Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

I first heard about Hurricane Florence a few days ago. This is my second hurricane season living in South Carolina. My first trip to the store was to buy batteries, peanut butter, soft drinks, water, tuna, and crackers. In my mind, Florence would change directions or fizzle out.

Then the news reported we were in line for a direct hit. This is the point I started freaking out. As I listened to stories of Hurricane Hugo, I decided I better take a deep breath.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate. The community where Tim works was one of the first groups ordered to go. I knew it was time to pack up and prepare our house.

I decided not to pack the most valuable items in my home. I chose instead to pack the artwork my boys created when they were growing up. I packed my wedding album and family pictures.

Besides the hurricane, we'll need to watch for flooding, tornadoes and storm surge. South Carolina has declared a State of Emergency and 800 National Guardsmen have been activated.

We're leaving today and not sure what we'll find when we return. We're in the zone though. Tim is focused on taking care of the residents of his retirement community, and we're blessed to have found men who will board up our windows.

Through the fear, God is our provision.

Luke 12:7 "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just a Saturday in Waco, Part Two

After starting our Saturday at the Downtown Waco Farmers Market, we headed to Baylor to watch volleyball. The women had won their season opener against LSU on Friday night. In the morning light, with fewer fans, we arrived to cheer them on against Texas State.

There is a loyal following of students and parents, and it was a fun game with a 3-0 win. I was also impressed the games open with a prayer and the National Anthem. The players work hard when they hit the floor and celebrate every point. They beat Texas State 3-0.

The lady bear was so cute cheering the team and greeting fans. I've never seen a female mascot before. I'm not sure if this is unique or because I have sons, but I thought she was adorable.

Tim and I hung out with Scott during the afternoon and even took time out for coffee, but at night it was back to volleyball. This was Baylor's third game of the weekend tournament against Marquette. The evening match began with lights and excitement, and then the girls got to work. It was a tough match, but they ended up winning 3-1.

Once again, I've been impressed with the friendliness of the people in Waco. Despite the incredible heat, the people are kind and outgoing. We enjoyed our Saturday in Waco, and it was even better spending time with Scott and Kelli.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Just a Saturday in Waco, Part One

I've always loved going to a farmers market. We started our Saturday by going to Waco's Farmers Market in downtown Waco. There were interesting vendors with a variety of options, but I loved that there were farmers selling fresh produce and flowers. The vendors are required to sell produce grown within 150 miles of Waco.

The clouds in the pictures might lead you to believe it was a cooler day in Texas. It wasn't cool. It was HOT. Even the breeze is hot. We didn't let the heat deter us from exploring and finding honey, soap, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables and food vendors. If you couldn't find something to try, you weren't looking.

Tim and I decided to try something new. It was a blueberry waffle with bacon, cheese and scrambled eggs on top. It was delicious.

If you're in Waco, be sure to stop by the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Marina Life

The other day we decided to enjoy lunch at Deck 383 which is part of Wacca Wache Marina. It was a beautiful afternoon, and we sat outside in the shade of an oak tree. There was a cool breeze off the Wachesaw River.

Wacca Wache means happy, happy in the language of the Waccamaw Indians.

It made us happy, happy to watch boats come and go. Some arrived for lunch and others came for gas or to pick up friends. Many boaters traveled with friends and pets.

We saw small boats and large boats. We enjoy people-watching, but watching boat-people was even more fun.

Even if you don't own a boat, I want to encourage to enjoy time at a marina. I think you'll leave happy, happy.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Brookgreen Gardens

Between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield, South Carolina you'll find Brookgreen Gardens. I've visited many gardens through the years. I enjoy flowers, plants and hiking, but there's something different about Brookgreen.

There are sculpture exhibits as well as a lowcountry zoo, lowcountry history exhibits, concerts, and light festivals.

In addition to sculpture galleries, there are American figurative sculptures displayed throughout the gardens. You'll find over 2000 works displayed. I recently met a friend at Brookgreen one Saturday morning and want to share a few of my favorite sculptures. Enjoy!

I especially enjoyed this dancing lady. The sight of her made me wish I'd worn a skirt and could twirl around the same way.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Happy 4th of July! This week we're celebrating the Declaration of Independence. Years ago men and women came to this land in search of religious freedom. Through the years, more brave men and women have fought to protect our country.

Even more important, we have freedom in Christ. Galatians 5:1 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Romans 6:22 says, " But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life."

In the Unites States, our freedom came at a great cost. I'm so thankful to all of the people who sacrificed for my freedom. I'm also thankful to Jesus who gave his life for us to have eternal life.

Galatians 5:13-14 says, "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”"

Love our neighbors. As ourselves. Love. Others. As we celebrate, let's remember to love others.

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Seabeach Amaranth

The other night as we walked along a South Carolina beach, we spotted cages. I hurried over expecting to see signs indicating sea turtle nests were being protected.

Instead, the sign indicated seabeach amaranth was being protected. I've seen it on beaches before, but I didn't realize how important it is to beach eco-systems.

Seabeach amaranth is found in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. It is an annual plant that germinates from April to June and blooms in July.

Beach erosion and human traffic are two big threats to this plant. The worst blow to this herb was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It's estimated the hurricane wiped out ninety percent of South Carolina's seabeach amaranth. In 1993 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as a threatened species.

If you vacation and spot seabeach amaranth, enjoy the view, but please don't pick it. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rainy Vacation Days

We all want perfect weather when we go on vacation. This year my family joined together for vacation in Holden Beach, NC.

The week started out with high hopes of bike rides and fun in the sun.

However, it rained, and rained, and then rained some more. We'd come from KY, TX and SC for this week, and we refused to let rain take away our fun.

One day we went to a family fun center where both granddaughters bowled for the first time. The oldest even got to play laser tag.

Another morning, we had a girls' morning out and made pottery.

We played lots of games inside and enjoyed being together. We went out for ice cream and even shopped a little.

These were just some of the things we did during the rain. We were so happy to be together, we enjoyed every minute of Vacation 2018. I hope you're able to enjoy some fun family time this summer.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

National Cheese Day

I discovered June 4 is National Cheese Day. It's also National Hug Your Cat Day.

I can eat cheese, but I'm severely allergic to cats. So, I won't be hugging anybody's cat.

How will you celebrate June 4? Hug your cat or eat a hunk of cheese? Whatever you do, I hope you have a good day!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The American Flag

Many of you know how much I love my country and love our flag. This week I'm sharing a poem by American poet Joseph Rodman Drake.

"The American Flag" by Joseph Rodman Drake

When freedom, from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air
She tore the azure robe of night
And set the stars of glory there.

She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies
Then from his mansion in the sun
She called her eagle-bearer down
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land.

Monday, May 14, 2018

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

I get tired of hearing so many bad things about our country and decided to share this poem by Emma Lazarus.

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand.
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Hurricane Florence

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