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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Meet in the Middle

My friend, Lori, who used to live next door to us when we lived in the parsonage, called me yesterday to tell me that, for some reason, every time she hears this song, she thinks of Tim and me.  I'm not a country music fan, so I had never heard the song.  But, when I read the lyrics, it did remind me of the days before Tim and I had our driver's license and we would walk the road between his house and mine in our early years as high school sweethearts.  And it brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you, Lori, for bringing back those precious memories!

It was seven hundred fenceposts from your place to ours
Neither one of us was old enough to drive a car
Sometimes it was raining, sometimes it would shine
We wore out that gravel road between your house and mine

I'd start walking your way
You'd start walking mine
We'd meet in the middle
'Neath that old Georgia pine
We'd gain a lot of ground
'Cause we'd both give a little
And their ain't no road to long
When you meet in the middle

It's been seven years tomorrow since we said our vows
Under that old pine tree, you ought to see it now
Standing in the back yard reminding me and you
That if we don't see eye to eye there's something we can do

I'd start walking your way
You'd start walking mine
We'd meet in the middle
'Neath that old Georgia pine
We'd gain a lot of ground
'Cause we'd both give a little
And their ain't no road to long
When you meet in the middle

Babe I love the way we work it out
That's what love's about

Sweetheart Days
Tim's family moved into a house on his great uncle Bill's property about a quarter of a mile down the road from our house.  That would be River Road, Route 8, along the Ohio River on the Kentucky side.  Our mailing addresses were Hebron even though we lived next to Taylorsport.

I'll never forget the first day Tim sat by me as we road the bus home from school.  I always gravitated to the back of the bus because that's where the boy I liked usually sat.  I liked him, but he didn't know I existed, LOL!  Anyway, I didn't want Tim to sit by me because I was hoping beyond hope that my "boyfriend" would sit there.  So, when Tim stood by my seat that day, and in his gentlemanly way asked if the seat next to me was taken and if not could he sit there, I answered with all the smart-aleckness I could muster, "It doesn't look like anyone is sitting there, so I guess you can sit there."  I don't remember any of the conversation we might have had on the way home, but I imagine that it was pretty cold!  After Tim was dropped off my stop was next, and as I got off the bus, the driver (Mrs. Roark) said to me, "New boyfriend?"  I answered, in a loud enough voice that my "real boyfriend" could hear, "NO!  He stinks!"  Imagine that!  I'm surprised Tim EVER looked at me twice after that day!  And it would have served me right!  Thank You, LORD, that You had other plans for us!

The ages of Tim's siblings were about the same as my siblings, so it turned out that they would come to our house to play.  We lived next door to a kid (Mark Kenyon) who had a nice backyard where we played softball and football.  Other times we played in our yard.  We lived across the road from some fields that we would play in, too, especially when we played hide-and-seek.  And we loved playing in the other neighbor's barn in the hay loft and there was an old piano that we loved to bang on.  We had lots of fun having more kids to play with!

The more time Tim and I were together, the more I realized that Tim was someone I could really like.  Eventually, we stopped playing so much with the siblings and started going off on our own together.  We took a lot of walks up and down the road with a shortwave radio playing music (oldies) between us.

One day Tim's brother, Jeff, told me that he either heard Tim talking on his CB radio or read something Tim had written that he wanted to kiss me.  And I'll never forget that day as long as I live.  It was March 13, 1971.  We were sitting on the steps in the front of our house listening to the shortwave radio.  I could feel the electricity between us!  Our faces got closer and closer together until he landed the sweetest kiss upon my lips!  From that point on, we were a couple!  It was the second best day of my whole life, the first being the day I was saved!

Tim was already quite the gentleman.  He was already allowing me to go first through doors that he opened for me.  He did that until the days of his death.  He always made me feel like a lady, even when I wasn't acting like one!  Thank You, LORD, for sending this special man into my life, even when I didn't deserve him!

And, thank you, Jeanne and Chuck, for the wonderful man you raised to be a wonderful husband and father!

It is good to be back home and good to be back with special friends.  Carolyn came over yesterday for a ramp breakfast that Ilene fixed.  Scrambled eggs mixed with ramps and Mexican cornbread.  I did not eat the eggs.  When we lived in West Virginia, the folks at Buffalo Baptist Church tried to break us in on ramps.  We just never developed a taste for them!  If you want to know what they are, click here.

It is cool again this week!  I don't think we are ever going to enjoy a real Spring!  Everything is blooming, but it is just not warm enough to enjoy being out doors WITHOUT a jacket!  I want to shed these long sleeves and long pants!

Special friends doing what we love.......jigsaw puzzles.

Springtime blooms

Blooms in clusters.

The Wisteria is beautiful hanging in clusters from the trees in the back yard.

A daily visit from Mr. Pheasant.

This is the puzzle we began and finished yesterday.

Here's the picture from the box.  I found this brand new puzzle at the thrift shop for $0.99!

Ilene's daughter, Rita, came down with the flu after she had been with us last weekend.  Ilene called her doctor and began taking tamiflu.  She and I already had some sort of crud we were dealing with.  But when Ilene's sounded like it might be settling in her lungs, she went to the doctor.  She tested positive for the flu, so he added another prescription to the tamiflu.  She was down for the count while I was at Elisabeth's this past weekend.  She just laid around and slept.  She ran a fever, but thankfully she didn't have it as long as Rita.  She is feeling pretty good today.  She has been hungry since yesterday.  That is a good thing!  I told her it was good to see her hungry, like it was always good for me to see Tim hungry, because it meant he was feeling good!  Thank You, Lord, for bringing Ilene through the flu with a relatively light case!

Our interim pastor, Bobby Smith, was sick over the weekend, too.  He could not attend the Sunday services.  Calvin took care of the morning services and Pastor Fred Wood preached in the evening service.  Praying Bobby is feeling better by Wednesday's prayer meeting!

Our dear sister, Dorothy, who just lost her husband at church, ended up in the hospital.  She is doing better.  Praying she is released and can go home soon!

A dear brother in the Lord, Mark Wallace, is dealing with issues with his feet and legs.  He has had surgery on both feet and will be off of them for several months.  Please pray that the operations will take care of the infection and that he will begin to heal.

Lord Father, the Great Physician, please heal these feeble bodies in accordance with Your will, and for Your glory!  I pray in the name of Your Son!

Until the next time.............may the Lord bless and keep you!

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Ah!  To be young again!  No, thank you!  While I would love to have the strength and stamina of youth again, I would NOT want to be young and growing up in this wicked and sinful generation!  A generation of people who don't know if they are male or female!  Forgive me, but am I missing something here?  My parents didn't talk about the birds and the bees but at least I did know and understand that much!  I have always known I am female!  And I've always enjoyed my role as a female!  Quite honestly, I don't understand why some women want to be treated as "equal" to their male counterpart!  No, thank you!  And that is just one tiny aspect of why I would NOT want to be young and growing up in this day and age!  However, I do believe parents play a major role in the "gender identity crisis!"  But, don't get me started on that!  Just GROW UP, mom and dad!

Now that I've gotten that off of my chest, let me get back to the oohs and aahs of being young..... especially young and Christian!  Young, Christian, and "in the prime of life" ..... at least from my perspective!

I was in my daughter's church today.  The teens took the roles the adults normally have in the morning worship hour.  Today was recognized as "Youth Sunday."  The teens made up the choir.  The teens lead the congregational singing.  The teens did the ushering to collect the tithes and offerings.  The teens lead in prayer.  The teens sang the specials.  And the youth leader preached the morning sermon.  And they ALL did a wonderful job!  I know their parents were proud!  I know their grandparents were proud!  And they (we) should be!  And the teens should be very thankful for the Lord placing them where they are, and for the great opportunities He gives them to "practice" moving from a passive role in church to beginning an active role in the church.  Some of my kids were afforded this opportunity many years ago in a church that we attended.  As a result of that, I believe they feel comfortable having moved into leadership roles in their own churches now.  Thank You, Lord!  Thank You for great youth leaders in the church!

Speaking of my daughter, on Friday I went to the Christian school where she works as an aide and her kids attend, for a program the elementary students performed for their grandparents.  After the program, the grandparents were invited to eat lunch with their grandchildren in the school cafeteria, or sign the kids out and take them out of school for the rest of the day, which is what I did.  We went to Chick-fil-A for lunch.  Afterwards, we went to the house, changed clothes and went to a nearby park and hiked the walking trail.

After everyone else was home later in the day, Liz and I went grocery shopping for Abby's birthday party that was going to be held at the Rockwell Park on Saturday.  Ryan had soccer practice, so Brad took all of the kids with him.

On Saturday, Abby had soccer practice before her party.  Liz had reserved the shelter from 12-4 with the party lasting from 1-3.  So we went early to decorate and get the party ready.  It was beautiful, but very windy!  The kids had a blast being able to run around and play at the park!  I really think they enjoyed that more than if Liz had planned organized games!

After the party was cleaned up, Liz and I went shopping and Brad took the kids home to get some work done.  I found a couple of dresses at the thrift store and some other items at some of the other places.  We were only out a couple of hours.  On the way back to the house we stopped at Aldi to get some hamburger and corn on the cob for supper.

I treated everyone to Zaxby's for lunch today after church.  Then I packed up and left to, hopefully beat the rain that was looming.  I made it, and it did begin raining not long after I got home.

I took almost 700 pictures/videos this weekend, but I will spare you and only share some of them!  You're welcome!  😃

Friday, April 13th
Grandparents' Day at Rockwell Christian

Abby's 1st grade class getting ready to perform.

Ryan's 5th grade class getting ready to perform.  No smiling allowed!

Granite Quarry Park

Walking around the duck pond to begin the hiking trail.

I've never seen a duck with brown on it like this one.

We saw nothing to fear!


They planned ahead and brought flip flops for the water.

This was the only nest we saw way up in the trees and I didn't see anything in it.

Fish in the little stream

Abby resting on a seat made from a tree trunk.

Balancing act.

This might be a "high bush cranberry" blossom???

Abby trying to pet the ducks

A dirt nest at water's edge.

Saturday, April 14th
Birthday Party at Rockwell Park
The wind blew pretty strong the whole time we were at the park.  Played havoc with the decorations!

The center cake was yellow.  The cupcakes were chocolate.

Play time

Cake time!

Blowing out the candle

Time to eat!

Reading one of the birthday cards.

One of Abby's birthday gifts.  A black and white puzzle that can be colored

More playing

I'm not sure they were supposed to be sliding off of this roof, but they all did!

Back at home and Ryan doing flips on the trampoline.

Sunday, April 15th
Before leaving for home I wanted to get pictures.  I wish I had thought to get pictures like this at Jessica's house on April 1st!

What Abby gave to me from school on Grandparent's Day:
This poem reads:

A Grandchild's Hand

The promise for tomorrow
And the hopes of dreams come true...
A reminder of the childhood
That's still a part of you...

The wonder of a miracle
From which this love began...
There is so much found in the touch
Of a grandchild's hand.

Happy Grandparents Day!

Abby also colored me a picture and added her own poem and note on the back.
The note reads:

I love you Grama.
I'm sorry that Grampa died.
I love you.
You mean a lot to me!
happy gamparens day gama.

The "poem" on the right reads:
This is a poem for you.
You are good.
You are nice.
You love me.
You are so good!

And the figures at the bottom are from left to right:
Gama, Abby, Hannah, Gampa, Ryan

How sweet is that?! 

Have a great week!