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A very special student, indeed

Thursday, November 03, 2011

This made the rounds some years back and has been resurrected. If you're on FB, it's kind of going viral there a bit, but for those who are not on FaceBook, I wanted to share it because it is SUCH a great story. If you can watch these kids as they cheer their friend on and not have your heart melt and spirit soar, I suggest you get to a doctor and quickly, because something is in need of repair. lol


Here's Jason's story. God bless this young man and his family.


What an inspiration this kid is. He didn't concentrate (or whine about or get bitter about) his limitations. He did what he could and enjoyed it. I love that attitude!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 11/4/2011 12:17AM

    always nice to get a refresher on stories like that

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SUSIEPH1 11/3/2011 9:16PM

    Yep! He is Awesome!!
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That's My King!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I'm sure many of you have heard this before. It's a timeless, classic work by Dr. S. M. Lockridge. It is so worth viewing again if you've seen it before. If you've never seen it before? Hold onto your hat!!


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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/1/2011 11:21PM

    So spiritually uplifting! Thank you for sharing it with us! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 11/1/2011 11:12PM

    One ofn the greatest things I've heard!


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SUSIEPH1 11/1/2011 5:47PM

    Thank you Missy!
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A Fun Weekend

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Most of you in the United States have counties as sections of your state. We in Louisiana are the only state in the union that is still governed by the Napoleonic code of law. Accordingly, we have parishes instead of counties. A neighboring parish had their annual fair this weekend. In fact, it was their 100th Washington Parish Fair. I'm told it's the best in the state and I believe it. There was a huge agricultural showing. For a city girl like me, it was really something to see the many different kinds of cows there. Who knew? lol

The main event for us was the Crescent City Celtic Band, who have become dear friends of ours. Following their show was Grandpa Elliott and Stoney B. If you don't know either of these acts, Google or YouTube them. Crescent City Celtic Band is in the midst of pre-production of their second CD. They were so kind as to schedule the live show for the new CD around my husband's schedule so that he'll be home from his ship at the time they record the CD in an Irish Pub in the French Quarter. How cool is that?!! Grandpa Elliott can be seen on the unbelievably powerful projects put together by Playing for Change. Stand By Me was their first video and, by far, the dearest to my heart.

This is the Crescent City Celtic Band (Frank Williams, Casey Crosby, and Jeff Shaw)

These three are of Grandpa Elliott and Stoney B on stage. If you have FaceBook and have me or my husband (CaptainCookie here on SP) as friends there, Bill posted a video he took of Grandpa Elliott singing Old Man River a Capella. It was so moving, just broke your heart to hear it. We who were born in New Orleans, nestled in the first crescent of the Mississippi River, have a special bond and affinity for the Mississippi River. It's hard for us to hear it without crying. Grandpa's rendition did me in. Oh! Bill just came in and reminded me that he posted that video clip on his SparkPeople blog. Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

Here's our crew in the audience (PepperLeah far left and CaptainCookie far right). Next to Leah is Pepper, then our dear, dear friends, Vernon and Randie, and next to Randie, my youngest, Melanie (14).

My honey is an incredibly good photographer. Before we left for the day, we had some lunch (seriously yummy smoked chicken that filled the entire fairgrounds with mouthwatering aroma). As I looked up when we blessed the meal, I was filled with joy. The beauty of the blue skies, the sunlight dappling through the trees that were bursting with pine cones, the cooler temperatures, the low humidity (true cause for rejoicing in southeast Louisiana!) overtook me and brought praises to God to my lips. If you've followed my blogs, you know that my honey takes extraordinary photos. Some of the photos he takes from his ship are truly breathtaking. I've wanted to caption so many of them, "The heavens declare the glory of God," that Bill now just says in a singsongy voice when these kinds of shots present themselves: They're declaaaaarrrriiiiinnnnnngggggg aaaaaggggaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnn!! lol So these next three shots are those heavens declaring again!

If Saturday weren't enough of a grand time, we got to visit with our little grandson, Heath, yesterday afternoon. As most of you know, my stepdaughter is not allowed to see him, so our visits with him are few and brief and so very cherished. He has recovered from the trauma and abuse he suffered at our daughter's hands and for that we are so grateful. He truly returned to us from the brink of death. He'll be three in February. He is so bright, already knowing his colors, shapes, numbers, counting, ABCs, and about 15 different signs. Cool, huh?!!

I love sharing our fun times with you. I hope you weren't bored to tears! You are all SO dear to me. *hugs*


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KNITTABLES 10/31/2011 3:30PM

    WHat a great time, thanks for sharing you pictures with us.

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 10/29/2011 1:01AM

    It was a wonderful time. Got to watch Yatmama kick it in 4 wheel low and chug up a hill she wouldn't have thought to try even a year ago. Keep up the good work.
I Love You!

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PEPPERLEAH 10/27/2011 9:29PM

    What a wonderful weekend it was! And what a blessing to be able to share it with you!


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ROZEEROZ1 10/27/2011 8:49PM

    Glad to see this pic of Heath. Glad to hear that his has recooped from his trauma. DH and I have been praying for him. Missy, Heath is such an adorable adorable child. You truly are blessed to have him as a grandchild. His eyes look good too!

I love the fair idea Louisianna has. Our province Manitoba has fairs too.

We aren't bored and you are a delight to us as well. Thanks for sharing. HUGS Dorothy

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THEADMIRAL 10/27/2011 12:24PM

    Wonderful blog, Missy! I especially enjoyed those amazing pictures of God's creation, including that precious big boy Heath. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/26/2011 6:02PM

    Thanks for sharing, looks like a great trip. Hope you have a good week .

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SUSAN134 10/26/2011 2:16PM

    You had a truly blessed weekend Missy! Had to chuckle at Bill's "They're declaaaaarrrriiiiinnnnnngggggg aaaaaggggaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnn!!" comment, and those pictures really are! Loved to see little Heath...he looks SO great and one would never know what this beautiful child went through not that long ago.

Thank you so much for sharing with us!


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MI-ELLKAYBEE 10/26/2011 4:06AM

    It was almost like being there with you. (Well, almost - but nowhere near as good.) Thanks for sharing. Little Heath is so cute that he ought to be in pictures - getting paid to model. What a darling little angel. So glad you enjoyed this time with friends and family. emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/26/2011 1:38AM

    Thanks for sharing yoru weekend with us!

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IUHRYTR 10/26/2011 12:03AM

    I enjoy the Playing for Change videos. Such talent. I admit, though, I thought there only two kinds of cows -- those that give white milk and those that give chocolate milk, although I haven't figured out the 2%, 1% and fat-free milk thing yet. emoticon Heath is an adorable boy and is fortunate he has recovered. And I have also enjoyed Bill's photographs. We should think of collecting them in a book. Thanks for the updates and pictures. A fun blog to read. emoticon -- Lou

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/25/2011 11:55PM

    Bored to tears? Seriously Missy you are to cute. Maybe moved to tears! First, sweetie, let me tell you that I love that second 2 man band. I am in love with them and posted them earlier on my status. If people don't love them, well, they have no heart my dearest lol!

Second, your grandson is a super cutie pie! I didn't know about the abuse, but I am thankful to God for bringing him out of the abuse and in to loving arms of protection.

As always, you posted a lovely blog full of love and light..you and capt are a blessing!



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GOLIGHTLY344 10/25/2011 10:17PM

    Your blog made me want to experience that Fair! Blessings on your dear grandson. He seems to be doing very well, thank goodness.

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JULIEFRANCES112 10/25/2011 9:52PM

    Looks like it was a fun day.
Heath just keeps getting cuter. emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 10/25/2011 7:10PM

    Love your blogs. Heath looks great! He's so cute.

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MISSG180 10/25/2011 6:58PM

    Fairs like that are so much fun! I'm glad you had a good time.

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SMIDGON 10/25/2011 6:51PM

    We are all here to share. Our good times and our bad. Right? right.

Bring them all on.



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SUSIEPH1 10/25/2011 6:40PM

    How delightful Missy thank you so much for sharing !!
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IAMWINNING 10/25/2011 6:32PM

    Oh! Missy! What a wonderful blog. Thanks for the info and pics on the entertainment (I'll be listening shortly). And you have the cutest grandson!

Your DH is very talented, and I've enjoyed his pictures on other of your blogs. Tell him he has a fan. : )


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Dog + Bubbles + Baby = Laughter!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I know I already posted a blog today, but this one literally made me laugh until I choked. lol I had to share it with you!!


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ROZEEROZ1 10/29/2011 3:15AM

    I have seen this before and love it each time I see it. Everyone loves a baby's laugh.

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SUSAN134 10/26/2011 2:09PM

    Oh my....nothing better than a baby belly laugh!


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/25/2011 1:32AM

    Cute laugh!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/24/2011 11:38PM

    AWWWWWWW! I had to laugh, what a sweet little laugh!

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SUSIEPH1 10/24/2011 12:53AM

Thanks for sharing Missy!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 10/23/2011 11:36PM

    Simply precious! *LOL* Thanks for sharing. *hugs* BB~

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    So cute! I was adorable how she was pointing out the bubbles to the dog so he could get them!

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JULIEFRANCES112 10/23/2011 9:29PM

    Loved it thanks for the laugh. emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/23/2011 8:15PM

  I just love that babies laugh emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon he is so gorgeous LOL

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Lion Whisperer

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oh, man. I want a lion of my own!!! (I know, I know, not happenin. But still.)


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SUSAN134 10/26/2011 2:10PM

    I saw several videos about this fella awhile ago - amazing! He has such a strong bond and connection with these wild animals.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/25/2011 1:28AM

    Interesting but there is no way you would find me in there with them LOL

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/24/2011 11:43PM

    Oh no way! Sorry ladies, but you wouldn't catch me in there unless I was already dead. Whew lol! God speed to him! emoticon This is my kind of kitty..oh yeah, I know it's a doggie..that will do just fine! LOL

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TEXASFILLY 10/23/2011 11:14PM

    I love it! I'm a cat lover from the 1st world age~ (points to one of my signature quotes ;) The good news is that in the world to come, when the lion lays down with the lamb, we will be able to enjoy this magnificent cat the Lord created. Thank you so much for sharing! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAYINGSUZIE 10/23/2011 11:05PM

    That was great! Thanks for sharing.

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    This is amazing.. I have to agree with Julie. I think though that he knows the risks...just as Steve Irwin did.

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JULIEFRANCES112 10/23/2011 9:28PM

    Unfortunately when the lions accidentally kill him they'll blame the lions.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/23/2011 8:13PM

  I love cats. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I go to the zoo and talk to the lions all the time.

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IAMWINNING 10/23/2011 7:32PM

    Amazing! But I'll settle for the domesticated kind of 'kitty'

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LJCANNON 10/23/2011 7:18PM

    Wow!! Looks like Fun!! emoticon

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