Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Table Experience II

 Tonight was our first night this week to set down as a family and eat supper. Last night Phil and Brady went to a fantasy football draft so Rae and I did what we always do and ate in the living room in front of the tv. Tonight we sat down at the dining room table and ate as a family and it was WONDERFUL!!!! We had honey mustard chicken, corn, mac and cheese, baked beans and Phil's homemade biscuits. But do you know what the best thing about supper was ....... the conversation and the people. We actually had a real conversation with the kids about there day, about what was going on at school, about up coming events and just everyday things and it was great.

I tried to get pictures of the family eating but they didn't like that idea to much.

If you don't eat at the table with your family, you truly don't know what you are missing.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Table Experience

Titus 2:3-5

New Living Translation (NLT)

 3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.[a] Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,[b] to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

We have started a new bible study on Sunday night's at church call The Table Experience by Devi Titus.  Last night we had about 35 ladies in the class. The study is about having a family experience around the dining room table, inviting God into your day. It sounds like its going to be a great study.

We, as a family eat at the dining room table some, but most of the time we are at tv trays in the living room in front of the tv.  I didn't really know how much I missed setting at the table, sharing a meal with my family until this study started and we have only had one class!  It just seems like the kids share more about there day and about whats going on when we are around the table, talking to each other and not watching tv. You would think that with all the technology that we have these days and the ability to record everything that is on tv, that we wouldn't be afraid to miss something that was on at the precise time that we are eating supper.

I can remember when I was a little girl at our house in Longview setting at the table eating supper with Momma, Daddy and Jima. We had a small kitchen table and Momma would have supper ready when Daddy got home from work and we would all set around that old metal table with the linoleum top (green with white spots if I remember it correctly) and have supper. Then as we got older and moved to Endville it seemed like eating at the table was only for Sunday lunches or special occasions.

I miss having that family time. It's not that big of a deal to set the table instead of pulling out tv trays. Its actually very nice to set the table and be able to look at the people that you love and be able to share your day with them. I have some very specific memories of my parents from when I was growing up and I want my kids to have those kind of memories of Phil and I. I plan on eating at the table with my family more this week than we do at tv trays.

How many times will you eat at the table with your family and the Lord this week?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


It's hard to believe that enough time has passed that Bethany has went from this beautiful blue eyed baby

to this amazing beautiful young lady!

Happy Sweet 16 Bethany!!!

We love you!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Son Seekers National Vacation

Every summer at Belden our kids do some sort of musical. And every summer the muscial always out does the one before. I think that the kids music group will have a really hard time topping this summers musical. Speaking of the musical group, we have the best. Jessica, Becky, Barbara, Michelle, Christy and Bro Kelly always do a fabulous job with the kids.

This summer they did the "Son Seekers National Vacation" and it was awesome. Rae had been talking about how they were gonna have to dress up like hippies and dance and how she didn't want to wear baggy pants. I wasn't quite sure what she was talking about. I knew that they were all getting tie dyed shirts, wearing bandannas and gonna dance. She kept telling me that she needed to come up with a good ending pose but of course all the ones that I gave her she didn't like. I don't know why--I'm such a good dancer!  Getting information out of Brady is like making money grow on a tree. Ain't gonna happen. He is just at the age to where he is too big to be with the little kids and not quite old enough for the youth yet. From looking at the group of kids last night the girls out number the boys by a long shot. I believe that even Brady had a good time last night. It was a really good program and I am so proud both my kids and of the whole group.

We even had a special appearance by the Blues Brothers!! I think that this set of brothers were much more talented than the originals.  This was Brady's last time to be apart of this group of kids. Next summer he will go up to the youth department. That is so hard to believe.  He is thrilled that he will be with them. Momma ain't so sure.

Doesn't he look so thrilled? I promise he had a good time.

These were Rae's  bell bottoms. Ms.Lavonna made every one of them. I think they said she made 50 pairs. They were so cute. I was hoping that we would get to keep them but we had to turn them in. Oh well, maybe they will get to wear them again.

I told ya the Blues Brothers showed up!

This was part of Rae's dance that she has been practicing. They all did a great job.

I love this look on his face!!

Isn't that a great lookin bunch of kids!!!  
I can't wait until next summer to see what they will do!