Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 17, 1989

That is the day Keith and I eloped to the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tyler. Let's just say that that I managed to disappoint several people with this little maneuver.

There were several events that lead to this not so traditional wedding. We were engaged Feb. 28. The following week I left for a work related event in El Paso. During that trip, Keith lost his job and was going to need to find a new place to live. I was house sitting at the time, so what better place to live than with me. Now that would require a change in our status.

I had a former interior design client, who just happened to be a federal judge. Quick phone call, "Yes, I would love to perform your wedding." Go to the courthouse, get the license, wait the appropriate days and get married.

Oh yeah, the federal judge - a woman! So now this staunch Baptist girl has invited her finacee to live with her, decided to elope and have the audacity to be married by A WOMAN! O my!

My mother, didn't speak to me for 6 months. My daddy couldn't have been happier and couldn't wait to give us money that he didn't have to spend for a wedding. Our Sunday School class was flabbergasted, our Singles' Minister - extremely dissapointed. He's since come around.

Speculation of pregnancy - unfounded. True love - proven. Still going strong 22 years later.

Now while I don't recommend this course of events for everyone, it was right for us and helps me to NOT judge others and their relationships. Our love for the Lord and each other has seen us through to this point in our life.
Happy Anniversary to US!

Friday, March 11, 2011


40 X 16 = 640
Yes, that's correct. 640 lbs of dirt. That is what I moved today. Then I planted a flat (36) verbina and about that many daylilies and transplanted about 2 dozen sections of monkey grass!

The beautiful verbina. The 6 packs were on sale at
Lowe's. Reg. $1.97/6   SALE .98/6

The verbina don't show up too well, but you can
see all the daylilies. Got them from a friend who had 4 pots she no longer wanted.

My daylilies are suppose to be similar to this.
A red and yellow Daylily. Daylilies fall into ...Image via Wikipedia

Look closely, my shadow's at the bottom. HA.

As you can see, this will be quite a flower bed
when it's finished.

Just had to show the dirt on my jeans.
Definitely needed me some Cullen and Grayson
Bunt today!

I will have to find more bedding plants and then lay down the mulch. Spring is definitely in the air.

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Isaiah 35:1-2

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Could not get a picture of the day labor. I think he may some aboriginal ancestors and feel like photos will steal his soul.
 Just a little mom humor
So you will just have to settle for cabinet pictures.

On to DAY 3!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Since I just can't sit home and do NOTHING... the kitchen cabinets need painting.




Not too shabby for 5 hours work with a 17 year old helper. I'll try to get a picure of him actually painting.

Friday, March 4, 2011


To say that my family is blessed, is an understatement. To say that we are perfect is a lie. To say that we are in love with each other all the time stretches the boundaries of believability some of the time.
We are just like every other family on this planet. We love, we dislike, we cry, we laugh, we get frustrated with each other, we take each other for granted more than we should, but I know we love each other deeply.
I just finished reading a blog about another family so like ours and yet so different. While we each have burdens unique to our family, we all have burdens. The common unifier between this family and mine is we have JESUS to carry those burdens for us.
I am surround by people  living in difficult situations but refusing to be defined by them. As a ministry assistant in the largest church in East Texas, I see pain and suffering daily. Yet, time after time, what I perceive as incredibly hard, they see as a blessing from the Lord.
 We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 1 Cor. 13:12

Oh, to continually grasp this truth for ourselves. This is a journey we should all take.