Sunday, October 2, 2011

I can't tell you everything...

....there's just too much to tell.

This past week Sam and I lived a lifetime.
Well not really, of course...
... but we visited places and saw people that we hadn't seen in a LONG time.

Most of the week was spent in Oklahoma.
We went to Chattanooga, Oklahoma (where my camera forgot to get out of my purse).  Then we drove through Hinton (where Sam grew up - and where we lived when Will was born (in '84) (Laura was born in Lawton, in 1986, when we lived in Chattanooga).  We visited Red Rock Canyon State Park, just outside of Hinton. Then we drove to Gould, where Sam's parents lived when he was born (in Altus, in '52), and where Sam and his family always went to visit family.

Here's Hinton and the bank his dad ran....

(That's the only light in town - it's red and it's always flashing.)

The picture on the left was taken deep down in Red Rock Canyon.

A lot of people come to camp down there - and a lot of them do some rappelling from the cliffs. 

On the right is 'The Revolving Rock'. It rotates completely every twenty-four hours.

Sam told me about that when we were dating, and I believed him....
... because it's true!

This picture on the left shows that even old ladies can swing.

The picture on the right shows you the terrain on the way to Gould.

Yes, the wind DOES come sweeping down the plain.
(No, that's not a tornado in the distance, that's a shadow - or glare - or something - from my camera.)

The picture to the left is the downtown of beloved Gould.
(It's true: beauty IS in the eye of the beholder.)

Here Sam is standing by the Gould school memorial.  It's part of the community memorial. 

You can read some names here - that you might recognize.

These next pictures are of this community/school memorial... (and the 'cornerstone' of the Baptist church there).

 I do believe some of the best people
on earth are from southwest Oklahoma (well, those that aren't from Mission, TX).

And I'm glad I married one.

There's more to share ... about Friday night and "Soul Shake", and then Saturday at Canton Trades Day (something that I couldn't believe (stay tuned!)), but I will leave all of that for another post.
(I know that your attention span is just so long.)

Oh, and I will soon blog about some snazzy prison recipes!

Before I go I have 2 (two) requests:
Please vote on my new poll (upper right).

And please go to this site and vote for Jackson!!!!   He is a delight... and he is promoting one of my most favorite things: Dr. Pepper.  (He's the third one down, called "Alive at Five.")(You vote for him by leaving a comment.... I wrote: "No. 3 - JACKSON!!") 
I'll leave you with one of most wonderful Bible passages that I've been memorizing lately. (I have found that memorizing Scripture is a GREAT anecdote for worry (which I can be a master at, sad to say.)

Ephesians 1:18-20
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength
he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
See you next time!


Being Beth said...

I guess Oklahoma produces the best men in the world. I married one too! But he's not from the SW portion of the state.

What a great trip you had. I'm glad you went and thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to the rest you have to share.

Being Beth said...

PS...your poll made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Kenzie said that next time you swing, she wants to be in the one next to you! :-)

sara [at] journey of doing said...

Sounds like a great road trip and a trip down memory lane with Sam! I envy your ability to roam freely.

Someday... :)

Audrey said...

Great post! Wonderful pictures! I felt like I went on that trip with you. And I love the Bible verse you shared with us. Memory of Bible verses is such a great way to fill a person with goodness. Thank you Nancy.

My hometown...

I am thinking of my hometown now. Mission, Texas. And McAllen, Texas. And Mercedes, Texas, where I was born. And Donna, Texas, so near there...