who looks that good right after having a baby?
Well, obviously Elizabeth!!

It's been a good day today.

I am now in Oklahoma City for board meeting - minus Sam, who felt under the weather, so stayed home - and I'm settling in at the hotel.

Of course, I had to blog.

Of course.

(Take my poll, if you haven't already.)