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Hallie’s 20th Birthday

Hallie turned 20 April 14

She lives her life to the fullest. She enjoys everyday, I’m pretty sure she has no regrets ever and no “I wish I had’s”. She isn’t like me in that aspect at all. I’m not one to live in the NOW like she does. I try to learn from her about it though. I’m always thinking what I’ve got to do right now and I’ll do that fun stuff in a minute or after I’ve done this chore…..

She is a high spirited live wire, she tells it like it is like it or not. She is blunt but hilarious all at the same time. She’s brutally honest but usually necessarily. She works hard, goes to school full time, and has quite a social life. She is an excellent cook. She is ornery, so very ornery, to her sister. She knows exactly how to push all Elizabeth’s buttons, can piss her off in an instant. Pretty sure no one takes advantage of Hallie but she is helpful to those who need her, she “helps” others with school etc. But I’m sure it works to her advantage as well. She is not scared of anything except frogs or anything slimy. You def want her to be your friend not enemy, although I don’t think she’s had many for very long. She is a good friend. She loves the thrill of the ride whether it’s roller coasters, airplanes, fast go karts or fast pickups. She knows and loves Texas Music through to her bones. She is driven by music, thrives on it. She has quite an extensive library.  She schools herself on the ins and outs of the business as well. She follows her fav bands but is open to new ones too. She is very independent, but in the same moment she will con you into doing everything for her, it’s a little sister thing. She is active likes exercise, I think that comes from going to gymnastics and cheerleading all her life. She has a need to exert energy it gets pent up inside her and it needs to spill out. When she was little she would jump on the trampoline for hours or hop on her pogo stick FOREVER. But in this same breath she can fall asleep in a second especially in the car. I don’t have that gift. She has a good fashion sense, I call her the fashion nazi. She has her own style that is unique yet trendy. She is creative she can put things together in decorating a room that seems odd but all together it looks great. She can paint and be crafty and she can sew too. She has an amazing ability to be so witty, smart assed and funny all at the same time, just like her daddy. She can give a look that can kill, wonder where she learned that? God blessed us with 20 years of fun looking forward to see what He does in her life. As she has one more year of college, wondering where she will go and what she will do.

How can a baby be born with black hair and then it turn blonde ?

Hallie partied Friday night with friends in LBK and they took some good pics of both my girls.


Hallie brought all her friends, well most of them, to Floydada on Saturday and they went to LindseyBeth’s fishing hole. Then came to our house for supper and hot tubing.

Shelby Mc, Corey Banks, Carter Thornton, LindseyBeth, Mitchell, Elizabeth, Sydney Mc, Emily Henry, Gage Graybill, ? Keith Booe, Toby, Kobie Decker, ?

Then Sunday we gave a presentation at church bout our Mission Trip. We had the family party at our house. Hallie asked Nana to make her a cold coconut cake. It was so good. Had a great weekend. but man am I tired.

Happy Birthday Hallie, keep your zest for life but don’t run the guys off with your independent attitude. Love you!


Our 27th Anniversary

April 12, 2012 Jeff and I have been married 27 years!!!! (BTW I don’t like odd number years, so I’ll begin saying we’re working on 28 now)

Jeff was gone to Oklahoma spraying wheat. I got to go to quilting today so that was good. I missed Husband so much today, I kept myself  busy planting flowers, working in the yard. I’ve been fighting spring fever trying to wait til the mesquite trees had come out. They have!

So glad to get rid of this!

and replacing the dead with Springy LIFE!

I found some red and white dianthus and blue lobelia. Hopeful to have a patriotic

red, white and blue themed flower pot!


I love Spring!

My Spring blooming flowers seem to be making up for doing bad last year, they seem to be in over drive. My Lilacs have never bloomed so pretty.

Busying myself was a bit of a distraction. But when I went to find something to eat for supper I just grabbed a frozen dinner. 

I won’t cook for just myself it’s just not worth it. I became overwhelmed with loneliness, Husband had gone out to eat with the other guys and just the thought of not being with him on our Anniversary and here it was eating a frozen dinner just got to me and about that time Curtis called and a bawl bag baby answered the phone then I was coughing too because I’ve had bronchitis. So I ended up having to fb chat with him because of my inability to communicate at the time. I cried on his shoulder, poor guy caught me at a bad time. Curtis is a good guy.

Anyway Husband came home early on Saturday, two days later, (on Hallie’s b-day) and surprised me. I knew he’d be home sometime that day but I didn’t know he’d left that early in the day. He was home by noon. when he got home he immediately went to the mailbox. He came in with an express letter he had mailed on the 11th that just got here.


It  had the sweetest Anniversary card and note I’ve ever had. Reminded me of when we were dating.

Here is a pic of Husband and I when we were dating! so young!

I’m just glad I still love him and miss him when he’s gone. And appreciate the card and thoughts that went with it so much. He was upset it didn’t get to me in time. But it was the thought that counts for sure. I love it! and Him!

Here’s to at least 27 more years! Love you Husband!

Cute old sign

This is across the street from the airport in Plainview.

I’ve seen it all my life but it caught my eye the other day when going to “Man Junk” for Jeff, aka McDonald’s Trading Post. If they don’t have it you don’t need it. Jef fold Blake once they were going to McDonald’s and poor thing was thinking Ronald McDonald’s and don’t thing Jeff took him.

Anyway, funny how we see things all the time and they are so familiar and then when we really look we see something treasured. Look of your treasures amongst your familiar today.

Easter Weekend

Hallie came home first, when she got here we went to the hangar so Jeff could tie the plane down and take chemical out so he could spray in the morning.

Elizabeth met us out there on her way home.

I LOVE having my girls home. It’s so nice to have all my chicks in the nest and just to have our family together. We go to Lubbock and see them usually eating out or drinking out. but not very often do they come home. Makes me sad, but so thankful they are independent strong hard working girls.

Cute girls!

We then went and ate supper at El Rancho which is across the street. They’ve recently reopened and it’s good and I can’t seem to get enough of it lately. But I also think I have to hurry and eat there as much as possible before they close down again.

Then Hallie’s BFF’s came over and went hot tubing.

And drank mojitos and wine and beer and….. then went to allsup’s in their robes. silliness. pure silliness. Thankfully Elizabeth drove them and tolerated them.  They drove all over town “checking in” places on Facebook. it was funny. Poor Jeff, home for 18 hours and he had to be subjected to silly behavior, oh well that’s who they are. And so glad they were home!

We went to Nana’s on Sunday after church, (I didn’t go to church cuz I’ve been coughing my lungs up)

We ate lots at Nana’s. Justin and Tata came too. Micah brought her sweet new adopted weener dog Charlie Waffles.

The girls stayed the night and went to work Monday morning it was so nice to have them here. I think I’ve said that before but I can’t stress it enough how much I enjoyed them being here. Did I tell you how great it was to have my girls home? Well believe me it was wonderful.

Husband got a haircut!

Husband is like a little boy about getting haircuts, he hates getting them.

But it’s kinda obvious he needed one.

He had been working all week in Dell City and decided while there it was time for a haircut. He said his hat wouldn’t stay on his head anymore. So we were on our way to Plainview to the bank when he said “Keep your eyes open for a barber pole.” I pointed out the first one I saw which was a vato Fast Cutter, housed in the same building as the beer/liquor store. Perfect place for Jeff to get a haircut.

The girl that cut his hair and I were having fun making fun of it.

Poor husband sorry we made fun of you. kinda.

Time for the big REVEAL!

Are you ready?

I’m not sure you are!







Ha Ha Ha!

actually not far off.

Oh well, it’s cut, and his hat will stay on now.

This is how he “fixes” his hair anyway.


Later that night his head was cold and had me find him a toboggan! Ha hA!

This is a day in my life.

He was home a whole 18 hours before leaving for Thomas OK to spray wheat. : (

Mission Trip to Missouri

Our Mission trip To Missouri was exhausting and fun. Lessons of Faith, we did not know where or for whom (what organization) we’d be working for when we left or when we arrived. Initially we were going to work  for UMC VIM, in Joplin, MO on tornado damage that occurred last May, and that’s who we’d paid our money to. But they were overrun by volunteers for the week of Spring Break, and they were going to have us walking door to door asking who needed help. But we are a working team and we come equipped with an amazing trailer full of tools to get work done. Branson had been hit by a tornado just 2 weeks before. So Jeff went to calling around finding out where we could go. We were able to stay in the FUMC in Mount Vernon, MO, which was so nice. We worked the first day for a retirement center, Ozark Methodist Manor in Marionville, MO. It was a really neat old building that had grown into a retirement home for the able and the not so able bodied. With wings of rooms and also cottages scattered around several blocks. We worked on raking leaves and weeding flower beds and raking up gum balls, from the sweet gum trees. This place had very large grounds and we almost got to it all before calling it a day. We had a really great day of bonding as a team, working together and doing the Lord’s work.

One of the members at FUMC in Mount Vernon does lots of mission work and told us Branson could use our help and he got us the paperwork needed to fill out volunteer forms and told us to go to the chamber of commerce in Branson, MO. It really is amazing how God used us and the people we would meet to get us a place to work. Since we already had our paperwork needed for the volunteers that saved us waiting several hours and we were able to get to our job site. Which was a very large house that was actually 6 apartments where there were 5 families living that was completely destroyed. All families were home, when the storm occurred at 1:30 am, they had no warning, everyone survived miraculously with minimal injuries.

Here is a picture of the destruction.

Here is a picture of what the building looked like before.

This building is a duplicate of what was destroyed and was right next door.

Our job was to sort through the rubble and put things into piles.

There was a pile for drywall which was wet and crumbly, there was a pile for siding, windows, doors and insulation. Anything that would burn we put into the burning pile, mostly wood, unless it was good and could be reused, then it was put into a different pile. There were appliances, that smelled really bad with rotten food, we put the food and clothing in the burn pile. We tried to put things that looked like mementos into a box, we didn’t find very much. Everything was covered in pink insulation that made us all itch and hurt, there was no avoiding it.

We did get to talk to one of the families that survived this storm. They were awaked by a loud BOOM which was the roof being taken off the building and they were being hit with debris. The dad ran to his daughters’ bedroom where all three slept.  The oldest on a full bed in the corner, and the two younger girls were sleeping together on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed. The dad immediately noticed the out side walls of the house were GONE. He was looking outside and his oldest daughter was gone, he heard his young daughters  screaming and they were pinned between the top and bottom bunk beds, because the hall/bedroom wall fell over onto the top bunk bed and the bed collapsed, squishing the girls. He was able to free them when about that time his older daughter came walking up from the back yard, back up onto the foundation and into her “room”. Her only injury was a sprained arm. She had been thrown into the back yard when the roof lifted and the outside walls fell outward, she was sucked off her bed and dumped in the yard just a few feet from where the roof landed. Behind the house, under all the rubble, we found on the ground: the CEILING drywall, then the outside walls on top of that, then the roof on top of that. Not sure how all that happened. The girl is so fortunate she wasn’t under all that. This family lost a lot of “things” but everyone was ok! When the Dad was telling us this story, Jeff said, “God is Good” the dad said, “No, God is GREAT!” Amen to that! Now I understand why they tell you to take shelter in an inside closet, it needs to not have any outside walls. Now I know, the outside walls will fall when the roof is lifted off. It was evident seeing this, the only things standing were interior walls and the bathroom fixtures.

This is a picture of the backside of the building. You can see where the roof landed. (left) Where the people are standing is where the girls bedroom was. The older girl landed outside near the first pile of whitish rubble on the right. Our group did locate a baby book in great condition. Also note the pipes bent at the ground. There were some strange things, in the upstairs closet there were empty wire hangers still hanging.I found a jar of apple butter that was smashed onto a window, the jar was shattered but the window was not.

I don’t understand how a tree can be uprooted with the dirt and roots like this.

The owner of the property was not getting treated well my his insurance. They would not pay for any cleanup. We were able to clear everything away for him on the single story areas.

The picture below is from the 2nd story, the day we left. looking down onto where the roof landed.

Taking a break. This trailer is so nice to have, it has all the tools you’d ever need and it’s a nice place to make lunch and get out of the sun and rest.

We are so glad to have this nice new bus to travel in!

We even removed the floor joists, so all was left was the foundation.

Such a great hard working team!


In this picture it is the owner, Ross Mittlestead and his employee Francisco.


Almost DONE completely clearing this side.

The girls are hard at work removing flooring, this was our last day here.

We were just getting started removing the floors on the either side when it was time for us to go, we got a lot done. Now we get to take these kids to play.

We did get to go see the Toy Museum on afternoon in Branson, Thanks to Tom and Wendy Beck for letting us in for free.

Some parts of downtown Branson didn’t escape the tornado. Below is the Branson Hilton with lots of boarded up windows.

This is the Branson Walmart.

Our team at lunch in the parking lot of the Toy Museum before going to the Go Kart track


We also went shopping at the outlet mall…..well some of us did.

We ate supper at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. This place was a LOT of fun! The waiters all take turns singing all while they are placing orders and making drinks and waiting tables. IT was great entertainment and reasonably priced.

We had a great time working, playing and bonding. We love doing the Lord’s work.

We are so Thankful to FUMC Mount Vernon, MO for their hospitality. I may be getting too old to sleep on an air mattress especially after doing that much hard labor all day. Wow was it tiring but also energizing the spirit at the same time. Amazing how mission work does that! Each night we had a team meeting to have a brief devotional and talk about the days work and any comments anyone had and to discuss the plans for the next day. I miss getting to see “the Kony” dance before going to sleep every night.

They had such a nice church complete with a shower in the bathroom and a huge nice kitchen. They made us feel right at home. The church cooked supper for us one night and we cooked breakfast almost every morning we cooked supper some and we ate out a couple of times too. We ate sandwiches on the job site everyday, and we were so glad to have homemade cookies from our church home for a treat!

We came back through Joplin on our way home. It still has a lot of destruction. May 22, 2011 changed Joplin forever. Many lives lost. The building custodian at FUMC Mount Vernon let us look at a book called “32 Minutes in Joplin” about the tornado. It had lots of pictures and stories that make you feel so blessed. I also feel like I’ve learned a little about what tornadoes are capable of and hopefully learned how to take shelter.

Below is Joplin Hospital

We came home on March 17 and came through Shamrock.




I blog in my mind all the time I gotta make myself take the time to get it here!

I always think when I’m working on “the big project” whatever it is that I’m working on at the time, “Whew, when I get done with this, I’m gonna have time to…

work in my flowerbeds,

finish my quilt,

paint Elizabeth’s ugly ass pink and brown bedroom that needs updated so bad, or

clean and organize my pantry.”

It NEVER happens.

So by all means let’s add blogging to my list of things to do, and feel guilty when you don’t. Ha Ha!

I love my puppy!

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