Monday, April 30, 2012

Handprints! ... and more....

My niece, Elizabeth, is very creative.

She wanted her children's handprints on an Easter plate, but wanted something different than the typical bunny pictures. .. so she designed this plate... 


Here it is up close....
Notice the hand palms make the bodies of the sheep, and the fingers make the legs, and the thumbs make the heads.

Elizabeth said she's keeping the plate out for display even though Easter is past, and then we both said, "Well, Easter is ALWAYS."

Yes.
That makes living in this sometimes horrific world wonderful.
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On a different note, 14 years ago today we had this...  



which was this...

... which means that 64 years ago today my parents got married.

I'm so glad they did!
!!!!!!
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Tonight we'll eat together with Mother, and miss Daddy so much. 

Ah, but wonderful memories we have.

God is good.





Saturday, April 28, 2012

Signs ....



And for around here...


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

TGIF

I know it's not Friday, but it will be soon.

My "TGIF", though, doesn't mean Thank God It's Friday.

It means....

There are two things I couldn't resist: 1) buying this apron for my mother today (at LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)), and 2) blogging about it now (before Mother's Day).

Here are some pictures of that fabulous grandmother I'm talking about...

And here's one of my absolute favorites....
I mean that grandmother (great-grandmother in this case) is so fabulous she even feeds her great-granddolls!!

Happy Early Mother's Day, Mother!!
I love you!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Don't be ugly.

I was in Wal-Mart a few weeks back, standing in line to pay.  I looked around (to people watch) and lo and behold there was 'so and so' (I won't mention her name).   I hadn't seen her in years.
I was just about to lose my place in line to go up to her and say 'hello' when I stopped myself.

She was not looking pretty.

Oh her hair looked great, and her makeup, and I think she had some pretty nails on.   But her face was awful.
She was nagging her husband about something.  He was rolling his eyes, and shaking his head 'no'.   And she kept nagging, and looking ugly.
She looked mean.  And mad.  And angry. I thought, "I'll just not say 'hello' today."

 'Course to give her the benefit of the doubt, she may have had a brain tumor that was altering her attitude. Or she may be going through grief of some kind. Or her husband may have been guilty of something horrible, and merited her wrath.
Still, I didn't want to say hello.

My point in this post is obvious: nagging, or being rude, or mean is very unbecoming. It does not win friends and influence people, except in a very negative way.

Here are some quotes I like ...
"A smile raises your face value."
"Cheap facelift: SMILE"
"A smile is the light in the window that tells people you’re at home."
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That's all for now.
Thanks for letting me vent.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I had fun . . .

This is how I felt after the party for the Bear Valley old-timers yesterday . . .



Now I will just post some random pictures I took from yesterday. (I'm not going to put captions on them, okay? I may Facebook some of them, and tag them there.) (Oh, the table in the dining room no one ever saw. Everyone wanted to just hang out in the kitchen and den. That tells you they're all 'family'.)  (By the way, there were 30 family members at the party.)

I'll start with the dining room that no one - until now - saw . . .

Now for the rest (in no particular order). . .

My apologies to those whose pictures were not posted! (Will, Lee and Peggy J., Doug W., Greg C., Susan H. among others ... though I did see Susan in the background of a couple of pictures.)

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Church lady?

I really looked dressed up in that above picture.
It must have been Mother's Day.  That would explain the red corsage.

That is just one of the many pictures we have of years gone by at Bear Valley Community Church.

That picture was taken at Bransford Elementary, when we were meeting in their cafetorium years ago.

Three of those people - besides me - are going to come to our house tomorrow for a Bear Valley party!!
I can hardly wait.

I have bears as kinds of centerpieces on two tables, but I won't show them to you until a later post. . . when I post about the party.

For which I can hardly wait.
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Here's another picture of years gone by ... on a Christmas Eve....
Obviously I like that picture.  (My whole family is smiling at me.)
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Well, Sam has been writing his part for our book, and I'm loving it!
He's writing in a different font - and it adds to what I wrote.
Frankly, I thought it might be like building a house together... challenging for a married couple. Ah, but I'm seriously loving what he's added to what I've written.
Really.

We have parts of it (ten pages I think) printed out for those who come tomorrow... and one copy of the whole thing on hand (though he hasn't added his part past page 50.)
In case you don't know what I'm talking about, it's a book about starting Bear Valley, and my life as the wife of its starter, the honorable Samuel Carmack V.  (Yes, he's the fifth.  Will is the sixth (Samuel Williams Carmack VI).   (Laura and I are the firsts.)

That's all for now.

Have a good weekend.
Maybe you'll see me? 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Like the corners of my mind....

"Mem'ries ... like the corners of my mind..." (I can just hear Streisand singing).
That's what I have... lots of memories. WONDERFUL memories.

20 years ago this very day was the first day of Bear Valley Community Church.   Well, it was the first PUBLIC day. Many months before that we met, praying, planning, and anticipating.
Our first service was in what is now the MOVIE TAVERN in Bedford, which is behind what used to be (until a few weeks ago) Chili's, which had to be demolished because of Highway 183/121 expanding. We met there just one month, and then the fire department told us it wasn't zoned for a church, so we moved to the old movie theater at Northeast Mall in Hurst. (Hurst, evidently, is more lenient on who can have a fire.)
We've written about it in our upcoming book, which is tentatively called BEAR VALLEY AND ME, Life of a Church Planter's Wife. (I say 'we've written it', because I wrote it - and my husband, the church planter - is writing his take in a different font - but it's mainly my story, just-so-you-know.)

This Saturday, April 21 - from 2-4 - you are invited - if you are (or were) at all a part of this wonderful church.
(That's really not our official invitation - we Facebook invited lots of people - which means it is VERY casual, as our invitation was very casual. (Perhaps too casual.)

Anyway, just show up ... and we'll add more Doritos to the Doritos basket. (I always keep lots of Doritos in the pantry.)

Well, I'm writing too much.

Click HERE to see a video from years gone by. (Turn your volume up, to 'feel it'.) (Good music always makes me feel things better.)
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