Friday, November 30, 2012

lethal mail

My sister Teri was staying in the guest room.
The lady next door was moving.
One day
a large, flexible, green
trash bin appeared in her driveway.
It started out empty
and every morning
treasures would appear overnight.
Being naturally curious,
and having the mindset of finding
"something wonderful for nothing,"
early mornings
would find us examining the contents of said bin.
And yes....
there were treasures to be found.
Teri's long time heart's desire was right there in the bin....
An almost unused,
 very expensive set of bar-b-que utensils.
"I've never seen a set with such a sharp knife," she said.
The rest of the story ends yesterday.
It took Bubba a long time to find a box,
pack the treasures,
and send them on their way across the country
to the front porch of the Crosby home.
Teri and Anna drove up to their house.
They excitedly noted
a package on the front stoop.
Packages on the front stoop always elicit great joy.
The anticipation......
"what could it be?"
This one, however,
had an extremely large and menacing knife blade
 sticking out of the top.
Anna's first words were,
"Mom, it looks like a machete."
Bubba had mailed the package last week.
He told me to tell her it was on the way.
I forgot.
They had no idea that the long awaited utensils were on their way.
At what point in the mail process did the knife break through the box?
Was it somewhere over Kansas maybe?
Did no one think
to gently push it back in
and close the hole with a piece of tape?
Always something to write about.
Life is funny and deserves to be told!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

let's see if this works...

Yea....the blog is back working again!
I am too tired to write tonight.
I will tell this little tidbit of news.
Lucy lost her other top front tooth today.
had the honor of pulling it out this afternoon.
You know what that means....
the tooth fairy will be coming tonight.
Can't wait to see what she brings.
I will say this too...
I am so honored to be Lucy's grammy.
She is a very special little girl. the ice cream shop
the Nutcracker on Saturday.

Monday, November 26, 2012

the problem is solved

After seven years and almost two thousand blogs and countless pictures
my blog filled completely up.

I used all of the gig that they had alloted me.
I had to purchase more gig which I just did.
Hopefully by tomorrow I can write again.
Thanks for waiting for me!

Saturday, November 24, 2012


I just went to write my blog for tonight.
It was going to be a good one too..ha ha.
A big blurb came on and said...
Oops, you are out of gig room.
My gig is full.

I have no idea what that means,
but my blog writing may be over.
Just thought I would let you know.

I will try to work through this with my computer man.
What I need is more gig...
just don't know how to get more gig.

Friday, November 23, 2012

"this one was born in zion"

A couple of days ago,
while reading Psalm eighty seven,
I came across the phrase
quoted above.
It sent me crashing back to the 1980's
when Wayne Watson
recorded a song with that title.
I loved that song
but I don't think I realized it's impact.
I searched for and found the song on the internet
and have listened to it over and over.
"This one was born in Zion
make no mistake,
this one is mine.
This one was born in Zion...
this one will never,
this one will never,
this one will never die."
Oh my, what a promise.
"Zion is the place of God's presence.
Zion is the place of God's power and blessing and protection.
Zion is the hope of God's future rule over the earth."
john piper
Born to never die.
Name written in the book of life.
"This one was born in Zion."
"Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me."
"This one will never die."
(thanks Sarah A for letting me use your picture)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let us reflect today and remember
who we are in Christ...
where we came from and where we are headed.
While we are on this journey of life
let us always remember to be
for what He has done,
that He made us and sustains us,
provided salvation,
and has prepared for us a home in heaven
with Him for eternity.
Not to take lightly this freedom we have....
for it may soon be gone.
Praying for all who read that you may know the joy of
life in Christ.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

it's almost that time

Pumpkin pie and orange leaves
a chilly breeze.
Old and young
we gather together
bundled up against the weather.
Turkey and dressing
butter crisp rolls
a fire in the fireplace
a smell to the nose.
Remember last year and all the years past
we come together and have a blast.
Men on the outside
gathered around
a large vat of grease in which turkeys abound.
Laughter and busyness
girls in the kitchen
Preparing the dishes
Who's saying the blessing?
Coffee and dessert
did you save any room?
Come on it's Thanksgiving I think I'll have two.
Clean up the kitchen?
I think that can wait.
Just want to sit on the sofa and satiate.
Thanksgiving I love you!
Ha feeble attempt at a Thanksgiving poem!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"this one was born there'

"I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon
to those who know Me:
Behold, O Philistra and Tyre,
with Ethiopia: 
This one was born there."
Psalm 87: 4
O the things I find in the Bible.
Taking it out of context, I know,
but God knew Gus would be born in Ethiopia
and if he is called
and our prayers are answered,
 He will draw this little fella to Himself
 and give him the faith to believe.
Children are not born innocent...
they are conceived in sin
 and need a Savior.
Thank you David for your insights on this today in your sermon.
Pray for your children and
 teach them diligently from His word.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
 and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way,
 when you lie down
and when you rise up."
Deuteronomy 6: 5-7
When we invest this command into our children's lives,
there is great reward.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

some things i read...

about our God just now.....
He inclines His ear to hear my prayer 
He answers me.
He preserves my soul
He saves His servant who trusts in Him.
God is gracious to me
He makes my soul glad.
God is good,
ready to forgive,
abundant in lovingkindness
to all who call upon His name.
God is great
God does wondrous deeds.
God is truth
His lovingkindness toward me is great.
God is
merciful and gracious
slow to anger
abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
God gives me strength.
Thou, O Lord, has helped me and comforted me.
Yes, I read these verses this morning
and they made my heart glad.
I thought I would share them with you as a blessing.
Will think on these things all day
and be blessed.
Psalm 85 if you care to read from His word.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cornerstone Church of Savannah.....

...has been going strong now for a year.
These were some random photos I took on
that very first Sunday.
We were few,
but we were committed
to this tiny little church meeting in the YMCA.
We had coffee and doughnuts
and David. our pastor,
began preaching in the book of I Timothy.
To God be the Glory Great things He has Done!
He has been faithful to provide all of our needs in abundance.
Tonight we meet for Bible study and prayer.
We are still going strong....
looking to Him to provide
 the rest of our arms and legs and hands and feet....
a permanent place to meet,
and extra helpers for all of our little ones.
We need you!
Please come give us a try.

Monday, November 12, 2012

the last thing i want to do.... pray for this president
that was elected for four more years.
Everything he stands for
is against the very core of my being.
For a little bit
 I could let myself be engulfed with fear 
of what lies ahead for all of us....
not just believers,
 but everyone
who will eventually suffer under his leadership.
I refuse to live in fear,
because fear is worse than death.
Here is what the Bible commands that we do...
word for word...
for those in authority over us.
I choose to obey these words & trust in God for what lies ahead.
I exhort first of all
that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks
 be made for all men,
for kings,
 and all who are in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and peaceaable life
in all godliness and reverence. 
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
 and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 
 I Timothy 2: 1~4
Tonight I commit to pray
for our president and the leaders of this country
for the next four years.
Not because I want to,
 but because it is what God tells me to do.
Will you join me?
to God be the Glory....

Saturday, November 10, 2012


First of all....
I don't have my camera.
It was sent away to the repair shop.
I think I have just about worn out another one.
Filled with sand and skipping around,
 it was time for it to go.
I am absolutely lost without it.
That's Bub and me up there.
I think all couples everywhere need to get away occasionally.
We have always liked road trips...
Short trips in the car
to nearby places that we love.
All of them have to involve a beach somewhere....
he knows how to make me happy.
It's a time to talk...
not that we don't talk,
but on trips we talk endlessly...
nothing to interrupt.
He explains all things political where I can understand them
and then I give my take.
Most of the time I am reading a book
and he lets me read something interesting I've found.
This time
 it was the testing of the first atomic bomb
 out in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Best of all we talk about the Lord and what we read in the Bible.....
always thinking about how we can
put what we learn to practive in our lives.
We choose new & different places to eat
and look in antique shops
for things like police badges and pieces of pottery.
We look at beach property....always dreaming.
just dreaming, but always dreaming.
God's blessings flow ceaselessly...
always mindful that everything comes from Him.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

so we didn't what

This is what I read first thing this morning....
"Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For it is You
who does possess all the nations."
Psalm 82: 8
God is still in control.
This election and these times are in His hands.
Nothing can thwart the plans of God.
Nothing is amiss.
One day....
"every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord."
Until that day we watch and wait.....
Trusting in His good and true word and the promises it contains.
this is not our home,
we are only passing through.
We are safe in Christ...
under the shadow of His wings.
My heart is full of joy tonight because of these truths.
Sea Pines ~ Harbor Town

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

the craziest voting saga in the state.....

The phone rang early this morning.
It was Bubba.
He went down to the beach to vote and the polling ladies wouldn't let him.
"We are registered to vote at the Coastal Cathedral," he said,
you need to go there."
The Coastal Cathedral is right down the road.
I arrived at 8:30,
waited in a mile and a half long line and
exited at 10:30 without voting.
I read almost three chapters in
"The Treasure Principal" by Randy Alcorn
and made lifelong friends
with the stranger in line in front of me.
He even gave me
a wonderful compliment
without ever knowing how much it meant to me.
He said..."My mom was a small woman like you."
He may have been blind.
Because of these two activities
the two hours went fairly swiftly.
While waiting to get my little yellow card,
I was informed that.
I was not registered at the Coastal Cathedral after all
but at the beach.
"You cannot vote here!"
God is so good to me.
Because I had just read "The Treasure Principal,"
I took it very well.
I left.
I picked up Daddy.
He voted ~ no line.
We drove to the beach.
I voted ~ no line.
I am a Georgia voter and proud of it!!!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

why is this so hard for me?

Bear with me tonight.
I have to get this out of the inner reaches of my soul.
With Moma it was easier.
She got sick...
she got progressively worse.
Her normal thoughts and senses left her.
She went to the nursing home
and died peacefully after a few months.
So sad,
but God's mercy toward her in the end was welcomed.
She didn't have to suffer anymore.
Still miss her terribly,
but now with fond memories and loving thoughts.
Daddy, on the other hand,
is still in full control.
He suffered a small pin stroke a couple of weeks ago,
spent a few nights in the hospital
and was sent to short term rehabilitation.
He cannot wait to get home and get back to his life there.
He looks great and is doing so well, but,
there was damage,
to his balance,
his eyesight,
his cognitive abilites.
I talked to the therapist today.
He doesn't think that he is able to live alone anymore.
My heart breaks for him.
I just can't help being sad...
And Dad is not going to let go easily.
I am praying for widom because I don't have any on this.
Maybe I do
and just don't want to face it.
"Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength fails."
Psalm 71:9

Saturday, November 3, 2012

first leaf pile joy

This is Eli.
These are the first leaves that were raked up this year.
He couldn't wait to jump in the pile
and scatter them all around.
Notice that the grass is still green
and the sun is glowing.
Tonight we fall back.
I don't like it at all.
At six o'clock tomorrow night
we will be plunged into darkness.
Time to put up the Christmas lights and let them shine!
Struggling with "things" tonight.
Praying for wisdom.
Thanking God for His grace and forgiveness.
"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
 but also for the interests of others."
Philippians 2:4

Thursday, November 1, 2012

so...this is halloween

This family
thinks that we should throw a party
for everything.
Last night we celebrated Halloween out at
the O'Quinn's home on
Skidaway Island.
Walking in and seeing the bowl full of fingers,
I knew we were in for a good time.
We had Bubba's Chili
and Sally's amazing salad.
There were homemade pumpkin sugar cookies
and the amazingly good
"finger" cookies
 that you see in the bowl above.
I made a pecan pie,
and by the end of the meal,
when coffee was served,
we were all stuffed to the absolute gills.
Next came the frenzy of getting into costumes
 and the real fun began.
The kids piled on the golf cart
and the adults piled into our van
 and we headed for the most
glorified trick or treating
I have ever been a part of.
As you can see by gazing into the pink pumpkin,
we did not come away disappointed.
By 8:30
we were headed for home,
drowsy from full stomachs and hiking from house to house.
So yes...this was our Halloween.
Welcome November!
Let the holidays begin!
Time to start planning for Thanksgiving.
"Every good and every perfect gift 
is from above, 
 and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." 
 James 1:17